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Paris in the Summer

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An August 1999 trip to Paris by dglawless

Atel Le Notre Dame Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: I spent a week in Paris in the summer of 1999. We did the tourist thing and visited many of the wonderful sites of the city.

Paris in the Summer

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Overview

Street performer Photo, Paris, France
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There were so many wonderful things to see and do. The sites of Paris are incredible and you could spend weeks there and not see everyting. I think my favorite was Le Pere Lachaise, a cemetery like no other in the world. Of course the food was incredible and the museums were awesome.Quick Tips: Don't drive! The subway system is great and easy to use. We also used cabs a lot and that was not a problem. Another quick tip...the shop keepers do NOT like for you to touch their goods! Being a "toucher" I got into trouble more than once.Best Way To Get Around: Get a good guide book on the subway system and a good map. Things are easy to find if you have these handy. Again, don't try...Read More

Atel Le Notre Dame

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Hotel | "Le Notre Dame Hotel"

Atel Le Notre Dame Photo, Paris, France
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This was a small hotel across the river from Notre Dame Cathedral. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was served in the dining area off the lobby and was very well prepared and included in the price of the room. The rooms were very nice with marble bathrooms. Be sure and ask for a room that has a view of the Cathedral. Each of the rooms on the side that faces the church has a balcony and the view is great. The location is very good with lots of fine restaurants close by. The only drawback to this hotel is that there is no air conditioning. Normally this is not a problem, but we happened to be in Paris during a heat wave, and the temperature was very unpleasant for about 3 day...Read More

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Atel Le Notre Dame
Quai Saint Michel 1
Paris, France 75005
+33 (1) 4354.2043

Eiffel Tower

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Attraction

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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Going to the top of the Eiffel Tower is a must-do in Paris. It is probably the most recognized landmark in Paris. At 984 feet tall, it is an architectural masterpiece. The first level has a restaurant and a museum. There is another restaurant on the second level and the third floor offers an incredible view.

We were there in the summer and the lines were long. It was hard to get tickets to the top level of the tower, but the views from that level proved to be well worth the wait. I can still recapture the feeling of standing on the top of the tower in the gentle night breeze looking at the city lights. It was an awesome experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

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Attraction | "Le Pere Lachaise, Cimetiere"

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Photo, Paris, France
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This is like walking through a who’s who of the rich, famous and talented of Europe. Since I love graveyards I was excited to see this one but had no idea how incredible it would be. Many of the graves have little stone or marble "houses" around them, often with pictures or sculptures inside. I had really never seen anything like it. Le Pere Lachaise is an old cemetery with a recognizable name on stones at every turn. The most visited grave is that of Jim Morrison, the famous rock musician, of the band The Doors. His grave has a 24-hour guard because of the vandalism of the grave. The grave has been vandalized and repaired many times since his death in 1971. In addition to Jim Morris...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Pere Lachaise Cemetery
16, Rue Du Repos
Paris, France 75020
33 1 55 25 82 10

Arc de Triomphe

Attraction | "Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysee"

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Built in 1806 to commemorate the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Arc de Triomphe is an exquisite scene. It is something I have seen pictures of my whole life but never expected it to be as spectacular as it is. It really wasn’t even on the list of things that I wanted to see, but I happened upon it one evening. It was really quite breathtaking. The lights shining upon it and the sheer massiveness of the structure were incrediable. Cars were coming in every direction when I first caught sight of it, but I was so excited that I darted across the street to just stand under it. This is something I really recommend seeing. Go at night to get the full impact of it. I also recommend watching th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

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

Musee Rodin

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Attraction

Musee Rodin Photo, Paris, France
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Musee Rodin is housed in an elegant 18th Century Mansion. It has a priceless collection of Rodin’s works including the Thinker, The Gateway of Hell and Meditation. The gardens are beautiful and wonderful to wonder through, with incredible sculptures placed throughout. There is a large collection in the Mansion, but I most enjoyed the grounds. There is a cafe behind the building that is quiet and peaceful. You can spend time sitting on one of the many benches throughout the gardens. It was a beautiful setting with magical art sprinkled throughout. I had seen many of these pieces in the 80’s while they were on loan to the Smithsonian, and it was great to see them again in their permane...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Musee Rodin
77, Rue De Varenne
Paris 75007
+33 (1) 44 18 61 10

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Notre Dame"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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This is considered one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Europe. We were fortunate to be staying at a hotel right across the river from it as we had a beautiful view of it from our window. This is a must-see if you enjoy Cathedrals. It is a masterpiece of medieval art with its flying buttresses of Gothic architecture. The three rose windows are incredible. Since we were across the street from Notre Dame, we were able to catch a very large service that was staged outside the cathedral. This was very impressive. We never did figure out what the occasion was, but the music and crowds were inspiring. The bells ringing and the views of the Cathedral were highlights of our stay in Paris. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

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

Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Basilique du Sacre-Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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If you want a great view of Paris, this is the place to go! To get to the top of the many steps that lead to the entrance of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur was a bit of a struggle for me, but it was well worth the effort. When I reached the top I was overwhelmed with the sight of the city below me. It was a clear day and it seemed as if I could see forever in any direction! Along the way to the top of the steps I also saw many folks enjoying the gardens of the church which I found more enjoyable than the church itself. After going into the Church, spend some time wandering around and looking at the crypts and altars. There is beautiful mosaic and enamel work throughout. For a small fee you can climb ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

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

Musée de l'Orangerie

Attraction | "Musee de l'Orangerie"

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This is a small museum, but it is probably my favorite of all we visited in Paris. We had a little trouble finding it, and it didn’t help when one of my fellow travelers tried out his French by asking a woman on the street if she could show him the location of her underwear. It houses a great collection of impressionism including Claude Monet’s Grands Nympheas. There is a nice gift shop that is handicapped accessible. It, like most all others museums in the area, is closed on Mondays

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
Paris, France 75001
+33 1 42 97 48 16

Sainte-Chapelle

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Attraction | "Sainte Chapelle"

Sainte-Chapelle Photo, Paris, France
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We were walking along the street one day and saw a poster advertising a concert at Sainte Chapelle, so we decided to check it out. What an experience! I still get chills when I think of the beautiful chamber music being played by a string quartet as the sun was starting to set, shining through gorgeous stained-glass windows.

The Chapel is surrounded by the most incredible stained-glass windows I think I have ever seen. It is a small chapel and a stunning experience just to sit and view the windows.

I highly recommend this site. If you can catch a concert there, by all means do it!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

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

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "Versailles"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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We started early in the morning and took a bus to Versailles. It was an easy and interesting trip with lots to see along the way. I must say that when we got off the bus we found a wonderful bakery with the most delicious pastries I have ever had. I am sorry I don't recall the name but you can't miss it if you take the bus. It was terribly hot the day we went to Versailles and the line to get in was very long. We weren't sure it was going to be worth it but when we got in we were glad we made the effort. The Palace is incredible with art and statues that you could spend days looking at. They give guided tours and these were very informative and worth taking. It is hard to decide which ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

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

Musee d'Orsay

Attraction | "Musee De Orsay"

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This museum is in a restored hotel and train station that was built in 1900. The restoration is really well done and worth the trip for the architecture alone. There is a large clock at the north end of the building from which you can get a good view of the city.

The museum is dedicated to all things artistic that were created from 1848 to 1914. It has paintings, sculpture, furniture, art objects, photography and documents. It is a celebration of the diversity of art during this period.

The cost is 35FF for an audio tour. It is closed on Mondays

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2001

Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994