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  • A crêpe from a vendor by the Eiffel Tower
    A crêpe from a vendor by the Eiffel...
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  • Near the Tuileries
    Near the Tuileries
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  • Walking
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Île-de-France Favorites

  • Walking

    Paris Favorites

    coming to the end of 2013 and digging on all boxes, found some old photos I took with older analog camera, the views are not that great as had to scan them, but typically Paris will like to share with all here. these are landmarks of Paris on my walks in the city when I used to worked there. 1) Church of Sacre Cœur 2) back of Notre Dame,and the...

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  • Eiffel Tower

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    You can see the Eiffel Tower from just about everywhere in Paris, however, the best place to get a good photo of the tower is from the plaza at the Palais Challiot. The double decker buses stop right in front at the Trocadero Square. The Trocadero Metro (lines 6 and 9) is right nearby as well. As my photo shows, you will not be alone in trying to...

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  • Arrondissements - Sections of Paris

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    If you are used to spread-out American cities, Paris is compact. Most tourist sights are in a central area. There are many hotels and restaurants within the center and they come in all price ranges. If you want to avoid spending your sightseeing day on the Metro, find a hotel in the center of town. This would be arrondissement (district) numbers 1,...

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  • Métro, RER, and Trains

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    La Defense is known for a business area but it has an excellent commercial mall center les quatre vents with many exciting stores and cinema. There are plenty of restos in the Esplanade and parvis de la Defense. From the airport they have one train the RER B ,will have the best option without changes to Chatelet ,(need to read signs as it is a big...

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  • Books & Guides

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    In 2013 an attractive new guidebook was published – first in French and then a couple months later also in English – with suggestions on how to use the Vélib’ bikes for sightseeing “in the Paris of the Parisians”. The book lists seven sightseeing tours and includes detailed maps for each, showing what there is to see and do, where there are...

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  • Markets

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    This landmark of Paris covered market left unattended for too long is now coming back better than ever, and we are so lucky. after 10 long years is finally done. A short distance from the Mayor's of mairie of the 3éme arrondissement de Paris, at Rue Eugène-Spüller , the Carreau du Temple, the vast and elegant covered market built in 1863 by Jules...

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  • Museum Pass

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    For the first time or return visitor who wants to see a lot, the Paris Museum Pass is not only a monetary bargain but also a time saver as you get to cut the sometimes considerable lines to get in. The cost is (as of June 2013) 2-day pass: 39€ , 4-day pass: 54€, 6-day pass 69€. We've saved money every time we've bought it, not to mention the time...

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  • Money Matters

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    well most have been said about the passes, I have never use it, and would say that if you plan to see at least 3 it s ok otherwise you need to do your math on your personal needs The passes are good for 2 days 4 and 6. with access to about 60 different museums and monuments. the deal is you buy it and before doing your first visit write your name...

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  • Louvre

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    Do I like La Joconde - Mona Lisa or not? Yes her portrait is excellent; no she is the main reason for many tourists to visit Le Louvre and consequently the cause of an overcrowded museum. Actually she is is an old acquaintance of mine. We met in 1962 when I visited for the first time Le Louvre. We were only a few visitors in front of Mona...

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  • Invalides

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    The ticket to Invalides do include the visit of the military museum. The women and Tito were not interested, and I accepted to skip it. Later on, I felt deeply sorry - my grand uncle's greatest works were done in France, capturing some scenes of WW1. Maybe the museum displays anything from him, that I don't know. If you go to the museum search...

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  • La Seine

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    This is one of my favorite areas of Paris, spent many times here, business took me here for activities on the peniche boats and family took me back to show off. Just an easy drive into the port entrance with free parking by the Seine river, and up the stairs to the Eiffel tower, and trocadero or go into the bateaux parisiens or vedettes de paris or...

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  • Champs-Elysées

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    The Champs-Élysées is one of Paris best-known avenues. It's 1910 meters long and runs from the Obelix to the Arc de Triomphe. In 1616 Marie de Medici decided to extend of the Tuileries Gardens to the West with an avenue. It took till 1864 till the Avenue des Champs-Élysées growed to about its present length. The street runs in between the the...

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  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

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    As I said in my Montremartre tip, there is a different atmosphere in Montmartre. Some say it is more like a village than a suburban district. Certainly it has more quaint buildings and a different life-style thus making it less formal than downtown Paris. So, walking around, finding small details that catch the eye makes it a wonderful place to...

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  • Parlez vous Francais?

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    Where can you find an Eiffel Tower with a cowboy hat on top??? In good ol' Texas of course!! I finally made it to Paris, TX! Very nice people (in the restaurant Jaxx (excellent burgers), in the souvenir shop "Paris Creations"). Hard to find the Eiffel tower which is out of town near the community college E of town. Well, until I build my own VT...

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  • Arc de Triomphe

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    Standing below the arch I was reading the many names of the battles won by Napoleon's soldiers when I had a surprise: OPORTO. This means our Porto, a city that calls herself "invicta" and that means never defeated. Where is the truth? I must go back to history and read it more carefully! I did it: In 1809, March 29th, the army of General Soult...

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  • Disneyland Paris

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    Just came back from Disney Paris.  Actually it' our second time.  This time we had nice time only because of our good spirit. The rides were extremely crowded and not everything has a fast pass. Grown ups squash us when they see me with 2 small children and take our place.  In all the corners of the park and on the green areas where we lined up for...

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  • Parks, Gardens, & Squares

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    One thing I noticed on this trip was how there seemed to be a little park or garden or square right in the vicinity of almost every major tourist attraction. Some are tiny, little peaceful spots away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Some are more elaborate than others, most have a set of benches and a fountain. Others had play equipment...

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  • Versailles

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    If you read some of my reviews you can't ignore that my first favorite palace inside Paris is Le Louvre and the second, although outside Paris (30 min by the RER), is Versailles. I must confess that on my first visit in 1967 I was not really enthusiast with the Château de Versailles but that was before the large restoration campaign called the...

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  • Architecture

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    walking in cities is our passion, and Paris is the best for it. So much to see ,so many détails, and wonderful architecture ,not to leave behind the fascinating history behind each facade, door, bridge, building, you name it. I like to add some additional photos to this amazing city, Worth visiting indeed the best. you see the tour Eiffel from...

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  • Cycling

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    When I returned to Paris in February 2014 I was pleased to find that the Vélib' bicycle transit system was in very good shape and still going strong after six and a half years of operation. Like most Vélib' users I am in the habit of taking six or seven seconds to check the tires, chain, brakes and sometimes lights before I borrow one of the...

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  • Shopping

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    if less than a week monday to sunday, get the carnet of 10 tickets nowdays by 13,70€ and get the one from the airport RER B check site for price updates. www.ratp.fr will tell you more for 3 days no, stay with the carnet Versailles is zone 4 you need to check the site for updates as prices now change twice a year. just read this site in English...

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  • Dining & Drinking

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    no car no problems, you can go to Reims/Epernay or Beaune by train from Paris, the wine tours are right in the cities. here is Beaune http://www.beaune-tourism.com/Wine-tourism-France/capital-burgundy-wines.asp here is Reims http://www.champagne.fr/fr/les-maisons-de-champagne.aspx contact for dates and times and you are on. Cheers walking

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  • Notre Dame de Paris

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    The Cathedral Spire, I guess you looked at it and moved on..... Just another Spire? Take another look............ I really think this is one of the nicest. It is not the original Spire, that one was removed in 1792. During restoration of the cathedral, it was decided to build a second spire whose structure would be independent from the main...

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  • Musée d'Orsay

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    This is my favorite paintings museum in Paris, for the quality of the works on display but also the architecture of the former Gare d'Orsay. I like the complexity of the plan, the level differences, and the great clock. At each of my visits to the Musée d'Orsay - I am fortunate to live at 1h20 from Paris by the fast Thalys train - I stop a long...

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  • Place de la Concorde

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    On Place de la Concorde you will discover what is the essence of the monumental architecture of the most beautiful city in the world. Go there in the evening; the traffic has decreased so that you will arrive healthy at the foot of the up lighted Obelisk. She is not alone to stand out against the sky, somewhat further stands the Tour Eiffel, the...

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  • Latin Quarter

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    The Latin Quarter takes up most of the 5th arrondissement, and part of the 6th. The Latin Quarter has been a haven for budget travelers, international students, and artists for quite a long time. It’s not as cheap as it used to be, because now it’s also quite trendy. But you will still find lots of great and inexpensive places to eat as well as...

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  • Phone Home

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    information on where to get free wifi connections in Paris.By arrondissement or districts from 1 thru 20 with a general note for all, and only on commerces. city of...

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  • Centre Georges Pompidou

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    Here is where you'll meet representatives from each of France's historical colonies and possessions. In my photo you can see the Vietnamese guy on the left and the Ivory Coast characters on the right. I don't know where that tall robot in the middle came from but it was in no mood to help me find any French Polynesian dancers in this cultural...

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  • Opéra Garnier

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    Sometimes compared to a giant wedding cake, this extravagant building was designed by Charles Garnier for Napoleon 3 in 1962. The interior of the Opera is famous for its Grand Staircase made of white Carrara marble and its five-tiered auditorium bedecked in red velvet and gold, with a false ceiling painted by Chagall in 1964.

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  • La Défense

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    This skyscraper business city on the western edge of Paris is the largest office developement in Europe. La Grande Arche is an enormous hollow cube large enough to contain Notre-Dame cathedral. Designed by Danish architect Otto von Spreckelsen in the late 1980s, the arch houses an exhibition gallery and a conference centre, and offers a superb view...

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  • Air Travel

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    The Admiral's Club here in Paris is quite nice. I will say that I don't usually have the need for the club as I usually arrive at the airport with little time to enjoy it, but I have visited on a few occassions. The club is a nice size with the usual complimentary house wine, beer and spirits, coffee, tea and soft drinks, light snacks, Wi-Fi, PCs...

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  • Le Marais

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    We loved the architecture, the museums, the streets... everything We attended a mass at Notre Dame des Champs church. The best of the best in Paris is eating!!! Our favorite restaurant was "L'as du falafel", in the Marais. The make falafel sandwich; the atmosphere is GREAT. My foundest memory is meeting friends by chance, one night on the metro!!!

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  • La Conciergerie

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    Since the medieval halls have been restored in the year 2000 and new lightings installed the Conciergerie is really spectacular and worth the visit. Surprising is the fact that the floor of these halls from the 14th century is well below street level. In the 19th c. the embankments of the nearby Seine were raised as well as the rest of the Île de...

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  • Père Lachaise Cemetery

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    I like two types of cemeteries quite different from each other: the British war cemeteries (ref. my tips on Ypres (Belgium) and Etaples (North of France) with their beautiful layout of all the same tombs of young men who should have lived three times as long as they did and the Père Lachaise cemetery with all the different tombs of people who lived...

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  • Street Artists

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    I was getting ready to go into the Orsay Museum when I saw this man. You will see some pretty good street artists in Paris, but I had to admire this guy, he apparently didn't need a backing band at all. More power to you buddy! By the way, he was pretty good!

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  • L'Hotel de Ville

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    One of the best views in Paris is to look at the Hôtel de Ville from the Île Saint-Louis across the Seine. The Palace in French Renaissance style is splendid. Standing on the square the façade and the roof with the large number of statues representing French cities and famous Parisians are most surprising. What interested me is that this square...

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  • Musée Rodin

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    The museum dedicated to the sculptor Rodin is my favorite of sculptural art in Paris. It comprises three parts: the Hotel Biron, an elegant mansion, and two gardens. Inside the museum's sculptures are divided between the ground floor and upstairs. On the ground floor there are the famous sculptures called "The Age of Bronze," "The Kiss", "Eve". On...

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  • Catacombs

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    I visit Paris often and part of what I love about this city is exploring something new. Wow, I was excited to visit the Catacombs as my curiosity was peaked when I read about these Catacombs and had promised myself to come and visit the resting place of millions of Parisians. Located on a non-descript building you may miss it at first, but you...

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  • Internet Access

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    There's Wi-Fi available at busy public places in the center of Paris, even at public parcs and squares. Look for the sings of the photo. More local info at telephone: +33-810-555421

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  • Ile de la Cite

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    The Île de la Citéis natural island in the Seine. Three medieval buildings remain on the Île de la Cité: The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, built from 1163 ; Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle (1245); The Conciergerie prison, well known as a place where Marie Antoinette awaited execution in 1793. This island is absolutely charming and must see in...

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  • Driving

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    One of the very real highlights of our Paris visit was to be driven back to our hotel through central Paris, late at night, in a friend’s historic Renault 4CV motor car. I’ll admit happily that, as an enthusiast for these vehicles, riding in the car was a special event itself, not least because so many young people identified the car as a French...

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  • Bastille Day

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    April is an ideal time to visit Paris. Another good time to be in Paris is for the Basrtille Day celebrations . Terrific atmosphere. The Bastille Day Parade is the big event. It starts at 10:00 am and the parade moves fast so you have to be at your viewing point , wherever it may be , well in advance.

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  • Moulin Rouge

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    I have to respectfully disagree (to a point) with the previous posters... First off, I don't think I paid nearly that much when I went. You don't have to do dinner there. In fact, I recommend that you eat elsewhere and just do the "show only", which is much cheaper and comes with a 1/2 bottle of champagne. Please understand, it is still expensive....

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  • Meeting Parisian VTers

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    I loved the Eiffel tower (I think I spelled that wrong?)...we didn't have much time in Paris and I want to return after seeing some other places...great people, food, and sounds. I have yearned to go to Europe for a very long time...when I stepped off the bus near the Arc de Triumph I burst into tears! I was sooo happy. My boyfriend was embarrassed...

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  • Pantheon

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    On top of the montagne Ste-Geneviève, not far from the Sorbonne University and the Jardin du Luxembourg, the imposing Panthéon looks over the Quartier Latin. As far back as 507, this site was chosen by King Clovis - the first Frankish Merovingian King - for a basilica to serve as a tomb for him and his wife Clothilde. In 512 Sainte-Geneviève,...

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