Sit under the Eiffel Tower and...
Sit under the Eiffel Tower and watch as the world passes by. If you sit there long enough, you'll eventually meet someone, albeit mostly other tourists, but hey thats alright. Who knows you might even see someone you already know! 1) Is laying flat on my back in front of the Le Sorbonne at 3am in the morning with one of my buddies feeling better then I can remember...
2) Watching the laser show/pagent at versialles
3) Carrying my laudry on Le Metro during rush hour
Avenue des Champs Elysees
Oh! Champs Elysees, I felt I was dreaming. I still remember my high school French teacher reading the book and taking us lessons about "Places in Paris" --I always thought "Will I ever see it"? Well, I did. What can I say about Champs Elysees...There's Fashion, Beauty, Different Cultures, Trendy Shops, Cafes, Restaurants, Parks, Memorials, Monuments, Fonts, The Arc du Triomphe, that's all you can see while walking along that wooded long street...And that means a lot, doesn't it?
Chance Encounter in the Tuileries Gardens
It was our first visit in 1991 and we were walking in the Tuileries Gardens just passing the time and admiring the statuary. We stopped for a rest and noticed a jogger circling us for about ten minutes.
Finally he decided to approach us. He wanted to know if we were from the Philippines. Well, one of us was from there. The jogger was amazed for he was wearing a T-shirt saying something about France/Philippines ministries. It turned out that he was the priest, Fr. Philippe Perrouchet, of St. Germain l' Auxerrois across from the gardens. He invited us to attend the evening mass, but unfortunately we were not able to do so. We sent Xmas cards to each other that year and the following, but have lost contact since. Very nice memory indeed.
Locals (and also tourist of course) take good advantage of the nice parks of the city. Should it be Champ de Mars near the Tour Eiffel, the Jardin du Trocadero in front of the Tower, The Jardin de Luxembourg or any other park, they will be there if the weather allows it!
And why not follow them, it's a great opportunity to have some rest! :)
Locals show their favourite spots
In Paris, some locals, usually freelance journalists, fotographers, designers etc..make themselves available to show their favourite local views, bars, restaurants, shops and little secrets.
Definetly a different way to see the city , outside the mass tourism scenes.