Atypical things to do in Paris

Jul 6th, 2006, 06:14 AM
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Have you been to L'Orangerie? It's open again, you know. My friend was just there and said it is breathtaking.

If you are a Princess Di fan, go to "the overpass." The area over is has lots of handwritten tributes - bring a Sharpie if you want to write anything.

Harry Potter fan? See Nicholas Flamel's house.

Have you been out to St. Denis? It's fabulous.
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Jul 6th, 2006, 06:27 AM
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Jul 6th, 2006, 06:29 AM
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Does anyone know the English title for:

'La Forêt interdite' de Nicholas Ray / 1958
'La Compagnie des loups' de Neil Jordan / 1984

I'd love to take my kids to an outdoor movie at the Parc do la Villette!
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Jul 6th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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La forêt interdite = Wind across the Everglades, 1958, Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer.
La compagnie des loups = The Company of Wolves, 1984, Angela Lansbury, David Warner.
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Jul 6th, 2006, 09:57 AM
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Have you been to the Nissim Commondo Museum? The Jacquemart-Andre? Both of these can be seen on the same morning or afternoon. Also, the Musee Gustave Moreau is close by these. A visit to these museums can be combined with a vist to Parc Monceau. Last visit, I was really impressed with the Musee Maillol - went to see the "Magritte on Paper" exhibit and came away a big Maillol fan (very close to Musee Rodin). Of course, the Musee Quai Branly just opened if you're into "primative" art and Musee Tokyo (Arte Moderne) just re-opened earlier this year. The Orangerie reopening is the big news to me - can't wait until my next trip to see it.
If you like chamber music, there are adverts on the fence at La Madelaine. The top of Tour Montparnasses is touristy but the views are great. Chateau Vincennes (last stop on metro line 10)has jazz concerts on Saturdays during July and then classical from Aug 5 to Sep 24. If you enjoy modern architecture, spend a couple of hours walking around La Defence. As someone mentioned, the 16th arr has beautiful Arte Noveau (sp) but so does the 7th. The 16th has the Foundation Corbusier and several of his buildings nearby.
Have a great trip!
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Jul 6th, 2006, 10:13 AM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions.
Has anyone been to the new museum, the Branly?
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Jul 6th, 2006, 10:37 AM
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Waiting time to get into Quai Branly is still apparently in excess of one hour.
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Jul 6th, 2006, 11:21 AM
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Yes but does a museum pass get you into the Quai Branly? Minus the lines?
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Do they still do the weekly 'skate' around Paris ?
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"evenings of the songs of Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel"

Has anyone attended these events? Where are they held?
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Check out the "Evening in Paris" thread near the top of the Europe posts, and you'll see that Swiss_Tourist got a haircut during his/her 3 days in Paris! Talk about atypical!
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Eat at Dans Le Noir. You eat in complete darkness and served by blind servers. It's a trip!

Explore the neighborhood of La Butte au Cailles. It's where I am going to look at staying next time.

I also second the Musee Marmottan recommendation.
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Friday roller skating: check out for the route on Friday nights, starting at Montparnasse at 10 pm, and ending there at 1 a.m.
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So how long will I expect to wait in line to take the elevator up to the top of the Eiffel Tower from the ground on Tuesday, July 18th?
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I love exploring the large parks/woods in Paris. Try wandering through:

- Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
- Bois de Boulogne, esp. Jardin d' Acclimatation if you have children, and the beautiful Parc de Bagatelle.
-Bois de Vincennes - Le Parc Floral and the Zoo (for kids)
- Parc de la Villette

My husband's favorite activity is to find and run a 5/!0K race. You see a whole different view of the city running through the closed streets of Paris.
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Having just returned from Paris, I can say we waited inline about 40 minutes to buy our ticket and enter the first elevator up the Eiffel Tower on oa Thursady early evening. THEN, it'a another 20 minutes for the elevator from the second to the top, another 20 for the lelevator ride back down. Altogether, we were about 1 hour 40 minutes, with no excessive lingering (i.e., we didn't write postacards and mail them, or buy items in the shop). A long time, but a must do!

As for atypical things, we loved the Catacombs, and sort of liked the Sewer Tour (it did have great English explanations).
Bonne Chance!
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Jul 6th, 2006, 07:25 PM
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I recommend this all the time, but I haven't had any feedback; I'd love to know if anyone else goes here. I am referring to the OLD not new, Biblitheque National, where they always have the greatest photography exhibits. I've seen three shoes there that were all spectacular. It seem to be the place to see great photography in Paris.

And another favorite of mine is the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal. I could translate that to French, but I am out of brain power. This is where St Catherine Labouree had her vision of the Blessed Mother. Tons of worshippers all the time; an amazing statue of the vision, and medals for sale, since giving away miraculous medals was part of the message given to the Saint.

I am assuming that cemetaries and flea markets are not atypical for Paris, so I won't elaborate there.
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I like to go all the way to the top of the Institute du Monde Arabe for one of the best views of Paris - great view of Notre Dame!
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Don't know what you consider atypical so this may be "typical", but I'd do it again just because it's such a beautiful place, and on a week day, almost empty! Pere Lachaise Cemetery. It's on the metro, or bus 69. The vistas are lush, the monuments monumental, the 'citizens' legendary (Abelard and Heloise, Oscar Wilde, Morrison, Chopin). Take a picnic, or go out to Cafe Charbon (109 Oberkampf). It's a small cemetery, but so big that you can spend the whole day (5 hours) there. Kids can be allowed to discover on their own as long as they agree to never leave the well-fenced area, meet at entrance etc.

Also saw a tour group riding those motorized scooter things that you stand on. (Don't know the name; someone else will enlighten you.) They all looked like they were having fun, despite the helmets they all wore; Segway Tours, I think?

Also Fat tire Bike Tours looked interesting as an alternative to walking.

Another favourite is to take a picnic on Champs de Mars any nice summer evening. watch the exercise groups, the daddies and mommies and grand parent and babies and dogs. If the kids are interested, bring or buy a Frisbee, I don't remember being bothered by mosquitoes, so they must spray.

Bob Voyage
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