Paris Journals

First time in Paris

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.

First time in Paris

Overview

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For a first timer in Paris the entire stay is filled with memorable moments. Tour Eiffel, Montemartre, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and dining in good restaurants.

Quick Tips:

If you choose to travel by taxi from the airport; Don't ask the cabdrivers how much it will cost. They will most likely take this as a wish to bargain. English becomes quickly a language they have never heard of and the situation can easily become an unpleasant one.

Best Way To Get Around:

One should try to walk as much as possible. Use the Metro as a supplement for longer streches or when your feet get tired.

Best Western Etoile Saint-Honoré

Hotel | "Hôtel Étoile Saint-Honoré"

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Nice hotel nearby within walking distance from Champs Elysées. Friendly and service minded staff. Rather dull continetal breakfast. The rooms are small. I''ve been told this is quite common in Paris even in the upper range hotels

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2001

Best Western Etoile Saint-Honoré
214, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Paris, France
01 42 25 26 27

Bateaux Parisiens

Restaurant

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Dinner cruise is a classical tourist trap, but a very nice tourist trap. Went on the first night in the city. Made me feel like "Wow! I'm really here. In Paris!" At this point you understand why Paris is called the City of Lights. Good food in a marvellous setting starting nearby the Tour Eiffel. A good place to start your first visit to Paris. During dinner a photographer will show up by your table wanting you to tuck together for a picture. Just do as you are told and get it over with.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2001

Bateaux Parisiens
Port de la Bourdannais
Paris, France 75007
01 44 11 33 44

Musée du Louvre

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

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A whole life is not time enough to explore all the art in this museum. Due to my rather tight time schedule I considered skipping this sight. Art is not one of my main interests. But then again: Who dares to say they've been to Paris without visiting the city's most famous inhabitant, Mona Lisa? After answering "Not me" to that question I found myself standing in line outside the glass pyramid. It went remarkably quick. The museum is very, very big and the collection is vast, ranging from Egyptian art of 5000 BC to 19th-century pieces. I had to pick the essentials. I went for the Mona Lisa, the Greek section with Venus de Milo and one section displaying gigantic paintings. That took the majority of my...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2001

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

Eiffel Tower

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)"

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In a city remarkably free from skyscrapers the Tour Eiffel towers over the city in a breathtaking way. On the second anniversary of the beginning of its construction, 60 people lead by the Prime Minister made the first official ascent. Prime Minister Gustave Tirard gave up at the first floor, followed by most of the others, but Gustave Eiffel persevered, urging the last 10 participants on to the top, where he was awarded the Légion d'honneur by the Minister of Trade, Gustave Lockroy. Apparently there were at lot of Gustaves in Paris at that time. I knew it was a large construction, but standing below looking up this 300+ meter high colossal steel construction made me feel very small. I had seen it ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2001

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007