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stevenback7
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Icon 1 posted February 28, 2008 20:31      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In a week I have my march break and plan on visiting family in Holland. But on the way I'm stopping in Paris for a couple days.

Besides the obvious (louvre, arch de triumph, eifel tower) what are the top sites that should be seen in downtown Paris?

*sorry for any spelling mistakes - it's late and just got done a shit load of projectile question.

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Icon 1 posted February 28, 2008 21:09      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Montmarte.

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I agree with Xanth on Monmartre, , it has all the street artists there. I would recomend seeing Sacré-Cœur more than Notre Dame if you want to see and old church. It is worth the walk up.

I also recomend going to the top of the arc but not the eifle tower. The Arc is much less expensive to go up and has a much better view of paris. (it is at the end of the Champs-Élysées, go at night). If you go to the Eifel tower, view it from Trocadéro. (There is a metro stop called Trocadéro.) Most guide books will send you to a closer metro stop but then you are right underneath the tower and do not have a very good view so close up. (all those famous photos you have seen of the twoer are from Trocadéro).

What out for the beggers/ street people. they work in teams and are very good at pressuring you. I have a blog post about that from some time ago.

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If you are planning to visit the Musée d'Orsay either get there when it opens, or be prepared to queue. It is worth it though, and if you have to choose just one major museum, this is my recommendation.

On the whole though I prefer small museums, that don't leave you exhausted at the end of a visit and have more personality. I love the Musée de Cluny for its central exhibit, the beautiful and mysterious Lady & the Unicorn tapestry. I also love the Musée Picasso. Before my first visit I knew little more than his reputation, and the museum really turned me on to him. So much energy, life and bubbling fizzing creativity! It is a really inspiring place.

It would be a shame if your visit to Paris did not include a good restaurant if you can stretch to it. I haven't been there for a while but the Brasserie Bofinger is a really nice restaurant in a beautiful & historic building. It is of course cheaper to eat there at lunchtime rather than in the evening.

On a general note, it is far too easy to spend all your money in Paris very quickly, so don't go mad! Paris is still one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I enjoy just walking around it without any particular destination. You will have a wonderful time.

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I love the Louvre, but look in a guide to see what you want to see and plan out your visit. Unless you want to go several days.

One of my favourite photos was taken by lying on my back underneath the Tower and shooting up into the framework. It is too cool. The Arc is great, but taking your life into your own hands for the traffic unless that has improved.

Take a bus out to Versailles too

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Icon 1 posted February 29, 2008 11:26      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:

The Arc is great, but taking your life into your own hands for the traffic unless that has improved.


Didn't you know there is a tunnel that leads out to the circle?

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Pedestrian access to the Arc de Triomphe is via an underpass. Dodging the Paris traffic on the roundabout that surrounds the arc is not recommended.


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Hmm...funny, when I think of Paris, tunnels, and safety, I don't see them as being one and the same...

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Taken on that fateful night...

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No tunnel when I was there in the dark ages. It is great the there is one now.
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