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11. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Paris Geek to the rescue! Da da da daaaaa (I need a theme song)

Ok,so here's the basic four-or-five-day plan so you can see the basic tourist locations, take a day trip (or two, depending on your sched) and maybe even walk around the city to find some unknown treasures.

Before I begin, I would suggest that you get a metro pass (it’s good on the metro, bus and RER commuter trains). They have a daily one (5 euros) which is well worth it. Also, get a good map of the city. I had the Let’s Go Western Europe book (just because I was backpacking all over), but I found the map left something to be desired, so I also got the “Inside Out” Paris Pop-out map. It was so easy to read, and had all of the sights clearly marked, so it was hard to get lost. It cost about $14 CDN, but it was worth every penny. Good if you're alone while sightseeing...but if your friend offers to be your own personal tour guide...how much better can you get! :)

If you're going for four or five complete days, I’d probably suggest for you to spilt the city into sections so you can explore it separately (the city is sectioned off into 20 arrondissments, which is how I made the plan).

Day 1: (6, 7, 8, 15, 14 arrondissments) The areas surrounding the Eiffel Tower and les Invalides, Trocadaro, Arc de Triomphe, Jardin du Luxembourg, Montparnesse, the Sorbonne.

Day 2: (1 (only part of) 2,3,9,10,18 arrondissements) The areas surrounding Scare Coeur (Montmatre),Moulin Rouge, Forum des Halles, Centre George Pompidou, the Opera, St Eustache.

Day 3: (1, 4, 5 arrondissments) The Louvre (takes a day and a half to see, but we spent half a day there. Go early to avoid line-ups), Palais Royal, Latin Quarter and St. Germain, Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cite, Jardin de Tuileries (it has a amusment park, tee hee), St. Germain, the beautiful bridges on the Seine, Musee d’Orsay, and the Fine Arts Academy.

If you decide to spend an extra day or two, you can check out the cemitaire Pere Lachaise, located in the 20th. Jim Morrison is buried there, along with very famous literary figures The bibliotechque national is very modern, but slightly out of the way (Just past Gare Austerlitz in the 13th), and le Defense (the modern, financial district) with La Grande Arc, which is to the North-West of the city. Also, as a day trip there's Versailles. It’s a beautiful castle from the 1600s. It’s absolutely breathtaking. The castle is about 12 km from the centre of the city, but is well worth the trip.

Sigh....I'm all geeked out for today!

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

12. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

I went to St. Tropez 3 years ago and I didn't think it was any good. It was basicly a just small town with over-priced shops. That said it was raining when I went and me and my friend met this guy who started stalking us. So the memories might be a little distorted.

Jeez, that sucks Angela. Nothing like a good stalker story to ruin a good tour. Those crazy french guys! lol. Personally, if a french women was stalking me, it would be my lucky day! HAHA. I will keep your comments in consideration, while planning. Thanks for the tip!

M.

13. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Paris Geek to the rescue! Da da da daaaaa

Boy, You weren't kidding. You are an egghead! I think my term paper; wasn't that detailed. Thank God cut 4 and paste!!
Thanks for the valuable input. I should be preparing for my trip to Brazil in 2 weeks. But hey, no time like the present! If I need any more help, I will drop you a line! Additional ideas, would be kwel as well.

Till then Uber nerd!;)

M.

My hero!

14. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

St. Tropez and many of the otehr towns around there are pleasent, but your only going to enjoy them really if you happen to have a huge expense account or a very large yaught (or both), as it is all very overpriced, snobby and not aimed in any way shape or form at backpacker/average tourist type people.

Places like Avignon (if you can catch an evening show/play in the ampitheatre it is even more amazing), Arles, Montpellier and Carcassone are worth a day or two if your down south, and expcepting the former aren't hugely touristed either. I really like Lyon and thing it's a very cool city (they know their food there as well) and also a good base for wandering into the Alps if your like that sort of stuff.

Think the Pyrenees are more special/ragged though, if harder to explore properly. If you have a car, you can trek all along them which is a great trip for scenery/walking etc, whilst the narrow guage train jny between La Tour de Carol (near Andorra) and Perpignan [or equivalent road journey] is a great alternative if you've only got a day or two in the area. Absolutely stunning.

As for actual festivals etc, there's a fantastic website which tells you exactly whats happening where all over Europe - the French bit is here http://www.2camels.com/search_country_result.php3

15. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Gelli,

That is a sweet website! Now, I can plan my future trips around festivals and parties. Thanks for the tip! I am taking your advise on Lyons. Sounds like a must see!

M.

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