Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Paris. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Paris. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Paris and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Paris insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host®
Hello, my name is Kenia. I am one of the Paris Monograms Hosts and really enjoy greeting Monograms' guests. I have lived in Paris for 15 years and it is a pleasure helping people to discover the city for the first time, or to enjoy a return visit. I still remember the first came I came to Paris, its stunning monuments, its elegance and its natural beauty really impressed me. There are fabulous art collections to discover, delightful restaurants, a romantic Seine cruise to admire the majesty of Paris, and the Eiffel Tower. We look forward to meeting you, we are always happy to make new friends.
Montmartre & Sacré-Coeur
Try a walking tour of the Montmartre district, where artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh worked. While in Montmartre, visit the Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart). This pristine, white-stone church was proposed as a memorial to the soldiers killed in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, but was not completed until the end of World War I. The church features one of the world's largest mosaics, which depicts Christ with outstretched arms, and a massive 19-ton church bell. Sit on the steps outside the church for wonderful views of the city, maybe joining in the singing with other visitors enjoying a relaxing moment, and absorb the Parisienne joie de vivre (joy of life).
Musée d'Orsay, Pompidou Center
Stroll through centuries of artwork at the Musée d'Orsay, which houses an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne, or drop by the Pompidou Center, an architectural wonder, to view its masterpieces, and maybe afterwards enjoy the street entertainers in front of the building.
Place des Vosges/Marais District
A few blocks from the famous Bastille Square, this charming area is full of historical buildings and art and shopping possibilities: visit the Picasso Museum, or the Victor Hugo House to learn more about the author of Les Misérables, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, also the Carnavalet Museum dedicated to the history of Paris.
St Michel and Saint Germain des Prés
Heart of the left bank known as the students' district since the Middle Ages and still an intellectual and artistic center.
Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc du Champ de Mars, Tuileries Gardens
Families may like to take a stroll in one of the famous parks, and take a whirl on their charming carousels. Have a cup of tea in the gardens of Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Tuileries Gardens are also well worth a visit.
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore
In the Roaring 20s, the quirky bookstore on the Bohemian Left Bank was the meeting place for some of literature's greats, like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Joyce to name a few. It continues to serve as a cultural magnet for struggling writers and visitors alike. You can cross the river and reach the "Ile de la Cité " to admire the beautiful stained glass windows on the first floor of the Sainte Chapelle.
Find your favorite bridge, there are thirty seven and they are all different, from plain to gilded and from new to over 400 years old, the special atmosphere they create across the Seine river, helps to make Paris one of the world's most romantic cities. Ask your Local Host how to reach beautiful Pont des Arts.
Markets and Specialties
Ask your Local Host how to get to the flea market for affordable objets d'art, or visit one of the food markets. The French know how to turn food display into an art form. See rainbows of fresh fruit and vegetables, soft palettes of bread and colossal wheels of cheese; France has over 400 varieties of cheese! And when you're ready for dessert, specialty stores abound-from tarts and pastries to crêpes and pain au chocolat. Other specialties to try include onion soup with a fresh baguette, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), croque-monsieur, quiche Lorraine, escargots, steak-frites and famous French wines and champagne.
Shop at haute couture boutiques on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré or on Avenue Montaigne, or join a fashion show. Use your included specially arranged discounts at the famous Galeries Lafayette, or check out the Printemps department store. Perfumes and scarves are classic gifts, as well as French berets, lace, collection dolls and pottery.
When you are ready for a break, join the locals at one of the cafés, sip a glass of wine or a café au lait (hot milk coffee), and watch the world go by in true Parisien style.