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* PARIS A PIED INC. HELPS YOU become well acquainted with the French capital. The company believes that tourists who want to make Paris their own must roam its meandering streets and peek into its alleyways. You can visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower on your own. But to discover the Latin Quarter or the Marais, the historic right bank founded in the 14th century, you need a guide. The company, whose name translates to Paris on Foot, offers four walking tours: 1. The islands in the Seine River (Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis) 2. the Latin Quarter 3. the Marais and 4. the glass-roofed arcades on the north bank of the Seine near the Louvre. Walking time is approximately three hours apiece. The price is $45 per person. Guides are residents of Paris who speak excellent English. Each group is limited to six people. For information call 1-800-594-9535. The Latin Quarter tour will take you to Rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets in the city. An open-air market has been located there since the 1300s. The city's best preserved Roman ruins are in this quarter. The Seine islands tour takes you to the oldest part of Paris, dating back to 200 B.C. For centuries they were the center of the French empire. Buildings and cobblestone streets date back to the Middle Ages. The Marais (meaning marsh) was once a neighborhood of aristocrats. You'll walk past elegant 17th century city chateaux. Some have been restored and turned into museums. The Hotel Sale is now the Picasso Museum. Victor Hugo lived in the beautiful Place des Vosges.

Glass-roof arcades were popular in the early 1800s. They provided quiet, traffic-free areas for shops and apartments. The tour of these takes place near the Louvre. They now house a mix of small shops and tea rooms.

ANTIQUING IN MASSACHUSETTS. Fall is an ideal time for hunting antiques in Massachusetts. More than 4,000 Northeast dealers participate in Brimfield's Outdoor Antiques Show Sept. 5-10 (413-283-6149). Historic Deerfield will host its one-day Antiques Forum Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (413-774-5581). Provincetown will hold its Antique Fair Sept. 7-9 (508-487-1750). And car enthusiasts will focus on the Antique Auto Show & Competition in Sandwich Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* MALIBU'S SUMMER ARTWALK features the fanciful metal sculptures of French artist Pascal Giacomini through August. The works of art dot the landscape of the actor's colony in outdoor settings. Their locations are highlighted on a map available at locations throughout the area. This is the first of the town's year-round outdoor art exhibits.

* SEATTLE OPERA'S "RING" will run through Aug. 27. Ticket sales to the performances have reached new heights. The house is 98 percent sold out. To purchase tickets ($32-$100), call 1-800-426-1619, or write Seattle Opera, P.O. Box 9248, Seattle, WA 98109. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

CALIFORNIA'S SPANISH MISSIONS. Twenty-one missions are part of California's historic mission trail and they are all located on or near Highway 101. The highway roughly traces El Camino Real (the Royal Road) named to honor the Spanish monarchy that financed expeditions into what is now California. From San Diego to Los Angeles, the historic highway is known as I-5. From Santa Clarita to San Francisco the road is called State Highway 82. Highway 101 picks up again north of San Francisco to the mission at San Rafael. From there State Highway 37 leads to the last mission in Sonoma. The first of these missions was built in 1769. The last in 1823.

Here's a list traveling north from San Diego:

- San Diego de Alcala (1769) is at 10818 San Diego Mission Rd., San Diego, (619) 281-8449.

- San Luis Rey de Francia (1798) is east of Oceanside on State Highway 76 (4050 Mission Ave., San Luis Rey), 619-757-3651.

- San Juan Capistrano is famous for the annual arrival of the swallows each spring. The Serra Chapel (1777) is the oldest building still in use in California. The rest of the mission was severely damaged in an 1812 earthquake. Located in the town of San Juan Capistrano. (714) 248-2049.

- San Gabriel Arcangel (1771) is at 537 W. Mission Dr., San Gabriel, (818) 282-5191. Built like a fortess with five-foot thick walls and narrow windows. It's the only California mission of this design.

- San Buenaventure (1782), 225 E. Main St., Ventura, (805) 648-4496.

- San Fernando Rey de Espana (1797), 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills (in the San Fernando Valley) (818) 361-0186. The largest free-standing adobe in California.

- Santa Barbara (1786), 2201 Laguna St., Santa Barbara (805) 682-4713. Damaged in a 1925 earthquake but now restored.

- Santa Ines (1804), 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang (805) 688-4815. Some of the original decorations remain on the wall behind the alter.

- La Purisima Conception, (1787), 2295 Purisima Rd., Lompoc (805) 733-3713. Thirty-seven rooms have been restored and furnished. Volunteers give living history demonstrations.

- San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (1772), 782 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo (805) 543-6850. Renovated in the 1930s.

- San Miguel Archangel (1797), 801 Mission St., San Miguel (805) 467-3256. Murals painted by Indians are the best preserved in California.

- San Antonia de Padua (1771), Mission Creek Rd., Jolon (408) 385-4478. Largely restored to its original condition. Lovely archway bells.

- Nuestra Senora de la Soledad (1791), 36641 Ft. Romie Rd., Soledad, (408) 678-2586. Church still has original floor tile.

- San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (1770), 3080 Rio Rd., Carmel (408) 624-3600. Moorish design with lovely gardens.

- San Juan Bautista (1797), Second and Mariposa Sts., San Juan Bautista (408) 623-4528.

- Santa Cruz (1794), 126 High St., Santa Cruz (408) 426-5686. Half-scale replica sits next to the original site. Mission was abandoned by the padres.

- Santa Clara de Asis (1777), 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 554-4023. Bells are the originals sent from Spain.

- San Jose (1797), 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont (510) 657-1797. Parish church now stands on the site with relics from the mission.

- San Francisco de Asis, Mission Dolores (1776), 3321 16th St., San Francisco (415) 621-8203. The oldest building in San Francisco.

- San Rafael Arcangel (1817), 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael (415) 454-8141. A chapel duplicates most of the original mission church, which was torn down in 1870 for firewood.

- San Francisco Solano (1823), 20 E. Spain St., Sonoma (707) 938-1519. The church seen today was built in 1840. The original washed away in a thunderstorm. The Sebastiani Vineyards include much of the original mission vineyard.