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A Fall Idyll in Paris

An October 2002 trip to Paris by Clovery

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: A 3-week getaway in Paris was an amazing experience, where all cultures, arts, and history pour in. Go museum-hopping and garden sightseeing. There are great restaurants and pubs everywhere. It is indeed a romantic interlude.

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
Lourve museum has too much displayed for words. It has great collections of the world's finest and most precious arts, from the Egyptian to Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities galleries, sculptures galleries, Objets d'art, paintings, and medieval Louvre, and so much more. If you are an art buff, get the museum pass for one to five days, costing 18 to 54 euros individually. Or, to enjoy a free tour of the museum, simply be there on the first Sunday of each month and on the 14th of July, except for the exhibitions at Hall Napoleon. There are many ways to reach Louvre Museum. I intentionally arrived at Louvre Rivoli (an indirect way from my apartment), where the Metro station was already in an ar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

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

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Attraction | "Notre Dame de Paris"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
I was in the long line for more than an hour and decided to get a hot dog from the nearby street stall, nibbling on my bread and hoping to get to the front of the queue. On a usual day, there is not supposed to be such a long line in front of Notre Dame, but it was the first Sunday of the month, when there is free admission to almost all the historic sites in Paris. After waiting for another half-hour, I finally stepped in the entrance to top of Notre Dame. The flight of spiral stairs was grueling. It seemed endless at that point of time. The spiral stairs continued to swirl for 10 minutes before I was out of the narrowed stairways. I was in a dizzy spell when I reached the top. Stabilizing for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

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

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "Château de Versailles"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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The Castle of Versailles is one of the most famous heritage sites in the world. It appeals to thousands of tourists almost every day. In front of Versailles was the Marbled Courtyard, packed with tourists and locals on the day I visited. I waited for about an hour or so before I made my way through to the castle. The State Apartment of Louis XIV, the Hall of Mirrors, the Apartments of the Queen, the Crusades Museum, the Hall of Battles, the Grand Trianon, and the Petit Trianon were must-see highlights in the castle. After the castle tour, I walked to the back of castle, where there was a huge public park. South Parterre was a nice little garden. Blocks of dainty grasses were shaped into curves o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

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

Centre Pompidou

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Centre Pompidou Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
The Pompidou Center is notable for its architecture, and its 1977 factory-style architecture sustains a splendid contrast between the surrounding houses of Paris' oldest district near Hotel de Ville. You will never forget the building, even if seeing it for just a glance. The external elevator is like a long caterpillar wriggling across the building. Just walk through the tunnel of elevators and you will be able to view a panorama of Paris and its nearby districts, Les Halles and City Hall. The museum features collections of paintings that are very different from ones in the Lourve. It includes 20th-century paintings and works by famous artists (Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky, Klee, and more). If yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

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

Eiffel Tower

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Attraction | "Tour Eiffel"

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
There are simply two ways to appreciate the Eiffel Tower in Paris, view the whole tower or be in the tower. If you chose to view the Eiffel, get to Trocadero, where you can capture the vista of Eiffel Tower in your camera. If this is your first visit to Paris, going up the Eiffel Tower is a must. You can choose between climbing the stairs, which are open to the public, and going up to the second floor (115m), or taking the elevators. In order to get to the top of tower, you must take another elevator from the second floor. I got a ticket to the three floors at the cost of 10.70€, which was definitely worthwhile. On the first floor, there was a vast, spacious hall offering exhibits and displays. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Catacombs of Paris

Attraction | "Les Catacombs"

Catacombs of Paris Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
From the outside, the building looks like any ordinary one. But for god sakes, who knows? After entered this building, you will plunge 30m without realizing it! It starts with a stairway leading you deeper down. Then comes the tunnel, the space getting narrower, darker, and cooler. The temperature was said to be at a constant of 11°C. Eventually, it will lead you to piles of bones of 5 to 6 million people covering a surface of 11 square meters. Due to the cool tunnels, it used to have water droplets dripping from the ceiling. Experience the thrills and fears while walking in this narrow passageway. Try this yourself without anyone near you. You would get so scared, even though you know that it i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2005

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

Trouville-Deauville

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Trouville-Deauville Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
I took the train from Paris at Gare St Lazare to Trouville-Deauville. The journey took about two hours. Trouville-Deauville are twin towns separated just by a bridge. Deauville has everything: casinos, racetrack, shops, and restaurants. Comparatively, Trouville was a cheaper town. After crossing the bridge, on the main road on the bank of La Toques was the visitors' center. I picked up a town map and headed for the beach in Deauville. The beach in Deauville was apparently wider than Trouville and with more crowds. Along the beach was the residence areas adjoined by spacious gardens, children's play area and tennis court. You can easily take a stroll down the beach without worrying your shoes or ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

Trouville-Deauville
Normandy, Trouville-deauville Station By Sncf
Paris, France