Pavillon Opera Grands Boulevards Paris

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

11 rue Geoffroy Marie, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75009, France
Pavillon Opera Grands Boulevards
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Pompidou Centre

by MapleMoose

I am not interested in paying admission to the modern art museum but would like to see other aspects of the centre eg, the escalators to the top and the view from there. Is this possible to do without paying entrance or eating in the cafe?

Re: Pompidou Centre

by MapleMoose

Thanks Pedro, Can we go up the escalator to the roof to see the view?

Re: Pompidou Centre

by northeast80

Yes you can, well I last went in 2001 and I could. We looked round the shop and there were escalators with a curved, clear, glass roof we went up, the ones on the side of the building. You only have access to a smallish window, as all the spaces off the escalators are gallery rooms where you have to show a ticket to get in. I'm sure you can see more from the gallery rooms, but I got a good view.

Re: Pompidou Centre

by Beausoleil

I've heard they now charge to go up the escalator. The views are great and it's probably worth it. Here's what it says on the Pompidou web site:

"Single admission charge €3
Access to the panoramic view on the 6th. No admission to the Museum and Exhibitions. Free for visitors under 26 years old from the European Union and the first sunday of each month."

Good luck. There's a great free view of Paris from the viewing platform in front of Sacre Coeur. ;^)

Re: Pompidou Centre

by GrumpyDiver

We were there in March, but the days we went it was raining quite hard, so we did not try to get to the roof. Escalators were free, but you are subjected to a security screening (bags are checked) before entering the building. Lots of shops, etc. other than the museum of modern art (which we quite enjoyed too).

Re: Pompidou Centre

by Paris92

I agree with Sally, the views are incredible, but those escalators are the only time in my life I ever felt major claustrophobia. I don't know what it was about them but I felt like a lab rat. Granted it was a very humid, hot summer day but I thought I was going to have a panic attack. Couldn't wait to get out!

Sorry--just had to put my two cents in about those escalators. :)

Re: Pompidou Centre

by MapleMoose

Thanks all.

Travel Tips for Paris

Parisian Stairs

by Lady_Mystique

As Dave Barry wrote after having just visited Paris:

"The Parisians have been building historic attractions for more than 1500 years as part of a coordinated effort to kill any visitors to their city who manages to escape French drivers.
The key is *stairs*. Most tourist attractions, such as L'Arc de Triomphe (the Lark of Triumph) and the Hunchback of Notre Dame Cathedral, have some kind of lookout point at the top that you - the tourist - are encouraged to climb via a dark and scary medieval stone staircase containing 5789 steps and the skeletons of previous tourists. (You can tell which skeletons are American, because they're wearing sneakers.)
If you make it to the top, you are rewarded with a sweeping panoramic view of dark spots before your eyes caused by lack of oxygen.
Meanwhile, down on the street, the Parisians are smoking cigarettes and remarking, in French, "Some of them are still alive! We must build more medieval steps!"

So...please...wear your most comfortable shoes (something not too ugly!) and you'll be prepared to see Paris on many different levels much more enjoyably...using stairs, of course!

Hector Guimard...Art Nouveau Master

by tpal

I have always been a fan of Hector Guimard but, as is often the case, I only knew part of the story. Guimard is renown for his work designing the Metro stations throughout Paris and one my missions while visiting was to see as many as possible but...a designer cannot survive on just one commission.

As we explored the 16th Arrondissement, we discovered a huge body of the Art Nouveau architect's work that was totally unknown to both Carol and I. It became clear to us why he had been awarded the prestigious task of designing the famous Metro stations. Guimard had won the Concours de Facades for Castel Béranger at 14 la Fountaine in about 1898 just one year before he began to design the stations. If you follow the route in my tip on the 16th Arrondissement you will encounter many of Guimard works. Intro Photo: Views of Castel Béranger: (top) Plaque commemorating Guimard's winning of the Facade Compitition; (left) Main entrance of Castel Béranger; (right) side facade with an array gargoyles and dragons.

Photo 2: Apartment entrance at 17 rue la Fontaine demonstrates the designers talent and the sculptor's skill.

Photo 3: And yes...I also did find the famous Metro Station entrances: (top) Abbesses station in Montmartre; Cité station on Ile de la Cité.

Photo 4: The Hôtel Mezzara at 60 rue la Fontaine was built for a friend of Guimard's in 1910. It now serves as the Guimard Museum: (left) front facade; (center top) restored dinning room; (center bottom) grand staircase; (right) spectacular leaded glass skylight over main lobby.

Photo 5: The facade of 17 rue la Fontaine.

A Bridge for Sore Eyes

by mrclay2000

In an area where both Rome and London fail (except for precious few examples), the bridges in Paris are almost as worthy of study and contemplation as the neighboring museums and palaces. Few are alike, but all have the common characteristics of blending in perfectly with their surroundings, of linking important points on either bank so that few steps are dull or unncessary, and most importantly in keeping close and intimate their relationships with the river.

If American, don't flaunt it!

by surfluvr641

If you are American, it would be beneficial to not broadcast it to the city. First of all, shorts, short skirts, and tank tops are generally not allowed in cathedrals. Some rules are different from place to place. Respect this rule! Make an effort to blend in with the locals. The French are very fashionable and will treat you better if you attempt to make an effort.

Wearing Jeans is Okay

by Stasigrace

All the guidebooks tell you "Don't wear jeans! You'll be underdressed!"
Well, if you're under 30, wear them. We didn't see any young people NOT in jeans (this in 90-degree heat, too). Absolutely ignore this one piece of guidebook advice.

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Address: 11 rue Geoffroy Marie, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75009, France