Post # 1
Hi everyone! Darling Husband and I are going on our honeymoon to Paris in September and are trying to decide what to do while we are there, so we’ve made a list of potential things. We are flexible and not adamant about having to see everything on the list, in fact I don’t think there would be enough time. So basically I guess I would like to know what people would recommend as a must see, and what people think we can skip. As an insight to our list, we love art, photography/film, and history the most. The stuff I have that is in the Bercy area is because that is where our hotel is so I figured they would be easy to see in a short span of time.
Thanks in advance!
Arc De Triomphe
Hotel Des Invalides
Place De Bastille
Tour De Montparnasse
Catacombes de Paris
Saint-Sulpice (I’m a Da Vinci Code nerd)
Eglise de la Madeleine (Da Vinci Code spawned my interest in Mary Magdalene so I have studied her a lot and thought this would be interesting)
Musee du Louvre
Musee de l’Orangerie (Impressionist)
Musee Cluny (Medieval history)
Musee Europeene de la Photographie
Musee du Cinema
Jardins de Tulieries
Saint-Germain de Pres
Post # 3
You could spend weeks in the Louvre and still not see it all! I would say research ahead of time which pieces/collections you want to see and where they are in the museum in order to maximize your time there.
Post # 4
Arc De Triomphe
Musee du Louvre – is amazing
Post # 5
Behind notre dame is a small memorial for the paris residence who lost their lives in the holocaust – wont take up much of your time but im glad i went there
A small walk from notre dame, Berthillon icecream!!!!
Post # 6
I love love love Paris! My Fiance proposed to me there last year. We spend about a week and a half there. I just want to say, make sure you schedule in some wandering times. There is nothing better than wandering along the Seine,hand in hand with your SO!
Arc De Triomphe
Notre Dame (bring cookies or bread for the little birds in the garden that will eat out of your hand if you are patient)
Musee du Louvre
Jardins de Tulieries
Have a wonderful time!
Post # 7
The view on the walk up the stairs to Sacre-Coeur is amazing! Montmartre which is the area its in, is interesting too, I always regret not riding that damned merry go round (I think thats the one that you see in Amelie too.) Are you going to the Latin Quater thats pretty awesome too. The Eiffiel Tower views are great. I went at night and seeing all the lights!! Arc de Triomphe great photo op. Another if its still there is that glass wall its a great eiffel tower photo op place. Be sure to take the metro is so cheap and organized way more extensive than the T in Boston lol. And well labeled even if you know no French.
I know everyone raves about Berthillon ice cream but there was a place around the block from that that was cheaper, not crowded and way better. Don’t remember what it was though sorry.
If you go to the Louvre go with a plan like other said and not to ruin it but the Mona Lisa is so unimpressive in real life. :/ But you should def go see it to say you did.
Some of the funnest things I did in Paris were to go to the McDonalds and see people argue over the English pronouncation of yogurt, or when we just arrived and were exchagining our money and were waiting in this hallway that echoed. Oh and when I almost got hit by a low flying pigeon when I was standing on the steps outside the Opera House, they know no fear! The city like any city is really boring after a while so if you have time go elsewhere like Chatres or something.
I only spent two days there, then we went to Chatres, the Loire Valley, Vichy (such a strange energy about that place) and finally down to Nice this was years and years ago. I was there the last year that they officially used the franc and were just transitioning, so menus where in both currency prices. Oh and bring money to the top of the Eiffel Tower, they charge you to pee, sadly for my friend they wanted Euros and she only had francs…
ETA: Another cool thing we did was to take a boat ride down the Seine, we got to see a lot of sites that way, we did this at night time too. Oh and visit the obelisk if you can such a cool history thing, maybe one day I will go vist the other one too. 🙂
Oh and they used to do DaVinci code tours of Paris, I would look into it to see if they still do them and you might be able to see all the sites mentioned for a cheaper rate and at one time.
Post # 8
It depends on how long you are going to be in Paris.
Everything on your list looks pretty good though, you can’t go wrong. However if you haven’t been before… Bastille isn’t really a huge thing to do on it’s own, although there is a street called Rue de Lappe not too far which has some good bars and restaurants if you are looking to get out at night. I personally think the Moulin Rouge is overrated, I guess it’s free to walk by it by I’d personally pass. If you are going to be less than a week, I’d maybe skip the Bercy Parc/Village, it’s not very touristy. The metro system is very effective, so I wouldn’t worry too much about trying to do stuff just beacuse it is close.
Post # 9
If you’re going to the Hotel des Invalides, I really recommend Musee Rodin, which is really close. It has gorgeous sculpture gardens, of course, and even some Monet/Manet in Rodin’s collection.
And if you’re going to the Sacre Coeur, definitely visit Place du Tertre, a square where a bunch of artists sell their work and paint.
Don’t miss Au Pie du Cochon for awesome food, Opera Garnier, Cafe de la Paix, or Galeries Lafayette/Printemps (I like to ogle designer clothes/accessories. haha)! Also, the Marches aux puces de paris (antique market) is AWESOME…
I second what another bee said above about Berthillon ice cream on L’Isle St. Louis! amazeballs. Laduree for pastries, too.
Of course, it all depends on how long you’re going to be there! 😀
Post # 10
By The Way I did all the paintings, most of the Greek sculpture, and Napoleon’s apartments in the Louvre in one day. I walked steadily through each one, but it’s definitely do-able! I have extreme museum endurance, though. I don’t think I stopped for lunch!
Post # 11
@toasty: Where is the antique market?? I would love that!!
Post # 12
Depending how long you’re there, I’d also recommend taking the train to Versailles for a day. I skipped that the first few times I was in Paris, but went recently and it was AMAZING.
Post # 13
@maryaz: I second this. it is a quick easy train ride. We grabbed some lunch supplies when we arrived from a little supermarket right near the train station and had lunch in the gardens well worth it.
@Au Jardin: Also second the Moulin Rogue being overrated.
I liek the Pere lachaise Cemetery where Chopin, Balzac, gertrude Stein and Proust, oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Edith Piaf adn the amazing Jim morrison are buried.
Post # 14
Make sure you do the Eiffel Tower twice – once in the daytime and once at night – the views are completely different!
Also, be in the area at night time and you’ll see it not just light up but sparkle! (I had no idea it did that when we visited Paris so it was a huge surprise – most people probably already knew lol)
Post # 15
I just wanted to defend Moulin Rouge. Just to see it on the outside is not impressive but you can buy a ticket to see the show and the show itself was pretty good. There was a couple acts that we were very impressed by. I think the show was around 100 Euro a person but it includes a free bottle of champange. My Darling Husband and I didn’t know that and thought it would cost extra but we didn’t have to pay extra for drinks in our tab at the end of the night.
I’ve been to Paris several times now and everything everyone says is true. So many things to see if it’s your first time! Now my Darling Husband and I just want to go back and eat. So much good food!
Post # 16
I would suggest taking a dinner cruise with Bateaux Mouches. The views at night are amazing! Other highlights for me were the sacre coeur and Versailles… Best restaurant I have ever been to was only a few blocks from the eiffle tower. It’s called 7ieme vin. To die for food, good service and reasonable prices!