Things to Do in Paris

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Things to Do in Paris

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  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, CA1,015 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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  • Carla Pereira Tomé
    Funchal, Portugal145 contributions
    Due to all the reasons we know it is closed and under renovation, but it is still majestic from the outside. Really hope to see it back to it's glory in 10 years!
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • evinparis
    Lake Worth, Florida10 contributions
    It always surprises me how many people completely miss this gem. it is the most beautiful church in Paris.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Carla Pereira Tomé
    Funchal, Portugal145 contributions
    A very good surprise in our visit to Paris. Much more worth to visit than other more famous palaces. The rooms are suberb, makes me want to one day watch a play/ballet/opera.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Andreea D
    Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
    I recommend to be seen from Trocadero because it offers a wonderful view. At night is really nice, lights up
    Written August 15, 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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  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, CA1,015 contributions
    We purchased advance online reserved timed tickets for the Arc de Triomphe instead of purchasing a Paris Museum pass as the pass did not allow advance reservations made. Actually once you have a valid entrance ticket for the day, you may enter at any time as they did not check; it is all QR code scanned by the machine. We arrived over 30 minutes early and we were admitted in without a problem. The only problem was finding the actual entrance to access as the etoile (star) that radiates around the Arc de Triomphe does not really have any signs indicating where the entrance is. We walked around for over 1/2 an hour and finally located the staircase that heads down the tunnel to access the entrance. It is located directly from the end of Avenue de Champs Elysees facing the Arc de Triomphe. You will see the big crowd of people heading in/out . Follow the crowd and you will get in.
    It is worth the climb up the staircase to access up the top of Arc de Triomphe as the 12 streets that radiate from it are visible along with the many Paris iconic landmarks-- Grande Arche de la Defense, Montparnasse Tower, Sacre Coeur, and the Eiffel Tower of course. Half way up, there is a stop for a restroom break and a gift shop. Well worth the climb up for the views!
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • Wesley C
    Tucson, AZ8,137 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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  • karenpammy2016
    San Francisco, CA1,015 contributions
    It is definitely worth a trip here to Montmartre, especially on a clear day. Take the Line 12 metro and get off at Abbesses, then take the long elevator ride up. The walk to Sacre Coeur (Paris's highest place) is only about 10 minutes from the Metro station. Many local boutiques, bakeries, shops and card shops on the way there. Once you get to the base of Sacre Couer, you have a choice to either climb the steps ~150-200 of them to get to the top or either take the funicular car up instead. If you have a Navigo Card or or Metro ticket, both are accepted.
    The view from Sacre Coeur included the Pompidou Centre, Montparnasse Tower, the Pantheon and the skyscrapers all the way to La Defense. Make sure you go over to Place du Tetre, just follow left of Sacre Coeur , up the small narrow streets-- it is the place where all the aspiring artists assemble with their pieces of art work on sale and you may see them in person painting. You may also get a caricature done here also. Many local stores here selling all kinds of Parisien Souvenirs as well as many restaurants. Nice to come for an afternoon.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Andreea D
    Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
    The trip witht the boat was very nice and I would do it again. I was at night and I've got the Eiffel Tower all light up, which was a plus, but also the ride was nice.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Keith D
    Manchester, UK119 contributions
    Always a pleasure to come here. We bought baguettes and drinks from a patisserie close to our hotel (highly original) and enjoyed a lovely lunch in these beautiful gardens.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Andreea D
    Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
    The church is very nice, but way to many people and you can't really enjoy it. Just for a quick check is fine to do
    Written August 15, 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, AZ8,137 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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