A June 2004 trip
to Paris by recordnerd
Quote: To express a fervent ardor for the French capital has become expected for many, especially Americans. Indeed, I've tried to find another favorite, weary of the clichés and knowing I've yet other places to explore, to learn about. Still, Paris lingers, each visit more akin to a homecoming.
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148, bd St-Germain
01 46 33 98 35
89-91 rue St. Antoine
Paris, France 75012
Attraction | "Parc de Belleville"
Parc de Belleville (Le)
Rue des Couronnes
Paris, France 75020
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Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail
Paris, France 75014
+33 1 42 18 56 51
218, bd St-Germain, 7e
Passage Brady (46, rue du Faubourg-St-Denis/43, rue du Faubourg-St-Martin, 10e): You get a bit of India.
Passage de Choiseul (40, rue des Petits Champs/23, rue St-Augustin, 2e): This is the childhood home of Céline.
Passage du Grand-Cerf (10, rue Dussoubs/145, rue St-Denis, 2e): There are design shops here.
Passage de Panoramas (10, rue St-Marc/11, bd Montmartre, 2e): Here is more bric-a-brac et unpretentious eateries.
Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau (10-12, bd Montmartre/9, rue de la Grange-Batelière, 9e): This is not nearly as elegant as some of the others, but these linked passages still retain their particular charms. My favorite is the old-fashioned Hôtel Chopin, near the irresistible dolls of the Pain d'Epices toy shop. Cinedoc is a film buff’s haven for stills, posters, and other cinema-related items.
Galerie Véro-Dodat (2, rue du Bouloi/19, rue Jean-Jacques-Rousseau): This is one of the more aristocratic arcades, named for the two butchers who had made a fortune in the city. Pull a Nerval and live it up at Café de l'Epoque.
Galerie Vivienne and Galerie Colbert (6, rue Vivienne/4, rue des Petits Champs and rue de la Banque, 2e): The former is the undisputed reine of the galeries, complete with haute société ambiance, and of course, the boutique de Jean-Paul Gaultier. The latter is equally up market, in whose Grand Colbert brasserie you can dine with wealthy intellectuals.
If you prefer a little more convenience, public transport is your next best option. A carnet of 10 tickets is available for around E11, but if you plan on riding the bus or Metro extensively, take advantage of the Carte Orange, valid either for a week or month (starting on a Monday or the beginning of the month) for however many zones you want (zones 1 and 2 usually does it for central Paris, with a trip to Versailles).
As long as your French is passable, you can obtain this pass at any RATP (public transport) outlet by providing a small passport photo to be attached to the pass. It will come with either a coupon hebdo (weekly) or coupon mensuel (monthly) that looks just like the regular tickets. Do not lose either, as you will need it to enter Metro stations or flash the pass to the bus driver. Plus, it makes a great souvenir.
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