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PARIS PERFECT- December in LES-HALLES

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A December 2003 trip to Paris by travelprone

The Pyramid in the rain-still looks Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Paris, perfect, the second time around, all museums open, we found. The Louvre and Orsay, hurray! The Cluny’s surprises made our day! We celebrated 35 years of married bliss In the city of beauty you don’t want to miss.

PARIS PERFECT- December in LES-HALLES

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Overview

The Pyramid in the rain-still looks Photo, Paris, France
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Heavenly! There was no museum workers’ strike, unlike our first trip to Paris, when we could only look at the outside of the Louvre. INDULGENCE reigned - we visited the Louvre twice, on Saturday and Monday. This huge temple of art is always crowded even in December; Parisians visit it too. For lovers of the Impressionists, the Musee Orsay beckons irresistibly. Its Degas collection enthralled me - so much in so many media, not just ballerina paintings. Fortunately, the Orsay has a massive Degas collection that defines the wide range of his genius. Of course, you HAVE to see it - the Centre Georges Pompideau (Beaubourg), a bustling cultural beehive that also sports a fantastic v...Read More

Rue Montmartre Apartment

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Hotel

Rue Montmartre Apartment Photo, Paris, France
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This was a newly renovated one-bedroom apartment in an 1832 building, with an elevator for only two that necessitated our making three trips to transport luggage and caused me severe claustrophobic reactions every time I had to use it, but perversely, I loved it, this potential fire trap. The romantic in my soul kicked in; on the sixth floor, with a tiny terrace possessing a great view, it was the stereotype of the Parisian garret updated by a cheerful blue-and-white kitchen equipped with all the modern conveniences, a cozy parlor from which the aforementioned tidy balcony with table and two chairs extended behind French doors, and, above all, there was the location, 2 blocks from Rue de Montor...Read More

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Rue Montmartre Apartment

Paris, France

Centre Pompidou

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Attraction | "Centre Georges Pompidou (Beauborg)"

Centre Pompidou Photo, Paris, France
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Officially known as the Centre Natonal d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, this once-controversial, inside-out-with-utility-colors structure opened in 1977 in the area of Beaubourg as an urban renewal project. Its official title describes its multifunctional nature as a library and exhibition space for modern cinema, dance, music, design, and activities under the broad banner of culture. The day we visited, it was busy as a beehive, especially on level 0, the lobby, which featured several unusual exhibits that attracted lots of children, and levels 2 and 3, the library, which was packed with backpacking students. This see-through building allows for such a quick overview of where it’s busy on th...Read More

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

Sainte-Chapelle

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Attraction | "Sainte-Chapelle -- 9:30am-6pm daily"

Sainte-Chapelle Photo, Paris, France
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On a rather cold afternoon, we arrived at the stately gates that lead to the Palais de Justice and proceeded to join a small group at the Cour de la Sainte-Chapelle. After showing our Paris Visites, we moved right into the lower chapel, which was for the servants of the palace that the holy chapel was a part of when King and Saint Louis IX had it constructed to hold the pricey but priceless Crown of Thorns he had bought from the Byzantine emperor Beaudoin II, as well as other relics of Christ’s Passion he had assiduously acquired. Up the steep spiral staircase, we went to the glorious upper chapel, realm of the royals and clergy exclusively. Overwhelming, even on a sunless afternoon, the 15 stained...Read More

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Sainte-Chapelle
4 boulevard du Palais
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 5340 6080

The Musee d’Orsay - A Degas Experience

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A superior conversion-train station to Photo, Paris, France
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Even in December on a brisk windy day, the lines for entrance to this popular museum stretched almost a block when we arrived around 9:30am. Voila! We entered on the left, went to reception, showed our Paris Visite cards, and picked up a free plan, and soon we surveyed the sculptures that adorn this gallery positioned under the former train station’s gilt clock and stunning glitter-like crystal roof. Within 20 minutes, a flood of visitors poured in and headed right for where we were - the upper level and its Impressionist and post-Impressionist treasures. Avoid busy Sundays here if you can; our schedule did not permit us to see it any other day, as we were leaving Paris on Tuesday. Manet, Monet, V...Read More

The Louvre Experience

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One of the greatest-if not the greatest- Photo, Paris, France
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This time, we could get INSIDE THE LOUVRE. We went twice, on Saturday afternoon and on Monday night, when it was open late and its vast architecture enchanting to view. This world’s largest justly famed art collection is stunningly massive in quantity and magnificent in quality. Reception’s color-coded map helps to locate in which of this edifice’s three wings – the Denon , Richelieu, or Sully – you can find particular favorites and, of course, the "Mona Lisa," "Winged Victory," and "Venice de Milo." On an unsurprisingly crowded Saturday, we fought the 15-row-deep crowd of people, the majority of whom were taking photos, around the 30-by-20-inch masterpiece with the enigmatic smile. Notwithstanding...Read More

Food Les-Halles

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The Louvre's Richelieu snack bar Photo, Paris, France
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Still associated with food, though the amazing food-supply central market that was located near St-Eustache, Paris’s second-largest church, moved to the suburbs in the 1960’s, this area has several restaurants per block. We chose L’Epicerie at 30, Rue Montorgueil (tel. # 01 40284978) for a Sunday-night splurge dinner. Mostly half-full when we arrived around 7pm, by the time we left around 8:30pm, it was almost full, with mostly locals and some tourists. At least six restaurants exist on this side of the street just north of Chatelet Les-Halles. My husband had a very good warm potato soup, and we split a foie gras appetizer. This was the first time I’ve eaten foie gras, and it’s definitely some...Read More