George V, Paris: Within Walking Distance The best Paris museum is also the least known, and just a short distance from the Hotel. Find out more about this and other sight-seeing tips for the City of Light.
1/7 Arc de Triomphe Long before the Eiffel Tower, this was the signature of Paris—the world’s largest triumphal arch, commissioned by Napoleon himself. It occupies a focal point in the middle of a traffic circle created by the intersection of 10 streets, including the famed Champs- Élysées. While it is a sight to see from any angle, surprisingly few visitors realize that you can enter and ascend the Arc, earning a 360-degree view with an unparalleled perspective on the adrenaline-pumping drivers tackling one of the world’s most dysfunctional traffic circles. Underneath the Arc is France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and its eternal flame.
2/7 Avenue des Champs-Élysées Cities around the world have tried to recreate their own versions of this grand boulevard, but there is only one Champs- Élysées. The end closest to the George V, beginning at the Arc de Triomphe, is a shoppers’ paradise, home to popular and buzzing retailers at all price points. A few blocks away, the shops end and the boulevard takes on tree-lined stateliness and a park-like feel as it runs to the Place de la Concorde. The obelisk here is from Egypt’s Luxor and is the oldest man-made structure in Paris.
3/7 Avenues George V and Montaigne Forming the “Golden Triangle” of Parisian shopping, these two quiet streets just off the Champs-Élysées are home to the most upscale and desirable Paris retailers, many just a few steps from the hotel. Those on George V include Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy and the flagship Louis Vuitton, where fans line up for new limited-release purses. Avenue Montaigne is home to Chanel, Dior, Thierry Mugler, Céline, Loewe, Dolce & Gabbana and the Yves Saint Laurent flagship store.
4/7 Musée Jacquemart-Andre One of the city’s least well known but best museums, this one is entirely devoted to the decorative arts, and it appeals to an adult audience interested in this field. It contains a world-class display of textiles, carpets, tapestries, busts, antiques and, yes, paintings, including Rembrandt and Rubens.
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5/7 Bateaux Mouches These boats are a Parisian signature and have long been a favourite of tourists. If you have never done the ride, you should. The hour-long tours on the Seine are regularly scheduled, as often as every 30 minutes in peak summer season, and at a leisurely pace give a quick overview of the city and its true heart, the river. It is only from the water that much of the ornate statuary and detail of Paris’ many elaborate bridges can be appreciated.
6/7 Eiffel Tower Just across the bridge near the shore of the Left Bank, the Eiffel Tower is an easy 15-minute walk from the Hotel, which allows you to really appreciate the structure—the most recognizable on earth—as you approach on foot. A ride to the top and the observation platform is a must for anyone who has not done it; along with viewing the Mona Lisa, it’s the most iconic Parisian tourist experience.
7/7 Hediard A world-renowned gourmet store, Hediard is perhaps best known for its extensive selection of fine teas. But it also carries virtually everything to tempt the food lover, wine lover and champagne lover, including its own label of bubbly. Chocolates, pastries, cured meats, cheeses, even impossibly perfect fresh fruit are here, along with a huge selection of premium jams, compotes and spreads. Like Tiffany’s, Hediard enjoys a distinctive and recognizable packaging that makes its products perfect gifts. You do not have to go far to satisfy your appetite—it is on the same block as the hotel.
Photography courtesy Hediard
Paris, the City of Light, is forever associated with romance, food and numerous iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Bastille and many more. The entire city is a pleasure for the senses, but its beating heart is the Eighth Arrondissement, the pride of the Right Bank, where the city’s grandest boulevard, the Champs-Élysées, links the Arc de Triomphe with the ancient obelisk of the Place de la Concorde. Many of the city’s finest restaurants, shops and gourmet purveyors are found here. So is Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, named for the opulent avenue on which it sits. Here is a photographic collection of the best sites nearby. Plan Your Visit
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