Top five must dos in Paris

Apr 9th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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So many good replies

One would need to ask how long you are going for...a 3 day trip would produce a different list than a 7 day...for example, Versailles would creep into a longer stay.

Your interests and sightseeing style will also determine your days activities. I like art, and have been to the Louvre, but it might not be on my top ten list if my only priority would be seeing the Mona Lisa...but Id keep the Tuileries and the outside of the builfing on my list.

Travel style...if your are the hectic, 10AM Louvre, 1PM lunch, 2:30PM Orsay kind of traveller, that's good to know. For me Paris is those sights, but also the serendipity moments. I was on a walking tour of the Marais, and saw that there was an exhibition of Marie Antoinette items at a small museum that we had walked by. Scooted back after tour and saw items that really impressed me.. not on the schedule. Last time, my day started by walking from hotel to local cafe, buy local newspaper, have a coffee and croissant, plan my day..then off I go.

Paris is buildings and art and food (aka The Destinations) but also leisurely walks, street vendors, bouquinistes, a classical concert at a small church, a Woddy Allen movie at a local theatre, finding "your" best pain au chocolat by sampling from all the local patisseries. None of the above would fit into a guide of the Top 5 Must Do's...but I think they should be blended into any list, because they are as much a part of what makes Paris...Paris.

But to add to a list...
I like some of the suggestions already, I might add the Marmottan for the Monets, the Musee Moyen Age for its tapistries and to see the roman ruins, Rodin Museum and gardens, Luxembourg Gardens, night Seine river cruise, Berthillon ice cream on Ile St Louis, St Chapelle has been mentioned..perhaps add a nighttime candlelight classical concert there, Opera Garnier, Angelina's for an Africain hot chocolate, one or more walking tours by Paris and entertaining, Arene de Lutece if you've never seen a roman arena, Place des Voges for a classical (and the oldest) french square, Palais Royal for its funky architecture pylons and then its nice garden and arcaded walkway, Square du Vert Gallant for its tranquility and views of Seine and Louvre, rue St Germain for its famous cafes, rue de Buci and Mouffetard for its market, a farmer's market in one of the arrondissements, the "passages" (covered walkways), Eiffel Tower approached from the Trocadero side, musee militiare and Napoleon's tomb, Jacquemart Andre museum and cafe for a glimpse at the home and collection of early 20th century socialites, walk above Seine to browse bouqinistes and also walk down below street level to be beside Seine and views of Notre Dame and the Islands, and so on...
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Apr 9th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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I dont know if anyone else has mentioned it....but the catacombs were certainly one of the most memorable of the sites we saw in paris.

Maybe not in the typical top 5 list, but if you are in Paris for a week, you should definetly see it!

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Apr 9th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Again, it really depends on your interests, but my favorites are:

Tour Montparnasse
Petit Palais
Luxembourg gardens
Tuileres gardens
Place d'Vosges
Shakespeare and Co.
Walk along Seine
St. Germain area walk
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Apr 24th, 2007, 03:34 PM
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May 3rd, 2007, 12:49 PM
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Soupe de Poisson
Go to the Luxembourg Gardens on a Sunday
Visit the Musee d'Orsay
Become a Bar Fly at Harry's New York Bar on Cinq Rue Danou (birthplace of the bloody Mary).
Sainte Chappelle
Stroll down the small Monmartre streets after visiting Sacre Coeur - maybe stop by Jim Morrison's grave.
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May 3rd, 2007, 01:23 PM
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Having stayed virtually in Montmartre for 3 weeks recently, I encourage you to visit Sacre Coeur, and around sunset is great. We took a two-sandwich, one bottle of wine picnic and joined the party on the lawns below the church. We loved wandering the narrow streets (good shoes a must!) and the Montmartre cemetery, but sorry, although Jim Morrison reportedly liked to hang out around there, he is buried in Pere LaChaise (sp?) Cemetery, not in Monmartre. You can toast his spirit, however! Do use the Metro to get where you need to go within Paris - you are not more than 20 minutes from anywhere, no matter where you are.
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