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Inside the Petit Palais. Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau
Everyone talks about the awe-inspiring Grand Palais, but the Petit Palais--located directly across the street--is the palais to visit.

Not only is it free, but visitors will marvel at what's inside--paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture.

Take a walk inside the interior courtyard where the garden offers an escape from the noisy streets of Paris.

Have lunch at the moderately-priced cafe and enjoy the richness of the architecture and design of the Petit Palais.

I was able to catch the last viewing of the Reporters sans Frontières exhibit of 100 photos by Pierre & Alexandra Boulat. I was enamored with the intensity and raw images of war, fashion, and women.

The photos were so personal, I felt like I was actually present when they shot some of the images. At times, I felt the need to pause and reflect on what I was seeing. 

It's not an overwhelming museum, but the perfect cultural experience for those who want to spend an hour or two surrounded by beautiful art and architecture.

The museum is located on Avenue Winston Churchill. Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau. Entrance to the museum and special exhibits are free.