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Paris Things to Do

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  • Eiffel Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We unfortunately did not book tickets in advance to visit the Eiffel Tower. We also did not think it a good idea since we visited Paris end of April and the weather would be very unpredictable. However, we chose to visit on the last day of our trip and it was pouring with rain, so having a ticket in advance would've been helpful. We did fall in...

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  • Louvre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I have spent half day in Louvre, getting only a vague idea about all the treasures they accommodate in the biigest Museum on the planet. It was much easier that I expected to get the ticket, the only challenge was to find a logic itinerary. What else I can say about it? Nothing that…. Go there!

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  • Notre Dame de Paris

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This structure was made famous after Victor Hugo published 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. The Cathedrale was designed by Maurice de Sully and erected between 1163 and 1345 and then restored by Viollet-Le-Duc. All road distances are calculated from the "zero kilometer" point located on the square in front of Notre-Dame. The cathedrale boasts a...

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Paris Hotels

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Paris Restaurants

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  • Angelina

    4 out of 5 stars

    Last visit April 2014 to the Rue de Rivoli location There are many menu items on Angelina's menu, indeed we saw several people eating sandwiches and salads but my focus for my birthday splurge was two of the menu items that Angelina is famous for, the hot chocolate l'Africain and the Mont Blanc. In the late afternoon we were able to walk in and...

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  • Les Deux Magots

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I had promised myself on my last trip to Paris that I would treat myself to a beer at the Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and raise a toast to the ghosts of Simone de Beavoir, Jean-Paul Sartres, Picasso, Hemingway and the large cast of other literary notables who have frequented this watering hole in times gone past. The cafe is...

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  • McDonald's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Think of it, your hotel is usually going to charge you like 10 euro for breakfast. if you want to go and have a cup of coffee that will cost you at least 3 euro (cafe au lair) McDonalds has an offer for 5 euro you get choice of hot drink (coffee,tea) choice of breakfast sandwich or bread and juice or fruit. not a bad deal

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Paris Nightlife

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  • Moulin Rouge

    I saw a show in Feb. 2015 at the Moulin Rouge. We paid about $170 USD per person, which included the 2-hour show, and half a bottle of champagne. I would say it great value for what we got - an amazing performance, great atmosphere in a one of a kind venue which is world famous. The acrobatic acts were amazing, and I also enjoyed the songs and the...

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  • Montmartre & Pigalle

    Would it be possible to go to Paris without walking one night around Montmartre, descending the narrow streets to Pigalle, and watching one of the liveliest quarters of the world? For us that was the whole program, but for who wants something else. All other kind of programs are available and openly offered.

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  • Buddha Bar

    Been there several times over the years. In 2002 waiters were friendly and ambiance was inspiring. Food was prepared with love and attention. Over the years prices went sky-high and the quality of food went from exclusive to more avarage; cocktails though are still good, yet not great and to expensive. Crowd changed over the years from (partially...

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Paris Transportation

  • Metro

    Use the Metro. It's cheap, easy and fast. Very easy to use, so cheap and so convenient. It is a sure way of getting round Paris very easily :) It is also very well connected to the train stations, AND to the major airports. So all in all it's a great way of getting round Paris, and sooo easy :)

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  • Charles De Gaulle Airport

    UPDATED 2 I need to write one because all the bad press these airports gets its unjustified. I use them every month for business, and pleasure a few times a year too. Orly is very small and nice. The issue is with Roissy CDG. First its the main airport that service Paris, and its call the Paris airport, but its not IN Paris. It is in Roissy-en...

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  • Taxis

    many ways to come into Paris, taxi,shuttle, RER trains, buses, and rental car. The exact train fare is at RATP.FR site . At that time late at night it is best as suggested to take a taxi. overall the best is the taxi, about 50-60 euros for two ,small luggage, extra luggage you paid a bit more about One euro per luggage.at night you add on a tab....

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Paris Shopping

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  • Galeries Lafayette

    I love, love, love the Galeries Lafayette...it's such a wonderful place to shop, especially during the Christmas holiday season. Galeries Lafayette is a department store that sells everything you could possibly want. From jewelry and accesories, handbags, shoes, women and men's designer clothing, children's clothing, home and house goods,...

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  • Souvenirs

    This is my first ever Paris shopping Tip. I'm not seriously into shopping so I leave those tips to the experts. However, we found a really fun store on our last trip. It is a chain of six stores in Paris selling my favorite French purchase . . . scarves. I always buy at least one scarf when we go to France and usually get it (or them) at my...

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  • Champs Elysées

    I may be stating the obvious by listing the Champs Elysees as a shopping tip, but although the avenue is long, huge, and easy to get lost in; you can find almost anything you're looking for there - clothes, jewellry, children's items, electronics, souvenirs, food, movie theatres, etc. I would reserve more than a couple hours, maybe even a full day...

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Paris Local Customs

  • Parlez vous francais?

    Definitely try to learn a few phrases in French, it will help you navigate the city better. Most people are friendly enough to help and honestly I think it very rude to expect someone to know your language when you are the visitor. English is a widely known and spoken language, but most Parisians appreciate foreigners to be polite and at least...

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  • Stereotypes

    even if at heart not living here or if here this is it, its fairly true having lived nearby and worked for almost 10 years. 1. Had dinner at Tokyo Eat (16éme) and not needing to open the door to the Palais de Tokyo 2. Taken a breakfast in the terrace of Café Marly (1 éme) 3. Be seated at a table in l’Abtrance (16 éme) 4. Had organise a goodbye...

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  • Fashion

    If you want to look like a local, make sure you are wearing a nice scarf, matched with your coat, artfully knotted around your neck. Even on a rather warm September day when we were sweating, people were wearing scarves with their short sleeve shirts. There is apparently an art to it, Fodor's 2011 guide has a scarf tying 101 guide. Personally, just...

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Paris Warnings and Dangers

  • Pick Pockets

    My wife and I are experienced travelers but were admittedly lazy about not using money belts this time around to Paris. We were packed into the metro at the Chatelet stop when 3 young (barely teenage) girls squished into the car. One tried to play with our young son – an obvious distraction we missed and only noted in hindsight – while another...

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  • Beggars & Aggressive Vendors

    Lots of people report that they were "manhandled" or even "aggressively attacked" by street hustlers and pickpockets in Paris. Here are a few tips to help you avoid this happening in the first place. 1) Secure your belongings and never carry more than you can afford to lose. Empty your wallet of everything except a copy of your passport, one or...

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  • Safety

    JE SUIS CHARLIE! POUR LA LIBERTE D'EXPRESSION TOTALE - FOR TOTAL FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! ========================= The recent Islamist terrorist attacks against France result in an increased Plan Vigipirate now reaching the level of "Rouge renforcé" (increased Red level). Just before the highest level of "Ecarlate" (crimson red level). Paris...

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Paris Tourist Traps

  • Montmartre - Sacré Coeur

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! One million times NO! I went to the romantic square of Tertre and couldn't believe what I saw: the artists, expelled from the square by a dense esplanade! No! I can't believe that the good old Tertre was killed! It was the effect of the rain! It only could be! I hope! I will never go...

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  • Street Artists

    We chose to visit Montmarte as we read about the artists' village at Place du Tertre which sounded absolutely charming. When we arrived at the little enclave I was immediately met by an artist with a clipboard easel who started to sketch my portrait without my consent or agreement. He struck up a conversation while he drew. Another did the same...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Most newcomer insist in going up to the top of the tower - no objection, it's really high, and you'll feel it in your way up, but be prepared for a small disappointment: the views are generally better from the first level (much cheaper). Of course, you will have the pleasure of having been there, the post office and souvenirs to register it, but...

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Paris What to Pack

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  • Footwear

    I always take an extra foldable bag. You always come back with more than you left with. No matter what they say about not wearing tennis shoes....take them anyway. You absolutely need the MOST comfortable shoes for walking!!! A small umbrella is an absolute necessity. Color coordinate your wardrobe so that all the tops go with all the...

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  • Packing List

    While I try to take as little as possible these are some items that I must take along with me on most of my travels. I travel during any season and adjust my packing list according to the weather, type and length of travel. Following is just a sample of the items that I usually take along: For Paris, I usually take with me 2 pair of slacks one...

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  • Packing for Winter

    i agree with everyone. cold is pretty relative depending on where you live. i am from santa barbara county, california. i went to paris in jan. '08 and although it wasn't snowing, it was freezing and windy and dreary. it also rained for about 4 days. it kept our exploring to mostly indoor venues. museums, restaurants... we walked but ended up just...

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Paris Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Around

    Unfortunately, the problems facing the residents of the Cité Durmar have still not come to a satisfactory conclusion. Artisans and artists, the older residents in flats are still waiting for the outcome of a battle engaged against the developers that want to take over this little urban alleyway.

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  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

    A wonderful old Church next to the more famous sacre cœur at 2 Rue du Mont Cenis, 75018 Paris;this is the Church of Saint Pierre or Peter. While writing about Saint Denis, the Passio Sancti Dionysii, written in 835AD, Hilduin of Saint-Denis called Montmartre the Mount of Martyrs and designates it as the decapitation of Saint Denis and his...

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  • Movies and Paris

    On the corner of rue des Trois Freres and rue Androuet is the well known ( in Montmartre) grocers, familiarly called "La Maison Collignon", now the "Marché de la Butte". This is the site of the grocers where "Amelie Poulain" did her shopping. Inside the shop is an incredible bric-a-brac where souvenirs of the film abound midst the usual fare of a...

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Paris Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (Soccer)

    Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, also known simply as Paris SG or PSG, was founded on 12 August 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. The club is one of only two French clubs to have won a major European trophy, winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996 The current Parc des Princes was inauguarated on 4 June 1972 and is...

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  • Rollerskating

    Every Friday, Pari-Roller (http://www.pari-roller.com/) organizes a ride around Paris from 10.00 PM till 1.00 AM. It starts at 10.00 pm at the Montparnasse train station, under the big clock and ends at the same place. If it rains the ride is cancelled. The ride is free, you can pay an insurance before it starts if you want, or give money for the...

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  • Tennis

    At last! We made it. Getting tickets was touch and go. Next time we will have to look into it much earlier and more extensive. I spend a great day at the courts. There is enough to see and do. Getting here on the first day meant we were able to see a dutchie playing. Yeah! She lost but that wasn't due to the audience. You are allowed to bring...

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Paris Favorites

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  • Arrondissements - Sections of Paris

    This is a designation by the city of Paris of the most tourist spots in the city. Something to know if searching for other areas ::) 1 ) the rue de Rivoli in the areas between rue de l’Amiral Coligny and the place de la Concorde. 2) the place des Vosges ,and the rue des Francs-Bourgeois 3 ) the rue d’Arcole 4) the avenue des Champs-Elysées 5) the...

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  • Walking

    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...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    The tower of Eiffel ,the symbol of Paris. I used to come here regularly , a lot less often lately, but still past by many times now at least once a month, and always the same feeling of seeing the masses gather to go up and walk around it. It is the ultimate Paris visit, no matter how tiring and visited the place is, or how difficult the lines are...

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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Paris

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's not surprising that the culture which gave us the bikini would also be the first to figure out how to bring the beach to their fabulous city! The original "plage urbaine," the Paris Plage began in 2002, with the French converting the Seine's banks into pedestrian areas as well as sandy sunbathing spots. The first plage spread from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully on Voie Georges Pompidou, covering three kilometers (1.86411 miles) along the Seine River. The popularity of the event caused organizers to build additional plages at Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette. The beaches open around July 20 and usually last four weeks, with all Paris Plages open until midnight daily.

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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    follow up on the below news of the pedestrian day in Paris Sept 27, this is the map showing the areas already approved by the city council to be on foot that day.
    leparisien.fr/paris-75/paris...

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    From October 7 to 11 2015.This time again at Montmartre will be the Fête des Vendanges , festival of the vineyard with Mélanie Thierry and Raphael as the godparents of the event. fetedesvendangesdemontmartre...

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    Jul 20, 2015 at 2:10 AM

    Paris plage or beach is the return for the 14th edition, from Monday July 20th to Sunday August 16 and until August 23 at the bassin de La Villette, (others are hôtel de ville and voie pompidou) 5 000 tons of sand over 4 kms covering the voie Georges-Pompidou and the bassin de La Villette, with 50 palms and 80 other trees along the wharfs or quais. From Tuesday July 14 the acess to the voie Georges-Pompidou is closed to circulation from the tunnel des Tuileries to the road of Mazas. This year ,alos the 14è and 20è arrondissements will have their beach as well in the sport centers Elisabeth and Louis Lumière, respectively.Source: lesechos.fr/politique-societ...

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    Jul 17, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Next September 27 Paris will have no motor vehicles from 11h to 18h (11am to 6pm) with only emergency vehicules allowed and taxis etc.Following the example done in Brussels.source ville de Paris;pro.parisinfo.com/actualites...

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    The old studio of Picasso,7 rue des Grands Augustins Paris (6e) on the building of the Hôtel de Savoie where on the last floor Pablo Picasso had painted Guernica,the memorial to the Spanish Civil War in 1937 is in fear of been destroyed. Calls has been made including UNESCO to save it;source le parisien
    leparisien.fr/paris-75/paris...

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    The 14 July in France is coming and this time again at the Champ de Mars by the Eiffel tower : they will have the National Orchestra of France, The choir of Radio France , and the master tenor of Radio France all under the direction of Daniele Gatti, with great international artists ,and then the fireworks by Groupe F, well known as the best in the world that would put the fire on the Eiffel tower. Some of the shows according to the city of Paris will be of HECTOR BERLIOZ La Damnation de Faust (Marche de Rákóczy), LEONARD BERNSTEIN - West Side Story (Mambo),LEONARD BERNSTEIN - Candide (Ouverture), SERGUEÏ RACHMANINOV - Vocals by Julie Fuchs, CARL ORFF - Carmina Burana (Tempus est iocundum – Finale) with the choir and master of Radio France, GIUSEPPE VERDI - Aida (Gloria all’Egitto) with the choir of Radio France ,GIACOMO PUCCINI - Madame Butterfly (Un bel dì, vedremo) with Sonya Yoncheva,CHARLES LECOCQ - Les cent vierges (O Paris, gai séjour de plaisir - Grande valse) with Sonya Yoncheva, GIACOMO PUCCINI - Turandot (Nessun dorma) with Fabio Sartori and the choir of Radio France , WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Don Giovanni (La ci darem la mano) with Joyce DiDonato and Bryn Terfel. .paris.fr/actualites/14-juill...

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    Jul 7, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    7/1/2015: For the safety of visitors large and small, Disneyland Paris has banned selfie sticks so leave 'em in the car or back at the hotel, folks. They will be checking bags at the gates, and any found in vistors' possession will be held for them until they leave the parks.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2015 at 2:53 AM

    The work of renovation on the Samaritaine starts finally on the side of the Seine river and the side of the rue de Rivoli, for 3 years! source le Parisien newspaper.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    just out in Le Parisien newspaper UberPop on demand taxi is illegal as of yesterday Thursday. It at Paris and depts of the Gironde, Bas-Rhin, Nord, Bouches-du-Rhône, Loire-Atlantique, Rhône, Isère, les Yvelines, le Val-de-Marne, la Seine-Saint-Denis , and les Hauts-de-Seinel. No VTC, no covoiturage, «UberPOP are in absolute illegality said the Interior Minister. leparisien.fr/economie/uberp...

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    Summer is coming and so its time for public transport work. Some disruptions to note:From July 25 to August 23rd the line RER A one of the most frequented in Paris will be interrupted from the stations in la Défense and Auber (side of Opéra Garnier). The SNCF and the RATP transport organisms in France/Paris will have modified transport that means using buses instead around the metro lines 1 and 14 that are automated at rush hours times The RATP advises to avoid the line 1 at rush hours AM and PM. Also, get around work by using metro or buses on the RER C with interrupted circulation from July 15 to August 22nd between stations Avenue-Henri-Martin, Javel, and Paris-Austerlitz. For the most part line 5 will be closed between July 18 to 20 as well as Line 4 at the station RéaumurSébastopol until Porte-de-Clignancourt,from August 27 to 30th inclusive as well as the tramway line T1, on several stations during one month. source: lesechos.fr/journal20150703/...

 
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