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1. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

Hi

Am going to Paris this weekened from the UK (friday-sunday) with friends and they left me in charge with day and night activities..bad idea! and as always ive left it to the last minute!

We're on a tight budget so all advice on money saving will be extremely appreciated!!
What should we do? where shall we go? night clubs, restaurants, cafes, sightseeing etc etc...Seriously i need your help

Anything will be appreciated

Mille grazie ;)
Arancia

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 11y

Hi Arancia,
Here are my suggestions:

Sightseeing

1) Musee du Louvre
2) Musee de Orsay (the impressionist art on the 4th floor is very good)
3) Cruise down the river Seine
4) Eiffel Tower at night (try and get in line around 8:00 p.m.)
5) Palace of Versailles (if you're on a time crunch, just visit the gardens)
6) MonteMarte (nice part of town with streetside artists etc. Walk up to Basilique Sacre Coeur from there. You get good views of the city from there.)
7) Walk down Avenue Des Champs Elysees (don't eat here. the restaurants are expensive in this area).
8) Arc di Triumph.

As far as stay goes, I did not stay at a great place so I cannot really recommend it to you. Check out www.hihostels.com and try and find something in Paris.

If you need more specific information, feel free to message me and I will try and help you to the extent that I can.

Take care,

Pranav

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Try Pere Lachaise cemetary - Jim Morrisson is buried there, along with Oscar Wilde, Chopin, and so on. It's also a really beautiful, haunting place. Plus it's free! Also free: Place des Voges (a square - sometimes the occassional busker), Montmartre cemetary, all the cathedrals, the garden at Hotel Dieu hospital (really - it's impressive!), the bird market near Cite metro on Sundays, plus all the war memorials.

There's a bar called Le Dix that sells cheap but drinkable sangria. For food, I lived on Nutella crepes that they sell here and there. Delicious - and about 4 Euro each. A bargain!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Oh! Also free: Jardin Luxembourg, the garden around the Louvre whose name escapes me, the sights around l'Opera, and the crazy moving carpet in Montparnasse metro.

5. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Paris Geek here to come to the rescue!

I've actually made up a schedule for a few days for TPers in this exact same situation...so here we go....

Ok, if you're going there for 2-3 days you will have enough time to do most of the basic tourist locations and maybe even walk around the city to find some unknown treasures.

Before I begin, I would suggest that you get a metro pass (it’s good on the metro, bus and RER commuter trains). They have a daily one which is well worth it (check out the city public transport website - warning it's in French). Also, get a good map of the city. I had the Let’s Go Western Europe book, but I found the map left something to be desired, so I also got the “Inside Out” Paris Pop-out map. It was so easy to read, and had all of the sights clearly marked, so it was hard to get lost. It cost about $14 CDN, but it was worth every penny.

If you're going for three complete days, I’d probably suggest for you to section of the city into sections so you can explore it separately.

Day 1: (6, 7, 8, 15, 14 arrondissments) The areas surrounding the Eiffel Tower and les Invalides, Trocadaro, Arc de Triomphe, Jardin du Luxembourg, Montparnesse, the Sorbonne.

Day 2: (1 (only part of) 2,3,9,10,18 arrondissements) The area’s surrounding Scare Coeur (Montmatre), Forum des Halles, Centre George Pompidou, the Opera, St Eustache.

Day 3: (1, 4, 5 arrondissments) The Louvre (takes a day and a half to see, but we spent half a day there. Go early to avoid line-ups), Palais Royal, Latin Quarter and St. Germain, Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cite, Jardin de Tuileries, St. Germain, the beautiful bridges on the Seine, Musee d’Orsay, and the Fine Arts Academy.

The city is sectioned off into 20 arrondissments, which is how I made the plan. If you decide to spend an extra day, you can check out the cemitaire Pere Lachaise, located in the 20th. Jim Morrison is buried there, along with very famous literary figures The bibliotechque national is very modern, but slightly out of the way (Just past Gare Austerlitz in the 13th), and le Defense (the modern, financial district) with La Grande Arc, which is to the North-West of the city. Also, as a day trip there's Versailles. It’s a beautiful castle from the 1600s. It’s absolutely breathtaking. The castle is about 12 km from the centre of the city, but is well worth the trip.

Hope I helped, just a little overview off the top of my head, if I think of anything else, I’ll let you know! Just remember to go around and discover the city!

If you need a place to stay, try the BVJ: Paris Louvre Hostel, it's in a great location and rates are pretty good!

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

PS: If you have any questions, just ask!

6. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hey Arancia!!
we stayed in a hostel called the "Young and Happy" youth hostel. It is located in the 5th/6th arrondissments, near St. Germain... it is on rue Mouffetard, and it was one of the best hostels that we had stayed in throughout the entire summer last year!! its a great place with lots of night life and bars around, and lots of shopping!!
you must try the creperies... and patissaries... (not spelled right!!!) Nutella crepes are amazing, as i think it was mentioned earlier!!
also, you MUST see the big Louis Vuitton suitcase store on the Champs Elysees!! haha its definately worth it!
try Ementaller cheese if you like it... its also worth a try! if you are a cheese fanatic like me, then you'll love it...!

anyways, happy travels!!
Lauren

7. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

Thank you all so much for your help and advice. Just checked the hotel we're staying at on net: Holiday Inn Paris Velizy, looks pretty good and its only 10 minutes away from Versailles.

Will definately try the nutella crepes everyone has mentioned..
lets just hope the weather is better than it is here in England! (dull and rainy:()

Will let you know what we end up doing.

;)

8. Posted by nadia83 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Hi,
I'm also going to Paris (in two weeks time). I'll be spending 8 nights there and i was wondering if there are any cool day trips in the region surrounding paris? i'm definitely going to versailles but i was thinking about chartres or trying to find some kind of vinyard tour. have any of you done any day trips outside of the city?
also any tips for me while I'm in paris? I've heard stories about the parisians being a little unfriendly.my french is pretty good but i speak with a french canadian accent and i've heard some french canadians have trouble. am i just being paranoid? i probably am :)
any help would be greatly appreciated
thanks Nadia

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting nadia83

I've heard stories about the parisians being a little unfriendly.my french is pretty good but i speak with a french canadian accent and i've heard some french canadians have trouble. am i just being paranoid?

Hi Nadia,
I spoke Quebecois the whole time I was there, and the people couldn't have been more friendly. They'd usually start with "oh, une petite Canadienne!" and then were more than happy to help. The only rude people I met were two cashiers at the Louvre (who apparently had to finish their conversation before serving the growing line-up) and some old man staring at a wheelbarrow who grunted that he was too busy to take my picture.

Generally, I believe that if you're friendly and accommodating as a tourist, the locals will be more than happy to help.

Tway.

10. Posted by arancia (Inactive 426 posts) 11y

Bonjour people!

I want to go back! I?m telling you a weekend in Paris is not long enough...We had a brilliant time.
We took a cruise down the River Seine, which was brilliant. I think we experienced every type of weather in France. When we got there it was snowing! Then it wouldn?t stop raining, thankfully for Saturday though (sightseeing) the snow and rain stopped and the sun came out, but it was still so cold ? Good job I took my scarf and gloves!!

Saw the Eiffel Tower, however, we didn?t go up it as the queues were really long. We did, however, still get a view of Paris from the top of the Galleries Lafayette Montparnesse ? the 360° view was breathtaking, it costs 8 euros for an adult ticket and 7 euros for students (Student ID card is needed).
Saw the Arc de Triomphe and drove down the Champs Elysees and yup I saw the Louis Vuitton suitcases! Took a picture of them, they were huge!

The chocolate crepes you guys mentioned were amazing. I could do with one right now! lol.

However Saturday night was the best! We went to a Latin club in Bastille (Metro line 1) called Barrio Latino and it was wicked! We made friends with some French people who put us on the guest list and got us in for free!
Unfortunately I can?t tell you the price of the drinks as I got them bought for me! I have to say that the French guys are so much easier to talk to than British guys and they are definitely better looking too!;)
The music was fab, this has never happened before but whist I was dancing I pulled a really pretty Chinese girl! (Nope I don?t drive on the other side of the road) We starting dancing and I mean dancing?and the cute French guys around us were just drooling! Definitely one of the best nightclubs I?ve been to.

On Sunday we went to see the Chateau de Versailles ? beautiful and markets are really good too.

The French people are lovely so you shouldn?t worry about anything Nadia.

I will definitely be returning to France this year, but will have to go for longer so that I can see the different parts of Paris properly.

Bonsoir!
Arancia ;)