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A Weekend in Paris

An August 1998 trip to Paris by Babaloo

Rooftops Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: A short weekend trip to Paris.

A Weekend in Paris

Overview

Rooftops Photo, Paris, France
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The Hotel Saint Severin was perfect--location, staff, quality.

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Best Way To Get Around:

If you stay longer than a weekend go and buy a "Carte Orange". Tt's valid for a whole week and gives you free rides on the Metro and other transportation. Can be bought at ticket counters at Metro stations.
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The room was spacious and the air conditioner was a delight in the blistering heat. The staff was friendly and the service good. But the beds were really great (for hotel beds -- my husband is over 6'3" and even he was comfortable in the bed). The best thing was the location, though -- in the heart of the Quartier Latin.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

Hotel Europe Saint Severin - Paris Notre Dame
RUE ST SEVERIN 36
Paris, France 75005
33 1 43 29 10 13

Musee d'Orsay

Attraction | "Musée D’Orsay"

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The most amazing were Monet's paintings -- seeing prints or photos is nothing compared to the real thing! However, try to avoid the crowds! In some rooms, the lighting could be better, but it's still definitely worth a visit if you're into the Impressionists.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

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

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This shop is just amazing. Whether or not you have any intentions of buying anything, you will come out with at least one book. Shakespeare and Company looks just like what you'd imagine a book shop looked like 100 years ago (at least that's my imagination). Some great finds in there!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2003

Shakespeare and Company
37, Rue De La Bûcherie
Paris, France 75005
+33 1 43 25 40 93

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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If you go to Paris, this is a "must see". Versailles is situated several kilometres outside Paris and it's easy to get there by public transport. The palace itself is huge and impressive as all similar buildings of its time. At the time of Louis XIII, it was only a modest hunting lodge. The creation of the great castle was due to Louis XIV who abandoned the Louvre to build a royal palace. The formal gardens are a must and are particularly beautiful in late spring.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2004

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)
20 Km Sw Of Paris
Versailles, France
01 30 83 78 00

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

Attraction | "The Sacré-Coeur basilica in Montmartre"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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You have to go and see this basilica, even if you're not religiously inclined. It was built at the end of the 19th century at the top of the Montmartre hill in Paris. Its famous "white pastry-like" architecture dominates the city.

The Sacre Coeur district offers many spectacular views on Paris: its village-like streets and squares, its cafés and restaurants. But, as you walk a few meters away from the core tourist area, you discover very quiet and charming spots, quite unexpected in such a large city as Paris.

You can easily get there by Metro, but be prepared for a short walk up the hill!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2004

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

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If you don't have that much money (or you've maybe spent it all on books or clothes), but you still want to have a nice summer evening, all you need is find a shop and buy one bottle of red wine (or two!), get a cork screw (or borrow one from the hotel/B&B), and walk down to the Seine in Quartier Latin. In the summer, it'll be warm enough to sit down at the embankment and view all the touristy sightseeing boats pass in the night. Their coloured lights will make them look extra-terrestrial. An evening of fun on a budget! Plus, you will have a romantic evening with your partner -- sitting in Paris, drinking cheap wine, watching the Seine and all the beautiful city lights: unforgettable!