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Paris in March

A March 2004 trip to Paris by noone

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: A wonderful eight days! I found Paris to be a wonderful city full of life, and the French were nothing but nice to us. We filled our days with fun and our nights with laughter and romance!

Paris in March

Overview

The Classic Landmark Photo, Paris, France
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Sacre Couer-- great photo spot, very romantic Walk along the Seine by the "New bridge", which is actually Paris's oldest bridge. For great art, visit the art market in Montparness on Sundays. Try to see at least one museum, but don't try to see them all. Pick one and try to savor it, rather than rushing through. Check out the Catacombs for an unusual experience. If you're choosing one church to see, I'd recommend St. Chappelle over Notre Dame. Truly more beautiful, smaller and less crowded. (Also, not near the hike to the tower. Quick Tips: Here's our "tip list" In March, make sure you pack gloves, a scarf and a hat. Also, an umbrella. We found the weather unpredictable and changea...Read More

My Hotel In France Montmartre

Hotel | "Comfort Inn"

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Standard room...very small, but comfortable and clean. The location is great-- close to metro and some great sights, including Sacre Coeur. Staff was not overly friendly or helpful. Avoid the Tati department store nearby on heavy shopping days -- the pedastrian traffic is insane.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

My Hotel In France Montmartre
57 rue des Abesses
Paris, France 75018
+33 (0)1 42 51 50 00

Gallerie (Le)

Restaurant | "Le Gallerie"

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Wonderful staff-- very helpful with the menu. Great atmosphere, and truly delicious food. The menu is varied, and everyone in our party had a wonderful meal, including the dessert and coffeee.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

Gallerie (Le)
Montmarte
Paris, France

Brasserie Wepler

Restaurant | "Wepler"

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GREAT OYSTERS!!!! That's the first thing. A great fixed-price menu, with a wide choice of appetizers, main course and dessert. Also, they had an English menu, which was of great assistance, since some of the seafood preparation methods we were unfamiliar with. I recommend the oysters and the "floating island" dessert, which is amazing meringue and raspberry sauce.

The only drawback is that the lighting makes it seem a little "diner"-like-- very, very bright!! So, I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner for two.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Brasserie Wepler
14, place of Clichy
Paris, France
01 45 22 53 24

Musee d'Orsay

Attraction | "Musee D' Orsay"

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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The building itself is a work of art. The great hall is a vast space, which fits the grandeur of the works presented there. Interesting layout, which spreads the crowds over a wide area, with smaller rooms to highlight certain artists or artistic styles. But, the Impressionist gallery upstairs, highlighting Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, etc. was just amazing. And the restaurant is great, with a great view, and the gift shop provided some interesting, non-touristy gifts for folks back home. A true highlight of our trip.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

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

Galeries Lafayette

Attraction | "Shopping--Galleries Lafayette"

Galeries Lafayette Photo, Paris, France
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A sight to behold! Two full stores, each over six stories, of the most amazing (and expensive) merchandise. It's worth a trip just to browse through the lingerie section (for both men and women!) and to look down onto the first floor and the huge cosmetic/perfume department, and gaze up to a stained-glass dome!

The store clerks are mostly aspiring models, so they are a sight to behold as well. With everything from electronics to Chanel, it's a great day to spend a rainy day in Paris. It's like no other shopping on earth!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Galeries Lafayette
40, Boulevard Haussmann
Paris 75009
+33 (1) 42823456

Musee National Picasso Paris

Attraction | "Picasso Museum"

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This is an interesting museum. Even if you're not too fond of Picasso (like me), the museum is a great building, in an old renovated hotel.

As for the art, I was able to appreciate Picasso's greatness, variety of work, and talent, but it's not really my style if I'm totally honest. I really enjoyed the other museums much more. It is, however, a good sampling of Picasso's works, and it's well organized by time period (or phase) which helps the novice.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

Musee National Picasso Paris
Hotel Sale 5, Rue De Thorigny
Paris, France 75003
+33 (1) 42 71 25 21

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Photo, Paris, France
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One of the most interesting walks in the city! Famous graves (i.e., Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, Eugene Delacroix) and also a great glimpse into French history (i.e., monuments erected to French Holocaust victims). Some uphill, some level, and all truly beautiful. Great scenery, flowers, trees and graves! A great way to spend an afternoon. You don't even feel like you're in the city anymore!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

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

Arc de Triomphe

Attraction

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Paris, France
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The monument itself-- A little overrated, but the view was great (it reminded me a little of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery here in the US). I highly advise going to the top during rush hour and watching the INSANE traffic. It was also at sunset, so it was an amazing view.

It's also a good way to get your bearings in the city/

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

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

Catacombs of Paris

Attraction | "Les Catacombs"

Catacombs of Paris Photo, Paris, France
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The Catacombs occupy only a portion of the Parisian netherworld. Basically, over the last 500 years, cemeteries were emptied and the remains deposited, quite artfully, underground. At the start, we descended a tight, spiral staircase of about 100 steps. At the bottom is a small gallery. And beyond the gallery is a very long, narrow tunnel. Neither the staircase nor this tunnel is for claustrophobics, although the Catacombs themselves are not uncomfortable. Ultimately, we reached an opening in the tunnel, and we saw the sign at the top of this page--which translates: "Stop! Here is the empire of the dead." The stacks of bones can be seen beyond the sign. They're arranged in some interesting...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2004

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

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

Attraction | "Sacre Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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One of my favorite places! Go after a rainstorm, since the cathedral is built with a type of stone that seems to glow after it's been rained on. An amazing, and romantic view, both looking up at Sacre Coeur and looking down on the gardens and the city below. A little bit of a hike, since it's on the highest point in the city, but truly worth it. We stopped afterwards and bought crepes from a street vendor and just gazed up at the church. It's like a jewel… not to be missed. (We went there three different times-- morning, sunset and on a cloudy day!) One other interesting item-- one of the times we were there was about midnight, right as they turned the lights off, and we ran into one of the star...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 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

Musée de l'Erotisme

Attraction | "Musee de Erotica"

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A VERY interesting place! Filled with erotic art that spans the ages. Everything from ancient Egypt to modern day photography. Six floors of fascinating displays-- everything from kitchenware fashioned into erotic forms, fetishes, a history of the corset/bra, and truly amazing (artful) photographs. The collection is housed in what was once a brothel, so even the building has an erotic history. Exhibits were truly very tastefully and artfully displayed, and I learned a great deal about censorship. The museum was definitely erotic---rather than exploitative---but not a place for the kids unless you want to do some serious explaining of some very detailed sexual practices. Also-- there is a sm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 31, 2004

Musée de l'Erotisme
72, boulevard de Clichy
Paris, France 75018
+33 1 42 58 28 73