Les Invalides was created by Louis XIV as a retirement home and hospital for war veterans, a complex of buildings connected by a tie to the French military. It contains museums and monuments, including the Museum of the Army of France, exhibits for World Wars I and II, French Medieval History, and the Museum of Contemporary History. There is also a burial place for war heroes, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte, which draws visitors from around the world. The cathedral and dome are beautiful, and basic meals are offered, while the museums themselves are well organized with explanations in both English and French. The Paris museum pass gets you free admission into the museums, but not the gardens.
Travel just south of Paris along the Seine and you’ll find this large boat, moored along the bank a... Read more