Paris Visite Pass and Carte musýes et monuments
The Museum Pass
Carte musýes et monuments provides free access, without waiting, to the permanent collections of 60 museums and monuments, one of which is the Louvre museum.
It is on sale under the pyramid, in the other museums and monuments concerned, in all main metro stations and at the Paris Tourist Information Office.
1 day : 18 euros
3 days : 36 euros
5 days : 54 euros
Paris Visite is a travel card pass enabling you to use all the public transport services. It is the best way to get around Paris and its region! The Paris Visite pass consists of a travelcard and its ticket. It provides unlimited rides on the transport system of the ýle-de-France region: Metro, RER (express regional trains), bus, tramway, suburban Transilien SNCF trains, funiculaire de Montmartre, Montmartrobus, Noctambus, Optile bus system, within a given fare zone (from 1-3, 1-5 to 1-8).
Popular destinations include: Disneyland Resort Paris (zone 5), Chýteau de Versailles (zone 4), Charles de Gaulle (zone 5) and Orly (zone 4) airports.
Paris Visite comes in 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days versions.
It is good from the first day of use (not from the date of purchase) until the last consecutive day. You may buy Paris Visite in advance and save time avoiding last minute lines.
You also get other freebies and discounts thrown in. Check out http://www.ratp.fr/ParisVisite/Eng/Voy_q/f_travel_pariv.htm
Lunch with the birds
There are so many options for eating and drinking in Paris, but one that deserves emphasis is picnics. On this day, we picked up cheese, fruit, bread, Orangina and some chocolates. We were staying on rue Cler, so were just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower and its huge park. We found a nice park bench and enjoyed the fine day, good food, people watching and this little beggar that was hungry enough to eat out of my hand. This is a great way to enjoy another dimension of Paris and there are so many wonderful parks and public places to picnic. Also, you are usually not far from some kind of store selling basic food items. The whole point is the picnic, not the cuisine although it is hard to beat a good baguette and good French cheese!
BEST CAFES in PARIS for you and me
Le JARDIN DE VARENNES
77 rue de Varennes
Metro LES HALLES
Metro Bibliotheque Francois Miterrand
CAFE DE FLORE
172 Bd Saint Germain
Metro Saint Germain des pres
Tel 01 45 48 55 26
16 rue Soufflot
Nearby La Sorbonne
Jardin du Luxembourg
Also 'Musée National du...
Also 'Musée National du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny' is beautiful. Everyone who is interested in medieval history can't leave Paris without visting this museum.
The most famous collection of this museum are the 5 wall carpets with unicorn. Each carpet symbolize one of the five senses.
Leather Boots of all Persuasions
Leather boots are a favorite of women during the winter months as they serve the dual function of keeping feet warm & dry while also looking fashionable. As stated before, this was in response to the age-old question of what they're wearing in Paris. THIS is what they're wearing in Paris. Basically, people seem to wear what they like, the things they feel best express themselves. Thankfully, fashion in Paris is not so rigid that there is a code of what one must wear in order to fit in. But the message stated here is do dress nicely and do dress what pleases you.
Here they're wearing lace-up boots, buckled boots, funky two-toned boots, boots with skirts, with pants, with capris, jeans tucked in, and even the fashionista pointy-toed ones like I saw on the young pretty Asian woman in the Metro.
Photos: February 2006