Paris? ideas suggestions anything I should know

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    Apr 29, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    am planning to go there for an exhibiition in November...looking for anything I should know especially regarding nightlife etc.
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    Apr 30, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    Watch out for people by the big touristy spots that try to show you tricks. They may steal your wallet. Gypsies by the Eiffel Tower, when I went, posed as Bosnian refugees, and will beg you for money, food, whatever. Don't give them anything. Otherwise have fun- it's a beautiful and fun city.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    I don't know, maybe some time at the Louvre? A trip to Giverney? A stroll down the Chance Elysee? I know it might sound cliched, but Notre Dame should also be added to the list.

    Just walk, look, listen, and enjoy.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    I don't know if Le Queen is on the Champs Elysees still. Check that. It was lots of fun in '96.

    The Marais had dance clubs, cafes, strip clubs and baths. Everything changes fast there.

    Pigalle was a bit racy and Bastille was a big mixer of all kinds of people.

    Look into a night time roller-skate tour around Paris. I think Friday night was when hundreds of people go in one big group. It looked like so much fun.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    n8698u saidI don't know if Le Queen is on the Champs Elysees still. Check that. It was lots of fun in '96.

    The Marais had dance clubs, cafes, strip clubs and baths. Everything changes fast there.

    Pigalle was a bit racy and Bastille was a big mixer of all kinds of people.

    Look into a night time roller-skate tour around Paris. I think Friday night was when hundreds of people go in one big group. It looked like so much fun.



    when i was there last spring break (2011) i saw Le Queen during the day time and it looks like its still open.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    Stay in Le Marais area if you can, it is the gay area, lots of cafes, nice shops, restaurants, clubs, etc and it is very central - sort of in between the Pompidou Centre and Hotel d' Ville (City Hall). Pompidou Centre is well worth a visit - partly to see the architecture of the building and for the great modern art housed within. A trip up to Montmartre for the stunning views over the city and a few nice little galleries. Even is you're not into shopping a visit to the main Galleries Lafeyette store is worth it to see the building. Place des Vosges is a lovely square with lots of cool shops, galleries, and restaurants surrounding - a bit higher end. Victor Hugo's home is on this square and has been turned into a not too bad small museum.

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    Apr 30, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    vanfreak saidam planning to go there for an exhibiition in November...looking for anything I should know especially regarding nightlife etc.



    find a pub crawl night tour!

    i think the group is called new paris tour? they're every in Europe.

    the guides are amazing!
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    Lookout for pickpockets, guys/girls that try to braid a bracelet around your wrist then charge you 20 Euros after they say it's a gift.... and then actually chase you when you tell them you're not paying, always hold your backpack/bag in front of you when you're on the train, take a bottle opener bc most beer bought in stores are not twist caps, Gypsies that beg for money... and use babies as props to make you feel bad.

    Other than this, the general population is pretty friendly. Always bargain with the guys selling champagne under the eiffel tower. icon_smile.gif

    Have fun.
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    Apr 30, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    tommyclement saidStay in Le Marais area if you can, it is the gay area, lots of cafes, nice shops, restaurants, clubs, etc and it is very central - sort of in between the Pompidou Centre and Hotel d' Ville (City Hall). Pompidou Centre is well worth a visit - partly to see the architecture of the building and for the great modern art housed within. A trip up to Montmartre for the stunning views over the city and a few nice little galleries. Even is you're not into shopping a visit to the main Galleries Lafeyette store is worth it to see the building. Place des Vosges is a lovely square with lots of cool shops, galleries, and restaurants surrounding - a bit higher end. Victor Hugo's home is on this square and has been turned into a not too bad small museum.

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    Thanks!The Exhibition I'm planning to see is at the Pompidou..
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    Apr 30, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    When I was there with my family we visited all the touristy stuff like the eiffel tower, louvren and all that. I was really bored by those things, I think what I enjoyed most was just breaking off by myself and walking around in the smaller market districts/suburbs.
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
    vanfreak said especially regarding nightlife etc.

    There are lots of gay clubs, but the scene in these is very young.
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    The speak French. Helpful, I know.

    I just wanted to contribute something. icon_smile.gif

    Have fun!
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    Apr 30, 2012 1:03 PM GMT
    There are men who stand out in front of nightclubs trying to get you in. They can get very pushy. Ignore them. No eye contact, otherwise they will latch on to you and annoy the shit out of you.

    Have a nutella crepe with bananas and strawberries while you're strolling.

    Also try dining at night on a terrace restaurant. There are a few near the Pompidou and Les Innocents fountain. You'll never forget it.
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Ausuniversity90 saidThe speak French. Helpful, I know.

    I just wanted to contribute something. icon_smile.gif

    Have fun!


    This is a very good suggestion; any attempt to speak to the locals in their language goes a long way in gaining their respect. Even if all you say is 'bonjour' (which btw, you say to everybody you associate with... really!) and 'Parlez vouz anglais?' you'll find the parisians very receptive to talking.
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    Apr 30, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH saidYou'll need these:

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    very funny.I can assure you my sense of 'Hauteur' is effortless.I live in Vancouver after all[ which is kind of like Paris, but minus the Fashion sense or intelligence..see?]