Two days in Paris

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    Oct 24, 2015 8:51 PM GMT
    Hi folks,

    I haven't been to Paris but would be transiting there for a couple of days and would like to know your suggestions and advice aside from run of the mill tourist spots. Clearly Eiffel tower will be the first spot for me (I just want to finally visit it), and anything after that is free game.

    If it's similar atmosphere as Melbourne, most likely I'll be hanging out in laneways, trying food (I'm a foodie) and just soaking up the atmosphere. Not looking for anything stressful itinerary while I'm there.

    Any ideas?
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    Oct 24, 2015 10:03 PM GMT
    For the Eiffel Tower, book your ticket on internet before, you will save a lot of time of waiting line.

    Otherwise, I'd advice you to hang out in the area between Hôtel de Ville and Sully Morland. It is very typically parisian, and less touristy than other places (avoid Montmartre, or go there only in the morning very early).

    If you want to see a museum, don't go to the Louvre (it's too big and crowded to enjoy on a short trip) and go to Orsay museum (an old train station converted into a beautiful museum), or even better, Carnavalet (it's the museum of Paris so you find pieces of art of Paris from the antiquity to nowadays)

    Also the Champs Elysées are not worth it : million of tourists, pickpockets, shitty shops and restaurants with super high prices.
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    Oct 25, 2015 12:41 AM GMT
    If I were to recommend just one thing, it would be to climb to the top of the dome of the Sacre-Coeur (provided visibility is okay). Access is from outside, on the left-hand side of the church. It isn't very obvious, so it tends to get missed by the crowds. The view (about 15 miles in all directions) is amazing. I spent about 45 min up there, almost alone.

    sacre-coeur-paris-view-from-dome.jpg

    Elsewhere, the Panthéon (especially the crypt, where many of the great and good of France are buried) is well worth a visit, as is Les Invalides, containing Napoleon's tomb.

    Other than that, just walk, walk, walk. It's the only way to take in the city.

    Last April I spent a whole day (9am-6pm) in the Louvre (I didn't find it crowded - perhaps I was lucky), but it is probably best left for another visit, when you have more time. If you do go, use the little known Porte des Lions entrance - there were just 4 people in the queue when I got there at 9am.

    Enjoy!
  • Suetonius

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    Oct 25, 2015 7:32 AM GMT
    2 days is not a lot.

    For food - visit ParisByMouth.com - the best scoop on real french food, eaten by foodies who live in Paris.

    If you have specific questions, go to the "paris travel forum" on tripadvisor.com. I think you click on "more" at the top of the page to find the forums - (they make the forums hard to find - their main purpose is to sell hotels on that site).

    If you are going to museums, buy your tickets (and reservations) in advance at a FNAC store - saves a lot of line waiting.
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    Oct 25, 2015 11:13 PM GMT
    One of my favorite things when I visited Paris was Sainte Chapelle. The King's chapel upstairs was just beautiful with the music playing and the stained glass windows. Link is below

    http://sainte-chapelle.monuments-nationaux.fr/
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    Oct 26, 2015 5:56 PM GMT
    You might want to check out Le Marais (I believe it's in the third/fourth arrondissement) just to get a quick glimpse of Parisian gay culture. If you like good food--cheeses, chocolates, pastries--I'd also recommend visiting the Rue Montorgueil neighborhood.
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    Oct 27, 2015 9:20 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidIf I were to recommend just one thing, it would be to climb to the top of the dome of the Sacre-Coeur (provided visibility is okay). Access is from outside, on the left-hand side of the church. It isn't very obvious, so it tends to get missed by the crowds. The view (about 15 miles in all directions) is amazing. I spent about 45 min up there, almost alone.


    I agree with this. It is definitely worth it.

    For the Eiffel tower, queuing takes absolutely ages. I wasn't that bothered about it by the time we finally got up it, though it's a box ticked I guess...

    The Catacombs are cool but again you will queue for ages to get in - 2 hours minimum, go as early as you can.

    Wander around, go to some of the huge department stores like the one with the amazing stained glass roof (can't remember the name).

    Check out Raidd gay bar - it's the one they have naked hunks dancing in enclosed shower cubicles, but they don't come on until midnight.
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    Oct 27, 2015 11:56 AM GMT
    Sam27 saidTake a trip to Versailles. Great city.

    If OP is only going to be there for a couple days, spending the better part of a whole day to see a palace might not be a wise use of time.
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    Oct 27, 2015 12:26 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidIf you like good food--cheeses, chocolates, pastries--I'd also recommend visiting the Rue Montorgueil neighborhood.

    Rue Montorgueil is pretty much a pedestrian street. If you like cheese, stop at a fromagerie, like La Fermette (or Androuet, which has locations throughout Paris), and buy some raw milk cheese (usually not available outside of Europe) and have the vendor vaccuum pack it for you (at no charge) to take home. NB: The airlines consider cheese to be a liquid, so it must be in transported in checked baggage - if it is in your carry-on, security at the airport will confiscate it.

    Also visit a great street market. If you are there on a Tuesday or Friday, visit the one on the Bouelvard Belleville - goes on for blocks - (Metro: Belleville) A list of the many markets can be found at
    http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Shopping/Paris_markets.shtml

    If it is late enough in the year (towards Christmas) buy some Marrons glaces (candied chestnuts) - delicious - available only at that time of year.
  • 617scott

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    Oct 31, 2015 11:42 PM GMT
    Isugemi saidFor the Eiffel Tower, book your ticket on internet before, you will save a lot of time of waiting line.

    Otherwise, I'd advice you to hang out in the area between Hôtel de Ville and Sully Morland. It is very typically parisian, and less touristy than other places (avoid Montmartre, or go there only in the morning very early).

    If you want to see a museum, don't go to the Louvre (it's too big and crowded to enjoy on a short trip) and go to Orsay museum (an old train station converted into a beautiful museum), or even better, Carnavalet (it's the museum of Paris so you find pieces of art of Paris from the antiquity to nowadays)

    Also the Champs Elysées are not worth it : million of tourists, pickpockets, shitty shops and restaurants with super high prices.


    I agree, Champs Elysee's not worth allotting too much time, if any time at all. But definitely check out the Montmartre area. Day or night, it'll be two completely different experiences. Plus, you'll get to check off the Sacre Coeur. I would absolutely go to the Louvre. Spend 5 minutes to get to the Mona Lisa, take a selfie and then move on. There are a ton of other amazing things there -- like the Code of Hammaurabi. I also wouldn't suggest Versailles. It'd be at least a half a day trip. But, it's going to be too cold. You only have two days. I would just, strongly, suggest that you make a list and map out everything; otherwise, you'll waste so much time. Two days is short, but it's enough to see a few things and fall in love with the city, which will bring you back to explore more.