Like New York , there are many...
Like New York , there are many different Paris experiences. It is fast paced, big and a little hectic. Paris should be savoured, although you can have fun in 2 days or even on a a day trip. The Eiffel tower is a must- walk around it, it's pretty impressive if you stand right underneath and look at all the iron work too. You CAN climb all the way to the top, but it's better to get the lift. There is a fantastic view of Paris ! The Tulieries Gardens, a great place for a stroll, a beer , some people watching or just a sit down ( you can walk a lot in Paris to see everything ) . For a great alternative view of the Eiffel tower , walk to the Palais Chaillot, off Avenue du New York. There are some great little fountains next to some statues , with grass verges either side, great to cool off on a hot day. A walk along Champs Elysees is very pleasurable-walk around the Arc de Triomphe, admire the detail on the reliefs. Pause at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Recommended is a bateau mouche boat trip along the river Seine, ideally one at night and one in the day time. Commentry is several languages and quite informative. Music is played on the speakers on the boat to add atmosphere. The Louve museum is impressive, even if u only want to say hello to the Mona Lisa . Notre Dame catherdal is stunning . Nearby is Blvd San German , a great place to stroll around, soak up the atmosphere . Here are many stalls selling second hand books and posters, artists doing portraits of people..Further afield, Disney Land Paris is worth a visit, so too is Versailles. There are of course many great museums, art galleries , restaraunts ...One of the greatest pleasures is just walking around places like Mont Martre. The Ornate Opera house is worth visiting and makes for a great photo too. If you have time visit the futuristic Pompidou centre. Seeing the Eiffel tower for the first time. The view from the top is impressive too.
visit tourist spots, have a...
visit tourist spots, have a general idea about this country... when you are at La Tour Eiffel, try to look at the mid-level of the tower and find the name of people who had contributed their efforts on this tower... arc de triomphe (triumph arch) on Sunday and Monday - whenever i am there, always flooded with people...
and the long street - avenue de champs-elysees, you can even spend half day there... :)
5 Things to Recommend about Paris
5 THINGS TO RECOMMEND ABOUT PARIS
1) Mont Blanc and Pink champagne at Angélina's salon de thé!!
2) People-watching on the Métro (wow, check out those shoes - that's a great haircut - oh look how sweet that couple is - what are they doing?)
3) All the romantic couples throughout Paris walking arm-in-arm or holding hands no matter what age (teens thru older people)
4) Chez Ribe near the Eiffel Tower
5) Gargoyles at Nôtre Dame
If someone asks you some things to recommend about Paris (like you need to convince someone - either you "get" Paris or you don't!) just give them this short list courtesy of the Beatchick! It will certainly knock him/her off her guard and then you can quickly change the subject. After all, who wants to argue with an idiot about the best place on Earth?
Photo: March 2001
Most restaurants and cafes...
Most restaurants and cafes have the tip included. If the menu/ticket says: Gratuit compris, the tip has been added in. Everyone says 'Bonjour' during the day, then after 6 p.m., they say 'Bonsoir' which means 'Good evening.'
Try to speak a few words of French. Don't be the 'ugly American' who refuses to try. Many French people know some English, but if you try to speak their language, then the Parisians will warm up to you.
'Parlez-vous anglais'--Do you speak English?
If all else fails, and you're in trouble, say 'Ou est la toilette?' Where is the toilet?
Take a phrase book along!!!! Another good book to take is Rick Steves' Paris. I took this book along, and it guided me around Paris, even through the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay. Good book!
Fête de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique arrives in Paris during the summer solstice in June, and it is absolutely not something to miss!
As evening approaches, Paris comes alive with street performers and music wafts toward you from every direction. This city-wide music festival goes into the wee hours of the night. Parisians and tourists mix in the streets, watching, dancing, singing, and celebrating. And best of all, listening is free.
I highly recommend staying in Montmarte if possible. This bohemian part of Paris is especially fun during the music festival. However, in 2004 there was a huge concert at the Eiffel Tower, so check the schedule and decide where you would like to be during this unforgettable festival.