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1. Posted by kellymarie (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hi All,
I'm going on a mini break to Paris in August, could anyone suggest any decent clubs, bars or jusat general interesting places to go?

I'm really into my art, so aside from the Lourve, do you know of any other good art galleries?
Also, would anyone recommend disneyland? is it worth all the hassle of going there?
Thanks in advance!

Kelly

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Hi Kelly,

I'd highly suggest visiting the Catacombs, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Versailles (for the gardens, especially), Sacre Coeur, and all the usual tourist hot-spots. Paris is chock full of art galleries (the Louvre alone will take you a day) - including the Pompidou Centre, the Musee d'Orsay, and more small museums than you could possibly hope to visit. Any good guidebook should give you a decent run down of what's available.

August is holiday time in France, so be sure to check ahead to see what's open while you're there.

Enjoy!

3. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 10y

I agree with tway;s suggestions. If you are low on time, just do the fourth floor of Musee D'Orsay. It is the best part of the museum.

Hope this helps.

Pranav

4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 10y

Hiya......for a general answer about Paris...here's a thread you should look at: Weather in Paris, Metro, general info??.

I agree about the Musee D'Orsay! I loved it....plus it has lots of Van Gogh paintings (love it!) ;) Pompidou was awesome as well....and ifyo're a Picasso fan, there is teh Picasso museum. THere are always exhibits at various locations around the city, so be sure to check to flyers everywhere!

There are bars and clubs everywhere....just to let you know...most gay clubs are in the Marais, so ifyou're straight and looking to pick-up, that might not be the place to go! :)

Cheers,
Katie ;)

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

My favourites are Musee D'Orsay, Musee Picasso (good if you like Picasso) and Musee Rodin (good if you like Rodin).

I don't like the Louvre very much, it's full of tour groups and dauntingly big.

6. Posted by kellymarie (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Thanks alot, i'm definitely gonna check out some of these places!

:)

7. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

Interesting places: Sainte-Chapelle on bd. du Palais/Palais du Justice in 1er. The vaulted ceiling chapel is entirely surrounded by stained glass windows 50 feet high. It is especially nice on a sunny day or as the sun sets to get the full effect. There is an entry fee ($5?) and it is even more spectacular if you have a small pair of binoculars to see the various biblical scenes on the glass.

On the top floor (10th?) of the department store La Samaritaine on rue de la Monaire, 1er is a free outdoor observation deck. It has a great 360 degree view of Paris. One floor down is a nice souvenir shop.

JAC

8. Posted by le_ffrench (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

On the top floor (10th?) of the department store La Samaritaine on rue de la Monaire, 1er is a free outdoor observation deck.

Unfortunately, la Samaritaine was closed last year for security reasons. It is not known if it will reopen soon.

I do not know what kind of museum you would like best, but depending on your tastes, it can range from the Georges Pompidou center (modern art) to the musée Guimet (statues and objects from Asia). I think a good guide could be interesting for that too.

In August, there are special events at Versailles including at night, concerts, etc. The schedule is not yet online, but you will find it here

9. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 10y

Quoting le_ffrench

Unfortunately, la Samaritaine was closed last year for security reasons. It is not known if it will reopen soon.

I am sorry to hear that. Thank you for the update. The deck was one of those nice uncommon sites that was hardly ever crowded with tourists.

JAC