Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour, Paris (Self Guided)

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 2nd arrondissement, together with the adjacent 8th and 9th arrondissements, hosts an important business district, centred on the Paris Opéra. The area contains the former Paris Bourse (stock exchange), the Garnier Opera House and the famous Fragonard Perfume Museum.
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Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: karen
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Galerie Colbert

1) Galerie Colbert

Colbert Gallery shelters the National Institute of Art History and incorporates a part of the Colbert Hotel - a mansion built in 1637, the first creation of Louis Le Vau. There is also an nice brasserie here where you can take a rest and sip some coffee or tea after touring the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bibliotheque Nationale

2) Bibliotheque Nationale

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is the National Library of France, located in Paris. It is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France. The National Library of France traces its origin to the royal library founded at the Louvre by Charles V in 1368. It expanded under Louis XIV and opened to the public in 1692. The library's collections swelled to over 300,000 volumes during the radical phase of the French Revolution when the private libraries of aristocrats and clergy were seized. Following a series of regime changes in France, it became the Imperial National Library and in 1868 was moved to newly constructed buildings on the Rue de Richelieu designed by Henri Labrouste. On 14 July 1988, President François Mitterrand announced the construction and the expansion of one of the largest and most modern libraries in the world, intended to cover all fields of knowledge, and designed to be accessible to all, using the most modern data transfer technologies.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bourse des Valeurs

3) Bourse des Valeurs

The Paris Bourse (or "Bourse de Paris" in French) is the historical Paris stock exchange, known as Euronext Paris from 2000 onwards. The building, known as the Palais Brongniart, is located in the Place de la Bourse, in the II arrondissement, Paris. The creation of Bourse de Valeurs was ordered by Napoleon that asigned Alexandre-Theodore Brogniart to design it. The architecture of the Bourse is both impressive and imposing as it has 64 columns in a classical Greek style and the interior has Gothic architectural features.

Until the late 1980s, the market operated as an open outcry exchange, with the agents de change meeting on the exchange floor of the Palais Brongniart. In 1986, the Paris Bourse started to implement an electronic trading system. This was known generically as CATS (Computer Assisted Trading System), but the Paris version was called CAC (Cotation Assistée en Continu). By 1989, quotations were fully automated. The Palais Brongniart hosted the French financial derivatives exchanges MATIF and MONEP, until they were fully automated in 1998. In the late 1990s, the Paris Bourse launched the Euronext initiative, an alliance of several European stock exchanges.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais Garnier Opera House

4) Palais Garnier Opera House (must see)

Garnier Opera House, located on Place de l'Opera, is one of Paris' greatest landmarks. It was originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier. It was designed by Charles Garnier in a Neo-Baroque style and it is an architectural masterpiece of its time. The building also became an inspirational architectural prototype for the next 30 years after its construction. The Palais Garnier is "probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris". It also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum). Although the Library-Museum is no longer managed by the Opera and is part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the museum is included in unaccompanied tours of the Palais Garnier.

Why You Should Visit:
If you aren't very familiar with opera but would like to see one the Garnier is a great place to go. Try to see one of the Italian operas, such as those composed by Puccini or Verdi. Those operas usually run about 3½ hours (including intermissions) and have great music you will recognize. Running times are available on the website.

Tip:
You also have the option of a self-guided tour of the palace for €12, or you can have a guided tour that takes you into places you can't go on your own and provides additional details about the history of the palace and opera.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fragonard Perfume Museum

5) Fragonard Perfume Museum

The Musée du Parfum, also known as the Fragonard Perfume Museum, is a French private museum of perfume located near the western side of Opéra Garnier. The museum was created in 1983 by the Fragonard perfume company within a Napoleon III town-house (built 1860). Its rooms contain period furnishings and perfume exhibits, including antique perfume bottles, containers, toiletry sets, stills for steam distillation of perfume extracts, etc. Displays show how perfumes are made today, and present the history of perfume manufacturing and packaging. Of particular interest is an orgue à parfum (perfume organ) with tiers of ingredient bottles arranged around a balance used to mix fragrances.

The museum is open daily; admission is free.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Theatre Mogador

6) Theatre Mogador

Founded in 1913 and designed by Bertie Crewe, Théâtre Mogador is a Parisian music hall theater located in the 9th well-known shopping district. It seats 1,800 people on three tiers. An audience of connoisseurs comes here to find an informal but serious ambiance. If you have sophisticated tastes you must definitely pass by and see a good performance as this is an important theater on the Parisian scene for many years now. In 1913 financier Sir Alfred Butt rented an area in Paris. Built according to English music hall principles and style during World War I, the theater was originally named the "Palace Theatre", after the like-named one in London, in order to appeal to British soldiers. The name was shortly thereafter changed to "Théâtre Mogador", Mogador being the old name of the town of Essaouira in Morocco. The inauguration guests include President Wilson, in France to negotiate the Treaty of Versailles. It was inaugurated by US president to be Franklin Delano Roosevelt April 1919. From 1920 it was a Cine-variety, and gained fame with the performances of Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes", and with the Thés Mogador – performances of operettas and plays in the afternoon. Until the seventies, the Théâtre Mogador was mainly used for performances of operettas, including Mistinguett. An extensive renovation restored the building to new splendour in 1983. In 2005, it was purchased by the Stage Entertainment group (then called the "Stage Holding - The Theater Group").
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee Gustave Moreau

7) Musee Gustave Moreau

The Musée national Gustave Moreau is an art museum dedicated to the works of the Surrealist and Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826-1898). It is the former reasidence of the painter and turned, by his decision, into a museum after his death in 1895. Today the museum contains Moreau's drawings, paintings, watercolors, and sculptures. One of Moreau's most famous paintings is - Femme Fatale that he depicts in many giuses as Salome, Eve, Delila, a sphinx, a vampire, virgin, and as a Lady with the Unicorn. An admission fee is charged.

Operation hours: Monday, Wednesday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 12:45 pm & 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm; Friday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Le Bus Palladium

8) Le Bus Palladium

A trendy nightspot with decades of history under its belt, Le Bus Palladium has attracted some legendary names for a night of entertainment, including the Beatles, Mick Jagger, and Salvador Dali. The interior design is both chic and shabby, with plenty of velvet accents throughout the space. An extensive menu of hardy American fare is served with names of popular rock songs like the Welcome to the Jungle and the With or Without You. Live music can be found here throughout the year, with Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays reserved for a happening club scene with hot DJs spinning a fantastic mélange of funk, hip hop, soul, disco, and R and B.

Operation Hours: Daily 11 pm – 6 am

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Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Paris's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Paris Pass, Paris Explorer Pass, Paris Museum Pass, or Paris Night Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Paris' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Paris hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Novotel Paris Les Halles, Les Rives de Notre-Dame, 9Confidentiel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.