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1. Posted by jadedoe (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Next month, my friend and I will be taking the Eurostar to the Paris next month for a few days. I would love to stay longer, but unfortunetly time is against us.
I am hoping I can get some advice from some experienced travellers.
Does anyone have a suggestion on a cheap hotel close to all the sites?
Secondly, what are the "must see" sites in Paris, that I shouldn't miss on my short trip?
Thirdly, are the line-ups at the Louvre as bad as it is rumoured to be? Should I expect a really long que?

Any advice would greatly be appreciated!

2. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

you can send me a msg if you want some advices about paris, i live there.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thirdly, are the line-ups at the Louvre as bad as it is rumoured to be? Should I expect a really long que?

I hav seen this line relatively short - only a dozen from the entrance of the Pyramid and i have seen it 4 times as long. Both times were on the weekend so i see no pattern to follow - prob locals can say better.

4. Posted by rifarrel (Budding Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have been to Paris twice and on both occasions stayed at the Hotel de la Felicite on Rue de la felicite.It only cost us 15 euro a night last time we stayed.It's located about 15 min walk from place D'Etoile (ie L'arc de Triomphe) and less than 5 mins from the metro stop on Rue De Wagram, which is one of the avenues that spirals off Place D'etoile.You get a free breakfast in the morning and the staff are all very pleasant and helpful.It is also located really close to an RER station.

Make sure you visit the obvious sites-Le Tour Eiffel, L'arc de Triomphe, Champs d'ellyse , Place de La Concorde, The Louvre, Montmarte, Sacre Coueur etc.It's a pity you only have a few days.Head to Versailles if you can-its really woth the 1 hour 20 mins trip on the RER-you'd spend a whole day there.Use the Metro as much as possible-it's really easy to get the hang of!!Also visit some of the immigrant areas near Belville-it's a really different Paris to the one you expect!!These areas are a bit grotty and run down but have a great atmosphere-a bit like New York!

I've never seen long queues at the Louvre-your bags are put through scanners and you can buy the tikets in the main Foyer.The Louvre is absolutely huge and Very frustrating.Most people tend to run in , see the Mona Lisa and maybe the Egypian exhibition and then leg it.(the reconstructed castle is very interesting)

5. Posted by jadedoe (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for your help! I am sure it will make my trip much more interesting! Thank you!

6. Posted by talpeer (Budding Member 26 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, Paris is greeat and you will have an awesome time there. In terms of a hotel that is close to all the sites, you may want to reconsider that, seeing as a hotel in the center of the city will probably cost you an arm and a leg or more! The subway in Paris is unbelievable and you can get anywhere in literally 10-15 minutes. But if you want to be in the center of the city, book a hotel that is somewhere in districts 1-8 I believe. Basically the districts are organizsed ina spiral pattern in the city so the higher district number the farther from the city center, although it can be a bit misleading because district 11 really isnt very far from the city center. Plus, the city center is quite large so really anything higher than 14 will start to take you out of the core of the city.

Must see sites... hmmm, we went to the louvre in the winter and there was no line at all but i would imagine it would get crazy in the summer. The louvre is huge, so if you like classical art, you may want to plan two days... i'm not jokin! lol. My favourite sites in the city were the Catacombs, a gigantic burial ground from about 200 years ago that goes under the city, and the WWII museum which is right next to napoleons grave, as well as french war museum and ancient war. I personally liked the WWII one though. I found the others kind of repetitive. Also, the museum musee d'orsay was amazing as well as the pompidou museum.

Hope you have a wicked time in Paris!

7. Posted by mariaines (Budding Member 39 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm from Chile and this is my 1st post.
I'm going to Paris on september, i'd been there before 4 years ago so i know the must-see places. This time, I have a few days (about 3 i think) to discover new places. Since i wouldn't like to spend an entire day at the Louvre i'd apreciate if you can recommend me some nice places to go, like specially beautiful streets and parks, walkings by the Sein, restaurants (not expensive) and typical food stores. I will specially apreciate any advice about the latin quarter.
I'm definetly comming back to Versailles and museums Orsay & Pompidou.
Thanx in advance!!

8. Posted by anna_mg (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've heard that there's a "back way" you can get into the Louvre, through a restaurant or shop and without the lines. I'm going to Paris this autumn, I'll have to check it out, too!