Of course visit the wonderful...
Of course visit the wonderful Eiffel Tower!!!It had always been a dream for me to see the Eiffel Tower, I have been wanting to visit this attraction since I was 8 years old. -At that age I got to know some info about the world's 7 wonders:) It is really a pleasure to see the Eiffel Tower and also,get up to the highest point where you can have a great view of Paris. This monument is really superb, reagrdless the season of the year:)
Art for Art's sake
I love the art at the Orsay. Up on level 5 there seems to be one masterpiece after another including those from master born in the countries surrounding France. With works by Van Gogh, Rembrant and Klimt plus locals Monet, Manet, Renoir and Toulouse Latrec this is my favourite gallery in the world. There may not be the wealth of Italian masters here as you find in the Louvre but it is certainly a place with outstanding art in an excellent setting (the old Orsay train station).
Jardin du Luxembourg
The place to relax, especially on summer months when the garden looks like a beach. People are everywhere taking their sunbathe. "Le jardin du Luxembourg
Ça fait longtemps que je n'y étais pas venu
Il y a des enfants qui courent et des feuilles qui tombent
Il y a des étudiants qui rêvent qu'ils ont fini leurs études
Et des professeurs qui rêvent qu'ils les commencent
Il y a des amoureux qui remontent discrètement
Le tapis roux que l'automne a deroulé devant eux
Et puis il y a moi, je suis seul, j'ai un peu froid" (Joe Dassin)
The garden of Luxembourg
It is a long time since I had come there
There are children who run and leaves which fall
There are students who dream that they finished their studies
And professors who dream that they begin them
There are lovers who go inconspicuously
The red carpet spreaded out by the autumn in front of them
And then there is me, I am alone, I am a bit cold
Mneka, Ry Cooder, Marianne Faithfull, Sally Nyolo, Jane Birkin, Goldfrapp, Toufic Farroukh, Queen, Mr Scruff, Mozart, Jimmy Scott, Mickey 3D, Neal Casal, Souad Massi, Norah Jones, The Psychedelic Guitar Circus, Eminem, Les Rita Mitsouko, Beverly Jo Scott, Louis Armstrong, Redbone, Wes Montgomery, Tom Waits, Pergolese, Fenetik Music, Toma, Zuco 103, Le Hammono Inferno, The Volunteered Slaves, Placebo, Jean Louis Murat, Kathryn Williams, Steve Shehan & Baly Othmani, Ben Harper, Bernard Lavilliers, Beethoven, Taj Mahal, Stan Getz, Bryan Ferry, Luigi Boccherini, David Bowie, Isaac Hayes, Sven Van Hees, Patti Smith, Os Originais Do Samba, Julien Clerc, The Turtles, Tok Tok Tok, The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, Israel Kamakawiwo Ole, The Holmes Brothers, Christian McBride, Massive Attack, The Temptations, Ukulele Club de Paris, King Crimson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yves Montand, U2, Quincy Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Serge Gainsbourg, Beck, Bjork, Billie Holliday, Chris Rea, Eva Cassidy, Kent, Ras, Gabin, The Roots, Pulp, John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Sapho, Orquesta Aragon, Susheela Raman, Death In Vegas, Santana, Count Basie, The Tab Two, Joe Sample, Bobby Womack, Tala, Astrud Gilberto, Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren, Anna Maria Jopek, Mongo Santamaria, Paolo Conte, Petula Clark, Moby, Carla Bruni, Ruben Gonzales, War, Billy Branch, Stanley Clarke, Enya, Gigi, Al Cohn, Pink Martini, and Tiny Tim.
What do these artists/composers have in common? All are featured on the playlist on FIP, a remarkable French radio station.
Why I love it: 1. The breadth of their play list is incredible. It spans hundreds of years, and every musical genre imaginable. The mix is full of surprises, flowing seamlessly across genre and era. 2. No commercials. 3. No annoying DJ's, just infrequent, brief talk between the music. 4. You can listen to it, free, on the internet.
When in Paris, tune to FM 105.1
Right now: Go to the web site, then click on "écouter"
Mum (a fluent french speaker and francophile) told me that it is the 'done' thing in Paris to people watch. There are pavement cafes and hundreds of green metal seats dotted around the city's parks, so you have no excuse for not sitting down and watching the world go by. Whereas most British people would take a book/football/newspaper to a park, people in Paris seem quite content sitting around, not talking to one another and taking in the view. It's very relaxing, and you can pick up on the latest fashion trends. Square Vivandi (site of the oldest tree in Paris) is a great place for doing this - we just found the atmosphere so relaxing in the middle of the city's hustle and bustle. It's south of the Notre Dame Cathedral.