PARIS — Vaugirard

The 15th arrondissement of Paris is found in the southwest part of the Left Bank and is mostly a residential middle class neighbourhood. There are no major sights but there are charming residential streets and there is a waterpark and the largest convention centre in the city.

The sights found here are:
Musée Bourdelle
Musée Pasteur
La Ruche
Aquaboulevard
Parc André Citröen

Musée Bourdelle
This is an art museum which was formerly the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who was one of the best students of Rodin. His studio was turned into a museum so that his works could be displayed in one place. Today the museum contains more than 500 works by Bourdelle and others including Delacroix, Ingres and Rodin amongst others. One of the highlights of the museum are Bourdelle’s 21 studies of Beethoven. This is a great little museum and well worth visiting.
For information about the museum visit the following website at:http://www.paris.fr/portail/loisirs/Portal.lut?page_id=6408

Musée Pasteur
This is a museum established in 1935 and dedicated to the scientist Louis Pasteur. It is found in the Institut Pasteur and displays around 1,000 scientific instruments and Pasteur’s original notes and equipment. It is actually the Art-Deco apartment where his spent the last seven years of his life. You also visit his tomb in the crypt found in the basement of the museum. You can only visit it by guided tour.
For information about the museum visit the following website at:http://www.pasteur.fr/ip/easysite/pasteur/fr/institut-pasteur/musees/musee-pasteur#

La Ruche

La Ruche
La Ruche found in Passage Dantzig is one of the few remaining small artist communities that still operate. It is a three story circular building that offers poor artists a place to sleep, eat and focus on their art. The name of the building comes from the fact that the shape of the building makes it look like a beehive which is what La Ruche means. The interior of the building isn’t open to the public but the outside is worth having a look at.
For information about La Ruche visit the website at:http://www.la-ruche.net (in French only)

Aquaboulevard
Aquaboulevard is a large indoor water park found inside a huge sports complex with tennis courts, a complete gym, squash courts and a fitness centre along with lots of other facilities. It has lovely tropical surroundings and the air and water are kept at a very comfortable 29° Celsius all year. There are also outdoor pools, a beach and an area for sunbathing. The water park has great water slides including the Aquaplouf which is 80 metres long and one of the pools has a wave machine that is turned on at regular intervals. In the complex is a 14 screen cinema complex and seven restaurants, a sports store and a play area.
For information about the water park visit the website at: http://www.aquaboulevard.fr/aquaboulevard.html

Traveller's Tip

Be aware that children under three are not allowed in the park and the best days to come are during the week except for Wednesdays and during school holidays.
Parc André Citröen

Parc André Citröen
This park is found on the former Citröen factory that stood here from 1915 until 1970 and is named after the man who created and manufactured the car of the same name. The park opened in 1992 and it is divided into several sections. In the eastern section of the park is the White Garden which has white flowering plants and is surrounded by a playground with ping-pong tables, sand-boxes and a fenced-in basketball court. The Black or Dark Garden to the west is connected to the main park by a walkway and features plants with dark flowers. The central park has two very modern greenhouses made of suspended glass walls and wooden frames. Across the paved area in front of these glasshouses are some dancing fountains. This is a wonderful park to visit with something to please everyone.