One thing I should not miss in Paris?

  • i1snow

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    Apr 14, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    Hello RJ's

    I will be heading to Paris in less than 2 days and this is my FIRST trip to Paris. I will be there for 6 nights and I will try to explore the city as much as I can. I would like to get some opinions from you - If there is ONE thing I should not miss while I am in Paris, what would it be?

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    Apr 14, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    That's tough, but I would say Montmartre. It defines Parisian life - the shops, the buildings, Sacre Coeur. And the views of the rest of Paris are unbelievable.

    One caveat is that I'm not a big museum or tourist trap guy (the Eiffel Tower).

    Every time I go to Paris, I have to spend at least a day bumming around Montmartre. icon_smile.gif

    Have fun!!
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    Apr 14, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    While Montmartre is a beautiful place and should be visited, I stand firm in my belief at the Arc de Triomphe is the best place to visit if one must make a must-see.

    See the Eiffel Tower at night, climb the Arc de Triomphe. Go up to Montmartre (avoid Gypsies) and then climb down it by foot and stop by the Moulin Rouge for fun and a quick laugh at sex shops.

    There is so much to do in Paris. I love it and miss it.

    <---- this is a sad former stuck-up Parisian.
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    Apr 14, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    How can you pick one thing!?!

    Some of the best ideas:

    1) The Palais de Tokyo --- the most badass art gallery ever

    2) Centre Georges Pompidou --- for those who like their galleries modern and thoughtfully presented.

    3) Club Cafe (Rue des Archives) --- the place to be seen if you're a homo. Do it just once though, to be honest :-)

    Paris is a city that one should just walk in.... allow it to swallow you and let chance lead you to something revelatory. It is a city that inspires every moment you're there.
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 14, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    Whatever you do, WALK AROUND. You will stumble upon the nicest little places. Last time I was in Paris I walked from le Jardin des Plantes to the Panthéon, through les jardins de luxembourg, then north through le quartier latin to île de la cité, then up past l'hôtel de ville.

    But if I had to pick ONE THING (and I'm still not going to do that), I would go to the Sacré Coeur and sit on the lawns there for a while looking at the city, or go up the Eiffel Tower at night. Voilà! Bon voyage! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    Well, her vagina is pretty big, so you might miss the clitoris.

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    Apr 14, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    I nearly did not visit the Sainte-Chapelle, thinking foolishly that it might not be worth the bother. I was amazed by it. I can see why it is considered one of the high points of Gothic architecture. If you are even only a little bit interested in architecture, you will enjoy it.
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    Apr 14, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    The Marais, of course! Definitely a fun place to wander around, people watch, drink cafe, and shop.

    Also, take the Paris Metro a few times - it's incredibly efficient and takes you where you need to go.

    Versailles was ok and recommended if you land from the US and want to exhaust yourself completely.
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    Apr 14, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
    Eiffel Tower.

    It was only supposed to be a temporary site when it was built...and to think it's still standing.

    You'll NEVER forget ever being on top looking out.

    And, you'll hear so many different languages being spoken by all the other people...amazing.

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    Light a candle in Notre Dame....and make sure your wallet is in your front pocket when you go in.


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    Look for the Big golden flame......it's right out side the tunnel where Princes Di was killed.

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    Look on the Metro Map.....

    and find a Metro Stop.....that...you have to take a moving sidewalk to the other Metro Line.....for the connection....
    ( the moving sidewalks are so so much faster then the moving sidewalks we have here in the States at our airports. )
    It really is cool....

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    An example of one of the Art Nouveau métro entrances designed by Hector Guimard between 1898-1904: Abbesses in the 18th arrondissement.



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    Apr 14, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    LeanathleticDC saidLook on the Metro Map.....

    and find a Metro Stop.....that...you have to take a moving sidewalk to the other Metro Line.....for the connection....
    ( the moving sidewalks are so so much faster then the moving sidewalks we have here in the States at our airports. )
    It really is cool....


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    Apr 14, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    Monet's Water lilies in the Orangerie are amazing. But I have to echo what the guys above have said: make sure you spend time walking around. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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    Apr 14, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    The cute little rats.
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    Apr 14, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    honestly the best advice i can give you is to just walk around!

    I did that...who cares if you get lost...
    you'll get to see a lot more than you think!!

    be careful of the gypsy's in the park around the Eiffel tower area! if they call out to you in english act like you don't know! ;)
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    Apr 14, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
    Pick up Rick Steve's guide (lots of hidden tips and tricks to avoid lines, best things for a short stay to see as well as walking guides). The Marais is a must, as are the Luxembourg Gardens and Sainte Chapelle...and if you have time for a short trip outside the city, Versailles and the village around it are stunning. Other than that, attempt to speak the language, and just walk around. It's not a terribly large city and there is a piece of history on virtually every corner.
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    Apr 14, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    You have to have at least one Moroccan meal in Paris. My favorite is Le Souk at 1 Rue Keller. After dinner you can walk across the street (to 14 Rue Keller) and have perverted sex at Keller's, where Foucault often hung out.

    http://www.kellers.fr

    I agree with SockMonkey about La Sainte-Chapelle. I've been there to hear chamber music several times and it's a really sublime experience.

    I usually take a day trip to Chartres to see the cathedral there.
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    Apr 14, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    "Hung out" o if he only just did that, ya know?

    Also, don't forget the little café down the street from there that isn't bad at all Le Petit Keller And by down the street, I mean next door.
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    Apr 14, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    The outrageous French waiter and his rose petal farts.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Apr 14, 2009 6:05 AM GMT
    Visit Pont Neuf bridge (great views of the older part of the city). It's where the Bourne Identity scenes were filmed.

    Also Jardin Tulieres, Champs Elysees, and Jim Morrison's grave!
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    Apr 14, 2009 6:20 AM GMT
    Hmmm...Le Louvre!! In my opinion it's the most amazing museum in the world... The walk between Le Louve and L'Arc de Triomphe is pretty awesome as well and there are some great outdoor cafes where you can just sit and enjoy the day and people watching. The view from the top of the arc is great (if it's open)...as is the view from the top of Le Tour Eiffel...the latter being breathtaking...

    Je suis jaloux! Paris est une des plus belles villes dans le monde! Bon voyage... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 14, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
    I myself would is Paris all together. It's full of french people, who don't like soap......
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    Apr 14, 2009 9:24 AM GMT
    Have a fantastic traditional French meal (um, this won't work if you are eating vegetarian...) at the following restaurant:

    Maison de la Lozere
    4 Rue Hautefeuille
    75 006 PARIS

    Tel: 01 43 54 26 64
    www.lozere-a-paris.com


    Simply the most fantastic food!!!

    I carry their card in my wallet at all times, which is probably a bit cheesy but they have literally delivered 2 of my top 10 best meals ever, and are relatively cheap to boot. French friends took me here when I was a kid back in 1997, and I've never forgotten it. Very intimate with a few dishes they make to perfection. Be sure to get the Salade au Roquefort... and the bread is amazing (It was Poilâne when I was there in 2006...)

    Poilâne bread is also something you should try to get, even if you don't get it at Maison de la Lozere!
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    Apr 14, 2009 9:31 AM GMT
    If you want to travel a bit afield and/or see some of Paris that is non-tourist, try to get to a football game in the area -- you won't be disappointed, even if you don't follow the game or even like it much -- the atmosphere is tremendous and the men are often fab to watch. (And WAY dramatic, but then they're all comparatively like that in my opinion).

    Be aware that France won the world cup in 1998, and the European championship in 2000, as the reigning world champion -- kinda a big deal and the French still talk about it).

    Allez les bleus!
  • junknemesis

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    Apr 14, 2009 9:35 AM GMT
    You MUST NOT miss the catacombs.
    *looks around* What? It's not weird...
    Maybe illegal but not weird.
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:00 AM GMT
    pattison saidI myself would is Paris all together. It's full of french people, who don't like soap......


    I myself would (bypass) Paris all together. It's full of French people --hard stop--
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    Apr 14, 2009 10:19 AM GMT
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    Tapper saidI myself would (bypass) Paris all together. It's full of French people --hard stop--

    Oh my. Hating on the French is sooooooo 2002.


    Who said anything about hating the French? I don't hate the French at all, but I do have a problem visiting and helping to support the economy of a country that seems to have a universal disrespect for the United States of America.

    If it's soooooo 2002, perhaps you'd best help the French work on their disagreeable views of America and Americans. It seems they're unaware of your revelation.

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