City of Lights
I like Paris the best at night when all the light are lit. Buildings, monuments and streets are well lit and give a magical tough to Paris. Maybe that's why they call it the City of Lights? Going up the Eiffel tower at 10.30 p.m. and looking over Paris. Around Christmas time you even have a better look. The Champs-Elysees with all the bright trees can easily be spotted, also are all the other well lit buildings and monuments.
Museo d' Orsay
If you love impressionism, this is your place.
Originally it was a train station and then it became a museum in 1977. The museum displays 19th and 20 th century art, including statues and impressionist painting, like: Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degass, Van Gogh, Cezanne (See my travelogue)
Si eres amante del impresionismo, este es tu lugar. Emplazado sobre una antigua estación trenes, conserva mucho de su arquitectura original. Posee colecciones de Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Toulouse Loutrec. También pueden apreciarse obras del post-impresionismo, naturalismo, simbolismo y art-noveau. (ver mi travelogue) The collection of impressionist painting is great and the main gallery has beautiful sculptures.-
You shoud stop for a while to admire the clock, which is situated in the main gallery.-
There is a café on the sky-lit upper level, where views of Paris can be enjoyed from behind the original station clock.-
La colección de pintura impresionista es grandiosa y en la galería principal se pueden admirar bellísimas esculturas.-
Vale la pena detenerse a admirar el reloj que se encuentra a uno de los lados de la galería principal. Sugiero asimismo visitar la terraza del segundo piso - al lado de la cafetería - , donde se puede apreciar una buena panorámica de los tejados de París y del Sena.-
UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, was established on 16th of November 1945.
It has its headquarters in Paris and 73 field offices and units in different parts of the world.
You can visit the UNESCO Headquarters building and works of art, daily from Monday to Friday (except on public holidays).
Où sont les toilettes?
(OOH sohng lay twa-LEHT?)
For the first-time traveler, restrooms in Europe can be interesting. Finding them can be an adventure. Using them can be an experience. We found the public potties in Paris to be no exception. The best of them are in museums and big hotels, and the most difficult to access are in cafes and restaurants: usually tucked away in the basement, down a steep flight of stairs. This is no problem for the sure-footed but a challenge for anyone unable to manage steps without assistance. Sometimes luxuries like seats, towels, soap, hot water and paper are optional.
Here are a few potty-planning tips to simplify the process:
• Always "go" before you leave the hotel
• Always tuck a pack of tissues and antibacterial wet-wipes in your bag
• Make a run for les toilette at every museum or cafe you visit - even if you don't think you need to
• By all means stop into a cafe to use their facilities - but expect to purchase something
• It's not unusual to find just one facility for use by both sexes
• Some are very tiny spaces: if you have more than one small child, you may have to take them in turns
• Many do not have baby-changing stations. Find a discrete bench, nice department store or hotel biffy somewhere for a lingerie swap
• Most are flushed not by a lever but via a panel on the wall above
• You may run into the "hole in the floor" version but most likely only in men's facilities
• Some of them have attendants who keep them clean and stocked. In these cases, you'll be expected to fork over anywhere from 20 cents to a euro for the privilege: always have some change in your pocket.
And most importantly: do NOT wait until it's critical to find one - especially with recently-trained small persons in tow!
See my next tip for another interesting option - especially if handicapped.
If you are an american, do NOT pack jeans. Just don't. Nice pants, skirts, comfortable clothes which aren't jeans. People in Paris are much more put together than most places in the US.
On the plane coming back from Paris the last time I went, there was a huge group of french people trying to look american. They had denim on from head to toe. Not only was it really funny, but it made it very clear how they think americans dress.