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Things NOT to do in PARIS!

Old Jun 19th, 2005, 02:53 PM
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Things NOT to do in PARIS!

There have been endless threads on things to do, must sees, not to miss, off the beaten track! If you can't find interesting things to fill 3 to 20 days, then I feel for you1

But there are some things that I would give a definite pass on and I know everyone must have spent time doing "something" that really could have been spent better elsewhere!


My nomination...IRONING classes at Marie Lavande in the Viaduct des Artes! First off..what is an IRON???????????
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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The Pantheon in Paris is one of the least interesting buildings I've visited, so that's my recommendation.
With all apologies to Pantheon fans everywhere.
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 02:59 PM
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Ironing classes, while on vacation?? LOL!! That sounds almost as appealing as toilet cleaning classes.

The one thing I would change about my trip to Paris was the dinner cruise. I would still take an evening cruise, but have dinner somewhere else. The food was OK, but not worth what we paid. Also I think I could have enjoyed the scenery more if I could have focused on that instead of eating dinner.
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 03:07 PM
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Do not say, "How much is that in real money?" in a loud voice.

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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 03:09 PM
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Oh, jody, whatever possessed you??

The only thing I can think of NOT to do in Paris, is NOT to step in dog poop.
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 03:15 PM
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Plan the days so tightly you are rushing from here to there.

Paris is meant to be strolled and savored. While around time at a sidewalk cafe. Discover wonderful unknowns around the corner. I COULD NOT do Paris with SharonG's Trip Nazi!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:16 PM
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Heavens, Patirck! You don't think I actually did do an ironing course! I've only read about it..my dear mother tried to teach me and from age 7 ntil now I have been severely traumitized, to the point all I can iron are napkins!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:28 PM
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You iron napkins?

Doesn't the paper catch on fire?

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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:34 PM
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Talk about traumatized. A few years ago my parents had a professional family video made using still photographs from our childhoods. I discovered that I was given a child's ironing board and iron THREE TIMES for Christmas and birthday presents. What were they thinking? Never got a kitchen set or Easy Bake oven.

Needless to say, as an adult I do no ironing - and love to cook!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:38 PM
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an ironing board and an iron as presents?
Positively Dickensian!!
Of course you now do no ironing!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:50 PM
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starrsville!! I got that present when I was 4!!
But I do want to say that it was a great gift at the time, I also loved my swing and I never played with an iron since
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:52 PM
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This is a hard one, but I say don't stay in Paris for 2 nights and expect to even scratch the surface. We just stayed for 5 nights and we weren't ready to leave. There is just so much to see and absorb that 1 or 2 nights is just a tease.
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 04:53 PM
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In my vocabulary, iron, is the equivalent of a dirty four-letter word, LOL

BTW, I loved my Easy Bake oven!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:18 PM
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Did it actually, as claimed, operate with an ordinary light bulb? And was that indeed sufficient to bake anything?
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:25 PM
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Yes, Tedgale, it did indeed work and I made a lovely cake
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:29 PM
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One set MIGHT have been okay - but I got board and iron THREE TIMES (count'em, 3X) in my formative years! That is just sick, IMHO. Also received two chalkboards - and DID become a teacher!

ALWAYS wanted an Easy Bake oven. Noooo!

Wanted to send my nephew across the country a birthday present a few years ago. One of the highest ranked toys on Amazon was the boys' version of the Easy Bake - Creepy Crawler or something like that. My mom and his mom thought I was crazy.

It was one of his favorite gifts ever. He went through the all the worm in dirt mix (and I think brains as well) without stopping. Mom was trying to pack up the household for a move from West to East and "thanked me" with less than sincerity. Still, he loved it!

The only time I iron now is when I "sew" - with heat (iron) activated fusing tape.
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:30 PM
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Which can bring us back full circle to the topic - What not to do in Paris.

For those that remember the scorched carpet thread....DO NOT IRON IN PARIS!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:34 PM
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starrsville, my kids </>loved the Creepy Crawler maker!!!

I so badly want to go to Paris! I am making a list of what NOT to do...

1) No ironing!

2).....Anything else?
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:52 PM
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Well, I will get totally flamed by Roby (and maybe others) but I stay above ground while in Paris. This is a personal preference and it works for me.

I like to walk Paris and when my toes get tired, I'd rather take a taxi than to go underground to take the metro. I enjoy seeing what I would otherwise be missing.

I read so many threads asking about routes and transfers and Carte Orange and etc. And, no I am not scared or intimidated or afraid to stretch - I navigate the subway in NYC and the tube in London quite well thank you. But, I LOVE seeing the city in Paris - architecture, people and dog watching, etc. A taxi fare is almost the equivalent of a show admission!

I do buy a 2 day pass for the hop-on, hop-off bus as well. It's a great way to get oriented in the city (NYC and London as well) and I can use if tired instead of a taxi.

Yes, I know taxis are not as cheap - but I prioritize differently than others. Isn't it grand we each can do that!
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Old Jun 19th, 2005, 05:54 PM
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No whining about how long the line was to go up inside the Eiffel Tower. Either just see the ET from the ground and move on,or else pack fruit and be prepared for a line to go up, and a line to come down. If you're looking for an aerial view of Paris, there are alternatives.
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