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Winter in Paris

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A travel journal to Paris by mfs

St. Jacques Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Winter in Paris is serene, beautiful, and best of all, UNCROWDED! Bundle up and enjoy having the streets, museums, restaurants and sights all to yourself!

Winter in Paris

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My favorite things about Paris: Watching the sun set from the top of the Eiffel Tower - in Winter there are no lines! Eating as many pastries as we could stand - the patisseries in Paris are simply amazing! The creepy Catacombs and Montparnasse Cemetery.Quick Tips: Get a museum pass upon arrival in Paris - it will allow you to skip the lines at the Louvre and other major museums. You also don't need to spend a lot of money to eat well in Paris - we ate almost exclusively in little creperies (there are dozens of them everywhere!) and local restaurants in the Latin Quarter and never spent more than USD for two. Also, you can make a meal out of pastries alone - they are incredible!!!Bes...Read More

Hotel France Louvre

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Hotel | "Hotel France-Louvre"

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I first stayed at the three-star France-Louvre almost 15 years ago, when I arrived in Paris during a convention and it was the only hotel I could get a room at. At the time, the $75 room rate was out of my range, but I had no choice. I was traveling alone, and I welcomed the fact that the hotel has a 24-hour front desk and was located in a busy area. These days a room is about 550-750FF, breakfast is included. France-Louvre is located in the thick of it all on the Right Bank, in the Marais near the Centre Pompidou, Les Halles, and several blocks down the Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre. It is a very busy area, and can be a bit noisy, although the rooms are well insulated. The rooms are well a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 17, 2001

Hotel France Louvre
40 RUE DE RIVOLI
Paris, France 75004
33-1-42712928

St. Jacques

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Hotel | "Hotel St. Jacques"

St. Jacques Photo, Paris, France
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The St. Jacques offers large, well furnished rooms with bath for about $80 (off season) per night for two people. You can''t beat the location (especially for the price) in the 5th Arrondisement(The Latin Quarter). The hotel is just several blocks from the Seine (near Notre Dame) and is around the corner from the Rue St. Germaine. The rooms are very clean, with large windows and lots of sunlight. The bathrooms are large by European standards, and are equiped hair dryers. The front desk provides 24-hour service, and the lobby is attractive and typically French. Most desk personnel speak some English and German. The hotel has a pretty little restaurant, which serves breakfast dai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

St. Jacques
35, rue des Ecoles
Paris, France 75005
33(0)1 44 07 45 45

Montalembert

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Hotel | "Hotel Montalembert"

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Located on the Left Bank, the Hotel Montalembert is a small, very chic hotel that styles itself as catering to a hip crowd. The hotel''s location is terrific - situated just off the Rue de Bac and Rue St-Germain, it is a short walk to the Musee D''Orsay, the Seine and the Louvre. The front desk staff are very friendly and will do just about anything for you. The hotel restaurant is very good and also serves a lovely breakfast (included in room rate) with the most wonderful croissants, breads and marmalades. We were particularly taken with the outgoing waiters that we saw each morning. The staff is excellent! I was last at the Montalembert in 1995. The hotel offers two styles of room decor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

Montalembert
3 RUE DE MONTALEMBERT
Paris, France 75007
33-1-45 49 68 68

Cafe de Flore

Restaurant

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Cafe de Flore was once a gathering place for existentialists, and was a favorite of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and their "family" of philosophers. The art deco salon features red chairs, mohogany wood and large windows perfect for people watching. The fare is typical French cafe - overpriced sandwiches, desserts, and drinks - but that's not really what you come here for. The decor is beautiful, the cafe itself is historic, and it's a wonderful place to sit back and quietly observe the hustle and bustle of the Rue St-Germain. I really like their hot chocolate, but I never actually eat here. Just get yourself a drink and sit back. The staff doesn't really mind if you take your ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

Cafe de Flore
172 Blvd St-Germain
Paris, France
45 48 55 26

Baragouin (Le)

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Attraction | "Le Baragouin"

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Tel: 01 4236 1893

La Baragouin or "Gibberish" is a trendy bar at very reasonable prices and a back room with a pool table. Rue Tiquetonne used to be no more than a small dingy back street, but with the recent pedestrianization of the area it is now much cleaner and increasingly popular with trendy night owls, however, La Baragouin did not impress us and we only stayed for one beer. The young crowd was a bit too stuck on themselves for a place that looked like it need a good paint job and bit of Windex.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 17, 2001

Baragouin (Le)
17 Rue Tiquetonne
Paris, France

Pouchla

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Attraction | "La Pouchla"

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La Pouchla was the perfect location for my wife and I to sit and relax. La Pouchla is a "Nerd Bar" in the best sense of the term. Most of the people there were student aged and totally unconcerned about impressing anyone, instead they read, played board games or just sat and conversed in muted tones on esoteric subjects that the young are often wont to do. The pub has a good selection of German, Dutch and Irish beer at extremely competitive prices. Finding German beer à la pression in Paris is reason enough to visit. Supposedly, there is a cellar with a pool table, but we never felt the need to venture down. Instead we borrowed one of the resident chess boards and occupied ourselves for a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2001

Pouchla
10 rue Mandar
Paris, France

Sous Bock (Le)

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Attraction | "Le Sous Bock"

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Le Sous Bock is a dependable, if less than spectacular, pub with late hours for those looking to end a night of revelry with a few high quality Belgian brews. The food is pretty good (try the fries)and so are the whiskeys. It provides a good opportunity to see the late-night side of French pub life. We were surprised upon coming out of Le Sous Bock one late night to see that Paris streets are busier at 3:00 a.m. than they are at 3:00 p.m.!

Phone: 01 4026 4661

Opening Hours: 11:00-05:00 (Mon-Sat), 15:00-05:00 (Sun)

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 17, 2001

Sous Bock (Le)
49 rue St. Honoré
Paris, France

Taverne St Germain

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Attraction | "La Taverne St Germain"

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Tavern St-Germain is the premiere beer bar in Paris. Boasting a beer selection that would make a German envious (26 pression/350 bottled), this bastion of beer is located in the fashionable St-Germain district across from the Eglise St-Germain. The atmosphere is lively and casual (albeit a little too close for comfort) with red-checkered tablecloths covering the miniature tables and walls cluttered with brewish paraphernalia. The bar attracts a vibrant weekend crowd. The beer is pricey, so expect to pay upwards of $7 for choice brews such as Dentergems and Blanche de Bruges, but the experience of finding a truly authentic beer museum in the heart of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2001

Taverne St Germain
155, Boulevard Saint-Germain
Paris, France

Catacombs of Paris

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Attraction | "The Catacombs"

Catacombs of Paris Photo, Paris, France
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The Catacombs are a creepy network of underground tunnels (former mines where stone used to build the city were excavated) that are now extensively lined with thousands of human bones. The bones were moved to the tunnels in the late 1700s, when the stench of rotting corpses in local cemeteries became more than Parisians could bear. Bones and bodies from cemeteries were moved to the catacombs at night during a "relocation" project that took several years. The result is a morbid subterranean necropolis of sorts. The low, narrow tunnels which make up the catacombs are lined with neatly (and often artistically) stacked human bones of every description. The effect is slightly disconcerting, but fascin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

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

Montparnasse Cemetery-Cimetière du Montparnasse

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Attraction | "Cimetiere du Montparnassse"

Montparnasse Cemetery-Cimetière du Montparnasse Photo, Paris, France
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This crowded cemetery was originally outside the city walls when Napoleon opened it in the early 19th century. It is a quiet place, absolutely crammed with large headstones and above-ground crypts belonging to hundreds of well-known personalities. Interred here are many great artists and writers, including: Baudelaire, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Simone de Beauvior and Jean-Paul Sartre (who share a grave), Guy de Maupassant, Francois Truffaut, Chaim Soutine, and Brancusi to name only a few. The cemetery is arranged on a grid system like a small city, complete with street names. It can be hard to find certain graves, but a photocopied map that notes the locations of famous final resting pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

Montparnasse Cemetery-Cimetière du Montparnasse
3 Blvd Edgar Quinet
Paris, France

Centre Pompidou

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Attraction | "Musee National d'Art Moderne"

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The Musee National d'Art Moderne houses an exquisite collection of 20th century art. Wonderful examples of Fauvist, Cubist, Futurist and Dadist works by such artists as Picasso, Brancusi, Kandinsky, Calder, Matisse, Chagall and de Vlaminck are on display (to name only a few). Pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, Arman, Claes Oldenburg and Jasper Johns represent works made after 1960. Joan Miro, Jackson Pollack, Otto Dix, Georges Braque are also among the many 20th century artists represented. The collection is magnificent, and the galleries are large, airy and well-lit. This is my favorite collection of modern art in the world - it provides a terrific chronicle of 20th century art and includ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

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

Winter in Paris

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Notre Dame, January 1999 Photo, Paris, France
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Paris is beautiful any season of the year, but I am partial to visiting this breathtaking city in wintertime. Often clogged with tourists in the Spring, Summer and Fall, Paris belongs to the French in Winter. It is wonderful to see the city as its residents see it - wide, empty boulevards, silent parks, quiet cemetaries. Not to mention the crowd-free museums and touristic points of interest. You can actually ascend the Tour Eiffel without waiting in line and spend as much time as you like at the top. The opera season is in full swing and tickets are not hard to come by. The museums are delightfully devoid of hovering tour groups and other annoyances. In short - your enjoyment of the city can be...Read More

Paris Musem Pass

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Purchasing a Museum Pass upon arrival in Paris will save you a lot of time, energy and money. Lines for the Louvre and other museums can be terribly long, particularly during the high seasons, and the Museum Pass will allow you to bypass the lines. You may purchase the pass at the following locations in Paris: at participating museums and monuments; at major metro stations; at Tourist Information Bureau (Carrousel du Louvre); at the National Tourist Bureau: 127 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris (open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.); at railway stations: Information-Tourist Bureau located in the following stations: Montparnasse, Nord, Est, Lyon, and Austerlitz; and at FNAC ticket counters. ...Read More