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I think everyone going to Paris for their own reason. For me, the first two are the walk and evening in Paris. I can discover shops in the afternoon, have a tea break, then walk to the riverside and the bridges to see the sunset, and continue walking on streets with beautiful light..I love to stay at almost all the bridges around Louvre and the islands, especially at the evening. Notre-Dame is very worthy to visit its inside. Streets and lanes in the north of 4th arrondissement are attractive and many interesting shops are there. The last one and may be the most valuable one to me, is Le Corbusier, because he lived in Paris and had many works here. I am a fan of modern architecture so I visited the masterpiece Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier in Poissy (terminal station of RER-A5), the building of the foundation of Le Corbusier (Maison la Roche), and the apartment and studio of Le Corbusier. I am very impressed by what I see and feel in those spaces, much better than I read in books. One afternoon when I pass through the Pont de Art and saw a group of people taking scenes of movie. The scene they were making is a young couple kissing. I was interested so I got close to them and took some photos. Minutes later, I suddenly realized most of people on the bridge who I thought they are tourists and pedestrians are also actors, and I just like a stranger running into the movie scene. I recommend a traditional French restaurant, Le Suffren, in 84 Ave. de Suffren. This is close to the metro station La Motte Picquet Grenelle and the exit Av. Suffren (also close to Eiffel Tower about 5-7 mins walk). I had the traditional preserved duck and it tastes so good (and the quantity is large). The price is quite reasonable.
Paris, the city of love, a city of life in action, history, art, character. It can't be beaten. Spend time in Montmartre, enjoy the vibe and feeling of the city, not just the tourist attractions. Take lots of time to enjoy the Louvre, take a boat ride on the Seine, but most of all experience Paris! Our visit was mainly for a meeting, but we managed to see the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees! Also, a great walk along the Seine. Really fantastic. I have made regular trips to Paris and I have to admit that it is most certainly one of my favorite destinations. There is so much to do and see here. All the bridges around Louvre and the islands, especially at the evening. Notre-Dame is very worthy to visit its inside. Streets and lanes in the north of 4th arrondissement are attractive and many interesting shops are there. I am a fan of modern architecture so I visited the masterpiece Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier in Poissy (terminal station of RER-A5), the building of the foundation of Le Corbusier (Maison la Roche), and the apartment and studio of Le Corbusier. We are very impressed by what we see and feel in those spaces, much better than I read in books. We didn't really eat out on this trip, but I can recommend some musts. Find a street cafe for breakfast - have petit dejeuner on the pavement and watch the life of Paris unfold around you. Eating out is always a great experience - drink wine too - it is usually much cheaper than coke or other soft drinks! Have a great dinner at the traditional French restaurant, Le Suffren, in 84 Ave. de Suffren. This is close to the metro station La Motte Picquet Grenelle and the exit Av. Suffren (also close to Eiffel Tower about 5-7 min walk). We had the traditional preserved duck and it tastes so good (and the quantity is large). The price is quite reasonable. Prepare for lots of walking in Paris, and make sure that you take comfortable shoes otherwise it could be quite difficult to survive it! Navigating the Metro also takes a little bit of courage whilst sometimes understanding the buses and the way that they travel takes more than just a thought - you could end up going the wrong way!
Those who dream to stay at a romantic BB Paris are well aware that a lively life continues even after sunset! Enjoy Paris at night is part of the travel experience, as well as stand idly at a table in a Parisian bar, absorbed by the landscape, the passage of people while sipping a drink. The downside of the nightlife in Paris is undoubtedly probably the noise may disturb those who leave the windows wide open. The question, however, has not been overlooked by the Municipality of Paris and to avoid noise pollution ,has decided put a team of people to work called "Pierrots de la nuit". The Pierrots will run for the busiest areas at night and try to "silence" people walking around or in front of the clubs. The Pierrots de la nuit are not just "employees" but are actually street artists or dancers, reciting poems in a low voice, attract the attention of the participants, inviting them to lower the volume of conversations. Each Pierrot de la nuit can propose a short show of magic, mime, puppets or dance. he goal is always to attract attention to himself in order to dampen the noise, inviting, at most buzz. In this way, the nightlife in Paris takes on a poetic and enchanted charm!
I enjoyed the boat tour, Bateau Mouchee, along the Seine. Just over an hour long, narrated in several languages, good photo opportunities, inexpensive. Notre Dame was amazing and free. Cafes everywhere in the squares, on side streets are great to grab a bite to eat, a cafe au lait, people watch. One of the bridges over the Seine, someone started attaching locks with their name or date visited and it has grown where now the entire bridge is covered with hundreds of thousands!! Bring a bike lock or luggage lock and add yours to the bridge! for something different, Paris has quite an Asian influence so I ventured into the Chinese/Thai area to the east of av. d'italie and Tolbiac and wandered the area and found some of the best Asian food I've ever had. Plenty of places to choose from depending on your taste..Good inexpensive meals, nice streets to stroll through, get a pedicure, absorb the culture. Didn't realize when you take the Metro (subway) that you insert your ticket to get in but must remember to retrieve it! The machine validates and returns your ticket and this is proof you paid. I just inserted my ticket and walked through the Metro entrance to get my train! ooops! Also must push the button to open the doors to get on or get off the subway, otherwise they do not open. Loved, loved, loved Paris! Tourist areas galore, non-tourist nooks and crannies to explore throughout the city, delicious food, most amazing coffee everywhere, easy to get around city by foot or by transit. Listed more than three reasons but there are so many reasons to visit this location. B&B Italie was great, well located in the 13th arrondissement, helpful friendly knowledgeable hostess. Paris, you gotta go.
The B&B is a real bed and breakfast experience. It is not a hotel or motel, it is someone’s house so you get that homely experience as part of the package. The hosts are delightful and are as accommodating as they can be and they are very friendly but not in your face. The location is perfect for access to the main attractions, trains and buses so getting around was very easy. We visited a number of places including Notre Dame, Seine river cruise, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower plus a variety of wanderings through Parisian streets. We were on a boat cruise and bus tour which were helpful and informative. The views from Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur were spectacular and all provided different perspectives. In some respects the view from the second level of the Eiffel tower was better than the 3rd. This is because you gained a better definition of the city from lower down. All the meals we had were tasty from the cafes to the patisseries and restaurants. We had our first nights meal at Chez Clement on the Champs Elysee which was quite delicious. We ate at a variety of places including opposite the Moulin Rouge (whilst it poured with rain till our tour began) to a small restaurant near the train station at the Palace of Versailles. There we had a lovely French Onion soup with cheese an bread (all in together), it was delicious and filling. The funny stories are more amusing to us especially in respect to the weather. Rain was predicted for most of the days and whilst it did at times, we found that every time we did something planned the weather would clear for us. This was especially so for our Montmartre walking tour when we were caught in a downpour as we were heading for it. We stopped at a cafe for a drink and for most of the time it bucketed down till 10 minutes before it started the rain cleared. The metro was a great experience but we did manage to get on the wrong train one time going the wrong way at one stage but simply got off and headed back to where we were going. The thing about the wrong train we got on was it was packed chock a block. An interesting experience for non French speaking Australians who obviously looked like tourists !
Are you looking for a romantic and unusual place where to dine with your partner during your honeymoon in Paris? Here some good tips The” Châlet des Iles”is delightful small island enclosed in a green case. The restaurant offers a beautiful outside that allows you to enjoy your meal in an extremely picturesque atmosphere: the panoramic view of the Dausmenil and the Bois de Vincennes park. This idyllic haven of peace and serenity inflames beautiful warm colours during the autumn, offers a refreshing refuge in the summer and is flooded with strong fragrance in spring. The chef offers an original cuisine, which is made of many unusual and delicious ingredients A word of advice: go to the Bois de Vincennes park, use one of the many boats available for reaching the restaurant ...it will make your experience more romantic. The Aromatik, is a restaurant where you'll experience a true immersion in a world of flavours in a warm atmosphere. This restaurant has retained the charm typical of the French restaurants of the 30s and was frequented by famous artists such as Josephine Baker and Sidney Bechet. Book a romantic B&B in Paris and enjoy its excellent cuisine.
The market of Saint Germain is an indoor market located near the Luxembourg metro station. It is a very clean and tidy market. A part of it is devoted to fruits and vegetables and also includes a baker and a stall of fish and seafood. The other part has instead welcomed luxury shops selling clothing and furniture. You can sit under one of the arcades that surround the market for a coffee or eat something in one of the nearby brasseries, or eat local products (especially bread and chocolate) in one of the kiosks. The floors are made of marble and the windows are spotless. Another interesting market in Paris is the one called the “Marché des Enfants Rouges” (red children's market). It is the oldest of Paris and a visit is highly recommended when you are in the city's bohemian district, Le Marais. Its curious name comes from an old orphanage where the children were dressed in red coloured uniform. Today there is no trace of the orphanage and it is a great place to eat something. Find a guest house Paris where to stay and have a walk in the Saint Germain Market.
Museums of art and history, literary and unusual museums: the museums of Paris put together a large number of outstanding collections and organize several exhibitions every year. Paris and the Île-de-France area have the most important museological offer in France. There are more than a hundred museums in Paris to which we must add more than one hundred and ten museums throughout the region. But beyond the amount, it is above all the diversity of the collections that characterized the museums in Paris, able to attract millions of tourists every year. The oldest, best known and largest museum is of course the Louvre. Numerous other museums enjoy a worldwide fame such as the Musée national d'Art moderne (hosted by the Centre Georges-Pompidou) or musée d'Orsay, devoted essentially to Impressionism. Not far from Paris, the Château de Versailles, residence of the Kings of France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, still attracts millions of visitors each year. If you love culture, the French capital is the best place where to spend a weekend in Paris and visit the most beautiful museums of the world.
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If you'll be in Paris for spending your holiday during the grape harvest festival you can't miss the beautiful event that will take place in the Montmatre district! From the 10th till the 15th of October, in fact, there will be wine, cheese and chocolate tastes, all making part of a real "taste journey" as well as conferences, book presentations, vineyard tours for children, live music and the famous "bal des Non-mariés" a dance of unmarried couples who see themselves as eternal lovers. The festival lasts five days and finishes with fireworks worthy of note. Everything is organized by pleasure to get together and share happiness. At the base of the idea there is the concept that wine and food are vehicles of social union. The Festival of the grape harvest of Montmartre has been established in order to unite the citizens of the area and also to increase a cross cultural dialogue. For this reason, food and wine traditions are presented in an ironic way. Spend a romantic weekend in Paris, reserve a romantic B&B Paris during the Festival of the grapes harvest !
If you are looking for luxury, you'll surely find it in Paris, and if we talk about luxury places, we cannot forget to mention Hermes. It is one of the most expensive shops of Paris with a huge surface and an imposing façade. In one of its windows there is a geode of amethyst with the famous logo of Hermes, a winged horse. In the Greek mythology, Hermes was the messenger of the gods and had wings on his feet. Even if you do not buy anything, it's worth a look. Among its most famous clients there are Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Julianne Moore, Elle McPherson . If you like a cheaper shopping, we suggest you to visit the shopping centre “Italie 2”. It is famous because it has a huge cinema with one of the biggest screens in town, but unfortunately it is closed for improvements. The centre offers three floors of shops and restaurants, with more than 100 stores of international brands. It occupies an entire block and housed also a small supermarket. It is a meeting point for a lot of students, because there are several universities and colleges around. If you would love shopping during your holiday in Paris, get really great tips reading Guide to shopping in Paris…do not miss a word of it !
I visited all the very well known sites in Paris last year (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, etc) so this year I decided to walk the city in a loose and rambling kind of way - with perhaps a highlight or two that MUST be seen, but otherwise no schedule. This worked well for me. I went to the Catacombs (they're not for the claustrophobic!), Pere Lachaise cemetery (some of my BEST photos were taken here) , Museum of Science (a GREAT interactive-type place for young and old), the outdoor marketplace at Les Halles, the fabulous gaudiness & loveliness of different areas within Pigalle, the many narrow but picturesque streets in the Latin Quarter, Edith Piaf's birthplace in Belleville, a few of Pablo Picasso's studios - as well as the dwellings of Hemingway. Much more, but everyone has to find their own secret magical spots in this city. I was in Paris for three weeks and (except for breakfast in my BB Paris apartment) had every meal out-of-doors at a cafe; and there are tens of thousands of those in Paris. I did not have a bad meal at any of these places, but of course I did have a favourite, that being 'La Contescarpe' at 57 rue Lacepede - the Place de la Contrescarpe, in the 5th arrondissement; the service was friendly (I returned three times) and the location appealed to me as an incurable 'people-watcher'. There was a lovely water fountain in the centre of the square and people coming and going always. I WILL return to this cafe when I come back to Paris.
Friendly people you can always find on the streets even though they don't speak your language or cannot communicate, and the city is full of beauty and art which you will totally feel in love with it. Don't hesitate, come and visit Paris now.
This district of Paris
is famous for the bloody events occurred during the French Revolution of 1789, when there was the popular uprising in the Place de la Bastille
, in order to conquer the Bastille . The Place de la Bastille was also the site of decapitations, the guillotine in fact kills many victims in this square. The great Place de la Republique
(Republic Square) is proudly displayed in this neighbourhood, showing a 10 metres high statue depicting precisely the Republic. It is a place with a strong historical symbolism as it pays homage to the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity typical of the period of the French Revolution. Today, the area boasts a considerable amount of wine bars
and popular bars, such as the Oberkampf,
and is characterized by an intense nightlife. This district is one of the most populated and animated in Paris, especially in the area of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
, and contains large parks and markets, as well as a large amount of excellent and relatively inexpensive restaurants and boutiques. Book a Bed and Breakfast 11th arrondissement,
Paris and visit the eleventh arrondissement of the city.
If during your holiday in Paris you'll miss the Italian cuisine… don't worry, the French capital offers you a large number of Italian restaurants. Following a list of the bests. “Il Croccante” is a great little Sicilian restaurant situated in the fifteenth arrondissement. The food is delicious and offers the typical Sicilian flavours: delicious hors d'oeuvres of grilled vegetables, mozzarella and salami, pasta with sardines, baked anelletti, pizza, cannoli, cassata and many other Mediterranean specialities. The Fellini restaurant, located just few steps from the Louvre, offers a warm atmosphere. The decoration is characterized by numerous photos of celebrities like Bono, Benigni or even Omar Sharif, who came to taste the delicious dishes of the Fellini. The kitchen offers dishes from all regions of Italy, using fresh seasonal products. “La Corte” serves delicious Neapolitan cuisine. The dishes reproduce faithfully the traditional recipe of pappardelle with spinach and mascarpone cheese. The Italian cuisine is very popular in France so, during your stay in Paris, don't hesitate to have a meal in one of the Italian restaurant. Want to know about the best restaurant in Rome too ? Here the best information you can get , eat as the Romans do !
The Palace Garnier, more commonly known as the Opéra Garnier is located at the north end of the Avenue de l'Opéra in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. Is rightly described as one of the architectural masterpieces of the past. With its Baroque style, it has been considered the Paris Opera before the Opera Bastille and was inaugurated in 1989. Napoleon III decided to pursue the project of Baron Haussmann for the creation of this monumental building in 1858. The competition to design the building, which was attended by over 170 architects, was won by Charles Garnier, who was then 35 years old. The first stone was laid in 1861 but the construction of the work had to stop several times because of various happenings as the Franco Prussian War, and was only completed in 1874. The inauguration took place on January 5, 1875 at the presence of numerous personalities such as Mac Mahon as president, the mayor of London and the Spanish royal family. At the inauguration there were represented some parts of the "Jew" by Ludovic Halevy and "Huguenots" by Giacomo Meyerbeer. The Opéra Garnier with a total area of 11000 square metres and can accommodate more than 400 artists. Book a bed and breakfast in Paris and spend an evening in the Palace Garnier.
The Bois de Vincennes
is a park situated in the eastern part of Paris
. It is a park in the English landscape manner with an area of 9.947 square kilometres therefore bigger then Hyde Park in London. It has been opened in 1860 thanks to Napoleon III. At the beginning it was called “Vilcena” and used to be a wood where the French aristocracy hunted. After the French Revolution it became a green area used by the Army for training its soldiers. Animal and nature lovers will appreciate this area for many reasons, for example for the existence of a zoo, a racecourse and four beautiful lakes: the Lac des Minimes, the Lac de Gravelle, the Lac Daumesnil
and the one of Saint Mandè
. In here there is also a pagoda and a Tibetan temple which are very fascinating. The park is well kept and it hosts a tropical garden and a floral area where it's possible to see the blooming of beautiful flowers. In the northern part there is also the magnificent Chateau de Vincennes
, a castle where the ancient kings of France used to stay. Choose a last minute Paris
and enjoy a beautiful day in the Bois de Vincennes park