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The highlights of Paris for a 5-day trip

An April 2001 trip to Paris by flyin_illini

Quote: We recently took advantage of the Europe fare sales to spend a long weekend in Paris. We stayed near the Eiffel Tower and spent most of our time in the city, seeing the sights.

The highlights of Paris for a 5-day trip

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Overview

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Our favorite neighborhood was the Montmartre (sp?) area. Get away from the main tourist areas and wander the side streets. There are a lot of good small restaurants and cafes in this area. A day trip to Versailles is absolutely recommended! For whatever reason, the tourist books make Versailles seem farther away than it really is. It's only about 45 minutes by suburban train, and (contrary to the books) no shuttle bus is needed to get to the palace...just a 15 minute walk from the station.Quick Tips: If you plan on visiting museums, you absolutely MUST purchase a Museum Pass! They are available at all participating museums (which includes almost everything you would want to see). ...Read More

Hotel Alize Grenelle Tour Eif

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Hotel | "Hotel Alize Grenelle"

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The Hotel Alize Grenelle is a modest 3-star hotel in the neighborhood near the Eiffel Tower. The nearest Metro is Charles Michel, only about 100 yards away. The hotel is small, family-owned, and not associated with any hotel chain or frequent-flyer program. The hotel charges very reasonable prices: a double room is under $100 per night, even in what they consider to be peak season. The clientele seemed to be a mix between local business travelers and European tourists. The staff speaks English, and all major credit cards are accepted. If you search for the hotel online, you will find contact information for them (both email and phone). The rooms are on the small side, as you''d ex...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Hotel Alize Grenelle Tour Eif
87 AVENUE EMILE ZOLA
Paris, France 75015
33-1-45780822

Arc de Triomphe

Attraction | "Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysee"

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We went up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe about a half-hour before sunset. From this point, you have a great view of the entire city. We were amazed at the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre-Cuer (sp?), downtown Paris, and the other famous sights. We were even more amazed by the chaotic traffic around the base of the Arc de Triomphe!

Finally, we were able to watch a brilliant sunset from the top. The sun was setting directly behind downtown and made for some spectacular photographs (which I will attach once I have a chance to scan them).

The walk to the top is good exercise to say the least! There's a small museum inside the Arc, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is at the base.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

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

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "Versailles"

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When reading our handy tourist book, we got the impression that Versailles was going to be very difficult to get to. The book talked about a 90-minute transit from Paris involving a change of trains, followed by a packed shuttle bus from the Versailles train station to the chateau. However, we really wanted to see Versailles, so we decided to go anyway. The book couldn't have been more wrong! Yes, a change of trains is required for most people - but the change is simply from the Metro to the RER (Suburban train). The trains run every 15 minutes or so, and Versailles is only about 40-45 minutes outside of central Paris. Finally, you do NOT need to ride any shuttle buses or take a taxi. From...Read More

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Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)
20 Km Sw Of Paris
Versailles, France
01 30 83 78 00

Catacombs of Paris

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Attraction | "The Catacombs - CLOSED!"

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Important note if you were planning on visiting the Catacombs: It is closed for renovations until at least June 2001, perhaps longer. We took the Metro out the Catacombs entrance (along with a couple dozen other tourists), only to be disappointed. The Catacombs was on my 'short list' of things I absolutely didn't want to miss. (Guess I need to go back...) Before you make the trek out that way, make sure you check with a tourist info center or your hotel concierge to see if the Catacombs are open or not. BTW, there is not much else to see in that area of town. I've heard that the Catacombs are "highly recommended," so I'll rate it that way. Either way, I "highly recommend" that you...Read More

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

Bateaux-Mouches

Attraction | "Bateau Mouche"

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It was a chilly afternoon when we went on our boat trip. It was still a wonderful time, but I'd recommend picking a sunny day for your trip if possible. Another alternative would be to take a nighttime trip (they run until well after dark) to see the city of lights from the river.

The boat trip was about 90 minutes long, and it covered the Seine from Ile St. Louis to the Statue of Liberty.

Other alternatives include doing a lunch or dinner cruise. Most of these require jackets for men and can run over $100 per person. We felt the $90 boat trip (for two) was sufficient, and then we had a nice dinner on land.

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