Free things to do in Paris.
The 400-year-old Tuileries gardens, in the heart of Paris between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, offers a place to relax with its ornate fountains, magical statues and fresh air. The Arc de Triomphe is in the background. (Oct. 23, 2012)
A couple sits on the bank of the Seine River in Paris. (Oct. 23, 2012)
Children play in sand during the Paris Plages event in Paris, which features palm trees, sand beaches, hammocks, lounge chairs, volleyball courts and a pool line along the 2.2-mile riverside attraction. Paris Plages, or Paris Beaches, is a free summer event that transforms several spots along the Seine River into complete beaches. (July 20, 2012)
An auction officer sells clothing at the Drouot auction house in Paris. The world's largest auction house open to the public, Drouot offers 16 functioning auction rooms. (Oct. 23, 2012)
Visitors inspect jewels and paintings at the Drouot auction house in Paris. (Oct. 23, 2012)
The Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris. The landmark white domes indelibly mark the Paris skyline, located at the city's highest point on Montmartre hill, and the basilica features the world's largest apse mosaic, designed by Luc-Olivier Merson. (Oct. 23, 2012)