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jamikins Nov 4th, 2012 09:40 AM

Passionfruit - you will have a great time so don't worry!

As for clothes, I see you are from Canada (so am i) so you just need to bring a winter jacket, gloves, warm shoes, and maybe some layers so if the weather is warmer or cooler than you expect you can take a layer off or put it on under your jacket. You may want to throw in a toque just in case it's cold and definitely pack a scarf. Also bring an umbrella. no need to buy a new wardrobe - jeans, sweaters, cords or whatever you wear at home is just fine.

Cold weather is the perfect excuse to slip into a cafe for a coffee, hot chocolate or glass of wine and watch the world go by!

Hope you fall in love with Paris!

denisea Nov 4th, 2012 11:41 AM

Well, what you should visit is so individual...the answers will be different depending on who you ask.

Click on the link gave you and take a look at the individual museums, click on the name to bring up info on that particular museum.

For me, Petit Palais, Carnavalet and Cognacq-Jay might be the most interesting. I have not been to all of them. Your interests may be entirely different.

For museums you would have to purchase admission, I would recommend the combo ticket for D'Orsay/L'Orangeriie...I love both museums, because I love Impressionism. Buy the ticket at L'Orangerie, as it is far less crowded. It is 14 euros. I believe you have four days to visit the other museum.
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/visit/a...sion-fees.html

EGC Nov 4th, 2012 12:41 PM

Passionfruit:

Among the museums and exhibits in Paris, the following are described as being free by the Office de Tourisme de Paris:


Free permanent collections

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – 16th
Maison de Balzac – 16th (free admission to the collections, except during temporary exhibition periods)
Maison Bourdelle – 15th (free admission to the collections, except during temporary exhibition periods)
Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris – 3th
Musée Cernuschi – 8th
Musée Cognacq-Jay – 3rd
Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin – 15th (closed for renovation)
Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris – 8th
Maison de Victor Hugo – 4th
Musée de la Vie Romantique – 9th
Musée Zadkine – 6th (free admission to the collections, except during temporary exhibition periods)
Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner – 17th


Free entry

Musée national de la Légion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie – 7th
Musée Bible et Terre Sainte – 6th
Musée – Librairie du Compagnonnage – 6th
Musée Curie (Institut du radium) – 5th
Musée du Parfum-Fragonard – 9th
Théâtre musée des Capucines-Fragonard – 2nd
Musée de la Préfecture de Police – 5th
Arènes de Lutèce – 5th
Atelier Brancusi (Musée national d'art moderne - Centre Pompidou) – 4th
Le Plateau – Centre d’art contemporain – 19th

Best of luck!

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 4th, 2012 03:06 PM

Okay, so with the museum pass, I'm planning to get the 4 day one, spanning from Friday, the 28, til Monday the 31.
I was wandering if this a bit too ambitious:

Day 1(Friday)
-Versailles
-Musée du Louvre

Day 2(Saturday)
-Arc de Triomphe
-Chapelle Expiatoire
-Musée de l'Armée et la tombe de Napoléon

Day 3(Sunday)
-Basilique de St. Denis
-Musée d'Orsay

Day 4(Monday)
-Musée de l'Orangerie
-Sainte Chapelle
-Les tours de Notre Dame
-Panthéon


Is this too ambitious? I'm going to try to stick to this, and get my money's worth with the Museum Pass.

Also, since it will be during the holiday, can I expect the nightlife to be booming every night I'm there? Where I'm from, no one goes to clubs or bars apart from Friday and Saturday evenings. Can I expect the nightlife in Paris to be there every night?

StCirq Nov 4th, 2012 04:29 PM

You need to familiarize yourself with a map of Paris and group things that are close to each other. Your plans at the moment have you zig-zagging all over Paris and make no sense logistically.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 4th, 2012 05:00 PM

I did the best I could, taking into account all I wanted to see and opening hours. I did Versailles on the first day with the Louvre, because on Fridays, the Louvre stays open til 9:45 pm. This way, I can go to Versailles early, around 8 am, and have enough time to go to the Louvre. Since most everything else closes around 6, I figured the Louvre was the best option.
The Chapelle Expiatoire is open on the Saturday, but won't be again until Thursday, and by that time, my pass will have expired. But since it doesn't open until 1:00, I thought visiting the Arc de Triomphe, which is walking distance from my hotel, would be fine to do before heading there. I don't plan on spending too much time there, so I thought le musée de l'armée would be the best option.
On the Sunday, I figured since the St. Denis Basilica is outside of Paris, I'd head there and back, and spend the rest of the day at the Orsay museum, since it is my last chance to do so, as it is closed on Mondays.
For the Monday, I thought going to l'Orangerie first would be ideal, since it opens at 9:30 am. I would then go see la sainte chapelle, les tours de notre dame, and the panthéon, in whatever order, since they are in walking distance from each other(at least, they seem to be, as far as I can tell).

I tried to organize it as well I could, and I didn't just put things that are close together on the same day, since opening days and times are a factor. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could schedule those 4 days in a more efficient way?

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 5th, 2012 02:26 AM

And also, with the nightlife, can I expect it to be alive every night?I've also decided, the for transportation, I will get the carnet for the first four days, and then get the weekly pass. I feel as though that is the best option.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 5th, 2012 05:29 AM

Yepppp

paris15 Nov 5th, 2012 05:56 AM

You know, discoverng Paris is not just visiting a place (museum, church or whatever is on the pass), then rushing to another one. That's in between that you will get a real feeling of the city.
Another point : i find it strange to start your stay in Paris by...taking the train to go and visit Versailles, which is actually another town (beautiful indeed, but much more something you should experiment after a cople od days within centrl Paris. But you're idea to go to Louvre on friday evening is the best option.
For the first day I would start walking to Arc de Triomphe, buy my pass there (if you really think you have to have one), climb and have a first look of the city and its geography.
Then stroll a little down the Champs Elysees, take a bus to Notre Dame or Saint Michel (you'll have a quick look at the Seine, maybe Place Concorde, the National Assembly...it depends on qhat bus you take).
Then you'are in the very center and can choose between Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, maybe walk to Pantheon (and you will find something cheap to eat). If it's a little sunny, don't hesitate to enter the Jardin du Luxembourg. You'll always find Parisians there, sitting on a chair for 15 inutes, or watching the kids having fun with the small boats (especially during holidays).
Then you walk towards Odeon, take the Pont des Arts and enter the Louvre for 2-3-4 hours.
That woul be quite a busy fist day, but a wonderful first glance at the city.

Concerning the other days, there are options I wouldn't consider, like the Chapelle Expiatoire (I'm french, I've been living in Paris for 17 years so far, but hardly know what and where it is?)
If you want to see Napoeleon's grave, why not. But are you sure to spend time in the Army Museum (very interesting if you realyy know your french history). The best option in the same area would be to have a look at the Rodin Museum...

Anyway, I think you should buy a good guidebook, and read most of it to have an idea of what you really want to see.

paris15 Nov 5th, 2012 06:17 AM

Another thing : if you want to see la Basilique Sait Denis, go there on the sunday morning. You will experience the market which is taking place 3 times a week. You'll see the world there, and the vast diversity of its citizens.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 5th, 2012 06:25 AM

Well I did plan to see St. Dennis on the Sunday, so that works out. I am arriving in Paris on the 27,and that day, I plan to just walk around and see the city. I do want to see the Army museum, but noww I'm wondering, why do you think the Rodin museum is a better option? Is the army museum not very good?

paris15 Nov 5th, 2012 06:41 AM

Well, it's a very good...Army Museum, if you're interested in armours coming from the Middle-Age (fantastic collection), battle plans or innovative weapons. And once again, you have to know your french and european history very well to really enjoy it.
But with the pass, why not have a look? The building itself is something. And it's almost the same place as Napoleon's grave.
Rodin Museum has a more romantic flavor, especialy the garden (I have no idea what it'll be like in december).

janisj Nov 5th, 2012 07:08 AM

"<i>I do want to see the Army museum, but noww I'm wondering, why do you think the Rodin museum is a better option? </i>"

Total apples and oranges. The Rodin Museum is . . . well, Rodin. Very beautiful and thought provoking sculptures. If the weather isn't horrid the sculpture garden is an absolute must IMO.

The Army museum is good too -- they are quite near each other so you can do both. But one can't be compared to the other.

annhig Nov 5th, 2012 07:15 AM

well, passionfruit, this is when the museum pass comes in handy - you can do both for no extra cost and see which one you like best - perhaps you'll like them both!

Leely2 Nov 5th, 2012 07:49 AM

They are both good museums, different though, obviously. I agree with not rushing off to Versailles right away.

Though there are some disadvantages to your hotel location, you're right by the Jacquemart Andre museum, which has a terrific permanent collection and often fantastic temporary exhibits. It's only about two blocks from your hotel, so I'd definitely try to visit.

http://musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en/home

StCirq Nov 5th, 2012 08:22 AM

I have been to Paris 109 times now and never even heard of the Chapelle Expiatoire. I'll definitely check it out when I am there again in March, but I suggest you cross that right off your list unless there is something unique about it that speaks to you.

Don't go rushing off to Versailles on Day 1.

I love the Army Museum, especially all the fabulous exhibits in the lower level. The Rodin Museum simply cannot be compared to it - it would be like comparing the Newseum and the Sachler here in DC. As noted, apples and oranges. If you have a guidebook, you should be able to distinguish among the various museums and choose what appeals to you.

I would definitely visit the Jacquemart-André. They have a wonderful brunch on Sundays, too. And the Parc Monceau right nearby.

I don't understand why the carnet for the first 4 days, then the pass, but maybe you've researched that.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 5th, 2012 08:37 AM

For the carnet and the weekly pass, I thought that was the best option. Since you've been to Paris so many times, maybe you have a better idea?

The Chapelle Expiatoire is something I want to see, so I don't think I'll be crossing that off. I guess I will take a look at both the Rodin and the Army museum. And since it's a bad idea to go to Versailles on the Friday, is there a better option?

And again, the nightlife, can I expect to find bars and clubs open every night?

paris15 Nov 5th, 2012 09:20 AM

Christmas Holidays is not the best moment to party, but there is always something going on.
If you want a big club, there is the Queen, on the Chamsp Elysees, not so far from your place. Very famous all around the worl when it was a gay club some 15 ou 10 years ago. More conventionnal now, but still a clubbing experience.
There are some others in the Champs Elysees district, but not very friendly, and sometimes very expensive (but if you look like a 17 year old russian model and like older rich men...)

For another big club, there is actually one called Showcase, right under the Alexandre III bridge (quie a spectacular venue)
Those one are definetly clubs, starting late till early in the morning.

Otherwise you'll find bars near...Oberkampf for example. Some in the same street as Hotel Cosmos...
I can mention a human size club like Nouveau Casino in the same area.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 5th, 2012 09:41 AM

I most certainly do not look anything like a 17 year old Russian model haha.
I don't want to party so much as I want to find places in which to socialize, meet new people.
I don't plan on doing anything near my hotel, it is much too pricey for me, so going to the Oberkampf area does not bother me at all.
Do you have any recommendations for New Year's eve?

StCirq Nov 5th, 2012 09:50 AM

If you've done your research and determined the carnet, then the pass, will work for you, that's fine. I don't use the métro or buses much when in Paris - I'd rather walk all day - so a carnet usually lasts me at least two trips.

Versailles is fine any day; I just can't see rushing off there on Day 1 when you'll be jetlagged.

It seems as though there's a Louis XIV-Marie Antoinette theme here, in which case the Chapelle Expiatoire makes sense.


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