Less popular on the tourist map than the truly famous sights of this great city, the following “hidden travel gems” are, nonetheless, interesting and worthwhile for those with enough time to check them out.
Montmartre — This hilly district to the north of the city center is a thriving artist bastion, once home to painters such as Picasso, Monet, and Dali. It also features the church of Sacre Coeur, the lovely white structure with commanding views of the entire city.
Pantheon — This “church of all religions” is a sister to the famous Pantheon of Rome. Although not nearly as old, this classic structure is stately and eye-catching. It is located on the Left Bank.
St Sulpice Church — Also on the Left Bank is this interesting church which figured prominently in the Dan Brown novel, The DaVinci Code.
Luxembourg Gardens — Even locals frequent this oasis of greenery in the busy city center. It is quiet and pretty, a welcome change of pace from the hectic traffic and crowds.