Paris Journals

Citybreak in Paris.

A September 2001 trip to Paris by davidx

Quote: Charles de Gaulle Airport is NOT my favourite place and being stranded there for a while was NOT GOOD - a terrible start, but after that everything went perfectly.

Citybreak in Paris.

Overview

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Batobus - 2 days not much more expensive than one! Musée d'Orsay - if you only have time for one thing go here and straight to the third floor. Rodin Museum Notre Dame Place des Vosges To list too many highlights is to select none. Quick Tips: If you are going for a short time, decide what you want to do, then what you want to do a lot, and then what you absolutely have to do. Then pick from that what fits together and can be done in the time. Knock off 10% and then do it and enjoy it - unless you come across something better. If you are going to buy a Museum card, get it at the place likely to be least crowded and then you can avoid queues entirely at the busier...Read More

Montmartre

Attraction | "Montmartre - the truth."

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There is a good view. That is it!

The atmosphere is much trumpeted, and there is an atmosphere; it's extremely touristic. The artistic nature of the walk up is much proclaimed: churned-out mass paintings and cheap rubbish, or expensive appeal-to-the-intellectuals books or paintings.

As to the Basilique de Sacré Coeur - we went in and we came out again. Repeat- there is a good view.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Montmartre

Paris, France

Musee Rodin

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Attraction | "Musée Rodin"

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This is a splendid sculpture museum which is useful for one or two other things as well. We were able to buy Paris Museum cards here without queueing for more than a moment, and there is a very pleasant outdoor area at the back for your picnic. I am not an art critic, but Rodin appears to be nationally acclaimed as an important 19th and early 20th century sculptor, and that seems right to me. Outside at the front among the roses - there are 2000 bushes total in the two gardens - are some outstanding works; The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell. Inside there are two floors of sculptures, including the well known Kiss. Disadvantaged people can enjoy the ground floor and the garde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Musee Rodin
77, Rue De Varenne
Paris 75007
+33 (1) 44 18 61 10

Musee National du Moyen Age

Attraction | "Musée de Cluny"

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First of all, this is as much a history museum as an art one. There are 3rd century Gallo-Roman baths as part of the complex. The full name of the museum is Musée National du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny. The building was completed in 1500, and was a medieval mansion which incorporated the ruins of the old baths. Having been to the Museums d'Orsay and Rodin, which I have acclaimed in other pages, I must say this seemed like coming back to earth; it was a very good museum but not utterly outstanding lke those two. The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries are no doubt very fine. Enough critics say so, and there is certainly a phenomenal amount of workmanship in them, but they left bot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Musee National du Moyen Age
6, Place Paul Painlevé
Paris, France 75005
+33 (1) 53 73 78 00

Marché Mouffetard

Attraction | "Rue Mouffetard"

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We found the rue Mouffetard a lot less spoiled than we had feared and than some books had led us to expect. No doubt it was once a Left Bank haven, a bit of a find, where not many other than locals went. Judged by that sort of standard, it falls well short, but how could any such place still exist, given the publicity the West Bank has received and the number of people, like us, taking Paris citybreaks? The shops in the road have obviously degenerated more than the market, but the road still makes you feel you have seen a bit of Paris. It can easily be incorporated into a Left Bank walk or combined with a visit to the Jardin des Plantes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2002

Marché Mouffetard
Rue Mouffetard
Paris, France

Batobus

Attraction

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The metro is quick and efficient BUT you see nothing except the metro. On the bus, you see a lot, BUT you get into traffic snarl-ups. So, given that so much that you want to visit is near the Seine, why not take the Batobus, which shows you terrific views that well justify more than one sighting - and do not have traffic snarl-ups. OK, so it's slow, but all the time you are getting what many people come to Paris for, a trip on the Seine. I am sorry to say that it is really not feasible for anyone who cannot manage the quite steep steps to most, if not all, of the stops. The cost bit: you can pay for short journeys by the stop, 3.5€ for one stop and 2€ for each further stop. However,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

Batobus
Port de la Bourdonnais
Paris, France 75007
+33 1 44 11 33 99

Musee d'Orsay

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Attraction | "Top floor of the Musée d'Orsay"

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I have been astonished to read some comments on bulletin boards that play this museum down. What on earth do some people expect? To me, it is THE place that would bring me back to Paris again--and perhaps again--although in general I far prefer smaller cities. If you only have the time or inclination for one art museum, forget the Louvre, [worth seeing otherwise if only for the building!] and make it this one. I have no qualifications to write about art, but the impressionist and post-impressionist paintings on the third floor were what I went to see--and they were what I did see. I could not have taken in any more after that and I doubt if I shall ever see the lower floors for the same reason...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994