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Skip-the-Line Louvre Ticket and Montmartre Art Walking Tour Double Feature
"Your guide (a local of Paris) meets you right outside Moulin Rouge - the cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec and that remains the standard bearer for can can fun.You then set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around Paris' bohemian district. A weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard you will hear tales of the great artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris’ Impressionist painters your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir Monet Van Gogh - and later Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso.Besides the Moulin Rouge this tour will take you to the art studio where Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon launched Cubism
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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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Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket
"Meet your knowledgeable local guide in Montmartre and set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around the neighborhood. As you stroll through Montmartre’s romantic streets weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard hear tales of the legendary artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris’ Impressionist painters your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir Monet Van Gogh and Cézanne – all incredible artists of their time.See the venues that influenced their art like the building where Van Gogh lived when he moved here from Holland. Van Gogh lovers believe it was here that he really found his personality as an artist
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Monoprix, G20, Le Marche Franprix: Grocery stores

My favorite place to shop while abroad is the grocery store or supermarche. From picking up bottled water, to snacks and local foods and drinks, we always find something to buy at the local grocer. When we don't feel like eating a full meal, it's a great place to stop and pick up a picnic lunch all in one stop although sometimes it's more fun to go to the individual cheese, meat, bakery if you have the time.

We popped into several on this trip, Monoprix which has a food hall in addition to other goods. We stopped at a Franprix near our hotel, it was even open on Sunday which most of them aren't. Others to look for include Carrefour and G20. Many of them are closed on Sunday so if you are staying in an apartment, you should check out their hours and make sure what days they are open.

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Dabs
Jun 16, 2013

Monoprix: What the Locals Want

Monoprix is everywhere. It is a local supermarket chain that sells local produce and foodstuff to imported items, clothings, etc.

However, not all Monoprix are the same. Some sells households items and doesn't sell clothing and comestics.

Across the hotel from my hotel stay at Hotel du Lion, there's a Monoprix store that sells foodstuff, fruits, household stuffs, drinks, etc but doesn't have any clothing or comestic stuff.

Prices of items here are cheaper compared to what you would buy from other food and drinks outlets in tourist spots.

I guess this is where the locals do their shopping as I don't see much tourist in the supermart.

What to buy Nestle's Cuppacino
Chocolate

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walterwu
Aug 30, 2011

THE BEST WINES: WINES STORES IN FRANCE

SAVOUR CLUB
some good stores in Paris
www.lesavourclub.fr
http://www.lesavourclub.fr/Divers/Carte_des_millesimes.asp

NICOLAS
many stores in the big cities of France
http://www.nicolas.com/

OTHER STORES (i.e. Foire aux vins) Hypemarches:
Leclerc
Auchan
Carrefour
Monoprix
Casinos

FOR THE BREAD
Chez PAUL
 

What to buy WINES, CHEES and BREAD , just for a dinner

What to pay Good wine for 10-20 Euros

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nygaston
Apr 04, 2011

Monoprix: Need something fast at a good price?

Monoprix is all over France and when you simply want to get a list of things quickly and inexpensively, it's a great store. You could compare it to Target stores in the USA.

We often rent a small house or apartment for a week to a month and they are usually Sat. to Sat. rentals. This means we arrive late Saturday afternoon, need supplies and stores are guaranteed to be closed Sunday. Ergo, we head for the nearest Monoprix. It was also useful when my husband absentmindly put toothpaste, shampoo and shaving cream in his carryon and had them all confiscated by airport security. Monoprix (in Nice) took care of him.

Forget your alarm clock? Pick one up at Monoprix.

What to buy It is a department store that includes nearly everything. Need towels? Need milk? Need a light jacket? Need chocolate . . . well, perhaps not need it! Monoprix is your store. You can get paper to write home, cheese for dinner, extra underwear or socks, slacks, drawing supplies . . . everything.

You will not find designer brands here but things are very French and in good taste . . . and in the case of food, tastes good. It's a fun store and very useful.

Find a Monoprix near you at http://www.monoprix.fr/trouver-mon-magasin.html

What to pay Depends on what you buy but you can count on very competitive prices.

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Dec 08, 2010
 
 
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Monoprix: Little Luxury

What to buy Monoprix also has absolutely wonderful talcum powder. My baby is long since grown up, but I use Cadum talc (also wonderfully labeled in Flemish as "talkpoeder"). This terrific Belgian product seems to be a Monoprix exclusive, but I pick up several shakers every time I'm in Paris. It's silky in texture, and very discreetly perfumed. I like it much better than American baby powders or heavily-scented cosmetic talcs.

roundknittles
Nov 17, 2009

Monoprix: So much!

I love going to supermarkets when I'm overseas. I find the selection and marketing of food in different countries to be interesting and I'm all about trying new things.

Monoprix stores are a chain and can be found all over the city. They also sell liquor, beauty products and souvenir type candy.

What to buy I bought chocolate to bring home and some beautiful smelling and packaged soap bars to give away.

I had to snap a photo of one of the bottles of a what sounds like a sickeningly sweet liquer named "Girl". Just thought it was funny...

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garridogal
Jul 03, 2009

Monoprix: look here first

As mentioned Monoprix is very reasonable

What to buy My sister sent me to the Bon Marche to buy Le Salinier de Camargue-Fleur de Sel a wonderful salt. I bought 5 packages at nearly 6 Euros each.... at Monoprix and Franprix the same salt was 2.80 Euros.... I noticed that all the spices were much more reasonable... these are great gifts to bring home.

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leanneedwards
Mar 31, 2009

Monoprix: Paris Shopping for the Target Set

Yes it's a chain, but don't turn up your nose at this discount department/grocery store with locations all over Paris. Especially not if you want to know how Parisians really live and/or you are traveling on a budget. The first thing to know is that they sell just about anything you might need, from foie gras to makeup to lightbulbs to handbags, and it's priced along the lines of a Wallmart or Target store in the U.S. But with wine, cheese and foie gras. This is where a lot of real Parisians do most of their grocery shopping and you should locate the one nearest you if you need some little grocery or drug store item. The pharmacies that you see all over Paris, marked by a green neon cross, provide excellent one-on-one service and are the place to turn if you have a minor medical problem or need a prescription, but Monoprix is the place for shampoo and feminine products. It is also one of the few places where you will find a broad selection of practical household products in one place (cleaning products, tableware and cooking utensils for example). The grocery store (usually in the basement) is useful if you want to shop for dinner a l'Americain. That is, in one place instead of by trekking from one (charming and very worthwhile) specialty store to another. And if you spot an adorable and inexpensive pair of ballet flats on the way out, all the better.

What to buy Groceries, personal care items, "emergency" clothing (sweater, scarf, hat, rain gear), household items. If you want to bring back a cool souvenir for a neat freak at home, pick up a bottle of Maison Verte Thym-Basilic dish washing liquid. It's a "green" product and will fill the kitchen with the scent of fresh cut herbs every time you do the dishes. Maybe not your traditional souvenir of Paris, but it's not something you find in the U.S. and I'm addicted to the stuff. Just remember to pack it in your check-through luggage.

What to pay This is one of the less expensive stores in Paris

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Monoprix: Monoprix a Great Place to Shop

We found a Monoprix on the Champs -Elysees of all placesl! We didn't have long to shop but found some great children's clothing at very reasonable prices. You can also find just about anything else you might need, including wine. A great place to go if you forgot your toothbrush or you luggage got lost. We had read that the Monoprix has surprisingly good quality for the price. They were right.

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parismumsie
Jan 25, 2008

Monoprix: Monoprix

Monoprix is an inexpensive department store that has many locations throughout Paris (see website below). You'll find anything you'd need to stock up on grocery supplies during your stay in Paris: water, yogurt, cheese, wine, soda. If you're on a budget, then this is definitely THE place to shop!

What to buy I shopped at the Monoprix Sebastopol at 95, bd Sebastopol in the 2nd arrondissement. Picked up some really cute baby clothes for my niece: a top for 12euro, matching bottoms for 12.90euro as well as the matching cardigan at 14.90euro. Also picked up some:
Fleur de Sel (2.90€ a piece)
tapenade (3.62euro for 100 gr)
3 mustards by Edmond Fallot (Verte a l'Estragon, Cassis de Dijon, & Dijon au Vin Blanc - 3.35€)
Terrine de Canard à l'Armagnac (2.39euro for 200 gr)
These I purchased as inexpensive gifts for friends back home or for cool French items for the home. Another gift item was some funky striped leggings (7.90euro a piece).

I also noticed cute inexpensive journals & calendar books that would be perfect for teenage girls. If it's raining this is a great place to pick up a fabulous Frenchy umbrella!

A friend also pointed out to me Bourjois cosmetics, an inexpensive line by Chanel. Another friend, who performs on stage, says the face powder is the best he's used; it doesn't run when he sweats under stage lights - good news for all of us, right ladies?!

When my bags didn't show up for the first couple of days this past trip, a friend ran out and bought me some almond-scented shampoo & ylang ylang shower gel (this last I have GOT to some more of!).

What to pay Typical French food items that you'd love to take back home for friends and family and normally MUCH less than what you'd expect to pay for the same items in the US, including wine, eau de vie for 1/2 the price of what I'd pay in the states (10-15€), fleur de sel, tapenade, and pâté.

Photos: February 2006 & November 2007

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Jan 22, 2008

LIDL SUPER MARCHES: LIDL CAN SAVE BIG $$$$ ON FOOD SHOPPING

LIDL is a German discount supermarket chain with about 20 stores in Paris. LIDL's are often crowded and have limited selections compared to a larger Monoprix. On the other hand....great $$$ SAVINGS. Ex. LIDL's Freeway brand diet cola was so good it won our blind test against diet Coke. And LIDL sold FIVE 2 liter Freeways for the price of ONE 1.5 Liter DIET COKE. Similar quality imported smoked salmon sold for about $20 per pound at Monoprix and just $7 per pound at LIDL. Fresh eggs for 50% less and 50% to 70% less on fresh fruit and many other items.

We leased an owner occupied (except for Summer months) apartment and sure enough the couple had many LIDL bags in the kitchen. Later, in Barcelona we started seeing more and more LIDL bags bearing the colorful LIDL logo.

This is the LIDL store locator page for Paris: http://www.lidl.fr/fr/home.nsf/pages/i.home

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worldromer
Aug 16, 2007

Monoprix: More than just a grocery store

We go to Monoprix as our local grocery store, but its actually more than a grocery store. To me, it reminds me of a nicer, smaller Wal-mart... maybe more in line with a small Target. They sell personal items like shampoo, deoderant, etc. and they also sell clothes for the whole family, kitchen items, toys, jewelry, outdoor furniture, etc. The one nearest us is actually a smaller version, but if I walk about 15 minutes I can get to a larger one that has A LOT more selection.

What to buy Anything and everything

What to pay I spend at least 40 euros every time I go

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Apr 06, 2007

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