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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 French capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious and the wildly popular. But for first-timers, getting to […]

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 […]

Exploring Paris’ Belleville District: A Haven for Artists, Immigrants & Revolutionaries

I’m a former resident of Belleville, that fascinating, messy, somewhat chaotic neighborhood in Paris’ northeastern corner. One that many tourists find odd and even unnerving when they stumble on it– mostly after visiting […]

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 […]

These 5 Places in Paris Aren’t Usually Associated With African-American History. They Should Be.

“It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”– James Baldwin, Another Country (1962) One of the most singular and important American authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin […]

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