Paris Travel Guide

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Paris Highlights

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     Art, culture, history, fun, good transportation network, nice caffes and quiche-lorrain ... 

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     There is pollution and noise -- it's a city 

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     PARIS: food, ambience, art, architecture, views, history & mystery! 

Paris Things to Do

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  • Montmartre - Sacré Coeur

    Vandalization of the Sacré Cœur. This very morning (19/03/2014) - anniversary of the "Commune" - the front of the Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre has been vandalized with insulting inscriptions in red paint! The way this act showing anti-Christian feelings inside the "République Française" has been reported by the French press shows the deep...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Many people will tell you when you are off on your first visit to Paris not to bother with going to the top of the Eiffel Tower because you will wait for hours and pay a hefty entrance fee and so on and so forth...... These warnings are of course perfectly true and when I balked about going to the top on my first visit to Paris (mainly because I...

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  • Louvre

    Last visit April 2014 Although my favorite art museum in Paris (and perhaps the world) is the Musee d'Orsay, a visit to the Louvre, even for a short bit, is a must see in Paris. The Louvre is a very, very large place and it is quite useful to sit down with the map and figure out where you are going. The massive building now housing the art...

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Paris Hotels

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Paris Restaurants

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  • Angelina

    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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  • McDonald's

    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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  • Les Deux Magots

    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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Paris Nightlife

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  • Moulin Rouge

    The quinssentanial Parisian cabaret, famous all over, too famous I must add. I was here many years ago and then stop. But for the sake of info I am posting my old photos here. This is mostly an adult place but not sexual just sensual. The history is long going back to 1889 when big spectacles where held here. Operattas begain by 1903 and...

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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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  • Crazy Horse

    We went under the impression this was a carbaret show, as read on the internet. We arrived and were over charged for our seating area. The two women at the front desk admitted we were not in the diamond seating area but the gold. The felt it was the charge was accurate because in the computer it says we were seated in the diamond area, I said that...

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Paris Transportation

  • Métro

    Although I'm sure the buses are a much more scenic way to get around Paris, I am a big fan of the metro. The metro is Paris is quite extensive, the maps are easy to follow, and you know approximately how much time it will take to get you from one place to another. The metro runs from 5:30am to 1am (2 am on Friday, Saturday and bank holidays) We...

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  • Taxis

    I did not plan on riding a tuktuk in Paris but let myself be tempted when I witnessed expressions of delight on the faces of people coming off a tuktuk. I must confess, I had a great time. It may be a little expensive (around 60€ for an hour ride) but if you're going for a ride and you're lucky enough to have the chauffeur I had... you won't regret...

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  • Buses

    If for some reason you can’t go by bicycle, for instance if you have a suitcase that is too big or heavy to be transported by bike, a good alternative is to take the bus. Within Paris you can use a Métro ticket “t+” (which allows transfers between bus lines or between the bus and the tramway), or you can buy a one-time ticket from the bus driver...

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Paris Shopping

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  • Galeries Lafayette

    Most of you are too young to remember this, but back in the twentieth century it was customary for department stores to consist of – departments. If you were looking for, say, men’s trousers, all you had to do was take a deep breath, enter the store, find your way through a maze of perfume and jewelry counters, and then somewhere near the...

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  • Le Forum des Halles

    there is construction going on all around and inside the Forum, but shops are open until 20H http://www.forumdeshalles.com/W/do/centre/horaires The entries to the shopping place is many, I will count the ones I preferred, Porte Lescot : after the rue Pierre-Lescot,near of rue Saint-Denis, just in front of rue de la Cossonnerie, by rolling stairs at...

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  • Les Puces - Flea Markets

    there are several but the main ones are An up and comer that I visit recently is at La Bastille, where they have renovated many old buildings around it to make room for artists shops; the marché de la Bastille,is on terrain of boulevard Richard-Lenoir and has 115 tables. It is open Thursdays and Sundays from 7h to 14h30. walking you get to it...

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Paris Local Customs

  • Parlez vous francais?

    The fact that there is for Paris, most popular destination in EU, a tip group "Parlez-vous français? on local customs with about 100 reviews mostly by Anglophones, shows that many visitors in Paris feel, maybe in their subconscious, somewhat uneasy not speaking French. They see the splendors of Paris and would like to know a bit more about the...

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  • Dining & Drinking

    This is all over France, and it is something we follow religiously. Tradition has it that it is the opportunity to 'shoot the Kings' to the epiphany: a bean is hidden in the cake and the person who gets the bean becomes the King of the day and has the right to wear a Crown of fantasy. In the commercial circuit, in the second half of the 20th...

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  • Stereotypes

    I can't help but laugh at the French sense of humor expressed in the film Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain) during (Jamel Debbouze) Lucien's recitation of the merits and character of the vile "Collignon." One negative effect of the film "Amelie" is intensified overcrowding and gentrification of Montmartre, but let's face it, parts of...

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Paris Warnings and Dangers

  • Pick Pockets

    Avoid taking the métro during commuter hours of heavy useage when the cars are crowded. Last night my husband lost his wallet on a crowded métro car. Time: about 7:00 pm; Ligne: 4 (Chatelet). The wallet with 30 Euros in cash was in the front pocket and was shielded by a long coat and a tour book in the coat pocket, same side as the wallet....

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  • Beggars & Aggressive Vendors

    Be careful if you go to this place alone. They will come directly to you and pull your hand to tie a bracelets. Then you have to pay!!!!! Even if you're not okay with this situation. I went there alone in May 2013 and I was in this bad situation. I tried to walk away but I can't because these people will detain you in a circle. And they told me...

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  • Safety

    Paris as a big city has its crimes, but knowing the city is tops in visitors in 2013 with 32,2 million folks, and compare to other city of its side it is very safe. France got 83 million visitors ,figures from WTO-UN. accidents happened and if need of information, the Paris and interior government site has plenty of info to guide you on a safer...

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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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  • Moulin Rouge & Clubs

    If ever there was a place that was living off past glories, it is the Moulin rouge. It does however still have a steady trade, relying on hoardes of rich tourists to fill up the theatre seats. For about 150 euros each they get a somewhat average meal from Seven O'clock and then a show from Nine O'clock, always featuring a bunch of East European...

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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 in 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rainwear

    Ladies, bring a purse that can be worn across your torso. Theives are common, and a bag slung only over one shoulder can be easily slipped off and taken in a crowd. Pack an umbrella! Weather in Europe is unpredictable, and short showers are common all through the year. Pack your own tylenol/asprin if you're prone to headaches, as medications are...

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Paris Off The Beaten Path

  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

    The vinyards have been here long, once it was a flourishing wine trade supplying Paris and beyond. Then they were left in disrepair and desease came in, almost wiping out the entire vinyards; The city took charge and a committee of loyal citizens of the Butte or hill took command. In 1935 , they began in the second weekend of October do a feast to...

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  • Walking Around

    I don't much care for Pigalle etc. but I like the area south of it. Between Metro Pigalle & Blanche (it's actually in the upper 9th arr. as opposed to the Montmartre 18th) and south of Pigalle / Clichy madness is an area filled with older houses, some parks and pawnshops, mostly around rue de Douai / rue Victor Masse, rue du Fontaine, etc. It's a...

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  • Galleries & Passages

    With a large and rich history in glass manufacturing, Baccarat is a respected name. If you pass by the United States square, you may enter and see a couple of great pieces, well displayed in a beautiful palace. I must confess That I expected more, and took a morning expressly to go there. Somewhat disappointed, but I didn't regret the time. Why...

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Paris Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • 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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Paris Favorites

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  • Walking

    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

    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

    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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Top 5 Urban Beaches: Paris

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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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  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    As of yesterday 12th April 2014 the Paris zoo re-opened its doors to the public after a 6 year hiatus, 3 years for gathering the funds and 3 for doing the actual renovation work. Now re-named the "Parc Zoologique de Paris" instead of the old "Zoo de Vincennes". Price seems a little steep at 22€ for an adult but there are concessions for students and children, and of course you can stay all day. I lived over the road from the zoo in the 70's and still have the roars from the lions at night in my ears.

    Porte-Dorée is the closest metro station. Then walk up past the Palais de la Porte-Dorée which houses a tropical aquarium and the Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'Immimigration and the entrance to the zoo is 200 metres the other side of the Peripherique.

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      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Our Minnesota zoo is designed to provide many of the animals the sort of cover they'd find in their natural habitats so they aren't always visible either. Frustrating for visitors sometimes but better for the critters.

    • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
      Apr 14, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      Yes Linda, annual tarif is just 65€ for an adult with further reductions for children. A good deal I think.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Nearly 500 persons waited in line for 3 hrs in front of the Panthéon to have their picture taken for free with a photo truck of artist JR. The event is to have a huge panel with faces that will cover the cupola of the Panthéon now Under renovation.

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    Mar 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    The pollution in Paris getting worse, now new law to have alternating days base on hour vehicule matriculation numbers, pairs and impairs will be apply to Paris and 22 towns in its surroundings or petite couronne from Monday March 17 at 5h30 until midnight. It will be carry on to Tuesday and will be determine if needed to continue with the driving restrictions. The speed limits will be reduced to 60 kph in the BP.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Again Paris tops, 32,2M visitors in 2013, the tops are British, Americans,Germans, Italians ,and Chinese. 8,2% increase in visits from 2012.Thanks

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    due to the high levels of pollution in Paris lately, Vélib bikes and autolib electric cars will be free until further notice

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    The Théâtre éphémère, that was buiild in the garden of the Palais-Royal during the renovation of the salle Richelieu, has finally been sold to the Grand Théâtre de Genève (grand theater of Geneva) the grand theater of Geneva purchase it as they too will undergoing renovations and closed between July 2015 and August 2017. It will be able to hold 1.150 places (450 more than actually hold).

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Fashion week begins in Paris!!!

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    The Centre des monuments nationaux counting 98 monuments under their belts is celebrating 100 years at the service of heritage sites of France. The Center was started in July 1914 to managed these wonderful monuments of France. Many activities will be held throughout France this year to commemorate this event.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Musée Picasso is coming along just fine, on target to open mid June 2014, showcasing over 400 works of the master. Stay tune

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    First opening of a Printemps dept store in 32 years open at Carrousel du Louvre! very chic modern look of 2600 m2!

 
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