Weekend in Paris

  • germanguy888

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    Oct 24, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Hey all I am going down to Paris for a long weekend (this Saturday to Tuesday) and am looking for things to do other the obvious tourist sights. What do you recommend?
  • germanguy888

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    Oct 24, 2011 10:22 PM GMT
    a bunch of views and no replies icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 25, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    A beautiful city! One of my favorite in the world.

    It is a tourist site I suppose, but if you go early in the morning you can walk the narrow winding streets to Basilique du Sacré-Cœur for a beautiful view of the entire city.

    My favorite things in Paris are the things I cannot get in the U.S. The opportunity to stroll around your neighborhood and go to a bakery, butchery, chocolate shop etc., staffed with the same people everyday and probably own most or all of the shop is really cool to me.

    Paris has that kind of old world charm, and plenty of modern features and places to go (shop, eat, dine).

    Do you speak french? I would definitely reccomend learning as much as you can, it is the key to their culture and they will appreciate any effort you make.

    Also, if you haven't been to France before, no one is going to ask you if you are done eating (its rude). Instead, turn your fork upside down and set it on the plate. Then the waitstaff will know you are done.

    Enjoy the city, take your time and lots of memories!
  • germanguy888

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    Oct 25, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    Bien sûr parle le français! Thank you for your response! I will be staying close to the Place d'Italie so I have heard that is a nice area to walk around. I unfortunately only have a few days there but I will go back in the spring if I enjoy it (it is only an hour and a half flight away!)
  • Suetonius

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    Oct 25, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Almost everywhere in Paris is a nice area to walk around.

    Try visiting the chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, at the Palais de Justice, to see the most beautiful stained glass windows in Europe. Because it is part of the Palais de Justice, it has limited hours.

    A great way to experience the tour Eiffel for the fist time is to start at Trocadero, and walk down through the park toward it.

    As the locals do, find a neighborhood café on an interesting street corner, and savor your coffee at a table and experience the passing view.

    Paris is great for everything edible. If you like food, it is good not to live there, because everything is so tempting. It has the best pastry in the word, and patisseries everywhere. Try Stohrers, at 51 rue Montorgueil (M:Les Halles), for the best financiers. Rue Montorgueil is a great food market street, with some good fromageries. If you ask for camembert, the proprietor will ask you if want one that is to be eaten now, this evening, tomorrow or later, so that he can select the cheese of the best ripeness. You may be able to try vacherin, a winter cheese (although it may not be late enough in the year yet.)

    Very near by is L’eglise Sainte Eustache – a very beautiful church which is not very touristy - at the beginning of rue Montorgueil, close to Les Halles.

    For a gay restaurant (hetero friendly) try Aux Trois Petits Cochons (also close to rue Montorgueil).

    If you like Monet, try visiting the Musee Marmottan near the Bois de Boulogne. It may be (it used to be) very uncrowded – everyone was going to the bigger museums.

    On a rainy morning get up very early, and walk around the Ile de la Cite, or anywhere along the Seine – great for black and white photography.

    Walk – almost anywhere. Paris is for walking. Explore the Jardins de Luxembourg. Walk through the Marais – the gay area.

    Go to a tourist office and inquire about local concerts – there are usually musical concerts – often in churches – that are free or very inexpensive.

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    Oct 25, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    Occasionally music students set up and practice live symphony in the Chatlet subway station. This is always a real treat to hear echoing down the halls of le metro.
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    Oct 25, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I envy you. Enjoy! icon_smile.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 03, 2011 7:02 AM GMT
    maybe it will be like a week-end at Bernies??