See the Musee D'Orsay (Orsay...
See the Musee D'Orsay (Orsay Museum). Many times it gets looked over because of the popularity the Louvre, but the Orsay has some of the most recognizable work. It is known especially for its Impressionist collection. Come here to see Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, and Monet. Taking Mike's Bike Tours. We did the day and the night tour and had a blast! The tours got us oriented around the city very well. The guides were spoke American english and were a lot of fun. Included on the night tour was a trip down the Seine on the Bateaux Mouches and free red wine! But a WARNING: Be prepared to be sore and tired the next day if you push yourself through two tours at a time!
Disneyland Main Street lights. They were turned on by Father Christmas everynight. First the lights on the Christmas tree would start to come on and then they would spread down the street. A majical display to watch.
Pont Neuf the day before the Euro came
We went for a walk at night the day before New Year's eve 2001/2002 and saw Pont Neuf having a Dress Rehearsal for the next night when it was dressed in a European party outfit!
See my travelogue to see more night pictures!
DOM / TOM
France is not only in Europe it also includes the Carribean and the Pacific.
In French it is Oversea's Departments (Departements d'Outre Mer = DOM) and Oversea's Territories (Terretoires d'Outre Mer = TOM). So they too are French citizens and thus EU citizens.
Perhaps it is like the US in Guam and Puerto Rico. I plan on doing more research so look out for updates.
DDOM (1) : Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion et Guyane
DOM (2) : Mayotte, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
TOM : Nouvelle Calédonie, Polynésie Française, Wallis et Futuna, TAAF
Overlooked places...with kids!
Rue Mouffetard – great street for kids, lower half is pedestrians only, street is thriving Tuesday – Sunday, most stores are closed on Monday, great playground at bottom of street, great square at top of street with fountain, open air market keeps kids entertained, chocolate shops give chocolate to kids when visiting, fun atmosphere
La Defense – great mall! Elevators make it easy/Buses and trains link into underneath, large space outside has kid play area, carousel, lots of room to run
Montmarte – great little pedestrian area, shops and restaurants, good walking area, easy with stroller
The American Library – good kids story hour, free first time but you must be a member subsequent times, expensive to join if there for a short duration
Les Halles – underground mall, not too many great stores
Jardin des Plantes – great area to bring kids, carousel and large playground
Menagerie – great small zoo
The Marais District – lots of playgrounds, narrow streets with lots of character
- Place des Vosges
- Pylonees (fun store with bright items)