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A September 2011 trip to Paris by marif

Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Paris offers independent travellers a mix of great cultural venues, fantastic architecture, night life and delicious food. Walking at leisure from La Defense to San Michel past the Louvre and Notre Dame is essential to taste the beauty of Paris and get in touch with the city's top attractions.

Disneyland Paris

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Attraction | "For the Young and the Young at Heart"

Disneyland Paris Photo, Paris, France
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Like most things American, California’s ‘Magic Kingdom’ fun park is extra large but Europe’s Disneyland is no miniature either. However, from an American perspective, Euro Disney is only a small replica of a big American dream, a brought-to-life minute variant of Walt Disney’s inspirational and joyous narratives.Whatever your view about Euro Disney, it must be said that more than fifteen million people step over its threshold annually, making it the most popular tourist attraction in France. Obviously, these people cannot all be wrong. Dedicated to the young and the young at heart, Euro Disney is without doubt an enjoyable experience, an amazing place that thrills, a fairy tale of exciteme...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2012

Disneyland Paris
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Marne-la-vallee

Chateau of Fontainebleau

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Attraction | "A Historical Gem of Renaissance Artworks"

Chateau of Fontainebleau Photo, Paris, France
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The town of Fontainebleau is ideal for a short vacation or a weekend break in an atmosphere of tranquillity and peacefulness. If Paris is rich with cultural attractions and great for shopping, Fontainebleau is an appealing destination for nature lovers and environmentalists. If you want to enjoy the true atmosphere of Fontainebleau and revitalize your mind after the hustle and bustle of Paris, you are advised to stay here for at least two days, possibly three.Unlike the formal landscaped gardens at Versailles, the wooded gardens and parks at Fontainebleau are less formal, less trimmed and more evocative of wild greenery. Within a short walkable distance from the chateau’s parks, the forest...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2012

Chateau of Fontainebleau

Paris, France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

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Attraction | "Avez-vous vu Notre Dame?"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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Further away from the Louvre embankment, the Seine becomes instantly wider as it bends southwards. It then branches out into two huge waterways, characterized by a number of imposing bridges that allow access from the Right Bank to the Left Bank. Anchored to the riverbed, two majestic islands occupy the space between the waterways.Ile de la Cite is the larger of these islands and its superb attractions are definitely focal points for visitors. The smaller Ile St-Louis lies southeast of its larger sister but the two are interconnected by a picturesque bridge that is perfect for snapshooting the surrounding attractions. Ile St-Louis, particularly the area around Rue des Deux Ponts is a parad...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2012

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

Hotel Eldorado

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Hotel | "Hotel Eldorado: a gem north of the city centre"

Hotel Eldorado Photo, Paris, France
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Whenever I visit Paris, I try to find accommodation in an area where I’ve never been before. During my last visit, the charming area of Montmartre and Pigalle was my desired destination. So, from the city centre, I took metro line 12 to ‘Abbesses’ station from where I took to the street on foot looking for a hotel of my choice. As all independent adventurous travellers are aware, one joy of travelling is walking around to find out a restaurant, a hotel or an attraction about which you have read and reread in your favourite guidebook.Most budget and midrange hotels in Montmartre were surprisingly full when I visited. With map in hand, I walked through Rue Aristide Bruant and Rue des Abbesse...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2012

Hotel Eldorado
18 Rue Des Dames
Paris, France 75017
33 01 45 22 35 21

Gardens of Versailles

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Attraction | "A Garden of Eden at Versailles"

Gardens of Versailles Photo, Versailles, France
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Touring the magnificent interior of the palace for hours has left me breathless for two reasons. There are so many works of art to see and so many historical facts to grasp that a complete tour of the palace is a real feat of endurance. In addition to this, I was physically exhausted after a three-hour walk along extensive passageways between rows of exhibits in the midst of a constant flow of visitors.The redeeming factor is the vast chateau gardens, hundreds of hectares of leafy grounds, ornamental lakes and water canals on which you would probably have looked through one of the windows of the Hall of Mirrors. The view from here stretches out as far as the horizon but lacks the exception...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2012

Gardens of Versailles
West of the Palace
Versailles, France

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "An echo of French aristocracy"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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The extravagant living and the bourgeois lifestyle of the former French royalty, the glory and luxury that surrounded the former French nobility and high-court officials cannot be manifested better than within the opulent chambers of the Chateau de Versailles, the grandest and most notorious chateau in France. Built in the seventeenth century as a symbol of the military power of France and as a display of French supremacy in Europe, this gigantic complex of palatial buildings, stately gardens and elegant terraces is unquestionably a must-see destination for any visitor who gets enthralled by outstanding rooms, sumptuous decorations, gilded furniture and Renaissance artworks.Although the wo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2012

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

Palais de la Découverte

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Attraction | "Science made easy through discovery"

Palais de la Découverte Photo, Paris, France
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Your knowledge of science may be very limited or significantly small. Possibly, you have never been attracted by scientific discoveries, technical ingenuity and creativity. Maybe science has never appealed to your senses since you left school a decade ago.In spite of all this, the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris may still be your hotspot for a day, a magnetic charm that keeps you entranced for hours, a fairy-tale experience that satisfies your obscure inquisitiveness, an answer to questions you always wanted to ask but were incessantly afraid of asking.The science museum in Paris is not like other science museums worldwide. As the name of the building inside which the museum i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 12, 2012

Palais de la Découverte
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
Paris, France 75008
+33 1 56 43 20 21

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "A Mecca for artists and art lovers"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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All the world knows that the Musee du Louvre sits on a huge stretch of land in …guess where?... but those who have yet never put their feet inside do not know that the Louvre is mostly filled in with foreign masterpieces with only a minority of purely original contributions from native French artists. Prehistoric art dating as far back as 3000BC, Greek and Roman antiquities, Islamic art, Italian paintings, drawings and graphics and collections of ‘objets d’art’ are all well represented and one needs a lifetime to get acquainted with all the exhibition halls and the treasures within.When compared to the vast number of items that make up these colossal collections, French artworks are somewh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 9, 2012

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

Chartres Cathedral/Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres

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Attraction | "Chartres deserves more than a short visit"

Chartres Cathedral/Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres Photo, Chartres, France
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One cannot do justice to this medieval city awashed with tradition and history for ages unless one stays here for at least a couple of days. One cannot be fair to the white stonework, now blackened with age and in some cases eroded by chemical activity unless one has enough time to taste the craftsmanship and digest the artistic masterpieces that were handmade by generations of masons, artists, sculptors and stained-glass makers. One can never feel the veritable atmosphere of tranquillity, awe, holiness and mysticism that Chartres imparts unless one sleeps here. The peaceful atmosphere, the feeling of tradition and antiquity, the religiosity and fervent devotion that are still living symbo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2012

Chartres Cathedral/Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres
Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres
Chartres, France

Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis

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Attraction | "Savour history and architecture in Saint-Denis"

Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis Photo, Paris, France
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The historical grandeur of Paris, the magnificent ecclesiastical architecture that has graced France since the First Crusade and the resplendent collections of artefacts, silverware, porcelain and conventual relics, handmade during the affluent Renaissance era are epitomized in some way or another in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris widely known and admired for its intimate and historically deep-rooted city centre.Quiet and peaceful, often understated by tour operators, this charming city where memoirs of things past are evident at every corner and French royalty is allegorically brought back to life, is ideal for a day or two of cultural sightseeing and historical discovery. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2012

Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis
2 Rue De Strasbourg Place De L'hôtel-de-ville
Saint-Denis, Paris
+33 1 48 09 83 54

Modern sculptures embellish the outdoor areas Photo, Paris, France
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Crowded with people, chock-a-block with attractions and crammed with tempting activities day and night, the ‘premiere arrondissement de Paris’ is unquestionably the city’s hot spot and fashionable area.Being the geographical centre of Paris and a major transport hub through which most metro and RER lines are routed, it is essentially a place that brims with numerous iconic and historic landmarks and with quite a few of the world’s most visited tourist sites. The Louvre, which is perhaps the most elegant and artistic museum of fine arts in the world lies within the first district. The Royal Palace located opposite the north wing of the Louvre and embellished with landscaped gardens, colonna...Read More
La Grande Arche on Place de La Defence Photo, Paris, France
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A twenty-minute metro ride on Line 1 or a RER ride on line A leads one to the city’s western outskirts of La Defense, a major commercial district dedicated to business, offices and administrative centres.Consisting mostly of endless rows of towering skyscrapers and outstanding buildings of contrasting heights, this immense space of extraordinary urbanism stands out against the historical character of downtown Paris. While the inner city is mostly renowned for a diversity of stunning ecclesiastical architecture that stands as a breathtaking evidence of a long cherished era of Christianity, the western district of La Defense is a permanent exposition of modernism in all its forms....Read More