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Weekend Trip to Paris

A July 2006 trip to France by kristin5683

Musée Claude Monet (Monets House and Gardens) Photo, Giverny, France More Photos
Quote: Weekend trip to Paris, the highlight of which was Monet's Garden.

Abricotel

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After asking three people where I should go from Paris Gare du Nord, I managed to find the hotel. I'd suggest doing a search of the location online before you go.
The reception was clean and basic, and thankfully for me, the receptionists spoke English! The stairs and hallway to my room were a bit dark and dingy, but the room itself was clean and bright. The bed was a bit hard but comfortable. The ensuite bathroom was clean and had a good shower. The breakfast in the morning was about 4 euros more and consisted of two croissants, a bread roll, butter and jam, and coffee.
I would recommend this to any budget traveller wanting some privacy in a nice, quiet bit of Paris.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Abricotel
15, rue Lally Tollendal
Paris, France 75019

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)

Attraction | "Musée Claude Monet, Giverny"

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens) Photo, Giverny, France
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I booked my place on the tour online two days before I went. I received confirmation quickly and it cost around 100 euros which included travel, museum entry, and lunch.We went to Auvers first and then headed to Giverny (about an hour drive from Paris)A quick, unguided tour of the Musuem of American Art at Giverny was followed by a private, catered lunch in the museum's dining room. The food was fantastic and the wine and coffee were also complimentary.After lunch, we had a tour of the gardens and the house with free time to explore the gardens. The water lily garden was incredibly beautiful. The water lilies were blooming and as an admirer of Monet's work the chance to stand on the Jap...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)
84 rue Claude Monet
Giverny, France
+33 (2) 32 51 28 21

Marche Aux Puces

Attraction | "Marché aux puces (antiquités)"

Marche Aux Puces Photo, Paris, France
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The flea/antique outdoor market in Porte de Clingancourt had rows of stalls selling clothes, jewellery, lingerie, handbags, music, and trinkets. Not speaking any French besides Hello and Thank You wasn't really a problem, but if I wanted to barter with anyone there was a bit of a problem. I paid full price for anything I got, which meant I probably got ripped off, but the clothing was not overpriced. There was plenty to look at out of the way of crowds of tourists and if I had more money, I would have stayed longer!The antique market nearby is a collection of indoor shops selling, as you would guess, a range of antiques from knick-knacks to furniture. There are restaurants and snack stands throug...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Marche Aux Puces
Rue Des Rosiers
Paris, France

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie

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Cité des sciences et de l'industrie Photo, Paris, France
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Out of the city centre, the science and industry museum seems to be a great place to take the kids. As a single, twenty-something traveller not overly interested in science and technology, I was there for the Star Wars Expo that I saw advertised in one of the metro stations.A timeline of information about each film from Episode 1 to Episode 6 was accompanied by drawings, replica characters and costumes, and multimedia displays. A bit crowded at times and a bit hot since the building wasn't air conditioned and it was quite hot outside, but an enjoyable experience for any fans of the films. All displays had French, English and Spanish information.For an extra supplement, I went to the film on ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
30, avenue Corentin-Cariou
Paris, France 75019
+33 (1) 40 05 80 00

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Attraction | "Parc du Buttes Chaumont"

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A romantic park in north-east section of the city, this park is set on a high hill and seems to be a favorite for local Parisians; there were picnickers and runners throughout the park.I went there to have lunch since it was close to my hotel and ended up wandering around for over an hour. It seemed safe during the day; I'm not sure of the opening hours but I probably wouldn't go there alone at night.Once an old lime quarry, a grotto and a waterfall are at the entry of the old quarry. The view from the top of the hill over Paris is incredible and not to be missed. The whole park has a magical quality to it. The landscaping of the park flows easily with the natural landscape of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Right Bank of River Seine, 19th Arrondissement
Paris, France 75019