Discover What’s New in the City of Light, Paris

With fantastic art, a significant history, legendary cuisine, and a beautiful language, the sounds, tastes, and sights in Paris are a joy to discover and rediscover. Though Paris is beloved for its iconic architecture and culture, its upgrades, renovations, and additions will leave you equally breathless, and there have been plenty of them of late. Here’s a look at the newest Paris has to offer, which you can enjoy when you embark on Vantage’s Treasures of France river cruise. This special journey combines two cruises in one and is a celebration of all things French—including a stop in the City of Light, plus the opportunity to extend your stay here.

Before enjoying the sights in Paris you’ll explore the Seine on a river journey to Normandy. Besides exploring unforgettable sites (including the WWII D-Day landing sites at Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach) you’ll enjoy onboard programs that will enhanve your visit to Paris. The Introduction to Cheese, Wine, and Bread demonstration will be a great primer for your forays into the wonderful restaurants of Paris, and other onboard lectures and discussions, such as an Introduction to France Today, will provide you with a solid foundation for your interactions with local people.

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As you enter Paris, you’ll pass by the UNESCO World Heritage-listed riverbanks of the Seine, a peaceful stretch of public space free from automobile traffic. The banks have alwyas been a favoriet amon residents and visitors aliek, but now they are even more appealing thanks to recent restoration. Take a leisurely stroll between the bridges of Pont de I’Ama and Pont Royal along new walkways that the city finished building just last year. Here, in an auto-free pedestrian zone, you can join Parisians as they gather to play chess or sports, or you can sip on an espresso or a glass of wine at one of the new restaurants, cafes, and bars that now line the river here.

Step into the spiritual heart of France with a visit to one of the most famous sights in Paris, Notre Dame. Built over 850 years ago, Notre Dame is hardly new, but it has been undergoing changes for the better. This historical site’s fine French-Gothic architecture is still intact, but the lovely ringing that echoes across the city during your visit is the sound of its new bells, which were created with the original medieval chimes in mind. And the upkeep didn’t stop there. Recently, the nearly 8,000 pipes that comprise the cathedral’s impressive organ were replaced. Can you hear the difference?

In one of the most stylish cities in the world, haute couture has a new home at The Musée Galliera, a fashion museum that reopened last year. Browse through the new displays that show off this museum’s 100,000-piece collection, with designs dating back to the 18th century.

The summer of 2014 will mark the much-anticipated reopening of the Picasso Museum. Satisfy your inner-artist by planning a visit here. The space has drastically increased in size, allowing for the display of 500 of Picasso’s works. Located inside the 17th-century Hotel Sale, this museum will also feature paintings from Picasso’s personal collection, including works by Matisse, Renoir, and Cézanne.

No two visits to Paris are ever the same. Take advantage of a France river cruise to see what’s new in Paris and have the trip of a lifetime.