Don't schedule yourself too...
Don't schedule yourself too much. Give yourself a chance to wander around and discover things. There are many. One was the Montparnasse cemetary. I know a lot of people like to visit Jim Morrison's grave, but if you're just going to one cemetary, Montparnasse is amazing. Man Ray, Sarte, Ionesco, Beckett, and other excellent weirdos are buried there.
So many memories: Sitting in the sun on the steps of the Opera eating lunch (a baguette, of course).
Strolling along the banks of the canal.
Watching the all night partying on the streets when France reached the final of the World Cup and watching the matches on the big screen at the Trocadero and Hotel de Ville, and I don't even like football!
Glittering diva - Dalida (Yolanda Gigliotti) - has spent 25 years in the heart of Monmartre (11 bis Rue d'Orchampt ). As a tribute to her talent, Paris offered her a Square Dalida in the very heart of Montmartre. There Dalida stands enthroned in the middle of this place which inspires peace and serenity...
Elegance & correctness
Style & allure are taken seriously in Paris. Not really fashion. It's about effortless chic. When you look at Parisian women, they seem to favour a low maintenance style. That's a misconception. It is all but low maintenance. The key is to look not overdone & to find one's own style. As a woman, I know it takes thorough studies of oneself (as a whole) to know what suits one best. Be it the make-up, the length of a skirt, the cut of trousers, the vest, the hair...
Now, why do they want to sport this effortless chic ? I guess mostly, because of a culture that serves as a pattern. How can you not be inspired when long surrounded by arts, beauty yourself. I think they do it for correctness sake as well. Although I've noticed French women don't really wear a piece of cloth to please the crowd (they do it for them!), I think I'm right saying that they have this culture of wearing a look that is correct to show to the "other" (even at supermarkets). It's not hypocrisy, rather relates to "seduction".
It's correct to get out with a bit of make-up. What do I say ? It's polite. At least the lips, classical red lips, gloss or their favourite "beige rosé" for a nude look. But you don't have to wear foundation (overdone risk), probably a loose powder. Now, when a young Parisian wears lipstick, she would add a blush & mascara.. but that can be all.
Jewels: elegant women would wear earring & ring even on jeans... but again, in a style that matches casual wear.
Scarf: it's not an old lady stuff here. It's not unusual to notice a silk scarf over jeans in Paris. Can be even with a pearl necklace, on a bag (Hermès or sthg else).
I admire Parisians for this ability to wear décalé. Typically, it is to wear a Chanel tweed vest (posh & ladylike), a T-shirt (casual), jeans (casual) & pearl necklace (ladylike) & canvas sneakers. But whatever the style, confidence gained through self-conciousness is the key.
For me, they use the trends & their creativity to serve their sense of themselves & style. That makes them pleasant to watch.
Bicycle Tour of Paris : Why not rent a bike?
I didn't believe it but there is a "road less taken" in the middle of Paris. We rented bikes from Bike About Tours [www.bikeabouttours.com] in Paris and had a fantastic time, working our way into tiny backstreets and courtyards as well as cruising to the more popular sights of the city. We met Paul, the co-owner, at Notre Dame and hiked to his headquarters a few blocks away to get our bikes. Paul boasts at having the only bike rental shop in an underground parking garage and our first challenge was climbing the hill out of the garage, which Paul promised would be our only hill on the ride. Paul keeps the group at 15 people to minimize crashes [just kidding about the crashes] and gives us a safety lecture at the start. The tour spans ~4 hours including a light lunch stop at a bakery. We went to a flea market so obscure nobody could possibly find their way there; wondered if they ever sold anything. At the end of the tour, Paul passed out a 2-page list of more places to explore and we enjoyed visiting several on our own afterward. Highly recommended way to spend the day and 30 euros.