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1. Posted by tamstee (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y

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Just wondeirng how many days people think taht I would need in Paris, and any suggestions of sights to see whilst there, aside from the Eifel Tower as that's already on my 'to do' list.

thanks in advance

2. Posted by alainwee (Full Member 57 posts) 12y

Hello Tamstee.

I went to Paris in September last year. It is a great place. I enjoyed it very much. Paris has lots to offer. Me and my wife were there for 4 nights.

What we did was to map out all the places of interest that we would like to visit. I will give you a list of places not to be missed. For museum, Musee d'Orsay Musee du Louvre and its surrounding, Muse Picasso and Muse national d'Art moderne Centre Georges Pompidou and it famous lewinsky fountain. My favourite Churches are Sacre Coeur, Norte Dame, Sainte Chapelle and La Conciergerie. Shopping would be Gallery la Fayettee, Sanmaritain, Printemp, Champs Elysees street, etc. You must make it a point to visit cemetery pere Lachaise. Don't forget the Eiffel tower and the river cruise.

The place I enjoyed the most was Versailles Palace. It iwas awesome.

Before you go to Paris, make sure you print a map of the subway map. I prefer to use the sub as there will be not traffic to worry about. Find a hotel and map it on the subway map. From there, you will be able to see all the subway stops to all the places of interest. The subway is separated into 4 zone. Zone 1 & 2 are in central Paris where all the places of interest mentioned above are situated except for Versailles palace. If you are staying in zone 1 & 2, you will only need to buy tickets for zone 1 & 2. They are the cheapest. One ticket cost about 2.20 Euro for zone 1 & 2. With that ticket, you can travel from one destination to another destination in zone 1 & 2 (doesn't matter how many subway switching). Just do not go out of the subway before reaching your destination. They have ticket (Mobilis carte) for one day which cost 5.00 Euro (for zone 1 & 2). With this card, you can travel as many times as you desire in a day.

As we were there for 4 days. We got the museum carte for 5 days. It cost me 45.00 Euro. We could get into all the museums in Paris as well as Versailles. The cost for each museum entrance average about 7.00 Euro. With the card, you can avoid queuing for tickets.

There are web sites available to explain how the museum carte, the subway, hotel prices and reservation works. Take a look at my photographs taken in Paris and Versailles in www.imagestation.com/members/alainwee. Go to album entitled "Paris 2003". You can ask me any questions from those pictures illustrated there by comment section.

al

3. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

How long is a piece of string?!!!!!!!!!

Anything from 2 days to 20 years . . . . . . but you can get a flavour in 4 days.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Hey Tam,

I think Al has given you an excellent list of sights to work from which to work from, and i completely agree with Becky!

I'd personally say that 3nights is the absolute minimum to give you a really good feel for the city and to most of the main sites, and If you can I’d say go for 5 or 6. In that you have time to go out to Versailles for a day trip (and depending how much you rush around, you could do half day there and half day in Chartres). If you want to visit Disneyland as well, you will probably want to add an extra day rather than squeezing that in as well.

A couple of other ideas that might be worth considering - La Defense (a
sort of new high tech business park to the West) and going up the Grand Arch itself (a huge arch shaped building – you go up a lift through the middle which is best avoided if your not good with heights!) which gives you great views over the whole of Paris (whereas the Eiffel Tower is in the middle, so you don't get the same overview) as well as having some vaguely surreal buildings/sculptures in the area. The area around the Luxembourg Gardens and Place St-germain-des-Pres is a good place to just chill out and relax

The other place that might be worth trying – please forgive the huge vagueness of this, I haven’t yet been there myself, but somewhere I periodically hear about that sounds interesting – is a park/garden/zoo? place that has been built on the site off the old rubbish dump, I think in the Eastern fringes somewhere, but really can’t remember anymore!

Finally, I'd recommend - especially if with a partner/significant other – is doing a river cruise at night (with or without the dinner etc all included) and if you can, on the last night as it really will top the trip off - assuming it's not p1ssing it down!

Have a good one
Rich

5. Posted by wandrwoman (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

I live in Paris. My favorite places are definitely Montmartre (go up to the butte de Montmartre, the top of the hill, and climb the Basilica. The view is stunning and it's lovely up there, lots of good quaint restaurants). For a kick hit the red light district, and if you're not religious try the

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