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Autumn Paris

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An October 2002 trip to Paris by Jehcekah

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: We spent 5 days in Paris among the fall leaves, rain, and gail force winds. Although the weather was less than perfect, we had a great time and managed to see all of the sites.

Autumn Paris

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Overview

Paris in Autumn Photo, Paris, France
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October may not be the best time to visit Paris, but there are some benefits. There are less crowds than in the peak seasons and we were able to experience the crisp air and beautiful changing leaves. This was our first trip to Paris, so we did all of the tourist-y things. We had to work around a few days of rain and one day of nasty wind, but we managed to see all of the major sights. We followed the advice of many great journals on this site and three travel books. Our hotel and central location was in the Eiffel Tower area, where we spent most of our meal times. This area proved to be a great central location and provided many great visits to the tower both at day and night.Quick Tip...Read More

Hotel de la Tour Eiffel

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Hotel

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Directions from Gare du Nord: Take #4 Metro to stop Strasbourg St. Denis. Exit and change to Metro #8 to final stop at Ecole Militaire. Travel North on Avenue Bosquet. Cross over Rue de Champ de Mars, at next street, Rue de Grenelle, turn left. Make next right on Rue de l'exposition. Hotel is #17. This was a reasonably priced hotel in a great location (a three minute walk to the Eiffel Tower). And that is where its benefits end. After walking in the rain, we arrived at the hotel on Thursday afternoon. We were greeted with an oh-so-nice desk attendant who THREW our key at us and told us our room was on the first floor. Nice welcome. The room was sm...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 29, 2002

Hotel de la Tour Eiffel
17, rue de l' exposition
Paris, France
33 1 47 05 14 75

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The Louvre, which is famous for great works of art, is much more than just a museum. My suggestion is to enter the museum from its Metro exit. Follow the signs into the reception area and to your left and right as you enter will be queues for ticket machines. Just insert your money and avoid the ticket sellers--the lines go faster for the machines. There are two kinds of tickets for the Louvre: permanent exhibitions and temporary/permanent exhibitions. If you just want to see the token pieces of art, stick to the permanent exhibitions ticket. It gets you into the three main galleries: Sully, Richeleu, and Denon. Each gallery has its own entrance, but once you get into one with your ticket, you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51

Musee d'Orsay

Attraction

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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This museum was our little gem. On Thursday evenings it is open until 9:45pm. We arrived in Paris on a very rainy day and decided to go here to stay dry. If you are a fan of Impressionistic Art, this place can be like heaven for you. Famous pieces by Monet, Degas, Seurat, Van Gough, and others are on display. Famous works in the collection include: Monet's "Waterlillies," Whistler's "Mother," Van Gogh's self-portrait, and many more. The "Orsay" is not as well known as the Louvre, therefore, you might not find as many crowds here. We spent a few hours here, but for a short trip, you can spend a shorter time and still get a lot out of it. The museum has a reduced price for youths (under 26) and has a re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

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

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Having seen many cathedrals on our time in England, I wasn't sure that Notre Dame would impress me much. I was completely wrong. This church is honestly like no other. The atmosphere coupled with its myths and legacy make for a magical visit. Entrance to the church is free, but it will be very crowded. We recommend taking the tower tour. The price was a couple of Euro for youths and it was well worth it. You can guide yourself through both towers. When we were there, they were having a special exhibition on Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame," which was very interesting. The view from the walkway between the two towers allows you to view the frightening gargoyles along the edge and also gives you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

Arc de Triomphe

Attraction

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Paris, France
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Another famous landmark in Paris, the Arc de Triomph is a must-see. You can take the metro right to it, climb to the street, and take the underground tunnel to the center of the massive roundabout (11 roads converge on it). The Arc commemorates fallen heros of war, included a "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" (which is now a known soldier, thanks to DNA). You can pay a few Euro to climb to the top of the Arc for an interesting view of the surrounding area. The Champs-Elysses is a shopper's paradise and also a nice walk for visitors. There are a lot of world-label shops and restaurants all along the street. Walking from the Arc, it is a straight walk all the way to the Obelisk and the Louvre. We munc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

Eiffel Tower

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Attraction | "Eiffel Tower on a Windy Night"

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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We made a mistake. We saved the Eiffel Tower for our last day, which turned out to be the most windy day in Europe for years. During poor weather the top platform of the tower is closed. Such was our luck. But since it was our last night in Paris, we had to make the best of it. One good thing about this was that the lines were not long at all. We stood in queue for about 10 minutes, bought our tickets for the second platform (6.90 Euro each) and got onto the lift. Upon exiting the lift, we realized just how windy it was. We were repeatedly almost knocked off of our feet! The view was lovely though. We were able to recognize all of the sights which we had spent the previous days viewing....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2002

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Pantheon

Attraction

Pantheon Photo, Paris, France
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From www.paris.org: "Louis XV vowed in 1744 that if he recovered from an illness he would replace the ruined church of St. Genèvieve Abbey with an edifice to the glory of the patron saint of Paris: St. Genèvieve. The Marquis of Marigny was entrusted with the fulfillment of the vow after the king regained his health. The protégé of Marigny--Soufflot--was charged with the plans. Thus began the construction of the Panthéon. Situated on the Montagne St. Genèvieve, it had a commanding view of the city. The overall design was that of a Greek cross with a massive portico of Corinthian columns. Its ambitious lines called for a vast buidling 110m long by 84m wide, and 83m hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Pantheon
Place Du Panthéon
Paris 75005
+33 (1) 44 32 18 00

Moulin Rouge

Attraction

Moulin Rouge Photo, Paris, France
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Now that Baz Luhrman has made this spot famous with his movie, the Moulin Rouge is quickly becoming one of the more famous sites for tourists. The Metro stop climbs to the street right in front of the nightclub, which allows for easy access in and out of what might be a bad neighborhood. The club is surrounded by seedy strip clubs and peep shows, so we didn't visit the area. There is a circular cement platform right in front of the club, which provides a good base for photography of its famous red windmill (in French, "Moulin Rouge"). You can still see a show there, but it will set you back about 70 Euro per person.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Moulin Rouge
82, Boulevard De Clichy
Paris 75018
+33 (1) 53 09 82 82

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

Attraction | "Sacre Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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The Sacre Coeur will provide you with the second greatest view of Paris. The Metro exit leads you to a street flanked by strange shops which sell their merchandise at super-low prices. Walk up the street (you can see the church from the bottom of it), go through the gate, and you will find yourself at the church. It is a long climb to the top (something like 500 stairs) and the whole way you have to dodge those same creepy peddlers from the Eiffel Tower (except here they will try to make you a friendship bracelet). Along your way up, there are plenty of chances for a rest with the same great view ahead of you. But I must say that no matter how tired or sick you feel (I was VERY sick!) you MUST, MUST, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Basilica du Sacre Coeur
35, Rue Du Chevalier-de-la-barre Rue De La Bonne
Paris, France 75018
+33 (1) 53 41 89 00

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Attraction | "Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise"

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This is the famous cemetery where Jim Morrison of "The Doors" is buried. There are also some other great people buried here, including: Sarah Bernhard, Moliere, Seurat, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and many more. It is quite an interesting place with its above-ground crypts. It reminded us of New Orleans cemeteries. We had a small map of the famous graves, but it was very hard to follow. Supposedly you can get a more precise map from the cemetery office, but we didn't see any. It is very easy to find Morrison's grave though. Just follow the other people (especially teenagers). While this visit was interesting, it wasn't worth all of the trouble getting out to Lachaise. Morrison's grave wasn't nearly ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Pere Lachaise Cemetery
16, Rue Du Repos
Paris, France 75020
33 1 55 25 82 10

Catacombs of Paris

Attraction | "Denfert-Rochereaux Catacombs"

Catacombs of Paris Photo, Paris, France
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Take the Metro stop of the same name to a small, green, metal building. The entrance fee is a few Euro. After paying, you will proceed down a narrow, winding staircase under ground. The first few areas of the walk are just tunnels, but their eerie darkness gives you the right kind of ambience for what lies ahead. Millions and millions of bones stacked up, put into cross formations, heart formations, and piles of skulls. It is an amazing sight to behold. Unfortunately, there are always a few people who can ruin a visit, like the teenagers visiting while we were there. They picked up the bones and were just generally annoying. However, we were able to get around them and enjoyed the rest of our ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2002

Catacombs of Paris
1, Place Denfert-Rochereau
Paris, France 75014
33 (1) 43 22 47 63