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Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Paris
"Your day in Paris is completely tailored to match your sightseeing desires. Before your tour your private guide will contact you to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics and itinerary can be arranged in advance saving you time.On the day of your tour meet your guide at your preferred central location and then set off by whatever means of transport is needed. Taxi rides and public transport are included but all meals activities and entrance fees are payable at your own expense.So what to see? That's up to you! Perhaps visit must-see sights like the ever-inspiring Eiffel Tower -- Paris’s undisputed architectural icon -- or the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur for sweep focus on the more offbeat Paris attractions like the Père Lachaise Cemetery – the city’s hauntingly beautiful graveyard – or let your guide introduce you to private parks that tourist maps miss. Below is a sample itinerary."
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Private Tour: Explore Your Favorite Neighborhood in Paris
"Your morning or afternoon in Paris is completely tailored to match your interests. Your guide will contact you before your tour to discuss the things you want to see so that your logistics and itinerary can be arranged in advance. Choose one of seven nei Opéra/Louvre Montparnasse St-Germain-des-Prés Panthéon/Latin Quarter Montmartre or the Marais/Bastille. On the day of your tour your guide will meet you at your hotel or apartment in central Paris. Then
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Private 2-Day Tour: Customize Your Perfect Stay in Paris
"You will need to contact your guide ahead of time to help set up your itinerary based on what you want to do and see during your two days in Paris. On the first day of your tour meet your guide at your preferred central Paris location then head out together to explore the City of Lights. Public transport is included but all meals activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.Paris has a multitude of offerings for nearly every type of traveler. Want to hit all the top Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral? Are you an art buff seeking to tackle the Louvre? Or would you rather explore off-the-beaten path neighborhoods such as the bohemian Montmartre district? It's up to you. Below is a sample itinerary to spark some ideas."
From EUR170.00

Bastille Tips (12)

Big Ben Bar at Le Train Bleu: Big Ben Bar: Drinks with Nikita!

I hosted a VTers/Fodorite meet at Le Train Bleu my last night in Paris November 2006 including a couple who were leaving the next day and didn't have reservations so we asked them to join us.

Can't remember what I drank as I was so tired from our walk with Michael that day of a tour of the Philippe-Auguste wall, plus I was thrilled to finally meet so many fabulous VTers and Fodorites!

The place is filled to the gills with gorgeous gilded ceilings with painted murals depicting scenes where le Train Bleu once made its run. And of course anyone who is a fan of Luc Besson will recognize this place as the film setting for Nikita!

Photos: November 2006

Dress Code Dress Casual

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BeatChick
Jan 03, 2009

Opera Bastille: A controversial opera house

The Opera Bastille was a very controversial project -- part of Mitterrand's legacy. It was meant to bring opera to the people. Designed by Canadian architect Carlos Ott, it opened on July 14th 1989. Many find its facade and interior ugly -- but in talking to a singer friend of ours who has performed there, it is a terrific building for the singers and staff as well as providing excellent sound and sightlines for the audience.
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We attended a performance of Richard Strauss' "Adriane auf Naxos" and were delighted with the performance and puzzled by the surroundings!

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shrimp56
Jun 09, 2006

Bastille OPERA: luxury go out

I often look at the coming event, but i haven't been yet.
I simply go to the FNAC BASTILLE , nextdoor of the opera...

As soon as i can afford it, I shall go and enjoy a wonderful Mozart opera...

Dress Code better no jeans: make an effort this time

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jakiline
May 17, 2006

Bastille: Top nights out!

Around Bastille, mainly Rue de Lappe, is my favourite street come Friday and Saturday night, and actually come to think about it after work on a weekday as well!!
My favourite bar, mainly for it's prices which are extremelly low for being Paris, is Some Girls bar at the end of Rue de Lap without its name above the door, just a sign of a woman....
And then there is the corner bar, which I never remember what it's called, but it's the first bar on Rue de Lap opposite the crepe place and it looks kind of dark but has huge windows and big screen tvs. The cocktails are amazing and during happy hour only €5, a total bargain!

And then of course Bastille is great cause of the atmosphere it creates, not too surprising really considering the amount of bars and restaurants there are there!! Just go and you'll see what I mean! :-D

Dress Code Absolutely whatever! (Well I would recommend wearing shoes of some sort as when there are lots of bars like that, there is a tendancy for glass outside the bars too....)

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swedishanna
Sep 29, 2005
 
 
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Bastille: Fashion nights...

One of the places in Paris you have to go to drink beers/cocktails in young bars, or to have dinner in a lot of different restaurants...

Just choose what you want to do, then choose your bar / restaurant !

The rue de Lappe is famous for the high concentration of bars and restaurants, but just walk around la rue de la roquette, you'll find almost whatever you want ;)

chtimanu
Aug 05, 2004

Lune Objectif: Bars in Bastille

A small bar with great techno music (and a very attractive bartender!) They have an after-hours license and it will be packed after 2am. I didn't speak a word of French but had a great time drinking and dancing with locals. Negative: A unisex squat toilet.

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mittens
Jan 12, 2004

Kilty's Irish pub: The cosy Irish corner

Been there a few times and really like it!
The small Irish pub is located at Place de Bastille, and therefore has a good view from outside the bar. Not a big place, but really cozy and with good Irish beer.
Thursday night is students night (happy hour 18h-21h), and they also show live sports sometimes. The owner is friendly, and this is a good place to go have a few beers before you head on...

Open daily; 11h - 2h with lunch from 12h - 15h

Dress Code No dress code here

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Dee22
Sep 15, 2003

Place de la Bastille: Place de la Bastille

This place is awesome for a night on the town. There are plenty of bars restaurants and dance spots to keep you busy all night long.

Dress Code Dress as you feel comfortable. There are plenty of venues to suit anyones comfort level.

LeTaureau
Aug 26, 2002
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"My Paris: not only operas and bicycles . . ."
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BeatChick

"Perambulations in Paris!"
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shrimp56

"London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation."
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"PARIS POUR LA CULTURE!"
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"Paris - Over 40 years of love and hate."
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Place de la Bastille .: Place de la Bastille .

I've never seen so many bars and clubs in one place !
I was staying in an hotel in the area and every night I went to another club or bar got drunk and happy !

Best place in the area is What's Up Bar which is known as one of the most popular and trendy places to party in Paris . Plays a variety of electronic beats and has some nice cocktails and wonderful atmosphere thanks to the cool staff and wonderful interior design !
Adress :
What's up bar
15, rue Daval
Paris

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pinkpuffclou
Aug 25, 2002

La Opera de la Bastille: La Opera de la Bastille

If you are going to Paris, you might want to go to an concert or ballet. It was quite surprising the amount of younger people there. The theater was sold out as well.

Dress Code People didn't dress as upscale as I thought they would.

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marciaca
Aug 25, 2002

Along with Manhattan, THE...

Along with Manhattan, THE place in the world for night life. The area around the Bastille has some great clubs. Again, check a good guide book for latest hot spots and places to go. If you are into Jazz, African music, techno- it's all there.
French ' joie de vivre ' ( love of living ) is in evidence. You won't feel out of it in Paris. Feel the buzz , let the atmosphere wash over you.

Dress Code Smart and casual. Check before turning up.

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coast2coast
Aug 25, 2002

Café Phare: Café Phare

Fiona & I got rather partial to the Kirs on offer in Café Phare ! ;-) It's a very chatty kind of place, though the service was a bit slow IMO.

Dress Code Casual to smart-casual

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orlikins
Nov 09, 2003

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River Seine Cruises

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La Comédie Française

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Galerie Vivienne

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Tuileries - Jardin des Tuileries

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