(Closed) Anyone gone to Paris?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Go to Sainte Chapelle.  If you like art, spend some time in Monmartre.  The Louvre is amazing but takes forever to go through!  The Eiffel Tower is alright, lines are long and it’s like being on a tower anywhere but probably worth doing once.

Post # 4
Hostess
11237 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The Louvre is good but is long as the above poster said, but you just walk through the bits you’re not interested in. And you do have to go up the Eiffel Tower at least once, though there are loads of people selling Eiffel Tower tack. It’s beautiful to see the Eiffel at night as it’s all lit up and flashes.You must go to Notre Dame, it’s a beautiful area with loads of patisserie’s and bars as well as the cathedral itself. Instead of having a pain au chocolat find somewhere that sells Slab De Bastille, yum yum! Walk down the Champs Elysees it’s beautifully tree lined.

Post # 5
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518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It looks like you are in the sixth arrondisement, which is a nice part of the city. You are walking distance from Notre Dame, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Gardens, Shakespeare and Company, and you can probably walk to the Louvre as well. Everything else in Paris is easy to reach by Metro, but it’s a complex subway system, so I would recommend getting a Metro map so you can plot your routes out in advance and keep track of where you are. Your area of town is where most of the Parisian universities, like the Sorbonne, are located. For nights/days you don’t have restaurant reservations, I would recommend walking down Boulevard Saint Germain over to the Boulevard Saint-Michel. There are tons of restaurants and cafes (including a great little fondue place but I don’t know the name of it because I just stumbled upon it one time) and it’s just a cute area to explore. In general while you’ll probably want to hit up all of the tourist spots, one of the best ways to see Paris is to just explore and get a little lost (but bring a map because Parisians are not very helpful if you don’t speak French).

In addition to French food, I would highly recommend getting a recommendation from your hotel on a Moroccan restaurant and ordering couscous. It’s not just the grain in Moroccan cuisine; it’s a dish consisting of vegetables cooked in a yummy broth with lots of different kinds of meat (chicken, beef, lamb, sausage). You usually get to pick the kinds of meat you want and they are served on the side. You get a big bowl of couscous the grain and then you serve yourself the vegetables and broth over it and then put whatever meats you choose in it. It is absolutely delicious and it’s really hard to find in the US, but there is a large Moroccan population in Paris. They also have great Vietnamese food in Paris if you like that.

Post # 6
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4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh how I love Paris.  Good for you! You’re going to really enjoy yourself.  Eat a ton, try new things, take in all of the sights you can.  There’s no place like it on earth 🙂

Take one of the double decker tour buses around town (you can buy a day pass and get on and off as many times as you’d like) to get your bearings. Take a sunset cocktail cruise on the Seine and check out the glittering Eiffel Tower.  Go to Musee D’Orsay.  Make out like teenagers on the sidewalk (trust me it’s not that oncommon).  Shop your way up and down the Champs Elysees.

Be prepared to drop some cash – it’s not cheap – but man is it worth it.

Post # 9
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4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We went to a bunch a restaurants and had amazing food at all of them… but I’d recommend L’Appart (http://www.lafourchette.com/2_restaurant/restaurant_Paris/restaurant_L_Appart/1115/), which is right off Champs Elysees.  Also:  L’Congres Maillot… but this is definitely spendy.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d719091-Reviews-Le_Congres_Maillot-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

Hope you enjoy seafood because the French DEFINITELY know what they’re doing!

 

Post # 12
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1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

CHATEAUS!!!

Seriously – Chateau Chambord & Chateau Loire. 

And don’t worry about food – get some baguettes, meat, cheese, veggies and make little sandwiches to eat, find a bench/park and enjoy!

Post # 15
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I went for 2 weeks when i was 17. I must say…. I didn’t actually enjoy it. We spent the first week in Paris, which was… eh, and the 2nd week in Provence and Nice which was AH-MAZ-ING.

My favorite part of Paris was Montmartre. I also loved Versailles, the street markets and the Champs Elysees. We got lucky enough to be at Versailles when they had the fountains on and it was gorgeous. Montmatre was awesome, little windy streets, artists, the red-light district, the Moulin Rouge, obscure little gift shops.

A couple words of advice,

  • be VERY mindful of pick-pockets, they are pretty bad
  • learn a little French because they get really annoyed if you expect them to speak English. They are much nicer if they see you at least try.
  • bring plenty of money because the exchange shops are a huge rip-off.
  • Ride the metro at least once for a good dose of Parisian culture. I saw some crazy shit on the metro at night.

Post # 16
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@zippylef: I agree with everything you said.  Nice was awesome!  And yes the pickpockets are bad.  We didn’t know much French but we tried to say hello, yes, no, and thank you in French and people were very nice.

I would see if your bank allows withdrawals internationally.  We did this the last time we went overseas and the exchange rate was much better than traveler’s checks or exchanging money at a shop.  Try to use a credit card where possible since they get good exchange rates.  Just watch out for fees and let your CC company know that you are traveling so your account isn’t frozen.

Oh and a trip for anyone going overseas: try not to wear the American flag, sports team clothing, etc.  These things make it easier for pickpockets and the like to pick you out as tourists who are probably carrying a lot of money.

 

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