Friday, August 4, 2017

Lesser-Known Attractions in Paris

Benjamin Perlin is a Nashville-based photographer who enjoys exploring darkroom techniques and using traditional film cameras. Outside of his work as a photographer, Benjamin (Ben) Perlin enjoys travel and has visited a number of major cities around the world, including Paris.

While many people associate Paris with the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge, Paris has many attractions that are off the beaten path. Le Marché de Belleville is a market that few tourists explore. Visitors are greeted by the smells of spices, vegetables, and roasting meat. The market remains one of the most ethnically diverse in Paris, so tourists can find truly unique items. 

Paris is also known for its museums. One of the best that often gets overlooked is the Musée Rodin, which is dedicated to the famous sculptor. There, visitors can see The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and other masterpieces.

Out of the city, tourists can explore La Petite Ceinture, a 19-mile ring of abandoned railway that circles Paris. The railway was the target of a massive restoration project that converted it into a haven for plants and animals. The area remains one of the best spots in Paris for hiking.