• rceddpc

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    Aug 29, 2014 2:41 AM GMT
    So I'm visiting Paris for the first time in my life in a few weeks. I'm actually going to be in Munich for the majority of my time in Europe but I have a couple friends that know that area so im not worried. However, like I said, I've never been to Paris and I'm going for a couple days by myself. I'm not too interested in the tourist-y part of it and was wondering if anyone knew of good places to eat, good places to see, and good places to go out? I appreciate it icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 29, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    Not a Paris expert myself, but here are my 3 cents:
    1) La Pagode
    2) Amorino
    3) Cimetière du Montparnasse
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    Aug 29, 2014 5:12 PM GMT
    Sounds like you're just in Paris for a few days, and you may not want to see cathedrals and museums, or other touristy places? I'd be happy to help you (since I know the city very well), but I'm not sure what you would like to do in your short time there. As for places to eat, there are a whole lot of different kinds of foods. If you let me know what kinds of food you like, I'd be happy to give you my favorite places.

    If I had only a short time in Paris, I'd want to walk up and down the Champs-Élysées. There are so many things to see, and places / stores / restaurants / bars / pubs to choose from. Again, let me know if you have any specific needs or wants, and I'll be happy to help you out with some directions.
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    Aug 29, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    I love the kouigniettes sold at the Larnicol pastry shop at the streets down Sacre Coeur


    Best pastry ever!

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    Aug 29, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
    I love the Place du Tertre or Painters' Square near Sacre Coeur. Love to see artists there.

    Beware when you are walking up the steps toward Sacre Coeur though. There are guys who approach you and will tie a yarn around your finger offering to weave something for you for money. They tried to do that against my will and I resisted. It was scary as there is a gang of them.
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    Go to the top of the Montparnasse tower for better views than at the Eiffel tower itself!

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    And it takes far less queueing.
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    Sep 04, 2014 8:51 AM GMT
    You should get a tour guide book of Paris. I visited this awesome city back in 2006 for about 12 days. It was around Thanksgiving, awesome experience. I stayed in the Monmartre area, I've seen Le Sacred-Coeur, Notre Dame, Tour Eiffel, Champs Elysees, Left Banks, Latin Quarter, The Louvre Musee, D'orsay Musee, Pantheon, Chinatown, I took a tour bus.... and also visited the Marais. I'd recommend all of these sights! Lol, if you can hit all of them. As far as bars and restaurants, I just tried the side walks/cafe, they're everywhere in Paris. I think my favorite place was the Louvre Museum since I'm into like Architecture, naked roman, greek statues and stuff. The Musee D'orsay is pretty awesome too. Have fun. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 13, 2014 1:22 AM GMT
    Nothing "touristy"?
    Paris is great for walking and taking in the sights and smells. Try walking around the Île Saint-Louis. If you get up early (or are still out at 6 am) trying walking around the Île de la Cité (center of the city). Both places are great for photography. Inquire of your gay friends for gay clubs. The current trendy scene (not necessarily gay) is in the 19th and 20th. Explore the street market in the rue de Belleville.
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    Sep 24, 2014 10:30 PM GMT
    What I found interesting about the O.P. not being so interested in the "touristy parts" of Paris, is that, like many national capitals, the high influence of tourism has diluted the "French feel" of the city, in particular of the Troccadero (where the Eifel Tower stands), the Notre Damme Cathedral, and even the Champs Elysees.

    In the 1980's, I stayed at a provincial town of Rhuen, which was where Jean D'Arc was burnt at the stake. This also has a city cathedral, plus a more modern church built to look like a ship, marking the exact site of her execution. Down the hill the Rue Jean D'Arc is the main street leading to the bank of the River Sienne which passes through the city.

    I stayed in a small hotel near the station, which without doubt would have been much cheaper than any Paris hotel, and every other day I took an express train to Paris Lazare terminus station. The fare too was not expensive.

    But the main advantage of staying in a town like Ruen is that it is not that touristy, and as a result there is a stronger feel of being in France.

    Then again, if you want something out of the usual, try the creepy underground catacombs, with the "City of the Dead". This Parisian attraction is not well known to tourists (Google).