Take your time! Don't try to...
Take your time! Don't try to see everything in just two or three days. Try to concentrate on a few must sees and try to relax as well. There is so much to see and do in Paris it's absolutely impossible to do everything in just a few days. Try to enjoy your visit! My fondest memory of Paris is sitting with a friend at the steps of Sacre Couer with a bottle of French red wine watching the sun go down.
have a really good guide book:...
have a really good guide book: Well, I think that the green Guide Michelin are the very best for France, you can get one for whole France and many of these more or less detailed.
They cost about 75 Francs (in tourist places a bit more) what is quite cheap compared to others and they are much better, very well structured, no fake info inside (what is not so seldom), good pics, good tips ...
This is the city map scanned from the Guide Michelin Paris
This severe and imposing building dates from the time of Philip the Fair (end of 13th century - beginning of the 14th century).
Built on the site of the substantial remains of Palais des Capetiens, La Conciergerie is the oldest prison in France and is where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned during the French Revolution. Its name derives from concierge - the name of the royal governor who was in charge of the building.
Today, La Conciergerie constitutes a wing of the Palais de Justice. What to see : the Hall of the Guards, the Hall of the Men-at-Arms, the ancient cells and the four towers - Tour de l'Horloge, Tour Bombec, Tour d'Argent and Tour de Cesar.
Location : 1 Quai de l'Horloge, 75001 Paris
Metro: lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14
Bus : lines 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85 and Balabus
RER : lines B and C
Carved in stone -- Paris street signs
It takes a certain amount of faith to carve street names in the sides of buildings and, as the first picture demonstrates, things do not always remain the same!
The second picture amuses me as the revolutionary values of liberty, equality and brotherhood are carved into the wall of a bank!
The third is a remnant of a street sign named after the ditch that was dug around the 1210 Philippe-Auguste wall.
The fourth picture is a different sign indeed! It is supposed to be a cannon ball hole in the wall of thre Hotel de Sens in the 4th arrondissementr, lodged there on the 28 July 1830.
Musee de Sculpture en plein air
As we walked westward from the Jardin des Plantes on the Quai St. Bernard along the Seine, we came to a desolate strech of carefully designed concrete in the form of a plaza extending to the river edge like a boat-landing. In the area were a number of modern sculptures. There were no signs or labels (which is characteristic of such "gardens"). I subsequently learned that it is also called the Tino Rossi garden, but I do not know who he was). The stiff metal creations looked as sterile as their setting (somebody keeps it clean). The only vigoruos structure was a small stone "toadstool" covered with graffiti (undoubtedly placed by a second hand). The views from the landing of the Ile St. Louis and the Seine were an extra dividend. My guidebook said we were to see (and maybe we photoed them) a Zadkine "Development of Form" and Schoffer's "Chronos 10". Please advise.