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Exploring Paris


In this special issue, Smithsonian Journeys quarterly takes you to Paris for an intriguing look at the history and culture of the City of Lights. Stroll the streets and learn the surprising ways that past meets present through food, architecture, the arts, local customs and more.
Here's some of what you'll find:

How Paris became Paris:
Go on a walking tour and read how changes starting in the 17th century made Paris the singular walking city it is today.

Atlas of Eating:
How the croissant made its way to France from Vienna and became synonymous with a Parisian breakfast.

Paris Hammam:
The Hammam or Turkish bath, where Arab and non-Arab women congregate, was first brought to Paris by Moroccan immigrants at the beginning of the last century.

Foucault's Pendulum:
The museum of technological innovation (Musée" des Arts et Métiers) has a wondrous assortment of cunning inventions.

Capital of Cinema:
With dozens of stylish and newly renovated movie palaces and special ticket deals, Paris is a Paradise for film lovers.

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