InterContinental Parijs - Le Grand
Begin your day in the City of Light with a trip to the Marché d’Aligre, an extensive indoor and outdoor market where you can shop like a local for produce and cheese. Then walk or take the Metro to the Place des Vosges, a handsome square lined with arches and art galleries. From here, you can easily explore the inner courtyards of the historic Le Marais district, one of the oldest in the city. A local bistro, such as the Café des Musées on Rue de Turenne, is an ideal place to stop for lunch.
After lunch, take a leisurely stroll beside the Seine and visit the Île St. Louis and Île de la Cité, home to the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral. As you walk along the banks of the river, you can browse the second-hand bookstalls stocked with old volumes and vintage photographs. Nearby, the historic Église St.-Germain-des-Près dates from the sixth century. Before returning to the hotel, have a drink in Les Deux Magots or Café de Flore, both renowned haunts of famous past writers.
End your perfect day in Paris with the help of the hotel's concierge. We can arrange tickets to a concert at Sainte-Chapelle, a Gothic royal chapel famed for its huge windows of 13th-century stained glass – the effect is dazzling and the atmosphere magical. After the concert, you can return to the hotel and enjoy a gourmet dinner in the classic Parisian surroundings of the Café de la Paix and an evening cocktail in The Bar. If you prefer, ask the concierge to recommend a nearby restaurant.
HONEY MADE ON THE OPERA ROOF
Above the Paris Opera house, hundreds of thousands of bees produce two thousand kilos of honey every year. A 100g jar of honey will cost you 16EUROS and is available for purchase at the Opera house boutiques as well as the fine grocery store Fauchon.
THE VINEYARDS OF MONTMARTRE
Visit the small hill in autumn and you will be surrounded by the famous Grape-Harvest's party of Montmartre. The vineyards are an ancient landmark on the hill. Bacchus, the God of Wine had a temple here. The Abbotts had their own wine press close to Saint Pierre Church. On the first Saturday in October, the grapes are harvested by many important people including celebrities, delegations; Les Chevaliers du Taste-Wine; (the knights of Wine Tasting) from different French provinces. Always a most festive event.
VISIT OF THE SEWERS
For centuries, the main source of drinking water in Paris was the Seine river, which was also the main sewer. Constructions of an underground sewerage system began in 1825 under Napoleon. Today, Egouts de Paris is a smelly museum. Each sewer in the 2,100 km system is marked with a replica of the street sign above. Remember to bring a sweater, as it is always cool underground.