One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to walk around with no set agenda and exploring new places. As many times as I've visited, there are still areas that I've yet to explore and walking allows me to do just that.
Sometimes I grab a good map and figure out my route, what I would like to see, do and explore, or I just head out with no plans whatsoever.
In this photo you can see that I'm in deep thought trying to figure out exactly where I wanted to go as our time here was limited. We decided to visit the Marais.
Fondest memory: I do a lot of walking, and anyone that has traveled with me will attest that all my exploring in a city like Paris is almost always done on foot. You get the best experience of the city when you put your two feet to work.
One of the highlights of coming to Paris I always tell is to walk, yes every city is nice to walk but Paris is special. It is a living museum before your eyes , a movable feast. It seems the architecture the ambiance you go through brings you closer to the city.
This is my latest walks random pictures taken while wandering in the city of lights, the most beautiful city in the world.
Fondest memory: walking along Blvd Haussmann and its wonderful Haussmannian architecture, and of course seeing always the grand lady of Notre Dame from any angle.
ok I have been continuosly asked to give some tips on something unusual in Paris different than the regular sights ,well, there is many things to do in Paris, but you need time. Here are some of them that I like too.
1)"Live Escape Game" in French: by team of 3-5 persons and you have 60 minutes to find the enigma. price is 21€ per person at 62 rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
Site Web : http://www.hinthunt.fr
2) a big Boeing airplane simulator do things like a pilot on a Boeing 737-800 NG, you can choose the circuit from de 30 or 60 minutes . Price from 169€ per person. at 21 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Site Web : http://www.flightexperience.fr
3) a similar thrill but in a car at Paddock Ellip6, you can have a drink and take the Wheel. you have 6 simulators to test your talent on a F1 car or similar ,and measure yourself against your friends and others. cost from 10€ séances at 102 rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Site Web : http://www.lepaddock-ellip6.com
4) a treasure hunt par excellence; Ma Langue au Chat is a small corner bar that will recreate treasure hunts for you; no charge for now at 58 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
Site Web : http://www.malangueauchat.com
5) discover Paris on a game of sleuths, with a roadbook, some accessories and you are ready to send your team on the search. Winter it is closed but it opens March 15 already !!! price from 9,50€ per person.
Site Web : http://www.quiveutpisterparis.com
6) a tour on a air ballon over Paris at 150meters . They look up once a month to know the air quality of Paris but it is avalable for a ride!!! if heavey winds the trip is cancelled. Price from 12€ per person. at Parc André-Citroën, 75005 Paris
Site Web : http://www.ballondeparis.com
7) now so you want to jump from the sky well Paris has it too, nahhh this one I have not done, but its available lol! You jump not far from Paris if the hot air ballon is not high enough this one will do. prices from 260€ per person. at 26 rue des Rigoles, 75020 Paris
Site Web : http://www.321chutelibre.fr
8) ok a museum and attraction park and hunted house, the Manoir de Paris will make you Wake up to realities such as catacombs, crocodiles in the sewers, ghost of the Opéra, etc etc etc. prices from 22,50€ per person. at 18 rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
Site Web : http://lemanoirdeparis.fr
9) test your shooting skills with guns of 22 long rifle, 9mm, 357 magnum, M15, and MP5... or do it with weapons from the 19C. They promise real bullets and they are!!! prices from 100€ per person. at Porte de la Chapelle 75018 Paris
Site Web : http://www.tir-initiation.com
10) take a leisure ride on the Seine, with Green River with different boats that you can rent out even on the river Marne, or canal Saint-Martin for any occasion ,prices from 36€ per person. call for reservation at +33 (0) 1 46 71 38 93
Site Web : http://www.greenriver-paris.fr
11)How about a ride on an old electric bus following the principle of the Green River, this Bus Bleu lets you rent out a bus for any occasion. Another way to discover Paris! prices 61€ per person/ Réservations at +33 (0 ) 6 51 59 51 40
Site Web : http://www.lebusbleu.fr
12) take a ride in Paris on a small 2CV car ,the clichés Parisiens, and not only in Paris but elsewhere in France. Price from 10€ per person. at 22, rue Bernard Dimey, 75018 Paris
Site Web : http://www.4roues-sous-1parapluie.com
13) the underpinning of the RATP, Paris transport system. You need to reserve in advance as it is very popular, you can see the control posts of the line 1 of the metro; the tunnels of the line 12, and the shops of maintenance of the buses. Price is from 5€ per person.
Site Web : http://www.tourisme93.com
14) tour the stadium of the Stade de France; you can see the changing rooms, the police post, the nursing room, etc etc and of course see the field/pitch. prices from 10€ per person. at 93216 Saint-Denis
Site Web : http://accueil.stadefrance.com
15) You know you can rent small boats and take them out at the big parks such as Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne. prices from 10 €
site webs: http://www.vincennes-tourisme.fr/Decouvrir/Bois-de-Vincennes-et-ses-alentours/Le-Bois-de-Vincennes/Location-de-barques
16) take a night ride in a private bus; prices from 20€ per person.
Site Web : http://soireebus.fr
Now you have something different to do in Paris;enjoy the movable feast, never ceased to amaze us all.
Fondest memory: doing the boeing and F1 simulators is awesome as well as the hot air ballon.
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 vert galant,
3) pont alexandre III and the grand palais
4) Tour Eiffel from champ de Mars gardens
5) around the Arc de Triomphe
Fondest memory: walking anywhere Paris is wonderful for the soul.try it.
well this was in January 2009, it snow here once a while , about several years, this one was my first since living in France. It might happened again!!! and its great!
ok here are some facts about snow in Paris
The coldest temps in Paris was in 1879 when they came down to -23,9°C (- 11F) ,the record of snow goes to 1946 with 40 cm (15,7 inches) of it at Parc Montsouris !
The coldest in Paris all time
1. winter 1879-80 -23,9 °C
2. winter 1955-56 -14,7 °C
3. winter 1939-40 -14,6 °C
4. winter 1928-29 -14,1 °C
5. winter 1893-94 -14 °C
6. winter 1890-91 -14 °C
7. winter 1984-85 -13,9 °C
8. winter 1917-18-13,8 °C
9. winter 1887-88 -13,7 °C
10. winter 1916-17 -13,4 °C
so off the 2009 little snow and cold everyone talked about it, piece of cake ::)
Fondest memory: walking around the Champs-Elysées , pl de la concorde, and Eiffel areas in the snow.
Again walk walk Paris, the sites the scènes, the views, are all magical, never get tired of it, come back again, each time they will be a new thing, and more attachement to the ever most beautiful city in the world.
you have the wonderful institut de France, crossing pont des Arts
rue gabriel off pl de la concorde
obelisk at pl du châtelet
gorgeous rue Rivoli, near No 43
pl de la concorde
Fondest memory: visiting the institut de France and meeting princess Napoléon at the salle Victor Hugo
Again walk, can't say it enough, many come here willing to try the good public transportation in Paris and surrounding towns, but to see Paris best is above ground, slowly, very slowly. See it, feel it, smell it, and most of all admire it.
Some more photos of my collection for VT
Do walk Paris and at night is sublime, out of this world.
Fondest memory: great walks around and on place de la concorde and crossing the pont de la concorde into the quais of the Seine; wonderful and chic around and on Place Vendôme, and quais just below to look up the Eiffel tower
walk Paris and you will see wonders before your eyes, there is no city on earth that can provide so much visual wonders in architecture and history all well preserve ,like an outdoor museum.
This is my Paris.
Statue of Alexandre Dumas père (1802-1870), is placed over a pedestal built by the architects Joseph Antoine Bouvard and Ulysse Gravigny. This basement is decorated on its main face of a group in bronze representative of readers flipping through one of his books, allegory of reading.
Dumas is sitting, pen in hand, gown, traditional attributes of literary genius in action. On the posterior aspect of the monument, stands of d'Artagnan, the sword out of the scabbard, one of his fictional hero immortals. A plaque recalls the name of the main works of the author: the three Musketeers, twenty years after, the count of Monte Cristo, the vicomte de Bragelonne. This statue is the ultimate creation of Gustave Doré.
Fondest memory: Alexandre Dumas why not go muskeeteers, one for all and all for one!!!
walking is good for you, and when you do that in Paris is like walking on air, sublime, perfect. Then you can leave our world happy.
i am looking thru some of my old photos and just came up with these, so figure you want to see more of Paris.
driving walking quai branly is awesome and going down to my favorite port de Suffren for goodies and look up the tower... the many ponts or bridges with Mirabeau been underappreciated.
The beautiful palais de Chaillot, at trocadero,and what can we say about the champs elysées!
Fondest memory: walk anywhere there is something unique that will make you come back and back to Paris;a movable feast.
The quai branly
Not getting lost.
Streets ( called rue, boulevard or avenue) are numbered based on their orientation with the River Seine. Streets ninety degrees to the river are numbered from the river : evens on the right ; odds on the left. If parallel to the Seine numbers start at the eastern end and progress with the flow of the river. On the islands in the Seine #1 is on the south end of the street.
Re building numbering anywhere in Paris - Don't expect the numbers on the even sides to be close to the numbers across the street. eg No 27 on the left may be enface No 96 on the right.
Don't forget to find and photograph "Point Zero" from which all French highway distances are measured. Seek and ye shall Find!
We live in California so have to fly over the entire United States, the Atlantic, Ireland, the UK and part of France before landing in Paris the day after we started. Needless to say, there is a jet lag problem. The easiest way to overcome jet lag (for us) is to start walking and Paris is the perfect place to do this.
Where we start depends on where we stay, but often we start by walking to Notre Dame Cathedral just to make sure it's still there. Then we walk along the Seine watching the tour boats go by with people waving. We'll walk up the Ile de la Cite to the end, cut through Place Dauphine, the hidden square most people never find and on to Pont Neuf. There we cross to the Quai de Louvre and walk towards the Louvre, cut through the Cour Carree, out into the Cour Napoleon with the famous Pei Pyramid and under the Arc du Carrousel. If the little Paul's stand is open, I'll get a coffee and then we walk through the Tuileries enjoying the antics of the many people there. At the Place de la Concorde we turn south and cross the Pont de la Concorde and start back down the other side of the Seine toward the Musee d'Orsay. We wander on into the Luxembourg Gardens and then head off to Place St. Sulpice near our favorite restaurant. By then we're ready for a meal and a rest. Afterwards, we usually take the Metro back to the hotel and sleep like babies. It's a good introduction to our favorite city after being gone for a while.
Fondest memory: Many many memories and most have been shared elsewhere on this site.
What do I miss the most? Paris. When I'm not there, I miss Paris. The entire city and all the people in it; I miss them.
Even in places where bus and bicycle lanes are not needed, the city has started re-allocating space to make more room for pedestrians and less for cars. Here on rue Béranger in the 3rd arrondissment they have removed one lane of motor traffic (it's a one-way street), widened and re-paved the sidewalk and started planting trees. When I took the photo the trees weren't there yet, but the emplacements for them were already in place. And they have installed posts to prevent motorists from parking on the newly widened sidewalk.
Second photo: A couple blocks later on rue de Turenne (same street, different name) we have a bad example of a street that has not yet been rearranged. The too-wide street generates excess motor traffic and encourages speeding. The too-narrow sidewalk means that pedestrians get bunched up and have trouble getting through as soon as there are six or seven of them in the same place.
Third photo: Like many other cities, Paris has created several pedestrian districts in which the streets are closed off to motor traffic except for deliveries at certain times of day, and even then the speed limit is 15 kilometers per hour. The photo shows an entrance to the pedestrian area of Les Halles, which has turned this once-inhospitable neighborhood into a lively urban setting with numerous cafes, restaurants and shops.
Fourth photo: These signs are announcing "Paris respire" (Paris breathes), showing which streets will be closed off to motor traffic on Sundays and holidays to make space for pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters.
Even before going to Paris (for the first time) I knew that a) I didn’t want to prepare a busy agenda too ambitious to ever realize, b) Set objectives in terms of what I would see and/or visit, c) First, and foremost, I wanted to simply enjoy the city, to walk along its streets, sit on benches, just look at it and marvel at its beauty. This last thing being something I want to do with any place that I visit.
I knew I wanted to... Just walk and look, and enjoy the feeling of being in Paris, of being one more person to look at the lovely architecture and to be overwhelmed by its grand spirit.
So yes, the very first thing I would suggest anyone to do, especially when visiting Paris for the first time, is to take a day (or two) and just walk around and indulge in the visual pleasures. Nothing more. No rush to get to the Eiffel tower, no waiting in lines in museums, nothing like that.
Suggestions: a stroll along Rue de Rivoli to Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, and then go down to Quai de Gesvres, continue along Rue de la Cité and you would reach Notre Dame.
Here is my standard first reply for questions such as yours
1) Eat Good Food - What do you want to eat? What do you mean by good?
2) Good Time at Night - What is your view of a good time?
3) Reasonably priced places to drink and dine - What does reasonably priced mean to you?
My answers would probably we different then yours on all 3 as my wife and I are a tad older and in fact have 4 children all older then you. I probably couldn't even get the same answers from all 4 of my kids (young adults) if they were all going to Paris for 3 days.
Let us know. If I can't assist you others here will be more then helpful. But help direct their answers with answering the questions. Otherwise you might get everybodies personal opinion.
With that being said here are a couple of potential things for you to do. We have been in Paris twice in the past couple of years and were just there for 4 days last month.
1) A cruise on the Seine River either a dinner cruise or just a regular cruise without a meal.
2) Find some hidden parks or well known parks and walk through them and have a picnic
3) Buy some bread and pastry just about anywhere in Paris. YUM
That will get you started.
There are always events going on in Paris and around.
Many are free and change every week.
You can have a look at the website autour2moi.fr ("around me" in French) which shows an
Interactive map of all events in Paris. (in French but still useful)
Exists also on mobiles (search "autour2moi" ) : useful when you want to know whats going on around you.
Have a nice trip.