A December 2000 trip
to Paris by Steve S.
Quote: Just returned from spending New Year's in Paris. As would be expected, it was a wonderful trip...a bit cold but I can't imagine a better place to ring in the new millenium
Hotel | "Holiday Inn"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2001
Holiday Inn La Villette
216 AVE JEAN JAURES
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001
Cafe de la Musique
213, avenue Jean-Jaurès
Paris, France 75019
33 1 48 03 15 91
A couple of tips. First, if you're a college student or have children with you, ask about discount tickets, you'll need your college ID, but it'll save you a few dollars to get in. Secondly, much like other touristy monuments, film prices at the gift shops are expensive, so take plenty of film with you in advance.
Overall, enjoy the Arc de Triomphe and use it as an excuse to visit the Champs also.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001
Arc de Triomphe
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2001
Champ De Mars
Attraction | "Sainte Chapelle"
4 boulevard du Palais
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 5340 6080
The lines were incredibly short (we walked onto Space Mountain 5 times in a row) except at the restaurants. One thing that surprised me was the the lack of a language barrier. It felt like being at just about any other Disney Park in the US. Imagine being in the middle of France and seeing "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" in English while the locals had to wear headsets to hear the translation.
The Disney restaurants provided reasonably decent meals at a non-typical theme park price...we fed 4 people for under $30.
I think that of all the Disney parks I've been to, this will be one that I'll return to...forget all the negative comments you may have heard about Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris' old name) and JUST GO you won't regret it.
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Attraction | "Notre Dame"
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10
Attraction | "Basilique du Sacre-Coeur"
Basilica du Sacre Coeur
35, Rue Du Chevalier-de-la-barre Rue De La Bonne
Paris, France 75018
+33 (1) 53 41 89 00
Attraction | "The Louvre"
This is a place to visit when you have lots of time and aren't dragging along anyone with a dislike of art. If you don't speak French, consider picking up an English book of all the museum's permanent pieces from one of the gift shops, it'll be much easier for you to understand what you're seeing than trying to decipher the French on the name plates next to the art works.
Also, after spending several hours at the Louvre, you might be inclined to eat at one of the restaurants that sits right outside of the Louvre entrance. As with any "touristy" area, the prices are high and in my experience the food quality was not up to par with what you can find elsewhere in the city.
Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51
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