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Going to Paris by pandab on 14 March 2006 3:09am
I'm in the pondering stage of a trip to Paris. I've been there before a couple years ago, but I only had 3 days and couldn't nearly see all I wanted.

I'm thinking about 10 days, hitting the usual sights (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and so on). I also considering a couple day trips from the city to Versailles and ...

That's my question. Actually, it's two questions.

What are good day trips from Paris (by train or bus)? What are some of the lesser known but interesting places in Paris? I'm up for almost anything ... museums, historical houses and all. I'm really into history.

Any suggestions?

Re: Going to Paris by arty_farty on 14 March 2006 11:13am
the catacombs?

ive never been to Paris but i have played a driving game where Paris is the second location you go to.
Re: Going to Paris by chrirons on 14 March 2006 1:27pm
The Louvre may take 2 days, if you go through everything.
I would also recommend a walk at Montmartre and its surroundings - my favourite of all - take an afternoon relaxing around this area.

Versailles is quite nice, but the Mirror-Gallery is under construction - so I was quite dissapointed.

Or around St Germain canbe a nice evening walk too.

The Père Lachaise cemetary is quite nice, you have many famous people there: Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf...
Re: Going to Paris by Blairhoyle on 14 March 2006 1:37pm
i have been to Versailles but can't remember much about it due to being a little bit drunk.

Paris is nice enough but i sometimes feel that the people can be a bit ignorant, it would be advisable to speak a little bit of French cos sometime you find people who simply dont want to talk to you if try and speak English to them.

dont drive for god sake, if you hire a car, you can kiss goodbye to your insurance. trains or buses
Re: Going to Paris by JF on 14 March 2006 1:44pm
Visit the church at St Chappelle - the stained glass windows will take your breath away. From memory it's round the corner from Notre Dame.

The top of the Eiffel Tower at night is worth a go, very picturesque view.

Re: Going to Paris by anndk on 14 March 2006 1:50pm
Don't miss a nice walk in the Marais - le musée d'Orsay is a must (two Hammershøj-paintings by the way). Go shopping for french specialities in la rue Mouffetard on the left bank (mind the students in the neigbourhood these days, though) A day out of Paris could be to the coast (Deauville), it could be Orléans. Too early for Monets garden in Giverney, I think!
Re: Going to Paris by peripatetically on 14 March 2006 2:22pm
Yes, JF is absolutely correct!!!!!!!!!!!!! St. Chapelle, is a MUST. Many people pass that by, or don't even realize it exists. Had a friend not told me, I'd not have known to make it an imperative stop in my itinerary. It's impressive and gorgeous, to say the very least. It's really the ONLY place I recommend to Paris visitors. Everything else is sorta common knowledge.
Re: Going to Paris by tucsonmike on 15 March 2006 1:12am
I haven't been in Paris in years. It is an interesting place. Now that I know my French ancestor is from the Ile de France region, I'll explore in more detail one day.

I prefer the South of France though. Better weather scenery and people overall.
Re: Going to Paris by pandab on 15 March 2006 3:45am
Wow! Thanks everyone! Keep the ideas coming.

When I was in Paris two years ago, I spent most of a day on the Ile de Cite and made it to Sainte Chappelle. One of the most beautiful places I have EVER seen. So, I'm definitely going back. Going earlier in the day this time, though, in hopes of avoiding the monster line I had to stand in <G>.

I visited Montmartre, but it was more of a walk-through with the tour I was with. Besides, I was half-dead with jetlag at the time (first evening there) and didn't get inside Sacre Coeur. That's on the list for this time, too. I also want to wander around more.

The Louvre is on the list for ... however many days it takes <G>. I just got to spend a half-day there and was so overwhelmed I couldn't really take it in well.

I hadn't thought about the Pere Lachaise cemetery yet. Ghoulish as it might sound, I love wandering through them. So much history.

Skipped both the Musee d'Orsay and Musee de Cluny last time. Not enough time! So, I'm planning on those.

I went to Giverny last time. The gardens were a bit past their prime (early October), but the weather was wonderful. I'm thinking of Rouen or Rheims as a day trip, though I have to check my geography to make sure it's doable.

Thanks again!

Re: Going to Paris by suzulu on 16 March 2006 12:04am
The chateau at Fontainebleau is beautiful! It's about 34 miles from Paris, I think. There is also the Forest of Fontainebleau.
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