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Paris by PilchardsInOil on 11 January 2005 12:53pm
Me and a friend are planning to go to Paris this summer, exams willing. Not as exotic as the further reaches of the world, but I thought it would be better to start small.

Just wondered if anyone has any tips. Cheers!

El x
Re: Paris by JF on 11 January 2005 6:27pm
Close to Notre Dame is a church called St Chappelle, which has amazing stained glass windows.

Paris is a great city to walk round, make full use of the Metro.
Re: Paris by peripatetically on 11 January 2005 8:38pm
Oh wow, JF! I was thinking about that church only the other day. I've been there too. It's often overlooked by tourists simply because they don't know about it. It's really really one of the most beautiful things to see in Paris. I highly recommend it as one of the things to see. Afterall, I'd rather see things other than the usual touristy attractions. Those are things with which we usually already are quite familiar. Seeing the unexpected and lesser known can be so much more exciting sometimes. treat yourself to this one.
Re: Paris by lisacrank on 11 January 2005 9:01pm
I have been to Paris twice now and it's such a wonderful city. I have to agree with JF and say that you must use the metro as its the best way to get about! and i know its the really tourist thing to do, but you have to go up the Eiffel Tower! If you eat out at night, eat near to the Tower again and you will see it light up in a spectacular display of flashing lights. Take time to walk around the city, explore all the little roads and go into the "locals" bars, they may not speak a lot of english but that is where you will find the real Paris.
Re: Paris by PilchardsInOil on 12 January 2005 11:37pm
Hey - thanks for the tips everyone!

More specific now: any tips on low-rate accomodation? O=)
Re: Paris by niallmurphy on 13 January 2005 3:00am
Ive been to Paris several times in the last six years, mainly as a backpacker. For reasonable accomodation try the area La Marais, sort of north of centre. If you have a guide book there will be a list of hostels in that area. Generally, north means cheap, but not quite so comfortable at night. Actually its more intimidating than dangerous! La Marais a beatiful little area with cobbled streets, gallaries etc, pretty close to Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, river Seine etc. Great for walking to and from the latin quarter, louvre and many other sites as well.

ps Visiting Paris isnt starting small. It can be a fantastic adventure, with an almost unlimited choice of activities, tastes, shops(not forgetting markets), art... I could go on! Enjoy.
Re: Paris by lotte015 on 6 February 2005 10:05pm
I have been in Paris a lot of times, it's just amazing. If you are looking for places to eat, don't go to big reataurants, look into little restaurants or bistros. They are usally better and a lot cheaper.
Re: Paris by julwis on 7 February 2005 12:56am
While I havent been to Paris for a long time, since 1996, I used to go alot and seemed to find that the east bank of the Seine (the side that the Eiffel Tower is on, always have a problem deciding which side is which because the river twists around so much), was always cheaper than the other side. Another cheapish area for food and accomm was St Michel, the student quarter (near the Sorbonne and Jardin du Luxembourg). This area is right next to St Germaine which has a lot of good restaurants and only a stones throw from the Eiffel Tour. As for views, I always found the view from either Sacre Coure (?) or Pompidou centre were great. In the latter you didnt have to actually look at the place, which some consider an eyesore. Walks along the Seine passed all the bridges are nice too. If youre going in the summer its probably best to book a place in advance though early in the season, you can usually get hotels reducing their tariffs by at least 1 star rating, which allows you to find some good deals! Dont forget places further out from the centre, like Versailles, thats stunning! Theres a quite well known secondhand bookstore by Notre Dame, on the St Michel side, called something like the Shakespeare bookstore, which (I believe) allows sleep overs too. All in all a great city to explore and dispite the grime, its got a distinct charm and ambience.

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