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4 Nights in Paris

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A September 2006 trip to Paris by Joy S

Eiffel Kennedy Hotel Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: We spent 4 nights in Paris - taking in the main sights and attractions with a 3-year-old in tow.

4 Nights in Paris

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Overview

Metro stop by the Moulin Rouge Photo, Paris, France
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Paris is one of the world's great cities and has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of sights and attractions—from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame to the Louvre. It is cosmopolitan and urban and there really is something for everyone. Paris has been the capital of France for 1,000 years and it is hard to find words to do justice to it—sophisticated, stylish, chic, energetic, the list goes on and on.The main sights speak for themselves, but other highlights include the cafe terraces - there are a multitude of these. It is wonderful to sit with a drink and watch the world go by.A trip on a river boat called a bateau mouche is also a really memorable way to see the city.Pari...Read More

Eiffel Kennedy Hotel

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Hotel

Eiffel Kennedy Hotel Photo, Paris, France
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The hotel has 3 stars and is family owned. It is in a good location, within walking distance of the Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower. It is quite small with just 30 rooms. The neighbourhood is very nice, quiet and safe, we were often out late in the evenings and always felt comfortable. There are several nice restaurants nearby, a good bakers just across the road and some lovely shops a few streets away. There are also a couple of supermarkets nearby which we found useful for stocking up on soft drinks and snacks.Check-in was efficient, we arrived at 11am and our rooms were ready for us. The receptionist was friendly and gave us lots of useful information.The rooms ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Eiffel Kennedy Hotel
12 RUE DE BOULAINVILLIERS
Paris, France 75016
1-45 244575

Arc de Triomphe

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Attraction

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Paris, France
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We walked from one end of the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, right at the other end. The wide, leafy avenue—the Champs Elysees is a focal point for the French nation. It was witness to momentous events such as the Liberation March in 1944 and the Soccer World Cup celebration in 1998. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from one end of the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe at the other. Our guidebook recommended you take the metro, as with heavy traffic (it said) it wasn't a restful stroll. We didn't, we walked and thoroughly enjoyed it. The traffic is heavy, but the avenue is so wide and there are so many things to look at.At the bottom end there is a park area, gra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Basilique du Sacré-Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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Montmartre's metro stations are on the edge of the district leaving you with an uphill walk to reach the Sacre-Coeur and the main sights. We avoided walking up the daunting steps by taking the funicular from Square Willette - quick and easy way to get to the top.Every time I see the gleaming white Sacre-Coeur, right at the summit of the hill of Montmartre, it never fails to impress me. It was built between 1876 and 1914 in an ornate Byzantine style, commissioned as atonement for the 58,000 people who died in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. The basilica was hampered by problems and it was not ready until 1914. Then World War I intervened and the Parisians had to wait until 1919 for ...Read More

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Basilica du Sacre Coeur
35, Rue Du Chevalier-de-la-barre Rue De La Bonne
Paris, France 75018
+33 (1) 53 41 89 00

Bateaux-Mouches

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Attraction | "Bateau Mouche"

Bateaux-Mouches Photo, Paris, France
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A ride on a bateau mouche costs €8 for adults and €4 for children. There are regular departures—hourly and half hourly from the Pont de l'Alma. The boats are large and spacious, the best views are from the seats on the top level. The only disadvantage is you are not under cover you get wet if it rains, and really hot if it is sunny.There is a pre-recorded commentary but it is given in about 7 different languages. We found it almost impossible to concentrate on what was being said, gave up eventually and just enjoyed the ride.The boat trip is relaxing and enjoyable. The Seine runs through the historic heart of Paris and has more than 30 bridges. The most interesting o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Bateaux-Mouches
Pont de l'Alma
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 42 25 96 10

Centre Pompidou

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Attraction | "Beaubourg - Centre Georges Pompidou"

Centre Pompidou Photo, Paris, France
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We recognised the Pompidou Centre immediately when we saw it—it is so strange looking. The Pompidou Centre was built between 1972 and 1977 and displays and promotes contemporary art. It was named after Georges Pompidou - President of France between 1960-1974. He wanted a venue where people could enjoy contemporary film, drama, music, dance, and visual art and so the Pompidou Centre was built. It took 5 years to construct. It is also known as the Beaubourg and houses the Musee National d'Art Moderne.People either love or hate the brazen design of the building. It has grown on me, I thought it was ugly at first but I think I appreciate it for its "differentness." Anyway, it st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

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

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Notre-Dame is on the Ile de la Cite, the historical heart of Paris with must-see sights and lovely views of the Seine. Like everywhere else in the city, it is packed with visitors and the traffic is heavy. The architecture though is fabulous.We got to Notre-Dame at about 10:30am. There was a queue to get inside but it was fast-moving. The atmosphere inside was disappointing—noisy, packed, cameras flashing, and camcorders whirring—not in the least sacred or spiritual. 10 million people enter its doors every year, so I suppose it must be like this most of the time.Victor Hugo called it "a symphony of stone". It is located in the geographic and historical heart of Paris. It was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

Eiffel Tower

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Attraction | "Eiffel Tower (General)"

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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The Eiffel Tower is impressive, exciting, and a must-see. Due to its amazing architecture and size, you can see it from almost any vantage point in Paris. Few things symbolise the city like it.It is 1,050-feet high and was the world's tallest structure until 1930. Designed by Gustav Eiffel, it originally had no practical use and was built as a temporary centrepiece for the World Fair of 1889. Today it is the very symbol of Paris and is probably one of the most recognised structures in the world.It is built entirely of iron, weighs 7,000 tonnes but the pressure it applies to the ground is only equivalent to that of a chair with a man sitting on it.Impressive from any d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Jardin du Luxembourg

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Attraction | "Jardin du Luxembourg (Le)"

Jardin du Luxembourg Photo, Paris, France
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The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of Paris's most popular parks. It forms a southern boundary to St Germain and the Latin Quarter. The Sorbonne University is nearby—students come here to relax after lectures. It is also a popular haunt of chic Montparnasse residents and their offspring who make use of the many children's attractions.When we visited it was a really hot, sunny Sunday afternoon. The park was packed. It was full of Parisians sunbathing, playing boules and jogging along the shady paths. Our son loved it, children are really well catered for here. They have donkey rides, you can rent remote control yachts to sail on the pond and there is a big play area with swings,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

Jardin du Luxembourg
Boulevard Saint-Michel
Paris, France 75006
33 (1) 42 34 20 00

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Musee du Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The Louvre is one of the most famous art galleries in the world, with a vast collection spanning thousands of years from ancient civilisations to mid 19th century European paintings. Stretching for half a mile along the Seine, the palace began as a medieval fortress and was expanded over the centuries into a luxurious royal residence. The palace was designated a museum immediately after the Revolution and its collection was significantly expanded by Napoleon.Today it is home to the Mona Lisa (La Joconde in Frence) and the Venus de Milo as well as more than 400,000 works of art, of which 35,000 are on permanent display. It is one of the world's greatest art collections.The Louvre...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2006

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