We’ll Always Have Paris…Texas

Traveler photographer Bob Krist recently paid a visit to Paris… Paris, Texas that is. Here, he shares some of the charms of the city on the far, far, left bank of the Seine.

It may not be the City of Light, but the world’s second biggest Paris, in northeast Texas, is “worth a sidetrip” (as the Michelin Guides would say). You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the Texas-style Eiffel Tower, 65 feet high and crowned with a big red cowboy hat. It’s no longer the second largest Eiffel Tower (darn you, Las Vegas!), but it’s the only one in the world with a hat.

Check out Bob’s picks after the jump…

For some French style pastry and superb sandwiches, stop by the Paris

Bakery, where owner Kit Lindsey makes everything from scratch…simply

the best coffee and croissant for miles around.    

An afternoon winetasting at the Paris Vineyard

winery in the main square of town will yield some very nice surprises

as the local vintages are very respectable. Manager Matt McCormick can

guide you through the reds and whites in the Tuscan-inspired tasting


For museum buffs, Paris has two offerings. The Lamar County Historical Society Museum

features a wealth of displays of local history, including an entire log

cabin, preserved and reassembled in its entirety, as well as tools and

implements from the era.     

The privately owned William and Elizabeth Hayden Museum of American Art

has no less than five galleries boasting a world-class collection of

originals from artists like Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargeant, Thomas

Hart Benton, Grant Wood, and a host of others. The museum traces the

progression of American art from the pre-Revolutionary times to the

present in a number of mediums.    

Civil War buffs will enjoy the lovingly preserved Samuel Bell Maxey house. About to embark on a major restoration project of the exterior, the

Maxey House presents furnished rooms staffed with knowledgeable docents

who bring Civil War-era Paris to life with colorful anecdotes. Don’t

miss the historic Evergreen Cemetery, which includes the “Jesus in

Cowboy Boots” memorial on the Babcock family site. The story behind the

sculpture is a hoot.    

And for a taste of what you can’t get in the other Paris, but you can get here, stop in on Tuesdays or Saturdays at the High Strung Bluegrass Band building on Hearne Avenue for some down-home pickin’ and singin’ and tasty fried fruit pies.    


finally, be careful driving to your next stop in Texas. As I was

heading south towards San Antonio, I got pulled over and ticketed for

speeding in, I kid you not, Italy, Texas!

Photo Slideshow: Bob Krist


  1. guide to paris
    July 4, 2009, 8:57 pm

    Paris is one of the favourite holiday destinatations of many people around the globe.I must say this is the most romantic city on the planet.

  2. Kristie Lawler
    July 1, 2009, 10:39 pm

    Glad you enjoyed your visit to the Sam Bell Maxey House. The house is one of 20 historic sites highlighted on the Texas Historical Commission’s blog http://www.seethesites.blogspot.com. Check it out!
    Kristie Lawler
    Senior Marketing Specialist
    Texas Historical Commission