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Paris Cheat Sheet

by Christina Henry de Tessan

What's New in Paris

So you were just here a few months ago and you're sure you've seen everything. Well, think again. Paris is ready to spring a few surprises even on you, hallowed expert.

Petit Trianon, Versailles: Yes, we know, you've probably toured the château, but there's a new reason to visit: Marie Antoinette's own beloved mini palace and park have been immaculately restored—and look so fresh you might imagine the queen has just stepped out for a moment.

Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, 7th Arr.: What began as an obscure little exhibition space expanded in 2010 into a multifloor museum showcasing the letters and texts of many of France's greatest writers. Seeing Victor Hugo's curlicue script, Balzac's notes and cross-hatchings, Zola's personal letters, and Saint-Exupéry's sketches for Le Petit Prince makes these legendary authors a bit more human, and has a certain voyeuristic appeal.

Pinacothèque de Paris, 8th Arr.: Exhibits at the Pinacothèque may be temporary, but these blockbusters always make a lasting impression. Showing through May 29, 2011: The Treasures of the Romanovs. Afterward, walk down the Rue Royale to Ladurée to treat yourself to a macaron.

Where to stay: With a gleaming Philippe Starck design, a glamorous location by the Arc de Triomphe, and on-site art shows, it's little surprise that the Raffles Le Royal Monceau (pictured) became Paris' It hotel shortly after reopening its doors in 2010. Rooms start at $910 per night.

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