Paris, done all the touristy stuff...

Jun 2nd, 2003, 05:47 PM
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Here is the translated passages web site:

If you find yourself in the Passage de Panoramas, "La Creperie" serves a mouth watering array of coupes [ice cream parfaits and sundaes]. Galerie Colbert opens into the back of Le Grand Colbert, a very attractive restaurant. However I prefer Le Vaudeville, which is up the street and across from the Bourse.

I can recommend Paris Story, a multimedia presentation about the history of Paris playing hourly on the hour. It is located on r. Scribe, next door to the American Express.

For impressionist fans, take a day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise and see the show at the Auvers Chateau, which is clever beyond words.

I have a file on this and other day trips.

By the way, Place des Vosges is a block away from bus #69, one of the most senic routes. Hotel de Ville, Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Rue cler, Champ de Mars.
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Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:07 PM
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Ronz: It's 11, bus, rue Scribe.
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Jun 2nd, 2003, 06:13 PM
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Euuwww, sorry, that's 11 BIS rue Scribe.
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It is called Paris Story in English -- they call it that themselves on their web site:

If you like museums, Paris has so many that you might try some of the lesser known ones -- several are suggested above. I particularly like the Maillol FOundation which has more modern art, as well as the Jacquemart-Andre (which is fairly well known). I'm been to some really unknown ones, such as the museum of public hospitals and a tour of Hotel Dieu because I'm a public health professional, but I know most wouldn't be interested in those.

I did find the folk art/culture museum very interesting, but I especially like that kind of thing -- I suppose it is touristy because it's a museum, but it's mostly French tourists. It has exhibits of furniture, dress, etc showing the history of France and Paris over the years. That is out near Neuilly near the Sablons metro stop.
The Music Museum is fantastic if you are at all interested in classical music and music history. Again, it's for tourists, I suppose, but not crammed with them.

If you haven't been to Luxembourg Gardens yet in four trips, definitely go. Some other parks that might be nice are Monceau and Montsouris. It's right next to the Jardin d'Acclimation which is for little kids.
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Almost every week Ric does a wonderful, detailed report on some street or area in Paris. And on Thursday afternoons you can go to the free club meeting near the Louvre and compare notes with others who are visiting or living there.
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Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:46 PM
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If you are a fan of Impressionist paintings, here's something for your to consider.
Buy the book "Guide to Impressionist Paris" by Patty Lurie. (I bought it on line at
It provides guided walks through the exact locations that inspired the Impressionists.
The book is a triple treat:
1. It offers 9 self-tours you can take.
2. It includes detailed discussions of each area.
3. It includes pairs of "then and now" pictures--a print of the artwork alongside a color photograph of the scene as it looks today.
Even if you don't take any of tours, it's a great read!
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The Nissim-Camondo museum right agains the parc Monceau. The parc André Citroën with its tethered balloon ride and various nooks and crannies for picknicking.
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Just returned from 6 wonderful days at the end of our 3 week vacation. Stayed in a great apartment which made us feel like we lived there as we could shop in the local markets and cook if we wanted which we did. If you haven't been to the Marmottan Museum (Metro La Muette) at 2 Rue Louis Boilly 75016 that is a nice museum especially if you enjoy the impressionist - Monet. Small and easy to do in a few hours. Lots of water lilly paintings. Also second the St. Denis trip. One of the oldest churches in France. Lots of royalty and Marie Antionette buried there. We went and were there on a day (Mon) when there ( was a HUGE flea market - quite international. Spending time in the gardens with a good book is always wonderful. There must be some neighborhoods you haven't conquered yet. We have a great book "Paris Walks" which we have used twice now and really enjoy the walks. Have a gerat trip in a great city. Shar
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I have been to Paris many times and you have never done it all. Paris would be a lifetime project if you lived there.

On my last trip, I went out to Isle des Impressionists and had lunch at La Fournaise, the restaurant Renoir painted in his "Afternoon of the Boating Party".

I also spent time at The Louvre. You can never finish with that museum. Additionally, I saw the Picasso Museum and the new Jewish Museum and took the Thalys train to Brussels for the day.

My week in Paris went very quickly and I have plenty of stuff on my list for the next visit--whenever that is.

Be sure to leave time for just walking around.
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Jun 8th, 2003, 10:46 AM
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Absolutely Luxembourg Gardens, or any public park for that matter i.e., Tuilleries, etc. These are well-used by Parisians on a daily basis. So I don't consider them a 'touristy' thing.

Personally for a slower pace (which is how I always travel) sitting at sidewalk cafes for coffee or wine and people-watching is a fine, authentic activity.

What about some of the more off-beat tours like the Catacombs?
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