I'll be heading to Paris to stay with a girlfriend for 2 weeks in early January. what would you guys suggest to do? I'm not interested in the typical museums, etc. So far i've only got two things planned: the Eiffel Tower on my birthday, and EuroDisney. Ideally I'd just like to walk around, explore the city and take pictures.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Any good things to see/photograph?
If you come early enough in January, you may still have the Christmas decorations on in some areas :
- Avenue des Champs Elysées
- Boulevard Haussmann (department stores of Le Printemps et Galeries Lafayettes)
Other interesting subjects: The Concorde Square ferris wheel and the Hotel de Ville skating ring.
I strongly suggest that you take a tripod (even a light one) to take photos at night: days are short in January! If you can't bring one, buy a cheap one at a FNAC.
Check my website for additional photo ideas on Paris.
Take some photos around the two islands -isle of Paris and Isle of the Swans (l'Ile aux Cygnes). Also there are some spectacular shots to be taken at the Sacré Coeur on Montmartre.
If you are willing to travel to Euro Disney, then you should also visit the Palace of Versailles.
You should also visit St Paul - Le Marais.
There are sets of lights installed on the walls of the buildings.
Hello there! You'll have a blast here in Paris. Here's a good blog with lots of other links that might help. -snip-
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
I live in Paris. My favourites for a romantic walk in the day include Le Marais and the Canal St-Martin. Walking along the Seine is a must as well.
Because you're staying 2 weeks, you'll have time to get out of Paris for a few day trips. OK, it is touristy and crowded, but you have to go to Versailles. And maybe a bit further into the loire Valley if you have time.
At night, I like going to Oberkampf, which has many good bars and a good crowd (better than Bastille).
Hope this helps.
Sorry, but you really consider a blog about Paris to ~CowgirlSissy's question a "promo"?
What a shame...
As James mentioned, do visit Sacre-Coeur and the now-touristy Place de Tertre (the famous painter's square). Also, as already suggested, Versailles is an absolutely lovely place. I had chosen the garden tour instead of the palace as there was an extremely long queue for the palace in the peak tourist season and I didn't want to waste my time. In Jan, I expect it will be the reverse.
I also loved having lunch at the cafes near the Sorbonne University and walking around St. Germain.
I absolutely enjoyed my day at the Musee d'Orsay but as you are not into museums...
As Eiffel tower is in your 'must visit' list, then you will probably be interested in the tower at Montparnasse, which must be nearly as tall as the Eiffel tower, and from whose top floor, open to the public at a lower cost and you can see clearly the Eiffel Tower.
You will probably have the most fun, walking around and discovering some nice street or monument and taking in the atmosphere (like the delicious smells emanating from the bakeries in the morning, I haven't found an equal in any other country I have visited so far).
Have fun in Paris!
Just realized that this post is dated 2005.
(I guess I respond to threads which are on page 1 of the resp. forum, without looking at the date)