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laughingd2 Mar 22nd, 2006 12:30 PM

Ah yes, the old post-chateaux-gateau syndrome...

Heavens Mar 22nd, 2006 03:46 PM

What about churches? I know there are some that are a must see like the Vatican, but kind of feel like seen one seen them all. My Mom took a friend of mine and me on the Mission Trail in San Antonio TX one time and I think that did it for me. Seen one mission, seen them all.

I think if I was to see one church in Paris, I mean, go in, it would be St. Chappelle and the stained glass windows. And Notre-Dame from afar. Sacre' Coeur from afar.

wug Mar 22nd, 2006 04:00 PM

Heavens, you've never been to Paris and you already have the right idea. Good for you! Paris is for absorbing, taking it all in and just enjoying. Your list is wonderful and you'll appreciate Paris even more because of our ideas.

If the weather is good, walk everywhere you can. You'll find so many treasures that you never knew were there. Unique shops, beautiful buildings, wonderful parks and charming people. Enjoy!

julies Mar 22nd, 2006 05:34 PM

We're just back and the weather was crummy, so my choices don't reflect what it is like in nice weather.

Musee Jacqemart Andre

Pere Lachaise Cemetary

Visiting a lot of the different neighborhood street markets.

Garden at the Rodin Museum.

Attending a service at a beautiful church so you can see why the churches were originally built and hear the music composed for them. Try St. Eustache.

Interestingly enough i see many of my choices are outdoor oriented even though we visited in bad weather. I guess this must mean they are really great places if I enjoyed them so much even in bad weather.

parisonmymind2 Mar 22nd, 2006 05:55 PM

I love Paris in the Springtime...

1. Picnics on the Champ de Mars

2. Walking anywhere and everywhere

3. Walking down the Champs Elysees on a Sunday afternoon

4. Pistachio and Pine nut oils from Jean LeBlanc

5. Shopping!

In the future, I hope to add a Segway tour

I can't wait until Spring Break to refresh my soul and renew my spirit (I await April 8 as much as my middle school kids).

Heavens Mar 22nd, 2006 05:56 PM

Julies, can you tell me which street market you enjoyed the best. That is my number two but haven't really researched them yet. Is there one, two three, that you would recommend? Just want a lively, fun one. Not really shopping for anything in particular...thanks.

RonZ Mar 22nd, 2006 06:29 PM

Rue Montorgueil is a nice market street. Home of Stroher, the oldest patissiere in Paris. Sentier Metro. Walk from here through the Place des Victoires [with the statue of Louis IV astride his horse]. Visit Gallerie Vivienne and Gallerie Colbert and then the Palais Royale.

cigalechanta Mar 22nd, 2006 06:34 PM

Ron, someone told me that Stroher made the first macaron. I loved that market and the area is the new "In" place to live, so said my friend.

Heavens Mar 22nd, 2006 06:42 PM

Excuse my Paris ignorance, but what district is this in, RonZ? Sounds perfect for us...

cigalechanta Mar 22nd, 2006 06:48 PM

It's the remains of the original Les Halles..the 1st arr.

Travelnut Mar 25th, 2006 07:59 AM

You -can- picnic on the grass in some areas of Champ de Mars, nearer the tower. You'll see other people lazing about, kicking a ball, or sharing champagne... then you'll know that area is ok to be on.
I don't think there is anywhere within Jardin de Luxembourg that you can be on the grass...
Other fun places for a picnic:
- on the steps at Sacre Coeur
- in Parc Montsouris (south 14th)

katzen Mar 25th, 2006 08:11 AM

great thread. bookmarking

RonZ Mar 25th, 2006 03:17 PM


Actually most is in the 1st and the 2nd.

The map I like to carry is the Paris Mapguide--very reasonable purcase from amazon. Lots of detail.

Walking south through the Palais Royale [or via another route], you can make your way to the Rue de Rivoli and the Palais Royale Musee du Louvre Metro stop. Then enter the Louvre directly across the street Richileu Wing]. Go past the pyramid into the next courtyard, then go right and to the Pont des Arts.

RonZ Mar 25th, 2006 03:37 PM

Here's another ideal.

Walking south on Rue Montorgueil, go left on Rue Etienne Marcel a little ways and board the 29 city bus. This will take you into the Marais. Get off at the Place des Vosges. Walk down through the center exit to the corner [Rue Saint Antoine], go left to the 69 bus stop. Ride the 69 to the Eiffel Tower, passing many attractions along the way.

DiG Mar 25th, 2006 08:53 PM

Well I haven't been there yet but going early May. These are mine and DH top 5, not in any order of significance.

1. Ile de la Cite
2. River cruise in evening
3. Adopting a cafe, sipping something
very french, and watching world go by.
4. Eiffel Tower
5. Walking around in a neighborhood, getting lost there on purpose, and discovering all it's charm and beauty.

Heavens Mar 27th, 2006 07:23 AM

Thanks all for your input. We are adding Ile de la cite to our list, so I guess it is now six. I figure by the time we get there, it should round out to about ten. I was just being careful not to be too ambitious. Thanks again for your help and suggestions.

lucielou Mar 27th, 2006 08:47 AM

I would rather be out enjoying the energy of the city and the people. I can be amused for hours just watching the people come and go, what they are wearing, where they are is fascinating, IMO.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Heavens!
My sentiments exactly, I love people watching, you learn so much about humanity.:)

wyatt_w Mar 27th, 2006 09:16 AM

If you have only a day and a half - two nights, and it would be my wife & 11 year old daughter with me, and they have never been to Europe, would it be preferable to go to Versailles or skip it & spend more time in Paris proper? My daughter has to see Opera Garnier, & of course the Eiffel Tower, but otherwise I think they are open.

mamc Mar 27th, 2006 10:28 AM

By all means, if you have only a day and a half, skip Versailles. Although I have seen Versailles a couple of times, the last 4 times we have been in Paris for a week at a time, we haven't had time or inclination to leave the city for Versailles.

Suki Mar 27th, 2006 10:39 AM

Heavens, I do understand about the aversion to museums. I like museums, but my husband spends way more time than me going through one, so it drives me a little crazy. The Rodin is really nice though since a large portion of the experience is strolling outdoors through the gardens. You can even stop and have coffee there if you like. I would definitely add it to your list.

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