Go out and eat at as many...
Go out and eat at as many Parisian Restaraunts as possible, the food is well worth the sometimes hefty price. I especially liked the pizzas. But places that you must see are of course, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Take a river cruise on the Seine River, See the Arc de Triomphe, Moulon Rouge, Museo D'Orsay (an old train station renovated into a museum), and the Louvre Museum (this museum houses many fine, world reknown works of art, ranging from the painting of Mona Lisa to Napoleon's house with all of it's GOLDEN furniture and chandeliers.) Make sure you set aside almost an entire day to see the Louvre, because its corridors and halls are so vast, that you probably wouldn't see everything if you spent a week in there. This is not really a fond memory, but it is kinda funny now when I look back on it. My friend Dale, & I had to catch a train to Paris as soon as our plane landed in Frankfurt, Germany. Well, our plane was late, so in turn, we were late for our train, so I had to drive all the way to Paris so we wouldn't miss the Tool, Papa Roach, and Alien Ant Farm concert in Paris. They drive like maniacs in Paris, and I knew this, which is why I dreaded driving there. I didn't stand a chance on the streets of Paris. Well, God-willing, I'm still alive, but my car has a dent and scratch from the front fender to the rear of the car. Now, I know what you're thinking, 'he wrecked his car in Paris!' Well, you're wrong....I am a proud survivor of Parisian streets, but not of the long drive hone on the autobahn........I fell asleep and hit a guard rail. What does this have to do with traveling to Paris? Nothing, but be carefull of the maniacs on the streets though.
How to get a good snog off a Frenchwoman
There is a certain poster (see opp.) that adorns student walls all over the place. The great beauty of the picture is whether is has been caught 'candidly' or whether it was staged.
When the woman featured in Robert Doisneau's classic photograph of a couple kissing outside Paris city hall sold her original print at auction then we knew the answer - it was staged.
The picture in question , "Kiss by the Hotel de Ville", sold for 155,000 euros recently.
Francoise Bornet and her then boyfriend agreed to pose for the picture in 1950.
You too can recreate the scene outside the town hall (Hotel d'ville) by getting a load of photo equipment and getting a friend to set it up. Then find a long coat, pull your head through a hedge backwards, and finally approach a likely looking statuesque Freenchwoman for a surprised snatched kiss. It may work, and you can sell your work for a fortune or, alternatively you may end up in hospital with bruised shins and on a charge of sexual harrassment.
I like that you can go to a cafe and order wine by the pitcher. It's called 'en pitchet' (in a pitcher) and there are several sizes to choose from. This way you don't get convinced to buy an entire bottle of wine. We ended up purchasing a regular size bottle of red wine at Vieux Bistro and the type we ordered was their cheapest at approximately 27 euro! They do sell smaller bottles which is generally equal to two glasses or a little bit more. It's still not reasonable either.
I noticed when I came here...
I noticed when I came here that there were quite alot of Japanese here. This was a little surprising for me since I'd never seen any Japanese in the UK. I wonder what it is about Paris which attracts them?
Champ de Mars
The Champ de Mars is not out of the way or undiscovered; it is right by the Eiffel Tower. However, I could not find where to write about this green spot, so I decided to put it here. I sat on the green for a while and stared at the Eiffel Tower at night. It was beautiful. It is nice to stop touring and just take a break.
The metro station closest would be Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel