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Post by Annika » Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:35 pm

Hello,

Im going to Paris for a few days in the end of february, actually, before going to London Popfest (im catching the train over to the uk on friday).
Been to Paris? Got any advice/tips on how to best spend three days in Paris?

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Re: Paris!

Post by susanb » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:28 pm

There's lots of things to do in Paris! If you like museums then the Louvre is good, especially for the Egyptian section (and of course the Mona Lisa, which is actually pretty small and unassuming looking in real life). I liked the Dali museum which is in Montmatre and close to the Sacre Coeur. There are lots of other museums in Paris but I've only been to those two so I'm not sure which other ones are best to visit.
It's worth going up to the top of the Sacre Coeur as the view over Paris is really good (watch out if, like me, you are a bit scared of heights as there is a little section that feels quite precarious on the way up). You can also go up the Eiffel tower but I think that it is overpriced as you have to pay to get halfway up then pay more to get to the top and the view from the Sacre Coeur is better as far as I remember. The Arc de Triomphe is quite impressive and you can climb up the stairs to the top, the mental driving on the road that surrounds it is interesting to watch as well!
I wanted to go to the Catacombs the last time I was in Paris but my friend thought it was too morbid so we didn't go. I think it's supposed to be good, though.
Those are all really touristy things but if the weather is good it's nice just to walk around some of the parks and gardens .
I haven't been in over 5 years so I can't really remember any restaurants or bars to recommend. Maybe someone else can?
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Post by Annika » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:08 am

Ok, Im definately going to Louvren and Sacre coeur then. Im staying somewhere near Montmartre, and Ive heard its a nice area to stay in. I suppose three days in Paris is fairly short, but I intend to make the most of my stay. Thanks for the tips!
I booked myself a ticket to a fleet foxes gig at an old theatre called La Cigale, which looked really nice and atmospheric. Anyone been there?

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Post by Jono Volpone » Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:33 am

You should go on one of these tours: -

http://www.4roues-sous-1parapluie.com/
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Re: Paris!

Post by annaku » Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:16 pm

(du kanske är Svensk va, men jag skriver på engelska så alla förstår)

La cigale is very nice! (although it 's been ten years ago since I was there) If you live in montmartre I think you should start by going to Sacre Coer as it is always nice to get a full view of a city before you hit the streets, imho. You must absolutely go to Palais de Tokyo (http://www.palaisdetokyo.com) if you have any intrest in contemporary art. It's in metro Alma Morceau I think. Beaubourg/centre Pompidou often have nice exhibitions and great view from the roof (but ques are long). And spending a day in Louvres is worth while I'd say. I always want to go to Jardin de plantes and to have coffee or mint tea in the nearby mosque. It's not a must see but very nice. My favourite place in Paris might be the English bookstore Shakespeare and Co: http://www.shakespeareco.org/ ..( it is nice enough to visit though ENglish and in FRance)

And if you're there on a sunday or monday you could go to clignancourt flee market. You can find old french vinyl and such. Prices are lower on mondays. But if you only have three days and want to see the city it might be wasting your time, there are some nice second hand stores in le Marais too, Frip Star is a classic. Marais is nice but don't get stuck there, as people tend to.
For clubs and concerts you can buy a small guide (there's 'pariscope' and one other) in a newsstand. It's mostly about cinema but there can be useful information in it and it's just 2E. If you're into electro and clubing then La Fleche D'Or is the best venue I think.

Have fun!

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Post by Caroline74 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:58 pm

I'm going to Paris fo 5 days in September and am very excited. I'm a bit scared at how much it's going to cost.
I love eating out and sitting in coffe shops watching the world go by both of which by all accounts are very expensive. Has anyone an reccomendations on where to go? I have just bought my Paris lonely planet guide which i shall shortly devour!

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Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:55 pm

Paris is not cheap but it is considerably cheaper if you don't drink your coffee in the main tourist spots like the Champs Elysees.

This year I did a tour of the area we were staying with google street view, looking for restaurants and then looking for reviews of them. Ones that say "bon rapport qualité/prix" are good to look for. Another hint when you are there is to look for places that are reasonably busy even though they look old and shabby. Why would picky Parisians be going there if it wasn't for good/cheap food?

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Post by Caroline74 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:07 pm

Your Funny Uncle wrote:Paris is not cheap but it is considerably cheaper if you don't drink your coffee in the main tourist spots like the Champs Elysees.

This year I did a tour of the area we were staying with google street view, looking for restaurants and then looking for reviews of them. Ones that say "bon rapport qualité/prix" are good to look for. Another hint when you are there is to look for places that are reasonably busy even though they look old and shabby. Why would picky Parisians be going there if it wasn't for good/cheap food?

Cheers Funny Uncle! The google maps idea is GREAT!!!!! :)
We're leaving in to the last minute to book accommodation on laterooms.com so I won't have too much time for investigating!

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Re: Paris!

Post by cuppie » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:16 pm

I think the Dali museum is one of the most disappointing museums I've ever been to. The Rodin museum is wonderful though. Anyway, I'm going to Paris next week. I'm excited but scared that it will take all my money. And as always, I'm hoping to see Rick Steves.

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Post by String Bean Jen » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:46 pm

cuppie wrote: And as always, I'm hoping to see Rick Steves.
ME TOO! Tell me if you spot him. I guess I haven't traveled around Europe in the summer to have found him on his mainland travels but he sometimes comes to the UK! I miss Rick Steves shows.
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Post by cuppie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:55 pm

String Bean Jen wrote:
cuppie wrote: And as always, I'm hoping to see Rick Steves.
ME TOO! Tell me if you spot him. I guess I haven't traveled around Europe in the summer to have found him on his mainland travels but he sometimes comes to the UK! I miss Rick Steves shows.
I don't know his shows very well, but I love his books. I think they're essential for any place in Europe that you don't know very well, although I find myself constantly disappointed by the places he omits. But he does go to the UK! Well, he must, because he writes about it, and Ireland. I was in Ireland last week and I met a little old man who does the Aran Islands leg of the Rick Steves Europe tour every summer. But he said he'd never met Rick Steves so I'm still confused, and still on the hunt for Rick Steves. Anyway, there is something about his books that give the impression that if you stand on a busy street in a fancy European capital, you'll see him walk by. I'm waiting.

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Post by String Bean Jen » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:09 pm

cuppie wrote: I don't know his shows very well, but I love his books. I think they're essential for any place in Europe that you don't know very well, although I find myself constantly disappointed by the places he omits. But he does go to the UK! Well, he must, because he writes about it, and Ireland. I was in Ireland last week and I met a little old man who does the Aran Islands leg of the Rick Steves Europe tour every summer. But he said he'd never met Rick Steves so I'm still confused, and still on the hunt for Rick Steves. Anyway, there is something about his books that give the impression that if you stand on a busy street in a fancy European capital, you'll see him walk by. I'm waiting.
My greater dream now is for YOU to meet Rick Steves and get your picture taken with him. I'd get that shit framed. I love how square he is. Though I've always thought that once the cameras get turned off, he takes part heavily in whatever the local version of moonshine is and forgets he's married.
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Post by cuppie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:19 pm

String Bean Jen wrote: Though I've always thought that once the cameras get turned off, he takes part heavily in whatever the local version of moonshine is and forgets he's married.
Ha! You're nasty. Stop thinking bad thoughts about Rick Steves!

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Re: Paris!

Post by caramarydaisy » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:50 am

me and my friend are gonna plan a weekend trip to paris in early november, has anyone got any good tips for places to stay?
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Re: Paris!

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:08 am

For our last trip we booked an apartment from this site:

http://www.ahparis.com/index.php

Price-wise it worked out similar to a low-end hotel (there were six of us though and it might not be such good value for two) and we got to stay in a proper high-ceilinged Parisian apartment in Montmartre with one of those lifts with the sliding cage-type doors and everything. The site charges commission but you actually deal with the landlord of the apartment when in Paris. Ours was really nice and even gave us a couple of bottles of Champagne when we left!

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Post by String Bean Jen » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:33 pm

Hi Cara! I'm going to Paris for a little bit next week. Really can't wait to try the Velib bikes! We're staying at the Monterosa as it looks very stylish and chic. We had a look at a number of fabulously designed boutique hotels on that web site and I think they were all relatively affordable. Have a look around that web site as you can sort by price.
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Post by caramarydaisy » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:50 pm

String Bean Jen wrote:Hi Cara! I'm going to Paris for a little bit next week. Really can't wait to try the Velib bikes! We're staying at the Monterosa as it looks very stylish and chic. We had a look at a number of fabulously designed boutique hotels on that web site and I think they were all relatively affordable. Have a look around that web site as you can sort by price.
thanks jen!

if you find any amazing vegan/veggie places to eat while yr out there let me know, my friends into all that too!
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Post by joanny » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:55 pm

If you need cheap/clean accomodation there's a "Formule 1" hotel at Porte d'Orleans/Porte de Chatillon, it's not far from a metro station : http://www.accorhotels.com/fr/hotel-501 ... ndex.shtml

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Post by caramarydaisy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:19 pm

joanny wrote:If you need cheap/clean accomodation there's a "Formule 1" hotel at Porte d'Orleans/Porte de Chatillon, it's not far from a metro station : http://www.accorhotels.com/fr/hotel-501 ... ndex.shtml
thanks for the tip.. that looks really good, altho i wouldnt mind somewhere with an ensuite bathroom really. looked like there were tons of hostels that looked fairly decent.. will investigate shortly!
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Post by String Bean Jen » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:26 pm

Hello! I'm in Paris. I'm totally in love with Velib. I accept many of its bikes are a bit beat up, some of the tires are flat and such. But we've spent the past two days just ambling about the city at a snail's pace, discovering secrets, getting lost, staring up and around at the fascinating architecture. It is the best way to see anywhere, I would argue no matter where I am. BIKES! <3 I haven't taken the Metro or a cab at all. I spent 5 Euros on a week long pass for the Velib and have kept all my journeys within a half hour so that there is no extra charge! I think I took a bike out 5 or 6 times today. There are SO many people on bikes, I think mostly locals really. Even as a hardened London cyclist, I don't feel threatened here at all. No taxis, buses or motorscooters come screaming by, nobody honks at you, yells at you, or tries to cut you off. There are clearly marked bike lanes all over the city though even when there aren't, there are enough people ambling about on bikes that it doesn't matter. I love the bike-height traffic lights at some stops. I love sometimes when there are separated lanes for bikes and buses. I had read about buses being outfitted with these twee little horns now so they can't honk at cyclists, scaring the shit out of them. We actually heard a little one today; it sounds like a child's bike horn, much quieter than the Velib bell - it's so cute! I squealed. Oh my. I'm Velib mad!

Also went to this totally amazing vegetarian restaurant tonight in the Marais called 'Le Potager du Marais.' Had a DELICIOUS crusty quinoa burger topped with chevre cheese, with a super fresh (like, picked out of the back garden) salad and a side of sweet potato mash. DAMN! The small place was full of loud-mouthed Americans though. Kind of embarrassing. o_O
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