Paris Journals

First-Time Paris

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An April 2005 trip to Paris by jphil

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Quote: Paris is a city of history and beauty. I fell in love with it on my first trip and imagine I will fall in love with Paris again on future visits. Read on to see a few of my experiences.

First-Time Paris

Overview

Americans in Paris Photo, Paris, France
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Walking around Paris, you will hit something of historic, cultural, or aesthetic significance every few feet. My favorite museums were the Musée D’Orsay and Centre Pompidou. Both display wonderful works of art housed in architecturally interesting buildings. Other highlights included watching the Paris Marathon along the Seine, eating Berthillon ice cream (arguably the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted), enjoying a drink at a café on the Champs Elysées, eating chocolate banana crepes from street vendors, and finally figuring out the arrondissements.Quick Tips: Pick up a Paris Pratique Par Arrondissement from a tabac. This indispensable map book includes every s...Read More

La Rughetta

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Restaurant

La Rughetta Photo, Paris, France
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My Paris friends had made a reservation at this Italian eatery on my first night in town. A wonderful choice! The moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly by the owner. After ordering the house wine, we set to the difficult task of deciding what to order; there were so many wonderful options. The salads are large enough to be shared, as we did. We ordered an arugula salad with shaved parmesan, and another salad with fresh vegetables. Both were delicious. The pizza was recommended as some of the best you’ll find in Paris. But I decided on pasta with goat cheese, zucchini, and tapenade in an olive-oil cream sauce. If your mouth isn’t watering from reading this, it wil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

La Rughetta
41 Rue Lepic (18th arrondissement)
Paris, France
(42) 234-170

Vin et Terroir

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Restaurant | "Vins et Terroirs"

Vin et Terroir Photo, Paris, France
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After a full day of walking around the city and skipping lunch, we were tired and hungry. We looked at a bunch of menus and decided on this French eatery. We were the only diners at the time, as we arrived before the normal European dining hour, so we had our pick of tables. We chose one in the front of the restaurant by the window, where we could enjoy the view as well as the décor. The interior is designed in warm, deep reds. Framed black-and-white caricatures hang on the wall. A bar sits in the back of the restaurant. We all decided to order from the discounted prix-fixe menu, which included an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. I started off with a green salad with warm goat che...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Vin et Terroir
66 Rue Saint-andré Des Arts
Paris, France
01 46 33 00 77

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame de Paris"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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On my first day, I visited Notre Dame with a couple of friends who were living in Paris. We decided to join the queue waiting to climb up to the cathedral’s towers, which afford an unobstructed view of the city. The line was not terribly long; however, we were waiting an extremely long time to be allowed entry. My friends informed me that the wait was unusual and that the line normally moves much faster. We were granted some entertainment during our wait. A street performer in a mask was amusing the crowd by sneaking up on unsuspecting pedestrians and surprising them. He would casually take their hand or put his arm around them and wait for the reaction once his victims realized that they were w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

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

Musee d'Orsay

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Attraction | "Musée d’Orsay"

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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After all I had heard and read about the Musée d’Orsay, I was eager to visit when the museum opened to enjoy it without all the crowds. While enjoying my pain au chocolat, I waited on the line to enter until the doors opened. I had decided to buy a Paris Museum Pass for the day because I planned on stuffing in three museum visits. When I was allowed entry, I found out I needed to go back outside and around the corner to a kiosk to purchase the pass. Once purchased, I was able to gain entry from a different entrance where there was no line. When entering through any of the doors, you will need to pass by a security guard and metal detector. The ground level consists of a long...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

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