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Paris in a Weekend

An October 2004 trip to Paris by Rachobutt

Quote: This chronicles a whirlwind weekend trip to Paris, my very first time in Paris.

Planet Hollywood

Restaurant

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I know that eating at an American chain restaurant in Paris is a silly idea, but all my friend and I wanted was some American food. Having been in France for 2 months, our desire for a big fat burger and a shake was great. And we got exactly what we wanted.

We ate at Planet Hollywood on Halloween, so the place was decked out for the holiday and the staff was all dressed in costumes, providing a fun ambience. The burger was about as American as it gets while in France, as was the shake. The price was a bit high, but for two homesick Americans, the meal was worth it.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Planet Hollywood
78, avenue des Champs-Elysees
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 5383 7827

Musee d'Orsay

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Attraction

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The Musee D'Orsay is situated in an old train station that has been turned into an art museum. It is worth the trip for the building itself—it is very beautiful. When inside the main gallery, the light tricks you into thinking that you are not indoors. The dining room is also very beautiful, a sort of turn-of-the-century dining room, light and airy. The artwork was my big draw to the museum, being a huge fan of impressionism myself (I am an art history minor, which influences my opinion of Paris greatly). Though it seemed to take forever to get up to the little maze of galleries that held my Renoirs, the journey was worth it, for the art all around was terrific. I especially enjoyed the statue a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

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

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction

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Trying to see the works in the Louvre in one day can be very daunting, but it is doable. The key is knowing what you want to see and where you need to go to see it. My first piece of advice is to buy your tickets ahead of time; this will save time waiting in line (once you are through the first entrance, which may also have a line). My second piece of advice is to arrive early--a few minutes before opening (no need to be there ridiculously early--save your energy for once you are inside the Louvre). If you arrive early, as I did, the crowds at the major works of art will be significantly smaller than later on in the day. Which leads to my next piece of advice: see the major works first thing. I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2005

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

How to cover the main sights in Paris...

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Story/Tip

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...in just 3 days! This was my first trip to Paris, and I only had 3 days to see all of the things I felt any person traveling to Paris must see. On my list were: -the Musee d'Orsay -Cathedral de Notre Dame -Eiffel Tower -Arc de Triomphe -Champs Elysees -Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur -the cemetery of Montmartre -the Louvre -Palace de la Bastille Needless to say, I covered all of these with time to eat and sleep (and even get lost). And here's how I did it (warning: this itinerary is for the truly dedicated who can withstand lots of walking and endless moving). Saturday morning and early afternoon was spent enjo...Read More

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Rachobutt

Rachobutt
Vancouver, Washington

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