Things to Do in Paris

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Things to Do in Paris

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  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, CA1,011 contributions
    We went ahead and decided not to purchase a Paris Museum pass as it did not allow us to make advance reservations online separately as it allowed us to select our entrance time. We chose the earliest at 9:30a.m. which was nice as we were the first 50 to enter. The line outside did not start to build until around 9:10a.m. It is always nice to visit the Musee d'Orsay each time I return to Paris as I appreciate it in different ways as there is never enough time to see everything.
    During last month there was a special Gaudi Exhibit running through mid-July-- surprisingly, it took nearly an hour to see the exhibit which was very interesting and included many of Gaudi's creations-- it was nice to see it before heading out to Barcelona to see his finished and unfinished work.
    Make sure that you do some homework before visiting Musee D'Orsay-- it can save you a lot of time and also to make sure you see what you want to see. It is a bit of a maze to head up to Level 5 for all the Impressionism paintings as not all the escalators head up there. Check your map for reference before heading up. It was crowded up there by the time we got up there by11a.m. but it was worth visiting.
    If you plan to have lunch at the Cafe Compana on Level 5, make sure you go early as it got quite full with a line around 20 people waiting during 12 noon. It is convenient to eat there but the wait could be enduring. We ended up finishing to see what we wanted and just left for lunch as there are plenty of other less crowded eating places nearby. Well worth the visit! Plan at least 4-5 hours here to enjoy the exhibits and not have to rush through it.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, CA1,011 contributions
    Unfortunately the Cathedrale de Notre Dame suffered a fire back in Spring 2019 and it is still completely closed and is in the midst of reconstruction. It is still worth a walk over to view it from the outside but the experience is definitely not the same as there are boards placed up which block the views of the statues and icons on the three doors in front. It is still a nice sight to see from a distance as it is so much one of Paris's iconic landmark.
    Make sure you take walk past River Seine from Cathedrale de Notre Dame-- making a right when you face Notre Dame. The view from the bridge is worth it as the front of Notre Dame is in full view. Walk down the Seine and past the many bouquinistes along the way and continue the way of all the scaffolding in Notre Dame. Unfortunately the flying buttresses are not in view any longer. Continue down until you reach Parvis Notre-Dame- Place Jean Paul-- actually is closed off now, cross the bridge and continue walking past Notre Dame, make a left when you reach the back of Notre Dame and continue walking alongside of it as there are displays on the process of the fire reconstruction. Well worth the walk!
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • Stephen, from Sydney
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    We absolutely enjoyed seeing this and must not be missed. But the mid summer queues are long and hot, even if you have a time allocated ticket slot. Worth seeing.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Walshfamily4
    Florence, Italy80 contributions
    Every part of this building we were able to enter was fabulous. It is worth going to the website first to read about the areas and view the plan to better appreciate what a very well planned building it is. It also houses a library full of the original music books. The view from the front balcony was great, but when there look up at the balcony ceiling too. A beautiful building!!
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • IrishFamilyAdventures
    County Dublin, Ireland50 contributions
    The day we went up was really busy and it was hard to move around the second stage. It may have been because the top floor was closed (Bastille day was the following day) but it would have been better to maybe sell a few less tickets.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Julie C
    5 contributions
    The museum is tiny, but the Monet exhibit makes it all worthwhile. We went with the Paris First pass and got in "free" - not needing to reserve a spot in advance (nor wait in a long line).
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • La_Kaybee
    La.52 contributions
    Visted the Arc on a cool rainy morning in July. The crowds were not as heavy and it gave us the opportunity to be in out of the rain. The rain did not last long. There was the option of photos outside prior to going up, as well as photos inside and from the top. We could literally see all over the city. Had injured my knee a week prior to arrival and was able to take the lift a good way up and then about 40 stairs took us to the top. There is a souvenir shop about 3/4 way up, as well as an area with seating that provides a video of the history of the Arc.
    This was by far one of the highlights of my visit to Paris.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Wesley C
    Tucson, AZ8,077 contributions
    The Musee du Louvre is usually on everyone's "to do" list. Originally constructed as a fortress in 1190, it was the royal residence from 1500s until the French Revolution. Reserve an entrance time slot online to avoid the long lines. I spent over 4 hours here and still barely scratched the surface. Pick 2-3 areas of focus and a few signature pieces in each. I chose European masterpieces (Mona Lisa, Wedding Feast at Cana and Coronation of Napoleon), sculptures (Venus de Milo, Mercury and Winged Victory), crown jewels, and Egyptian antiquities. I didn't see everything but enjoyed what I did see. Go as early as you can (I had a 9:15 slot) to avoid the crowds and head immediately to Mona Lisa (there were less than 50 people in line).
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • IrishFamilyAdventures
    County Dublin, Ireland50 contributions
    We wandered over here from the Sacre Coeur and enjoyed a browse in the little gift shops. We did the touristy thing and got our portraits done. Went to an average restaurant but it was lovely to soak up the atmosphere and views.
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Stewy C
    Brampton, Ontario, Canada86 contributions
    Lots to do and see along the river, or just take an enjoyable stroll along it in many parts of Paris. And outside Paris in small towns and village like Auvers-sur-Oise and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • Walshfamily4
    Florence, Italy80 contributions
    Great for wandering through or finding a quiet spot to sit and chill out. This is a massive area with several distinctly different types of gardens in central Paris, and despite the prolonged heat the flowers still looked gorgeous.
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • Walshfamily4
    Florence, Italy80 contributions
    The uphill walk from the Opera area to the stairs below Sacre-Coer was an easy and lovely walk with great architecture, interesting shops and cafes along the way.
    As with previous trips here the area outside was busy, including with people hasseling you in trying to sell you souvenirs, and there was a long queue to get in. A few scuffles between these sidewalk sellers erupted into a full on fight on the steps in front of the church!
    The steps themselves offer a fantastic view south over Paris. Once in, the large church although darkened is great to walk around and worth the wait.
    Written August 13, 2022
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  • Julie C
    5 contributions
    We went during a heat wave in summer - and while it was my favorite museum from a visit 20 years ago, this time, the lack of AC made it not as enjoyable. It was just too hot and stuffy inside. The outside gardens are lovely and a great place to rest and enjoy a bit of ice cream.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • wizardphoto
    Rabiya Lebanon40 contributions
    Just walked around through parks and gardens. The Marais is very flowery in this time of year. Lots of hidden places to see.
    Written August 11, 2022
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  • Wesley C
    Tucson, AZ8,077 contributions
    Church built by Louis XV is 1764-90 to honor St. Genevieve, the patron sainte of Paris. Flipped between religious & secular roles over the decades before becoming a Pantheon honoring France's greatest leaders in state, military, arts and science in 1885. Among those buried here are Marie Curie, Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas, Emile Zola and Voltaire. Massive building with a very beautiful interior and sculptures. Also houses the Foucault Pendulum.
    Written August 13, 2022
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