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A Bangup Parisian Holiday

A July 2000 trip to Paris by Susan

Quote: If you think the 4th of July gets crazy here, you ain't seen nothin'. The French take their Bastille Day much lighter (or more serious, depending on how you look at it).

A Bangup Parisian Holiday

Overview

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We walked in the streets as dusk set in. Children were squealing with delight. Faces were lit up everywhere. BANG! We screamed. We quickly learned that a favorite tradition is shooting fireworks at unsuspecting tourists.

Quick Tips:

Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Then you won't catch on fire!

Best Way To Get Around:

No way is easy to get around on Bastille Day. Subways are crowded, streets are crowded. Manage as best you can.
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We were in a prime location here, in the Latin Quarter, just a 15 minute walk from Notre Dame. This hotel, like most European hotels, involves everything in miniature--tiny elevator, tiny staircase, tiny rooms. But you adjust. The furnishings were surprisingly new, and there was a bath in the room (something you quickly come to appreciate).

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 30, 2000

Hotel de la Faculte
1 rue Racine
Paris, France
01-43-26-87-13

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Restaurant

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This is the French version of McDonald's (although they still have McDonald's too). The food is not great, but once you find yourself shelling out $10+ per meal, it's a welcome change.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 30, 2000

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Les Jardins du Luxembourg
Paris, France

Bastille Day

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Attraction | "Bastille Day Fireworks"

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Imagine the biggest, most spectacular fireworks show you've seen, then move it next to the picturesque Eiffel Tower. Talk about perfect! Vendors sold drinks and brochettes (sandwiches) on either side of the bridge we watched the show from. People were in great spirits, and so were we, once children stopped shooting fireworks into the crowds.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2000

Bastille Day

Paris, France

Musée du Louvre

Attraction | "The Louvre"

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Everyone hears so much about the Louvre, but it's impossible to really understand the magnitude until you visit it yourself. Set in a former royal palace, the Louvre itself is worthy of examination. The rooms that are filled with exhibits are also historically significant. A noteworthy room is the room displaying what Louis (I can't remember his number. There's just so many of them) 's dining room looked like. It could accommodate up to 200 people! I couldn't imagine eating at a table so long or elegant!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2000

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

Fête de la Musique

Attraction | "Fete de la Musique"

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My boyfriend and I stumbled across this hidden festival on a previous trip in mid June. Each bar blared music and enticed onlookers to come in and dance. Then we came across a huge square, where a DJ was playing great hip hop for the young people who were starting to gather. On through the streets where local musicians were drawing crowds and coins in their hats. It was a wonderful celebration of music!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2000

Fête de la Musique
Place de la Bastille
Paris, France 75011
+33 1 42 96 70 00