Paris Journals

An Amazing Week in Paris

A June 2000 trip to Paris by hcheng

Quote: Before heading off to medical school, I decided to blow some cash and visit France. This is the Paris portion of my trip, where I was heavy on the tourist sites.

An Amazing Week in Paris

Overview

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I'll write about these in more detail in separate journal entries, but here are some highlights. 1. Seeing a string quartet in St. Chappelle, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of France. 2. If you want something off the beaten path, take a tour of the Paris Sewers. 3. The Louvre, an amazing museum not only because of its exhibits, but for the building itself.Quick Tips: If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message!Best Way To Get Around: The Paris Metro is the most confusing subway system that I have ever used, but it's definitely the way to get around Paris. I suggest buying a 'carnet' of 10 tickets which is cheaper than buying tickets individually. ...Read More
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This was a great, cheap hotel. The price above was for a room for three people (queen and double bed). The location was fantastic: we were in walking distance of Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter. We could see the top of Notre Dame from our balcony. Best (or maybe worst for some) of all was that the manager spoke great English, and he was really tuned in to help English speaking tourists.

A very simple, and free, breakfast of toast, croissants, coffee, and hot chocolate also came with the room.

The Cardinal Lemoine Metro stop was the most convenient to get there.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 9, 2001

Familia Hotel
11 Rue Des Ecoles
Paris, France 75005
1 43 54 55 27

Sainte-Chapelle

Attraction | "An Evening of Music in St. Chappelle"

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Across from the Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite, is a smaller, and arguably more beautiful Cathedral: St. Chappelle. The close quarters of St. Chappelle was a perfect venue to see a classical concert. Tickets were reasonable and can be purchased at FNAC and Virgin Megastore locations around Paris. We found out about the concert and times from postings located around St. Chappelle. Postings were also found around other cathedrals in Paris, so be on the lookout!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2000

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

Opentour

Attraction | "L'Open Tour"

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This tour company provides three separate loops around Paris, all joining near Notre Dame. The stop is located across the street from the entrance of Notre Dame. People were selling tickets for the tour at the stop itself. One loop goes West from Notre Dame and sees the major sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. The second loops goes North to Montmarte, and the third travels East from Notre Dame. Overall, it was a great way to get my 'feet wet' in Paris, and it really set the stage for a great vacation.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2000

Opentour
13, Rue Auber
Paris, France 75009
+33 1 42 66 56 56

Musée de Notre-Dame de Paris

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Notre Dame Crypt/Museum"

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While almost everyone who travels to Paris visits Notre Dame cathedral, people rarely take time to see the archaeological crypt located underneath Notre Dame. (The entrance is located at the far end of the square opposite the 'front doors' of Notre Dame.) Archaeologists have found ruins underneath the Notre Dame courtyard that trace back to the beginnings of Paris. Combined with the very informative museum displays, the ruins are a great way to learn about how Paris was founded and developed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2000

Musée de Notre-Dame de Paris
10, Rue Du Cloître-notre-dame
Paris, France 75004
33 (1) 43 25 42 92

Espace Dali

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Attraction | "Salvador Dali Museum"

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The Dali Museum is located just around the corner from the Sacre-Coeur, which is located in the Montmarte area of Paris. I didn't know much about Dali before going to the museum, but I thought it was a great experience. It has more than 300 of his works, and the commentaries provided with some of the works were great. There's a great gift shop, and if you're looking to throw down some big bucks, you can buy some expensive replications/prints also.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2000

Espace Dali
11 Rue Poulbot Near Place Du Tertre
Montmartre, Paris 75018
+33 (1) 42 64 40 10

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The Latin Quarter, so named because of the students at the nearby Sorbonne and University of Paris who studied in Latin, has become a tourist haven. Because of it's proximity to Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter is a hot bed of tourist activity. We actually stayed in the area and found it very convenient to get around Paris. In one section of the Latin Quarter directly across the Seine from Notre Dame, restaurants and take out shops are presented in an 'outdoor mall' style in the Latin Quarter. Anything from paella to crepes can be had there. I suggest dropping by for a look and perhaps a quick bite to eat, but the restaurants in the dense mall area were poor. To find the best food: the less tourists, the...Read More
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Here's a quick note about Paris museums and activities: always bring a student ID. Almost every place I went, there was a student discount. In some places, the savings were be up to 50%! I'm not saying that you should lie if you're not a student, but if you are, don't forget to pack it during your trip. (And if you have an old one, you should bring in anyway. You're probably still a student at heart!)