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1. Posted by JJforever (Full Member, 114 posts) 3 Jul '06 17:12

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just wondering how many main attraction/sights you guys would recommend to see in one day in paris. We are staying there for 3.5 days and im wondering how many sights we should see so we arent so booked and have no time to just enjoy paris. thanks

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru, 2398 posts) 4 Jul '06 00:24

Gee, I never thought about it... why not determine in advance which things you absolutely don't wanna miss (say three per day), and be flexible about everything else? When going in summer, I wouldn't recommend 'doing' the Louvre; it's stampeded with Japanese and US tourists at that time, and if the weather is good, you don't wanna spend a full day indoors, which is the very least you would need...

enjoy!
Niels

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 4 Jul '06 06:11

Niels has a good point: write up a list of what you want to see and work from there. Places like the Eiffel Tower and l'Arc de Triomphe can both be done easily in one morning, whereas the Louvre and Versailles are both all-day excusrions. You'll get a better idea of how to divide your time once you decide what you'd like to see. Leave a little room for people-gazing if you can. A beer on a terrace in the afternoon is a must!

4. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member, 57 posts) 4 Jul '06 07:27

Just spent five days in Paris. It was my second trip, so I didn't have to see the Eifel and the Arc, etc. I did spend 9 hours in the Louvre, and still didn't see everything I wanted. Another museum is the D'Orsay-fabulous! My friend did get into an opera for 5euro. She showed up about one hour prior and got a nosebleed seat. We went to Versailles one day, went the wrong way on the RER. As a result got there too late to get a ticket to the King's chambers, and it was raining so the gardens were of limited excitement. I could've spent that day in the city. Perhaps if we had gotten there earlier and/or the weather was better...who knows.

The Chatelet area has some cool pubs, live bands etc. A beer pretty much cost about 8-10Euro. Drink at the cafe! We looked into the local events; bands, the Gay Pride parade, festivals. Better to get a taste of the city. Also, unlike many other cities, Paris is huge, and you can walk for an hour and barely make a 1/2 inch on the map. Get a metro ticket, and utilize your time wisely.

5. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member, 73 posts) 5 Jul '06 10:00

Before you go make a list of 10 things you want to see. Paris can be a bit overwhelming if this is your first visit. The worst thing is to be have no direction upon leaving your hotel.

I recommend the L-Open doubledecker sightseeing bus on day #1 (leisurely on and off at 12 tourist spots) or Mike's Bicycle Tours (4.5 hours on a bicycle with a small group and a guide); you see alot and get a feel of what you want to return to on another day.

JAC

6. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru, 5073 posts) 6 Jul '06 10:53

Make sure you get to the Louvre.

7. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member, 57 posts) 8 Jul '06 19:52

Arghh! Looks like I'm going back...again. Not that it's a bad thing, but wouldn't mind hitting the bordeaux region instead. A co-worker wants to go next weekend before she boogies it back home and leaves Europe for good. Ah, well. Maybe round #3, I'll be able to finish the Louvre!

8. Posted by sunraybret (Full Member, 27 posts) 5 Aug '06 02:52

If you want to visit the Louve and other sites try a visit Paris pass. They are readily available and give you priority access to the Louve. I did this last year and it worked well, but plan your route of action ahead of time so you do notdouble back too much. See http://www.paris-pass.com/