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BlackenedOut
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
Different types of planning, right? Some people want every moment planned out (museum A 8 am for 2.1 hours, then hit up Cafe B, etc...) And that works.

You can also, especially with Google Maps, drop a bunch of spots on your map in a city (be it museums, restaurants, points of interest, etc...) and always be a quick glance away from "Hey on my map I noted this really great chocolate shop about two blocks away, want to go check it out?"


hungryone
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The My Places feature of Google maps is my favorite thing (Oprah voice). I am always randomly dropping pins for places I read/hear about.....it’s a custom made guidebook. Also very convenient to use Street View to,check out specific destinations.


Fun Bunch
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The My Places feature of Google maps is my favorite thing (Oprah voice). I am always randomly dropping pins for places I read/hear about.....it’s a custom made guidebook.


Yes I do this extensively when planning a trip. That way anywhere I am I don't have to wonder "Where can I get lunch around here?" Because I've got dozens of places to eat or drink already on the map all over a city.


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Y.A. Tittle
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As a planner this scares me haha. I do like the idea of picking a neighborhood, maybe do some prelimsry restaurant planning then just going to explore the neighborhood.

I always want to “just show up and explore” but not having anything relatively concrete planned or researched for a day or two in Paris scares me that I’ll have buyers remorse regarding whatever I choose.


Much of the rest of our trip was stuff we planned, we just had a great time during that stretch from 6 am to 2 pm or so, that we hadn't accounted for ahead of time.


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CajunTiger92
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
We had fun biking in Paris. We stayed in a rented apartment near Notre Dame and it was great location. Wine shops, bakeries, cheese shops and restaurants all within a block or two.

I recommend taking at least a day trip and visit a small village or two. It isn’t unusual to see a church or building several hundred years old (several as in over 400 or 500 years).


AFtigerFan
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One of the great things about Paris, and this is counter intuitive when traveling, is that it is a fantastic city to have no plans in. Now I dont mean just staying in your apartment and watching 5th Wheel re runs, I mean just go out and wander with no preconceived notion of things to do, boxes to check, or paintings to see.
This is the exact thing I did when I was in Bordeaux late last year. It was an amazing experience, and all I really did is wander the city. If something caught my eye, I'd go in and take a look. I'm hoping to go back this September and do the same thing.


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Wildcat In Germany
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
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I recommend taking at least a day trip and visit a small village or two. It isn’t unusual to see a church or building several hundred years old (several as in over 400 or 500 years).


The churches really are something to behold, and I'm not religious.

In Paris alone, Notre Dame de Paris itself is over 650 years old and Sainte-Chapelle is almost 770 years old.


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lionward2014
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
I personally don't like Paris. I have been twice, and if I never go back I won't complain.

Two biggest negatives:

I thought the people were extremely rude, even using basic French introductory phrases when entering places.

The city is dirtier than New Orleans, and that is saying a lot, and has a ton of homeless beggars.

Positives:

The Louvre and other museums are outstanding. I've spent two days in the Louvre and still feel like I have more to see.

Their subway system is excellent for getting around.

Everyone should see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night once in their life.

As far as your questions, we stayed in the 11th district in an Airbnb and it was fine, and easy to get around. It wasn't too expensive, like $100 a night or so, and was easy to hope on a subway to get anywhere.

For do's and don'ts, I would say skip riding the Eiffel Tower and make sure you get to Notre Dame early to not be stuck in line (it does move fast). We walked from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower along the river at sunset, and it was really fun/pretty I would recommend doing that (it is kind of far though). I recommend taking a trip to Versailles, it is breathtaking.

Lastly, eat. Eat a lot. Go somewhere nice and be willing to spend some money and get them to pair your wine, you won't be disappointed. Look at the Michelin guide and book something off of there, even if it isn't starred, the recommended places are still outstanding.



LSUbase13
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
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The city is dirtier than New Orleans, and that is saying a lot, and has a ton of homeless beggars.


I've read a bunch that the city is extremely dirty and filled with graffiti. I recognize that the city is ancient and it is home to 2+ million people, but it still somewhat surprises me.

A beauty as such would be one to behold and take pride in. An initial thought it that it would be very clean and well manicured. The French, although some would say they are leisurely, don't really seem to be the dirty types. They take pride in their history and heritage.



Fun Bunch
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
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I've read a bunch that the city is extremely dirty and filled with graffiti.


I personally did not find that to be the case at all.


montana
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
France is fantastic. Check out Whispers.


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hungryone
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
Paris is no more or less dirty than any other major urban center. It does have dog dirt on the streets to a higher degree than your average US city. There is a municipal regulation requiring that building facades get washed/scrubbed regularly, and a decent population of trash receptacles. It is way cleaner and less graffitied than Rome.

If you judge cities’ appeal by municipal cleanliness, you will like Germany and Austria. Those are tidy people. Cleanest public restrooms I’ve ever encountered...even in train stations.


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Indfanfromcol
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
Just got back and wanted to comment on this.

I did not find the people in Paris rude at all. The Chinese tourist, yes. But I’ve had a better experience with the people in Paris than I ever have with people in New York.

No city is dirtier than New Orleans. And it wasn’t dirty when I was there. Tons of graffiti which threw me off. But not dirty.

As a recommendation of where to eat, one of our favorites was a hole in the wall wine bar near Norte Dame. It’s called Bistro De Augustins. They only do like 3 or 4 different things, but they make an au gratin that was amazing. They have 6 different ways to make it too. It was great.


Bham4Tide
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Any do/don'ts.


Do use a front pocket wallet. Got mine swiped by a gypsy-looking guy who bumped into me. The doorman saw the guy and stopped him, so he gave it back (with a smile of course) and walked away with the cash that was inside. Stopped him again and he gave that back as well.

Trust me.

People are actually nice there too. My last time there, we visited 5 sites, ate a nice meal and stayed in a small room close to Shakespeare and Company on a less than a 12 hours layover. Easy to get around taking the Metro too.

Just a cool city. Also, take in a show at the Crazy Horse.

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The Spleen
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
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I did not find the people in Paris rude at all.


The rudest people I encountered in Paris were Americans and Australians.

I stayed at a friend of a friend's apartment/condo in the 18th district when I was there, and there were dirty areas there, but nothing too bad.


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Tha Herg
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
I think it would be fun to see a play, opera, or can-can show at a smaller and less expensive venue. Any other suggestions than the ones provided?


auzach91
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
Headed there on Wednesday. Will report back with what we do, where we eat and all that good stuff.


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geauxpurple
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
Regarding your question about opera performances - We took in a performance at the Opera Garnier. It is worth the price of admission just to walk around and see the incredible building. The grand staircase leads up to rooms that look like something out of the Palace of Versailles and the ceiling of the main theatre was painted by Chagal. We had box seats right by the side of the stage and could reach out and touch the people with the most expensive seats in the house. The reason ours were not that expensive was because there was a large marble post partially obstructing our view of the stage. It was really something to experience.


The Spleen
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re: Paris - Questions, Help, Suggestions
I stayed a few of blocks from the Moulin Rouge and kind of regret not going to a show there. Not sure when it turned real touristy though. I was there in 99 before the movie was made. The girl whose apartment I stayed in mentioned it a few times as a suggestion and I ignored her suggestions. Walked by it a few times.


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