Paris Journals

Paris Sojourn

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A May 2004 trip to Paris by Smitha Guru

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Our first trip to Europe included four magical nights in Paris. To call the city romantic is a cliche, but that is exactly what it is, a romantic city I fell in love with and just did not have enough days to explore.

Paris Sojourn

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Quick Tips: Plan your days in Paris. If you are visiting a museum, always take a minute to look at the map and see which collections you want to visit. Based on this, draw a rough path you want to take. You don’t want to be wandering aimlessly across the hallways. The best times to visit is early in the morning at 9am, when almost all attractions open. The crowds are not there yet (especially the tour groups) and you may even get a couple of minutes alone with your favourite artwork or location. If you are vegetarians, it is very difficult to find something to eat. If you are Indians accustomed to Indian food, it is still more difficult for you. There are India...Read More

Pavillon Pereire Arc De Triomph

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Hotel | "Pereire Arc de Triomphe Pavillon"

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The hotel, in the Arc De Triumph and Champs Elyess neighbourhood, is about 5 minutes from metro station Wagram, 10 minutes from Villiers, or 15 minutes from Pereire. The room itself was very basic, with a separate bath and toilet, which was very helpful for the two of us to get ready early in the morning, without having to wait for one to vacate the toilet/bath. The bath had a tub shower and a sink, and there was just enough space for one person to stand. It was the same thing with the toilet. Since we were using the hotel only as a base to come back to in the night after sightseeing, we did not find it uncomfortable. Our price (€75/night, booked in the last minute on ratestogo.c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Pavillon Pereire Arc De Triomph
51 BLVD PEREIRE
Paris, France
33 1 44010490

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "The Louvre Museum"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The Louvre, as Paris' most famous art museum, was the first Paris landmark we visited. Friends of ours had told us that, unless we were into museums or history, a couple of hours at the Louvre was more than enough. While I am a history buff, my partner is not, and on entering Louvre's huge courtyard, wondered if he could take in all the stuff that the Louvre was about to open to us. But after the visit, he was as enthralled by it as could be. I cannot imagine how anyone could fail to be untouched by the grandeur and elegance. Since we were to stay in Paris for 4 days, we decided to invest in a museum pass. This is available for 1,3, or 5 days. We were at the gates at 9am, which is the best ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2004

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

Whirlwind tour of Paris in 4 days

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Fountain in La Concorde  Photo, Paris, France
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We had just 4 full days to spend in Paris. I had drawn a careful plan of the best places to see and the order in which we could see them. We managed to see most of the Paris sights, though we were not able to really spend too much time in any one place.We bought the 3-day museum pass and the 5-day metro pass. The metro was confusing at first, and we took quite a few wrong trains. Climbing out of a metro station into an open street with no trace of the activity underground was a little unsettling. Added to it was our not-so-good sense of direction and slightly confusing directions for first timers, but we soon mastered it and were cruising along like pros. Day 1: The...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2004

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "Chateau D' Versailles"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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As with other Paris attractions, we were advised to go to Versailles first thing in the morning. In comfortable walking shoes (a must for any sightseer to Paris), we arrived at the RER station at St. Michel to take the train to Versailles. We were soon confused with the train system (a little different from the metro)--trains going in the same direction go to exactly opposite points in the line! It was not just us being dumb, as we found a group of tourists from Chicago trying to work out the same problem. Since it was pretty early in the morning, there was no local around from whom we could ask directions. Finally, putting our heads together, the group from Chicago and we discovered that only trains ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

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

Centre Pompidou

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Going to see the George Pompidou Center for Modern Art was entirely my husband Guru's idea. Not being an admirer of modern art, I had serious doubts, which were strengthened the minute I looked at the actual building. I have so rarely seen an uglier building! But to be fair, we are ignorant when it comes to modern art or architecture, and we thought that it might have been commissioned as a total contrast to the traditional architecture of Paris. When I started seeing the paintings on display, I could not help giggling. They were so beyond my understanding. Guru was baffled too, but being the one who dragged me to see them, he pretended to look through some before moving on to the Picasso exhibit...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
Paris 75004
+33 (1) 44 78 12 33

Place de la Concorde

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Attraction

Place de la Concorde Photo, Paris, France
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The Place de la Concorde is the big square that anchors the other end of Les Champs Elysees in central Paris. La Concorde has two magnificent fountains at each end of the square, as well as the 3,300-year-old Luxor obelisk that was given to Charles IX in 1829 by Mehmet Ali of Egypt. The obelisk has hieroglyphics and drawings all over it, and it dominates the Place de la Concorde. During the French Revolution, the Place de la Concorde was known as Place du Revolution and was the site of the famous guillotine that executed thousands of French aristocrats during the bloody Reign of Terror. Having read Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, the visual image of Madame LeFarge knitting the na...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2004

Place de la Concorde
Avenue Gabriel
Paris, France 75008
Aucun téléphone disp

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Notre Dame de Paris stands on Ile de la Cite, the island in the middle of the Seine River in Paris. The wonderful Gothic cathedral has towers and gargoyles on its exterior, along with a large number of smaller carvings. Even as we saw the great exterior, we were able to imagine the huge scale of the cathedral. But when we started walking around the cathedral on the outside, it seemed never-ending and only served to further impose its magnificent scale. On entering the cathedral, I had this huge urge to stop for a minute and pray. The serene atmosphere inside was overpowering. The interior also houses some of the biggest stained-glass windows in the world, including its 30-foot La Rosace...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2004

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