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It would take centuries to complete the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.It would take centuries to complete the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The 10 Best Things to Do in Paris on Your First Visit

  At Paris Unlocked, we tend to focus coverage on lesser-known corners of the capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious and the wildly popular. But for first-time visitors, getting […]

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Paris in November: Why to Embrace the Short, Cozy Days

Many tourists don’t even consider visiting Paris in November, fearing that they’ll be “regaled” with icy rain, miserably dark days and grumpy locals. But while it’s certainly not for everyone– and you occasionally […]

Notre Dame Cathedral in the fall/Image: Creative CommonsNotre Dame Cathedral in the fall/Image: Creative Commons

Paris in September: A Welcome Return After the Lull

  Most locals recognize Paris in September as the true new year. Following a long summer hiatus, residents return home from vacation and get back to work. This is the season of turbo-charged […]

Medieval Paris: A Self-Guided Tour of 5 Intriguing Places

During the 19th century, the Baron George-Eugène Haussmann gutted much of what had been medieval Paris-– forging the iconic skyline and enormous, grandiose boulevards we now (wrongly) tend to think of as timeless. […]

Parisian buildings as seen from the rooftop of the Centre Pompidou-- another essential spot on a first trip.Parisian buildings as seen from the rooftop of the Centre Pompidou-- another essential spot on a first trip.

Yes, It’s Still Safe to Travel to Paris. Here’s How to Secure Your Trip.

Following 2015’s tragic terrorist attacks in the French capital-– and others around France and Europe since– many travellers are anxiously wondering “Is it still safe to travel to Paris?” A quick look at […]

In Review: Farine & O, One of Paris’ Best New Bakeries

  In France, there’s a strongly held belief that the most talented boulangers (bread bakers) are not generally equally gifted at producing top-notch pastries. Similarly, pâtissiers (pastry makers) tend to fall into a class of their very […]

Paris Plages at Bassin de la Villette. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reservedParis Plages at Bassin de la Villette. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

Best Time to Visit Paris? There’s Just No Easy Answer

  In all the years I’ve covered Paris, the question I’ve been asked more predictably than pretty much any other is  “When do you recommend I go?” Again and again, I’ve disappointed those […]