Paris is undergoing a renaissance, from the museums to the streets. Known for terrible traffic along the riverbanks, the expressway has been redone and now features wide walkways and cycling lanes. Complete with floating gardens and artificial islands, the once congested streets are now a peaceful promenade. In the Louvre, a new Islamic art gallery was added with a flourish and a flying carpet, (it hangs from the ceiling), and Notre Dame got a makeover with nine new chimes. The Musée Picassso is now housed in a 17th century Marais mansion, after extensive renovations. A new year, a new look for the world's most beautiful city.