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"Secret" Tours or Places to see in Paris?

Old Jun 19th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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gosh we just got back. I wish I had known.. oh well next trip!! We stayed in Monmarte.. that would have been nice..
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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ps I assume you already know about the catacombs.. very interesting...
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 05:41 PM
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My suggestions are not secret, but they are perhaps unusual.

One of my all time favorite places in Paris is Deyrolle, on rue de Bac. It's a shop in the form of an 18th Century Cabinet of Curiosities, with all sorts of natural history objects and taxidermy. There was a fire there earlier this year, but I think it may have reopened.

I also like the Magic Museum in the Marais, near the Place des Voges. I think it shows up on a lot of lists of places to go to in Paris with kids, but it is a great place to go without kids, too.

The best way to discover secrets in Paris is just to pick a neighborhood and wander around.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 06:05 PM
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I forgot to mention my other favorite Paris store, Colette. It's a great place to experience Paris style, even if you are just looking. It's not secret by any means, but there's always something new and interesting on view there.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 08:39 PM
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'Paris charms and secrets' electric bicycle tours.

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Old Jun 20th, 2008, 03:55 PM
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I did the best walking tour last time i was there. It's a private tour so you can plan in advance with your guide and get the original tour you want! We had the most amazing guide, she was a french student from paris and she knew places that i couldn't even find in the guidebooks afterwards! She also helped us with restaurant reservation and showed us great places to shop! The tour is not cheap but you can't be desapointed! Her name is Marie and her number is 0033.678.83.44.77 !
Enjoy your time in Paris!
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Old Nov 2nd, 2008, 04:03 AM
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Old Nov 2nd, 2008, 05:43 AM
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the deux chevaux tour - goes to all the usual places, but what a piece of french history:


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Old Nov 2nd, 2008, 06:14 AM
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We took the Electric Bike tour from
parischarmssecrets.com in August and saw some things (I won't give them away) I had never seen before on several visits to Paris. I had walked right past a couple of the things many times without knowing they were there! Highly recommended.
And the bikes are easy to pedal even for a dedicated non bicyclist like me! ;^)

In addition to deportation plaques you find I also keep an eye out for the plaques mounted on walls for resistance fighters who died in those locations. Many times their remains are buried in the wall you see the plaque on. I am always brought to the verge of tears.

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Old Nov 3rd, 2008, 07:57 PM
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Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2008, 08:24 PM
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Take the RER to Chatou and walk to the Ile des Impressionistes. Have lunch at the Maison Fournaise. Look it up on the internet to see what I mean.
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Old Jan 14th, 2009, 06:53 AM
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Deyrolle is open. You can't even tell there was a fire.

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