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Paris, 4th time...looking for non-touristy things to do

Paris, 4th time...looking for non-touristy things to do

Aug 8th, 2001, 09:52 PM
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Susan
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Vic, Do you have information on the horse races at Chantilly? I posted questions about this a few months ago, but nobody knew anything, and the only site I could find on the web was all in French. I would love to find out what months the races are held, days of the week, times, etc. Thanks for any info.
 
Aug 8th, 2001, 10:40 PM
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RMC:

Get yourself a copy of Adam Gopnik's book "Paris to the Moon". It'll give you lots of ideas of interesting places to visit....and with four visits under your belt already, you'll "relate".

Enjoy!

Scott
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 05:23 AM
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Oh my goodness.....

Thank you to all who have responded.....
keep those ideas coming. I can't wait to print this out.

Now my problem will be fitting all these fabulous things to do into 4 short days!

 
Aug 9th, 2001, 05:37 AM
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The post about Adam Gopnik's book, which is on my must-read list, reminds me of a book a friend just gave me called Le Flaneur. Another book written by an American in Paris with lots of great ideas for off-the-beaten track things to do.
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 07:44 AM
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More thoughts:
(1) Pere Lachaise Cemetery (do a walking tour);
(2) Catch a ballet at Opera Garnier for as little as 60 francs;
(3) Neighborhood weekend brocantes (see Pariscope) -- more manageable than Clignancourt;
(4) shop on rue des Francs-Bourgeois and drink on rue de Vieille du Temple in the Marais (try les Philosophes).
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 07:52 AM
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Things I don't do on vacation as a tourist, which qualifies them as 'non-touristy.':

1. Clean toilets
2. Fill out tax forms
3. Mow the lawn....

Sorry, RMC, couldn't resist....
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 08:59 AM
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Get a copy of Paris in a Basket by Meyer and Smith and check out as many of the markets as you can. Doing so will take you into lots of arrondisements you may never have been in before and give you a taste of the many different communities that make up the great city. We especially liked the Barbes market in the 18th near the Sacre Couer. Almost none of the vendors even speak French let alone English. But just about every other tongue known to man can be heard there and some pretty exotic foods can be seen.
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 09:08 AM
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You could bring your bathing suits and check out Aquaboulevard--it's a sports/shopping complex in the 15th made from a converted ocean liner.
Or get tickets to see Arturo Brachetti's magic show at the Casino de Paris.
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 09:18 AM
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I have only been once so far (for about a week), but I will comment, mostly on the photography aspect. I don't know where you have and have not been, except for the obvious touristy things like the Louvre.

Some places that are wonderful for photography:

Pere Lachaise Cemetery; there are also major cemeteries in Montparnasse and Montmartre (someone wrote a book on them, Culbertson's "Permanent Parisians."

Palais Royal - may see local kids playing there and is a pretty good spots for portraits

Rodin Museum - I know you didn't especially want more museums, but this one is compact and very pleasant to visit. Plus many works, including "The Thinker" are outdoors, and the dome of Les Invalides serves as a good backdrop.

Luxembourg Gardens - I went on a weekend and found an amazing number of subjects; kids playing with boats; adults playing games and just sitting around; and the park itself is nice with some sculpture

Place des Vosges - simply a nice square with park if you haven't ventured there yet; another good portrait and architecture spot

Rue Cler - as someone else mentioned; you can get good market spots

The big head sculpure near St. Eustache church if you haven't seen it

Wander the backstreets of Montmartre

I also liked another poster's idea of a theme (metro stops for example) - you could do doors, cafes, dogs, the Seine, tombstones, the Eiffel Tower from all angles, food, public art, small churches, or just about anything that comes to mind.

Ile St-Louis is nice for just wandering
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 10:59 AM
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Since you love photography, you might want to catch a special photo exhibit at the Musee de la vie Romantique in the 9th arr. This is a small museum with a lot of George Sand artifacts; that area was home to artists and musicians in the last century, including Sand and Chopin (whose first apt in Paris I tried to find, only it is now a toy store on bd Poisonniere!!!) Anyway, they have a special exhibit running on late 1800s/early 1900s photos from the Budapest Hungarian Museum of Photography which have rarely been seen outside Hungary, it ends on 10/31, so that would be perfect for you. I wish I could see it (I haven't so don't know if it's any good, I just read about it). There are some other interesting things to see in that neighborhood BTW, things not on the first-time list, also -- like Passage Jouffroy, Cinema Rex, etc
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 11:08 AM
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Christina: where is that cinema Rex, still a cinema theater? Thanks.
I used and loved to go "La Pagode" cinema on Rue de Babylone, 7th.
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 03:09 PM
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You're wonderful!! Dan, we really appreciate the photography suggestions. We have been to several places you mentioned but not all of them!! Hopefully we'll get some neat pictures...(just like you will of Burano!)

The photography exhibit sounds great, I think we'll try to get there!

I just knew I would get some great suggestions. You haven't let me down!
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 03:24 PM
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Elvira;
Gosh, I know you have your hands full with requests on Paris, but could you please add my name to the pile? I really appreciate it! Will be in Paris in October and its my second time. So thanks to all for the useful suggestions.
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 03:59 PM
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Marna,

Moi aussi, je voudrais votre document aussi!!
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 04:07 PM
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RMC
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Elvira, since so many of us want this information, would it be easier to post your suggestions on this thread? You'll likely spend hours replying to all of us via e-mail.

RMC
 
Aug 9th, 2001, 10:56 PM
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Elvira,

I'll be in Paris in a week and would love to have your file of Paris favorites.

Thanks,

John Halsey
 
Aug 10th, 2001, 06:01 AM
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You mentioned you want to get to know the Latin Quarter. An idea: www.parisapied.com. They have a 3 hr tour of Latin Quarter. Might be good place to start. They go to Mouffetard, the Roman Arena, Luxembourg gardens stressing history.

Also, you might like to visit the Promenade Plantee by the Bastille, or also walk along the Canal St. Martin.

 
Aug 10th, 2001, 06:55 AM
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If it hasn't been mentioned, the Grand Arch and area around it are not as frequently trafficked by tourists (at least not typically during the first visit or so to Paris. I would note that there is some irony to the title of this thread. Instead, perhaps it should read: "looking for less-trouisty things to do."
 
Aug 10th, 2001, 07:29 AM
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Obviously, I meant to type "less-touristy".
 
Aug 10th, 2001, 07:32 AM
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Elvira, I would also love to see your list. Thanks!
 

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