Five things not to miss in Paris

Sep 24th, 2006, 01:02 PM
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Last week we walked out onto Pont Alexander III and a bride magazine was doing a photo shoot. There were several bride models and their "grooms", veils blowing in the wind, maneuvering to get just the right shot with the tower in the background. One photographer even recruited me and a few others with cameras to pose as "paparazzi".

Definitely a once in a lifetime Paris experience!
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Sep 24th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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MontMarc, the highest point in Paris (overlooks Paris--the Basilica is there and it is an area where Picasso, Monet, etc. painted....you will recognize many of the places they painted as you walk around.
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Sep 24th, 2006, 01:12 PM
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After several trips to Paris, last fall we did something so touristy I couldn't believe we hadn't done it before: At night, go up to the top of the Arch de Triumph and drink in the magic of this city. I will never visit Paris again without doing this--probably to say good-bye on the last night.

Other than that, everything the others have mentioned (especially Kir Royales, Musee d'Orsay and Laduree's macaroons!)
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Sep 24th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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Wow, so many things I must be crazy to have missed in my several trips to Paris! Call the doctor, and send me back.
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Sep 25th, 2006, 08:24 PM
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One thing I would like to to do next time, which looks like will be in May, is a bring bottle wine (or 2), a blanket and some candles and sit on the Pont de Arts with all the people doing the same and relish what a wonderful life it actually is. I have a younger sister, who will be 25 in May and I somehow convinced my parents (within a week of being back) to send her to Paris with me for her b-day. Good parents!!! So am I nuts that I got off the plane and then immediately began planning and conniving for my next trip back?
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Sep 25th, 2006, 10:38 PM
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job816, no, you're not nuts. In fact, that's pretty much what everyone else here does.
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Sep 26th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Interesting the Versailles appears only once, and not top of mind. How many days of "experiencing" Paris should be considered before Versailles is a "must do"?
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Sep 26th, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Maybe 4-6 days ... if you have a week in Paris, I'd definitely include Versailles, although 1/2 of the Hall of Mirrors is out of commission if that bothers you.
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Oct 1st, 2006, 11:30 AM
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Thanks everyone for all your ideas... The 3 days flew by and we tried to fit in as much as we could. My best thing in Paris...? Saturday night in the Ritz Hotel, Bar Hemmingway. It was an absolute blast and I highly recommend it. Colin the bar manager surpasses allexpectation.
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Oct 1st, 2006, 11:46 AM
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a picnic with a loaf of bread, cheese, wine, good converstation- on a bridge overlooking the seine where you look to your left and you see nore damne(spell???) and the tower to your right. Can't be beat in my book.
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Oct 1st, 2006, 11:49 AM
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So what else did you not miss, and which suggestions worked for you?
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Oct 1st, 2006, 11:56 AM
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What an extensive list! I'm marking it for future reference.
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Oct 1st, 2006, 12:03 PM
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3-Paris view from the roof of Samaritaine Dept store.

- you won't be able to do that anymore, now that La Samaritaine has closed down.
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Oct 1st, 2006, 05:25 PM
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WALLEY!!! I want to know where you got the 1 euro wine? Now that's funnnn!
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Oct 26th, 2006, 07:49 PM
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topping for Bethany
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Oct 26th, 2006, 08:36 PM
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Bookmarking, for next summer!
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Oct 26th, 2006, 08:53 PM
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hmmm
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Oct 27th, 2006, 05:44 AM
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thank you for sharing the note about getting the orsay ticket at the tabac shop in louvre. i will see if other tabac shops have it ... but good to know that at least that one does.

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Oct 27th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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As you enter the Louvre arcade from the metro, turn right. That tabac is kind of hidden back in the far right corner.
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Oct 27th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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When we visited Ste. Chapelle earlier this month we happened across a docent who gave us an in-depth tour, in English. She said at the start that it would run 30-45 minutes, but it really was more like 90, perhaps because we asked so many questions! It was the highlight of our time in Paris. What I might have thought of as just a remarkably pretty church came alive for me when I understand the context, the history, the design, the architecture -- I'll never forget that morning.
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