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artists as Picasso and Matisse.The district, situated on the leftbank, is the site of
with its studios and cafes,very popular during the 1920’sand 30’s.Today the area housescinemas and restaurants and is thesite of the second largest tower inEurope, the glass and steel Tour deMontparnasse. The MontparnasseCemetry, situtated in Rue EmileRichard, is the resting place of writers, poets and sculpturers (DeMaupassant, Sartre, De Beauvoir,Tzara, Baudelaire).
stands to the south of the river in the area known as Rive Gauche.Napoleon’s tomb is housed in thegold-domed Hotel des Invalides,situated in the largest area southof the river. This is a wealthy zonewith aristocratic residences liningthe Rue de Varennes and the Ruede Grenelle. The Paris universitydistrict (
) is the Paris of narrow Medieval streets, bookshops,cinemas, bars and cafes bustlingwith students. Boulevard St-Michelis the area’s central meeting point,but equally busy and crowded is thepedestrianized Place Saint Micheland Rue de la Huchette, home to numerous inexpensive bistros. Visitorsshould not miss the oppurtunityto visit the
Musée de Cluny
. Themuseum is housed in a medievalbuilding and contains a collectionof medieval art and craftwork.Thedistrict on the right bank of the Seineis dominated by the modern
Forumdes Halles and Pompidou Centre
,which form the meeting point for visitors wishing to explore this area,rich in museums, galleries, shops,markets and restaurants. All theroads around the Halles lead tothe Beauborg and the PompidouCenter, an avant-guarde structureof steel girders and pipes, whichhousese the Musée National d’ArtModern. Street artists constantlyperform in the square outside thebuilding. The Ile de la Cité, locatednearby, is the nucleus of the old cityof Paris.The remains of this ancientlocation can be admired underneathNotre Dame’s courtyard.
Getting thereAéroport Charles de Gaulle
,(27kms from the city) is Paris maininternational airport receiving ﬂightsfrom the world over. Roissy Rail isthe quickest way to the city. Takea free shutle bus from the airportterminal to the Roissy-Charles deGaulle RER (commuter rail) station.
(16kms southwestof the city) handles mostly domesticand European ﬂights. Orly Rail is thequickest way to the Left Bank. Takethe free shuttle bus to the Pont deRungis-Aèroport d’Orly RER station(C2 line) and get a train to the city.These trains run every 15 min.The
aroundParis is quite extensive andsomewhat confusing. A ring roadcircumnavigates the city; the A1-E19 head north to Charles de GaulleAirport and on to Calais; the A15northwest to Brittany; the A14 east;the A6 south to Orly, becoming theA10 and heading farther south intothe countryside. High-speed TGVtrain services are also a convenientway of reaching the capital, whichhas six major train stations.
The various lines, which makeup France’s railway system, allmeet in the centre of Paris, atChatelet-Les-Halles, the largestmetropolitan station in the world.