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Paris Itinerary - Your Favorite One Day Itinerary!

Jan 1st, 2012, 11:43 AM
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The Cathédrale Basilica St-Denis makes a nice little jaunt out of Paris on the RER (about 20 minutes or so if I recall). It was begun as an abbey and later became a Gothic cathedral. According to legend, Saint Denis was decapitated on the hill in Montmartre and carried his head to the site of the abbey, indicating that's where he wanted to be buried. Almost all of the kings of France are buried there, plus Marie Antoinette and other notables. It's a very nice little town, too, with a lovely park and plenty of shops and cafés.

The Centre Pompidou is one of those Parisian architectural quirks, with all the heating/plumbing pipes and apparatus on the outside of the building. It houses a modern art museum (which I, not a big lover of modern art, spent 3 hours in on my last visit), special exhibits, and the Restaurant Georges. It sits on the Place Beaubourg, which is usually full of artists, musicians, and street performers. There are plenty of cafés surrounding the square and lots of (somewhat tacky) stores on the side streets.

The only flea market I've been to in Paris is the Clingancourt one, which I found expensive and overwhelming. Rural French flea markets are a lot less pricey.

However, I do recall seeing old maps (and copies of old maps) at Clingancourt. Also at the bouquiniste stalls along the Seine (not sure if they're real, though), and at IGN, off the Champs Elysées and the Galerie Vivienne.

Don't really know much about fashion or interior design events, but a good site for checking on what's happening is www.whatsonwhen.com.


IGN. Galerie Vivienne.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 12:53 PM
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The flea markets at Porte de Clignancourt are indeed large and can be overwhelming, but it is a fun experience if you like to browse. There are several markets, each with its own character. If you go, make sure you go past the Peripherique from the metro station, avoiding the junky temporary markets selling clothes and stuff along the way, and turn left onto rue des Rosiers to enter the main areas. The shops are in permanent buildings, not like a flea market that sets up on tables along the street. There could quite possibly be a dealer who specializes in old maps. You can explore the website at http://www.parispuces.com/en/Default.asp

There is another flea market on the other end of the city Saturdays and Sundays, at Porte de Vanves. This is a temporary market that sets up on tables and has a less vast selection than the Clignancourt market, but can also be a fun place to spot collectibles.

Don't expect any major bargains at either place.
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Jan 1st, 2012, 01:25 PM
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Perhaps the museum of decorative arts? It is contiguous (?) to the Louvre. Do check below for precise entrance:

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/engl...t-textile-740/

I'm a little with StCirq about Pompidou but when we were in Paris, there was a special exhibit of an architect's models that was very interesting. The roof top resto has an excellent view. We only had coffees so I can speak for or against the food.

We enjoyed walking around Place Beaubourg.

And yes, old maps might be found in the bouquiniste stalls along the Seine--does anyone know for certain?

Congrats on your wedding!
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 04:12 AM
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Two enthusiastic thumbs up for St Denis. I finally went this past November on trip 4 to Paris. Very worthwhile and I am sure it will be busy in July but not as busy as the central Paris tourist sites.

Take a look at kerouac's report for the rose gardens he visited and posted on (link below) They might be great in the summer.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-bagatelle.cfm

Maybe the Promenade Plantee would be good for a summer stroll and a bit romantic, as well. The entrance is just past the Opera Bastille.

You could also spend some time around Canal St Martin. Lots of cafes in the area.

I have seen old maps also in some of the shops along the Seine in the Left Bank (5th and 6th).
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 04:32 AM
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I'd recommend buying a Michelin green guide to Paris--lots of suggestions for walks there. The only problem is that it may be a little too detailed and overwhelming for a first trip, but once you have decided on the main sites you want to visit it should be very useful.
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 07:33 AM
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http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...experience.cfm

Here's a link to my romantic trip to Paris. My DH still gets huge brownie points for this trip.....even 42 years later.
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 07:40 AM
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St cirq - I've been trying to find things to do on a sunday in March prior to going to the France v england rugby match at the stade de France and St. Denis is on my list as [on the map] they are pretty close together.

one issue that's been putting me off - how easy to get from St. Denis to Stade de France? it looks as if it's in walking distance, but how easy is it in practice?
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:20 AM
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Hi, annhig.

I've never walked from St-Denis to Stade de France, so won't conjecture how feasible it is. But if you're looking for things to do on a Sunday, consider brunch at the Jaquemart-André museum.
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:43 AM
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"My DH still gets huge brownie points for this trip.....even 42 years later."

Oooops! Not worded quite right. He still gets credit for this trip -- 12 years after the trip -- 42 years of marriage. Anyway...it was a wonderful, romantic, visit in Paris.
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:59 AM
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But if you're looking for things to do on a Sunday, consider brunch at the Jaquemart-André museum.>>

thanks, st. cirq.

I'd thought about that as we've nerve been there, but have an idea that a nice sunday lunch somewhere near the stadium like St. Denis might also be a good idea, as we could just wander over there afterwards.

I'll have another look at the Jaquemart -Andre though.

Thanks again!
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 12:29 PM
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We have walked the Quai du Canal - the pathway beside the canal - that runs from St Denis towards Paris. It runs down the St Denis side of the canal.
If you go to Google Maps for that area, it shows a bridge over the canal that looks like it would take you to the stadium.
I remember seeing a number of footway bridges, but didn't cross any of them. Di
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 09:47 AM
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Planning to be in Paris for 2 weeks next October so these suggestions are wonderful. Another vote for the Jacquemart Andre and the Marmottan. Also Musee Nissim de Camondo ... these are all beautiful collections in former private homes and at least one is well worth a visit.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 02:15 PM
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If you go to Google Maps for that area, it shows a bridge over the canal that looks like it would take you to the stadium.
I remember seeing a number of footway bridges, but didn't cross any of them. Di>>

hi Di,

I had a go at using the street view on google to see how to get to the Stade, and I reckon it must be doable, though I'm not entirely sure how! certainly that little bridge goes straight to the stadium, so if we could get ourselves there, we'd more or less have arrived.

so if it fits into the schedule, we might well try to do this before we got to the match.

I'll let you know how we get on!

PS - another vote for the Marmottan. And it's in a nice area of Paris, which helps.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:05 PM
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annhig:

Go to the google maps for Paris.

click "Get directions"

There will be an "A" box to type in your start point.

There will be a "B" box to type in your destination point.

ABOVE THE TWO BOXES, there will be a car and a little walking man. Before you type in your point of origin and your destination point, CLICK ON THE LITTLE MAN.

This will give you walking directions.

If you do not click on the little man, then the map will automatically default to the car, i.e., the driving directions.

Hope this helps.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 07:45 AM
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hi ET,

tried to do that but I think I probably got the order of the instructions wrong.

will try again!

Thanks!
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Jan 4th, 2012, 07:48 AM
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aha - tres bien - merci.

show a route via [under?] the A1 taking 19 mins.

looks good!
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Jan 4th, 2012, 08:44 AM
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Hi, ann!

glad you got the directions!

Have you ever used the little yellow man in the upper left corner of the google map?

Click on him and hold him, then move him to any point on your route, release him, and the street view will show up.

I'm not familiar with that part of Paris, so I used the little man and it appears that you can exit the stadium, get across the rue Henri Delaunay on a footbridge, right onto the Place de l'Ecluse.

When you are on the street level, there are white arrows. Click on the white arrow at the Place de l'Ecluse in the direction of the blue line. You will be moving slowly down that street.

There's a bit of complexity right at the entrance to the bridge, so it's good to know how it looks at the street level.

Once you have negotiated your way through the entrance maze, it looks like the bridge over the river/canal on the Av du President Wilson has a wide footpath. You will see quite a number of pedestrians crossing on this footpath.

On the other side of the river, there is a roundabout. You have to go left to get to the other side of the roundabout to pick up on the rue de la Legion d'Honneur which then leads in a straight shot to the basilica.

For me, this looks like more of a 1/2 hour walk, but you may be a faster walker!

I've used the google little man many times to get familiar with the street level views, particularly in unfamiliar cities.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 01:06 PM
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hi, et,

I tried that and ended up heading the wrong way! but i can see where you mean. it would take longer but might be nicer I think.

anyway, thanks for your help.

I'll let you know how we get on!
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Jan 4th, 2012, 01:15 PM
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Hi, Ann,

Above the little yellow man on the extreme left upper corner is a circle with four arrows in it. Click on one of the arrows, that's the way to orient the little yellow man.

Try it. It sounds complicated, but it's not.

Soon you'll have him headed where you want him to go!
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Jan 4th, 2012, 04:34 PM
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I give a strong endorsement for St Denis -- in some ways better than Notre Dame - IMHO -- but it's not on RER - I believe it's on Metro line 13...about one block from the station.

If you are into French history, it's a can't-miss sight...but also very spiritual/mystical.

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