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Favorite district to stay in Paris for first-timer?

Favorite district to stay in Paris for first-timer?

Jan 1st, 2008, 07:26 PM
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I have only been to Paris once and only for a few days so I am not going to mention what district to say in. I will echo the recommendation of the Hotel du Lourve we stayed there last summer - had a corner suite with a connecting room for our daughters - they have a WONDERFUL breakfast every morning included in your hotel rate (ours was anyway)... we walked every where. I do not think we ever used public transportation in Paris - and honestly? It was really what we enjoyed most - strolling through the parks - walking to the Eiffel Tower.. It was wonderful.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 04:22 AM
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Robespierre, you are right that the argument is where the "line is drawn". But your one post specifically pointed out that walking between The Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre and walking between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame were apparently good examples of "waste of time" walking -- at least those are the two examples you gave of how far things are apart and followed it with "You can waste a lot of time walking "most places." Seemed pretty clear to me what you were saying.

I couldn't disagree more. Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre is down Champs Elysees, past Concorde, and through the Tulleries. Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame can be all the way along the Seine or through even more interesting areas. I'll maintain that those are two of the best and NOT TO BE MISSED walks in all of Paris. Hopping on the metro to get from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre underground would be SAD indeed unless you were in a big hurry to check those two things off your list, and the Champs Elysees, Concord, and the Tullerie Gardens weren't on your list at all. Sad. Very sad.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 04:51 AM
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I have to add what my first timer friend who joined me in October had to say when I asked her what she enjoyed most. She said it was just walking and walking, enjoying all that she was seeing.

I go to Paris often. I walk, metro and am "learning" the bus. A combination works best for me..as I would think for most. Don't be in a rush to get there..walk and see things that you would only see by walking!

As to districts..6th is good for first timers..I am taking granddaughter and husband in April. We will be on rue Dauphine..couldn't be more in the thick of it. When they leave I will also move to the 7th and a Paris Perfect spot. The 7th is VERY convenient by metro, bus and feet to any place you want to go. It also is so very conveneient to excellent restaurants.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 09:29 AM
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"I couldn't disagree more. Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre is down Champs Elysees, past Concorde, and through the Tulleries. Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame can be all the way along the Seine or through even more interesting areas. I'll maintain that those are two of the best and NOT TO BE MISSED walks in all of Paris." - NeoPatrick

Oui, d'accord! The walks you mention are superb. But I have one question: HOW DID YOU GET THERE - to the start of the walk? Did you trudge uphill from the Ier to the Arc? Or did you do the sensible thing and ride the bus?
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 09:37 AM
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I must admit that it gives me a little Mona Lisa style smirk to observe your gentle bickering about where to walk and when to take public transportation.

If some of you just moved to Paris, you wouldn't have to worry about that anymore.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 11:14 AM
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I just got back from my 1st trip to Paris and my husband and I stayed in the 6th and loved it. There are lots of cute shops, restaurants and cafes in that area. We found a well located hotel for 100 Euro.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Robespierre, if you actually READ my posts you would clearly see that all those walks I mentioned I clearly indicated walking either to or from each, never both.

You're really splitting hairs now. You first made it clear that walking between two major points is a WASTE OF TIME. If you want to be more reasonable now and say that sometimes (or often) walking is the best way to go between two points and NOT a waste of time, then fine. Otherwise, it seems you're just trying to pretend that your original statement said something other than what it actually said.

Once again -- and I don't know why this is such a difficult concept to grasp -- the poster said they'd like to be ABLE to walk to the major points, never saying that is ALL they'd want to do. Can we have a little common sense here? Only a complete idiot would somehow try to compare the idea of walking between the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower with walking the 600 miles to Nice from Paris. If the shoe fits, wear it.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 12:08 PM
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Talk about a waste of time. We're talking past each other. I quit.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 01:06 PM
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"I quit."
Good idea.

At least I learned one thing here. The next time someone asks if it would be possible during a 5 day visit to New York to walk all the way from Times Square to Greenwich Village or maybe Union Square, I'll be sure to reply "let's be real. It's possible to walk to Chicago from there - but I don't think anyone here thinks it would work on a 5-day trip."
That similar response about Nice was such a helpful and to the point answer.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 01:53 PM
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Oh, NeoPatrick, don't get your dander up on such futilities. Save it for when you disagree with me!
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 02:19 PM
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LOL

But why do people talk about getting my "dander up"? I'm not the least bit worked up. But when I disagree, I call a spade a spade. Why shouldn't one defend his ideas or opinions? I can do that easily without getting irritated.
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 03:48 PM
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emscho, what is the name of the hotel where you stayed?

Thanks!
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Jan 2nd, 2008, 11:48 PM
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I have taken 10 trips to Paris (which I know is nothing compared to many here).

The first trip I stayed near the Opera Garnier. The hotel was quite nice, and the area was OK, but we spent a whole lot of time on the metro getting to/from places we wanted to see. I wouldn't stay there again, nor would I recommend it to anyone unless the person was going to be spending a heck of a lot of time at the dept stores and the Opera.

My second trip I stayed in the 6th and fell even more in love with Paris than I did the first time.

Trips 3-8 were also spent in the the 6th (rue de Buci/ rue Jacob area).

After reading too many times that I needed to broaden my Parisian horizons, I decided to stay in the Marais for trip number 9. The Marias is very nice, and I had a good time, but it just wasn't the same.

Trip 10 brought me back "home" to the 6th, and I can't imagine staying anywhere else again, anytime soon.

I just love the St Germain des Pres area. I love walking to the Louvre in 5-10 minutes, walking down by the river at any time day or night. I love having 100 cafes close by to grab a quick espresso, or savor a glass of wine.

Ah I miss Paris.

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Jan 3rd, 2008, 09:20 AM
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samsaf- we stayed at Hotel Michelet Odeon. Some other hotels (all in the 5th or 6th) I looked into were the following:

Hotel Grandes Ecoles
Hotel Sully Saint Germain
Hotel Saint Jacques
Hotel du Danube
Hotel Monge
Hotel Bonaparte
Hotel College de France


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Jan 3rd, 2008, 09:22 AM
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Happytotravel - I can't seem to pull up your shutterfly link. Can you repost it? I'd love to see your pictures. Thanks!
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Jan 3rd, 2008, 01:30 PM
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nbbrown: maybe this will work
http://tinyurl.com/27nlog
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Jan 4th, 2008, 07:04 AM
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Dear Kerouac,
I would of course LOVE to "just move to Paris," but isn't it true that it's difficult for an American to earn a living there? Work restrictions and visas, etc? MCR

Quoting earlier post--> Author: kerouac
Date: 01/02/2008, 01:37 pm
...If some of you just moved to Paris, you wouldn't have to worry about that anymore.
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Jan 4th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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Thanks, Happytotravel - that link worked. Great pictures!
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Jan 6th, 2008, 08:56 PM
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Great location for first timer in Paris would be 7th arrondissement on left bank of Seine river. It is hard to get any closer to Eiffel Tower. 7th arrondissement is also neighboring Latin Quarter (6th 5th) so you’ll be close to great places to go out. Notre Dame Cathedral is also nearby. 7th arrondissement is supposed to be more expensive area than Latin Quarter but you can find two and three star properties under €100. My two favorites in that price range would be Hotel du Champs de Mars and Grand Hotel Leveque, Two star hotels under €75 with unbeatable location.

If you want to have a good overview of what each Paris area has to offer before booking a hotel, this website will help: http://where-to-stay-in-paris.blogspot.com
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