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My 2 brief trips to Paris

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A May 1998 trip to Paris by kimmsw

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: In my first trip I did a frantic 3 day tour of tourist highlights - it was great! My second trip, also 3 days, I spent more time enjoying the atmopshere and leisurely walking around the city. Either way, Paris really is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy.

My 2 brief trips to Paris

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Spend time just walking arounf the city. Yes, it is kind of big, choose a few areas, take the Metro, then walk. Place de la Concorde is an intersting square to walk and take pictures. Marie-Antoinette was beheaded here and the Egyptian obelisk is a focal point. Walk down the Champs-Elysees and spent time watching the madness at Place de Gaulle - the craziest traffic circle in the world (if you have a car, drive it - I really was scared and will never do it again!)The Arc de Triumph stands in the middle of the traffic circle. Hang around Montemarte. The Louvre is an absolute must - make much time for this. Plus, see a few of the dozens of other impressive musuems and galleries. The parks are numerous a...Read More

Musee d'Orsay

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The Musee d'Orsay has taken over the French Impressionism collection from Jeu de Paume Museum. It is a converted train station on the left bank. It is a good size museum but not overwhelming and easily fully seen and enjoyed in an afternoon. You can stand at one end of the museum, at the top floor, and see all the areas of the museum, or each of the entrances to the sections. Although largely seen as an impressionist museum, there are also other important schools of work from the 19th and 20th centuries. However, it's the largest colleciton of impressionsist art I've ever seen and that is all I was interested in. On the top floor there is a large area dedicated to Monet, demonstrating his early work (...Read More

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

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Basilique du Sacre-Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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I walked up to Sacre-Coeur from the Metro station at blvd.de Rochechouart and thus had to make a massive uphill climb, up numerous steps, to get to the entrance. Well, the view of the city is spectacular from there. On the climb up I saw many families and couples having picnics on the sides of the steps, in small enclosure areas, some somewhat garden like. Warning! Buy your water before you get to the bottom of the steps - the water vendor sold my water at more than 20x's than I paid anywhere else! Sacre-Coeur is designed in both Romanesque and Byzantine architure styles, and topped with an Oriental style dome. I've heard a lot said about the mosaics inside - amid the vacuous nave and the disappointme...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 7, 2000

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

Place de la Concorde

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Place de la Concorde is actually a 'square', a small section of the city that just happens to contain statues, a park, museums and is near the Seine. The square was dedicated to Louis XV, the statue that erected in his honor was later taken down during the Revolution and a guillotine put in its place. Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI were beheaded here. At the center of the square, it's focal point in my opinion, is the Egyptian Obelisk, from the Luxor temple. It has hieroglyphics that illustrate the reign of Ramses II on its sides. At night, the obelisk is lit and with the lit collonaded buildings in its background and lit fountain in front, it is very impressive and photo worthy (mine did not co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2000

Place de la Concorde
Avenue Gabriel
Paris, France 75008
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Montmartre

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Monmartre is a picturesque Parisian quarter on top a hill, overlooking the city. It was once the Mecca of artists and writers in Paris, and maintained its place as such for quite a long time. Now, many struggling artists and postulating intellectuals call this home. Nonetheless, I loved it and felt that it was still very 'artsy'. It is home to Sacre-Coeur, a well-known landmark. Place du Tertre is at the heart of Montmartre. It is lively, full of artists painting portraits of tourists, large crowds of younger college-age people, and older artsy-professor types (who will converse in English if you stop and let them explain their philosophies to you). It is lined with trees and flowerbeds and is full of...Read More

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Montmartre

Paris, France

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "The Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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I once heard that if one were to stop and look at each piece of art for about half a minute, it would take more than two years to see the entire Louvre! For the PC minded, I recommend getting past by what means much of the artwork came to be there, and enjoy the experience of being able to view so much in such a beautiful place. The Louvre came to being in the 13th Century as a fortress for Phillippe-Auguste. It began use as a royal residence in the 14th century until Versailles became the main royal home. It served as headquarters in the Revolution. In 1793 it was opened as a public museum. Orientation: on the east side of the Louvre you'll see Cour Carre, described as the most beautiful courtyard in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2000

Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
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