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Paris Things to Do

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  • Louvre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Last visit May 2016 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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  • Eiffel Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the most memorable trip of my lifetime..Enjoyed alot.. Paris is incomplete without a visit to any of these. From the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and from the Notre Dame Cathedral to the Place de la Concorde, all are stunning, and not to be missed. Of course, the Eiffel Tower is the highlight of Paris vacations. A view from its top...

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  • Notre Dame de Paris

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Notre-Dame has been the focal point of Paris for centuries, as a grand Catholic cathedral on the original island where Paris was founded, Ile de la Cite. It's style is French Gothic and the sculptures, stained glass and architecture is superb. The flying buttress supports on the outside at the back were cutting edge technology in the medieval...

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Paris Restaurants

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  • Angelina

    4 out of 5 stars

    Angelina is best described as a Salon de Thé and is well know for their hot chocolate and their Mont Blanc dessert. There are several locations in Paris as well as one at Versailles but I prefer the Tuileries location. I love the atmosphere and décor of this place;which is reminiscent of an era gone by; when women frequented tea rooms socially as...

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  • Les Deux Magots

    4 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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  • Chez Clement

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    There's a chain of Chez Clément restaurants through Paris; 11 in total. The one at Place St-André-des-Arts is in the middle of the histir center of the Notre Dame area. The terrace even is build around a public potable water fountain. Fresh food is served. Plate service from Euro 15,--.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Metro

    The metro (subway/underground) in Paris is one of the best in the world. The maps are easy to understand. The busses and RER trains are also frequent and handy as well. There are visitor passes by zones as well as a carnet of 10 tickets at a time. The transport website is very good, has interactive maps and information on prices and options as well...

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  • Charles De Gaulle Airport

    Traveling to West-Africa is most convenient going via Paris. Make sure you transit time is 2h or more as your suitecase will not make it in time. In general to airport is ok, but very large so be in time to catch your next flight! On the way back from Cameroon I bumbed into Samuel Eto'o the superstar player of the National Team of Cameroon....

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  • Taxis

    Following the USA press (and not seeing much on VT), I wasn’t sure we’d be able use UBER in Paris. However, we used the APP several times and were impressed with the price and quality of the service. In each case, we encountered immaculate cars (a couple Mercedes, an Infinity X-50, a Prius, a Citroen, a Peugeot, and – believe it or not – a Jaguar)...

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Paris Shopping

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  • Galeries Lafayette

    One of the stores inside Galeries Lafayette was several floors in size. I found the women's wear on second floor. I tried on two cashmere sweaters. I fell in love with one and bought it. The beautiful dome in the shopping center is quite elaborate. Cashmere sweater at least 100 Euros

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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

    There are a few trendy shops at the Arcade along the Champs Elysees that sell men's and women's clothing. The stores are always packed and you can definitely find some really nice pieces of clothing. I enjoy shopping here and picking something different and unique for either myself or my daughter. Trendy tops, blouses, t-shirts, sweaters, belts....

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Paris Local Customs

  • Stereotypes

    Isn't that really why you came, to see things? Since I'm a tourist, I don't get too upset about touristy things. We don't make a real effort to avoid looking like tourists nor avoid doing touristy things. We enjoy the tourist sights, the little tourist trains, the souvenir shops and seeing the things that have made a site "too touristy." Very...

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  • 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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  • Dining & Drinking

    French meals are something to be enjoyed so don't go with the expectations of a rapid meal. I usually avoid sitting down for lunch, I'm never willing to commit that much time when I've go so many things to see. But dinner is another matter and we frequently sit down and have multi course meals. We ordered just mains at a restaurant in Honfleur...

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Paris Warnings and Dangers

  • Pick Pockets

    Paris seems like such a romantic city but the thing was when I went to a McDonalds and used my phone to take a picture of some food and placed it on my lap, it was stolen from me within 5-10 mins. The staff was trying to be helpful but this ***y manager kept saying no no no. Like lady, the staff are trying to help?? That *** probably was the one...

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  • Beggars & Aggressive Vendors

    Guys, please be careful around the gypsy girls! I had a horrible experience near the Arc de Triomphe yesterday. I was with my friend and we were walking by the Arc and we were swarmed by a group of these girls asking us to sign things and if we spoke English. We had experienced this before, so we just kept walking and ignored them. One of them gets...

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  • Red Light Districts

    I went to Pigalle..It is highly unsafe. Someone took me to one bar to have drink and some dance. I went there. 1 moroccon girl said u sty here , beer only 10 Euro..Within 5 minutes , this girl said that I already hav 2 drinks...I asked how much 1 drink ..she said 80 Euro....I said i dnt want all this...Believe me, I did not have even 3 sips of my...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • Electronics

    In the winter - scarves are a must! If you don't want to appear like an obvious tourist, you would wear dark, solid colored clothing. Nice slacks - polyester blend or gabbardine. No tennis shoes or flip flops. Hard closed up shoes with a slight heel. I took a trench coat instead of a thick wool coat and that worked well for me. Digital...

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Paris Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking Around

    Had arrived from Africa eleven months ago at CDG , Paris, enough time to get to the correct gate to connect to YUL Just before boarding, passport checked but was prevented from boarding, . . . . . to shorten the two night agony of theholding area , under the courtesy of the French Red Cross. i eventually succumb to flying ba

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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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  • Montmartre & Sacré Coeur

    The basilica stands on the highest point in Paris on the butte de Montmartre. I thought it was interesting that it was only started in 1875 (finished in 1914), dedicated to the excesses of one turbulent era while being finished in another era perhaps just as turbulent. It has a totally different look about it compared to other churches you will...

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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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  • 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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  • Ice Skating

    My husband and I just came back from Paris where we ice skated in front of the Hotel Du Ville. This was a marvelous activity. The last day the sun was shining, the ice was good, the children were at school and the music was good. There isn't anything better than skating in front of the Hotel du Ville in Paris. Skating is free if you bring your own...

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Paris General

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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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  • 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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  • Eiffel Tower

    We spent the day at the Eiffel Tower. We purchased tickets to go inside online ahead of our trip. If you plan to go inside the Eiffel Tower I would suggest you buy tickets like we did in advance. The day we were there the weather was beautiful. Walking through the streets and seeing the great city.

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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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  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    For anyone that is in a melancholy mood take a listen to Edith Piaf, on what today would have been her 100th birthday

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    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.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2015 at 4:26 AM

    According to French press reports, the city of Paris has finally decided to do away with the “love-locks” on its bridges. Starting today, June 1, the footbridge Pont des Arts in Paris will be closed for one week while nearly a million love-locks, weighing 45 tons, are removed. Temporary wooden panels (with paintings by various artists) will be installed instead of the current wire-mesh fences on the sides of the bridge. Next autumn, these will be replaced by unbreakable glass panels.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    According to their website, the Victor Hugo Museum in Paris (on Place des Vosges) is currently closed for repairs and rearrangement, but is scheduled to re-open on June 2, 2015.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    The Paris Vélib' blog has announced that the "Generator", the newest and biggest Parisian youth hostel, opened its doors on February 1, 2015. They say: "With around a thousand beds in 9300 sq meters in the center of Paris, it represents a whole new kind of affordable accommodation for young tourists!" It is located in the 10th arrondissement, near Canal St Martin.
    blog.velib.paris.fr/en/2015/...

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    More on the REOPENING of the Musée Picasso Paris, after 5 years of renovation work. I got the info via the Museum's Twitter account :
    It finally happened today, Saturday 25 October 2014 and attendance was 4,500 persons. The place looks great!
    Here's the official link to the Musée Picasso: http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/
    (good website, and they've got Apps for multimedia guide, etc.)
    Enjoy your visit with le maître!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    The City of Paris has just started a new website, in French, English and Spanish, called Love Without Locks. It explains:

    Paris delights in its lovers,
    Who come in numbers so great,
    But its bridges are more fragile than their passion
    And thousands of padlocks are some weight!

    An end to padlocks: through this site, declare your love in pictures and bridges will be spared a heavy heart. Share your photos on social network sites with the hashtag #lovewithoutlocks and they will appear on this social wall to lovers worldwide!

    As of August 12, 2014, there were already 267 photos posted on the new website, some selfies and some not.

    According to local press reports, this new website is the first step in a “global plan of action” to rid the city’s bridges of lovelocks. Another step being considered is to replace the current wire mesh fences on the bridges with some other kind of installations that will not permit the attachment of locks.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Aug 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      What a creative way to tackle a problem! Hooray for clever Parisians!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    According to French press reports, a 2.4 meter section of the wire mesh fence on the footbridge Pont des Arts collapsed under the weight of the love locks on Sunday afternoon, 8 June 2014 at 5:50 pm. Police said there were no casualties, but the footbridge was immediately evacuated and closed.

  • babaparis's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    hello , i'm french , i live on paris on the 15ème arrondissement. if you want informations about this beautiful district , write me

  • 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.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      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.

 
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