wondering whether somebody could give me an advice! Me and my girlfriend we are going to Paris for just 2 days (weekend). We have allready seen all those places like Notre Dome, Eiffel tower, Sacre Coeur etc etc.. So we are looking for something extraordinary, something untraditionall, out of the touristic „mainstream“ Would you recommend something? It can be anything – an interesting but not very known sightseeing, it can be a club, exhibition, everything.. Any tips?
Thanks in advance
Can you speak any French? If you do, I would simply recommend you to try and have an experience with the "locals" if you see what I mean. I have travelled a little now and so far I have found that my best experiences happened when I was trying to mix with the people and speak to them. Les Halles is an extremely popular place in Paris where many young people meet (easy access by metro) and where you can find many nice shops. If you fancy having a go there and wander the streets, and if you are a bit "adventurous", you might engage in a talk with French people and go back home with nice memories, a new view/opinion of the French and maybe new friends.
Hey irfs, if you haven't already, you should check out the catacombs. I didn't see them until my 3rd or 4th trip to Paris. In fact, I hadn't even heard of them until then. They don't seem to be part of the mainstream tourist attractions. But they are very interesting to see and can be a great experience. Wikipedia has some info and google can give you a lot more.
Try the Catacombs, as well as Pere Lachaise and Montmartre cemeteries. But especially the Catacombs, with the skull-and-bone lined walls. It's eerie and quiet and humbling.
Edit: Whoops! Saw someone also raved about the Catacombs. Consider me seconding the motion!
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 31, 2007, at 5:40 AM by tway ]
I went last summer and was shown around by a local lady for a day. She wanted to show me something off the tourist route a bit so we went to have a look at the modern buildings at La Defence which to be honest was not part of my naive view of what to expect in Paris, and therefore quite a delight. After that we went out on a boat ride of the canal system. Really different thing to do, takes you through some different parts of Paris. A very chilled way to finish off an afternoon.
I was also advised to check out a museum on the sewer system of paris - i know i know! it doesnt sound pretty but it is meant to be quite interesting! It is not open every day though.
I do agree with the previous post about meeting with the locals - I found a day of sitting in Luxembourg Gardens and people watching just perfect. Chatted to plenty of people that day!
Be sure to have a terrific time no matter what you get up to!
If you get Paris on Friday this summer you should try to join "les barbecues electroniques".
Every friday on summer, just bring a bottle of wine or some beers and something to eat.
For more informations, visit here
U'll see many "locals"
The Paris "beach" is open: Paris Beach
I liked taking a stroll along the Promenade Plantée when I was there. The Promenade Plantée is a 4.5 km-long elevated park in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. It was constructed on an abandoned 19th-century railway viaduct, which connected the Bastille area to the eastern suburbs of Paris.
You can try the 19c covered arcades 'Les Passages couverts de Paris'. Stay at the Hotel Chopin in the Arcades maybe. The other suggestions are good too. It depends on what you like to do really.