Didn't spend much time...
Didn't spend much time there,but i can tell you it's a pretty city Actually,i had gone through the other parts f the city,this is where they had students marching through the streets playing some funeral march,dressed in costumes and shooting off a cannon or some big loud noise. It was around Halloween
Louvre tickets - avoid ticket queus
Apparently there can be large quese at the ticket booth at the Louvre.
To jump the queue in front of the pyramid or at the ticket offices, all you need to do is buy your ticket in advance.
Tickets sold in advance are not available at the Louvre.
The entrance ticket to the museum is valid for an unlimited period of time.
You can buy your tickets in advance:
in Fnac, Virgin Megastore, Le Printemps, Les Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marchý, BHV, Carrefour, Continent, Auchan, Extrapole, Hyper-Media.
You can also get them via the internet at http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=europe&query=schedule&venue=louvre for visitors from USA and Canada.
http://www.ticketnet.fr/shop/fr/resultat.asp?recherche=mots&mots=mus%E9e%2Bdu%2Blouvre&idtier=138989 for visitors from other countries.
You can also call
Fnac : 0 892 684 694 (0,34 euros per min.) ; from abroad, please dial :
00 33 1 41 57 32 28
Ticketnet : 0 892 697 073 (0,34 euros per min.) ; from abroad, please dial :
00 33 1 46 91 57 57
Please refer to my other tips for package deals on tickets.
Place de la Concorde
Au 19e siècle l'obélisque vieux de 3200 ans du temple de Ramses II à Thebes a été installé au centre de la Place de la Concorde. C'est un monolithe grand de 23 mètres de granite rose qui pèse approximativement 230 tonnes. En 1831, il a été offert par le Vice-roi d'Egypte à Louis Philippe. 3 obélisques on été offerts par le Vice-roi, mais c'est le seul qui a été transporté à Paris. L'obélisque est couvert de hiéroglyphes qui décrivent le règne des pharaons Ramses II & Ramses III. Les images sur le piédestal décrivent le transport à Paris et son installation sur la place en 1836. A chaque angle de la place octogonale une statue qui représente une ville française t: Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen et Strasbourg. Elles ont été installées en 1836 par Jacob Ignaz Hittorf. Cette même année une fontaine de bronze, appelée ' La fontaine des Mers' a été ajouté sur la place. Une deuxième : ' Élévation de la fontaine Maritime', a été installé en 1839. Les deux fontaines ont été conçues par Hittorf.
De la Place de la Concorde vous pouvez voir l'Arc Triomphe (ouest), la Madeleine (nord), le Tuileries (est) et, à travers la Seine, l'Assemblée Nationale (sud). In the 19th century the 3200 years old obelisk from the temple of Ramses II at Thebes was installed at the center of the Place de la Concorde. It is a 23 meters tall monolith in pink granite and weighs approximately 230 tons. In 1831, it was offered by the Viceroy of Egypt to Louis Philippe. It was only one of 3 obelisks offered by the Viceroy, but only one was transported to Paris. The obelisk is covered with hieroglyphs picturing the reign of pharaohs Ramses II & Ramses III. Pictures on the pedestal describe the transportation to Paris and its installation at the square in 1836. At each corner of the octagonal square is a statue representing a French city: Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen and Strasbourg. They were installed in 1836 by Jacob Ignaz Hittorf. That same year a bronze fountain, called 'La fontaine des Mers' was added to the square. A second one, the 'Elevation of the Maritime' fountain, was installed in 1839. Both fountains were designed by Hittorf .
From the Place de la Concorde you can see the Arc de Triomphe (west), the Madeleine (north), the Tuileries (east) and, across the Seine, the Assemblée Nationale (south).
Everyday you will notice that the Parisians go shopping for food at the neighborhood shops and/or street markets. For example, at the rue Mouffetard and rue Buci street markets, they are busy from morning until closing time. Locals hurriedly check out each produce stall and shop in the hopes of buying some fresh food to take home for dinner and/or supper.
If the Parisians don't have the time (due to working in offices) to drop by the markets then they make do with the shops that open later than the street markets. Around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, quite a few people leave work and head to the shops to buy the night's meal: boulangerie, fromagerie, bucherie, and of course the best shop of all, the patisserie. When you pass these shops you will notice huge lines. It seems to me that the patisseries garner the most lines. ;)
And there are times when the supermarkets are overflowing as well. It could be that on a given Monday night around 7 p.m. you will find huge lines at the neighborhood Monoprix! The Lafayette Gourmet is busy from the afternoons! Everyone waiting in line looks so tired (well, of course, they've just come from the office) and disgusted as they've got their shopping carts filled and they just want to check out and leave! But the cashiers, who sit down on the jobs, take it nice and slow no matter how long the lines get!
This is one slice of Parisian life that is so different than what we Americans know, and if you decide to do some food shopping as well, go earlier in the day to save time.
The Mairie (City Hall) organizes rollerskate and bike rides around Paris, and *thousands* of people get together for it. If you happen to be driving or simply trying to cross the street when they're passing, expect to wait some 20min+ until everybody's gone and the police has freed your way... very cool.
The 'ballade' on Friday nights is for experienced riders (leaves from Place d'Italie), and every Sunday afternoon there is a ride that anyone can take part in: families, beginners and experts. You can rent the equipment.