A January 1999 trip
to Paris by Thorax
Quote: I spent a few days from Saturday to Tuesday in the City of Lights and discovered, among other things, why Paris got its nickname.
Hotel | "Hôtel Étoile Saint-Honoré"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2001
Best Western Etoile Saint-Honoré
214, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
01 42 25 26 27
Port de la Bourdannais
Paris, France 75007
01 44 11 33 44
For all those who think that the Mona Lisa is a large portrait painting might get a little surpriced by the size. Arriving at the crowded spot where she hangs you get a glipse of her smile through a forest of guide-umbrellas. A sign kindly asks you not to take pictures. You might as well follow this request. Reflections from the bullet-proof glass damages the picture quality. Buy a postcard instead.
Exploring the history of the building itself is worth the visit. It begins in the 12th century as a royal fortress and is well documented in several rooms east of the Hall Napoleon.
Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51
Attraction | "Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)"
It appeared I had chosen the wrong time to visit this dazzling sight. Due to maintenance the third floor (276 meter high) was closed so I had to settle for the second floor (115 meters high). It was a bright day with good visibility and the view was wonderful. Despite the limited access this day the Tour Eiffel became my most memorable moment from this visit to Paris.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2001
Champ De Mars