Louvre Meuseum, Eifel Tower,...
Louvre Meuseum, Eifel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Mont Marse, Don't forget to take the boat trip in the river. Chappel of Notre-Dame.
And near Paris there is a Palace. Its a must see place. The day we spent in the varsailles.
Free Paris Maps
Do not worry about Paris maps, all the hotels will provide you with free maps, that are granted by most of the famous shopping malls.
Back home I found myself with a map in each trouser and in each pocket of any jacket that I had wear there lol, so bad memory mine, i though I used to loose them hehehe
See the Opéra recently cleaned (it looks like a meringue cake).
The Opéra is partly financed by the State in order to present gorgeous shows. There are no savings on the scenery or on the dress and the plays run for a short time.
There is a large range of prices (10 to 150 euros) according to the place in the hall.
Pay attention : for 10 euros, you can listen to the music but you see few of the performance.
The Opera can be visited ( free tour) for 6 euros (open 10AM - 5 PM). I had the advantage to visit indoor. The stage is as long as the hall (50 m) but you cannot see that excepted if you attend a ballet. The basement is 20 meters under the soil, at the underground water level and it remains some basins in which, according a rumor, trouts are grown up.
According to a legend, there are on the roof some beeheeves which produce honey given initially to the singers to help us to keep their voice .
During my visit, the huge lustre was down to have its annual cleaning.
Have a glimpse on it, it is marvellous. The ceiling is original.
Smoke haters must lose their minds in Paris.
I quit (for health reasons) some time ago, but when others smoke it doesn't enrage me like it does some people. I just figure they (smokers) are as stupid as I was, and everyone is allowed to be stupid at some time in their life. I've made a career out of it.
Truth be told I still smoke (only outside or in my favorite bar) when I go to Paris, then quit when I go home, so feel free to start throwing things at any time.
"La mort à l'hypocrite ! !" ..... (thunk ...)
Watch out in Paris if you don't like smoke, as it seems like people smoke everywhere, though this appears to be definitely changing, and despite the 'group-think' / political correctness of the non-smoker lobby, all things considered that is probably a good thing.
UPDATE 1/17/'07 -
Art Buchwald, a world-class columnist who lived, ate, loved, drank & wrote in Paris for almost 2 decades (post WWII until the Kennedy administration of 1960) died today at age 81.
A true Paris gourmand, writer, flaneur, and former notorious cigar smoker, known for ruining other peoples meals at Coupole and Tour d'Argent with his awful stogies-
had some great quotes about Paris / smoking in his Washington Post column:
Adieu to the City of Lighters
written in the last year of his life. Some quotes below:
"It is hard to imagine France as a smoke-free country.
Only the old movies will show people smoking. If "Casablanca" were filmed today, Humphrey Bogart's nightclub would have signs all over it saying "Sans Fumee" (No Smoking).
Imagine the hookers in Pigalle standing in doorways, biting their nails.
A French friend, Henri Fouquet, said, "When Americans stopped smoking, their culture went downhill. It will happen in France." "
Adieu Art - we will miss you.
All the above - © 2007 Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive & Art Buchwald
Paris Walks Tours Are Excellent!
While in Paris last spring my husband and I decided to try a walking tour with Paris Walks. It was the first of at least 5 of their tours that we joined - and then we booked a private tour of the Louvre for ourselves and guests. The guides are native English speakers who have lived in France for many years. They are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining.
At about 10 euros a person, these tours are a great way to get "off the beaten path" info about Paris - and to see things that most tourists never see or notice.