Paris Journals

The Beauty of Paris

A May 2010 trip to Paris by Cindy Grant

Musée Claude Monet (Monets House and Gardens) Photo, Giverny, France More Photos
Quote: A beautiful city to visit; with only a few days I decided not to spend time seeing tourist attractions!

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

Attraction | "A Magnificent Palace"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
I went to Versailles as part of a day trip from Paris. The palace itself seems to be one of those places that could be missed, unless you were there when they first opened. Don't get me wrong, the palace is beautiful. It's the 500 other people who push and shove and make it a less than memorable experience. so visit the palace very early in the morning, then spend time seeing the beautiful gardens, perhaps have lunch in the cafe outside the gates, and see Marie Antoinette's estate and the Trianon Palace.
15 euro adult, 10 euro child

Some admissions are free on the first Sunday of each month

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

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

Miss Manon Bakery

Attraction | "Bakery Tour"

Miss Manon Bakery Photo, Paris, France
Just touring a bakery would be great - how about getting to help make some of those goodies? I did just that with French Experience. I arrived early at Miss Manon bakery on rue St. Antoine and met my translator/guide. She was with me every step of the way to explain what they were doing and to answer my questions. I helped make so many things: baguettes, croissants (you can't imagine the amount of butter they use!), several loaf breads, and pastries. It was a truly unique experience and well worth the price. Not everyone can say they have rolled out croissant dough in a French bakery!www.frenchexperience.comTour is $128 per person, with a 2 person minimumLasts about 3 ho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Miss Manon Bakery
87 Rue St Antoine
Paris, France
01 48 87 87 59

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)

Attraction | "A Beautifully Manicured Garden"

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens) Photo, Giverny, France
Monet's Garden is an easy day trip from Paris. This was one of the most beautifully manicured gardens I have ever seen! Even though my visit was in mid-May and there were none of the water lilies that Monet was famous for, there were so many other flowers of all colors to see! Every color tulip imaginable could be found in the garden, and the pond with the rowboat was neat - we were told that the gardeners have to use the rowboats to tend to the pond. The town of Giverny is also worth a visit - old churches and many houses with beautiful flowers.
9:30 - 6 pm, 1 Apr - 1 Nov, 8 euro adult, under 7 free

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Musée Claude Monet (Monet's House and Gardens)
84 rue Claude Monet
Giverny, France
+33 (2) 32 51 28 21

Walking Tour of Paris

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Without a particular destination in mind, just walk the city! It's so beautiful, and easily walkable. There is always something to see, a cafe to discover, artist along the Seine to watch. One of my walks began outside the Cite Metro station on line 4. You are on the Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame Cathedral is. Walk all the way around it and marvel at the architecture; perhaps take the stairs to the top and see the gargoyles! Morning light is great around the cathedral for spectacular pictures. Make sure you go on the bridges and look back at Notre Dame - there are wonderful views from many angles. Stroll down to Place Dauphine with its old world charm and the Palais du Justice, and cross th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Palais Bourbon

Hotel | "Left Bank Value"

Palais Bourbon provides good value for your money. Breakfast was included in the room price, and the room was spacious and clean. The front desk is manned 24 hours a day, and the clerk was always happy to help me with any requests I had. The rooms have wifi, a safe, and a hair dryer.

Palais Bourbon is on the left bank, and is near the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the Orsay Museum, the Rodin Museum. There is a post office, a grocery store, and several cafes and restaurants right in the area. Would highly recommend staying here!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2011

Palais Bourbon
49, rue de Bourgogne
Paris, France 75007
33 1 44 11 30 70