Long Lines - Queues, Paris
I waited in line for over an hour to get into Notre Dame which I felt was worth it. But when I was almost to the window to pay I noticed a sign that said $7 euros--Exact Change only. Now I DID have exact change but would have been quite upset if I did not and I waited in that line only to be told I could not go in because I did not have exact change.
Standing on top of the Eiffel Tower is the most typical thing to do in Paris, of course! But it´s such a waste of time when you´re there for only a few days. Especially queing for the elevator can take over one and a half hours. The line for the stairs often is much shorter, but it also can take up to an hour, and it only takes you to the second floor.
Much better is to go to the Tour Montparnasse. It´s closeby, it´s almost just as tall as the Eiffel Tower, it´s cheaper, it doesn´t have such insane queues and: FROM THE TOP OF THE TOUR MONTPARNASSE YOU CAN SEE THE EIFFEL TOWER TOO!
Of course, when you have the time for it, it´s really nice to climb it to the top, but if you only have time for a quick tour around the city, just do it the easy way!
If this pictures fills you with horror, you'd be better off reading my survival tip to the Lourve. Yup, I thought I'd better put a couple of tips here, especially for die-hard Da Vinci Code fans and Mona Lisa groupies.
1)Choose to go to the Louvre early in the mornings on a weekday . Bear in mind that it opens at 9 a.m and closes it doors on Tuesdays.
2)Avoid the Lourve like the plague on the first Sunday of each month, even though it is free. It is so NOT worth losing your sanity and turning into Dr. Hannibal Lecter over the entry fee of €13, trust me!
3) Honestly, what is so great about the glass pyramid? You don't have to enter the Lourve through this ugly bit of architecture like everyone else, but sneak in via the ticket office through the Louvre mall (access on rue de Rivoli) underneath the museum.
4)Sigh, if you insist on entering the glass pyramid like everyone else, bring along a husband who walks with a cane like me. The security guards will immediately usher you to the front . The only danger in this tactic is that you'll earn evil glares from other folks in the queue. Alternatively, if you partner is not disabled, do not clobber him with a queue stand as you wait, just grab a walking stick and try your luck.
Be prepared to queue for entry to major attractions. I had never come across anything like the queues I saw in Paris, but then it is the most visited city in the world apparently.
Going early to the attractions you want to see, seems to be standard advice and it makes sense to me. From my observations queues seem worse about the middle of the day.
Don't try and do too much in one day - you'll only get grumpy and stressed.
Be prepared to wait loooong for your ticket to Louvre Museum (I was waiting 50 min.) especially in the morning.
Don't worry, take it easy and keep smiling. And enjoy your time:
- look at and take shots of the Louvre pyramides,
- make friends from all over the world,
- believe me, the Louvre is worth of your waiting
Warning: Queues! Try not to visit popular places at peak times. In this case for The Louvre Museum (photo) go early in the morning, as you might be lucky and walk straight in. Anyway you'd need a whole morning, if not a whole day, to visit all the museum! I almost gave up, but I didn't and it was worth it!
The only problem we encountered was security at the airport, which was shut down to a single line through the metal detector and baggage scanner AFTER passing the inital x-ray scanner to enter the terminal. We arrived 2 hours prior to our flight and still barely made it before they closed the doors. Be SURE to provide enough time if you are flying out.
When I revivisted the Notre Dame in 2011, the long waiting lines struck me.
In my memory I always could enter the church without waiting.
If wanna go to the top of Eiffel tower, better from early morning, or better when winter time, cos more less ppl. And summer time like this will queues so long, about 100m each lift door.
When in Paris, be sure to have comfortable shoes and clothes and have lots of time because the lines are long. Or try to visit the sights at off-peak hours.