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To Parisian residents & frequent Paris visitors: what are...

This will be my 5th visit to this beautiful city. I would like to expand my knowledge & experience of Paris. I've seen and done many of the things one expects to do such as museums, parks, walk the Champs Elysees, etc. I'd love to hear from the people who really know the city's secrets.

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1. Re: To Parisian residents & frequent Paris visitors: what are...

Without being to personal if you tell us a little more about yourself, likes and dislikes, interests, favorite historic period, travelling habits, preferred art style, etc.. It would be easier to answer your large question.

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I suppose what I'm looking for are streets or parts of a neighborhood that are wonderful because of a restaurant, cafe, shops, a bookstore, etc. I'd like to delve deeper into the city by mainly exploring on foot.

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Annab,

I will spend my 5th September in Paris this September.

Here are a few suggestions -

Shakespeare & Company Bookstore

Catacombs

Paris Walks

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

St. Ouen Flea Market

Isle de la Cite

The Opera

Best Wishes

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What anyone else does with their time in Paris is pretty much influenced by their own personal preferences, priorities, special interests, budget, etc. You'll get more substantive and meaninful suggestions if you provide some of yours. As an example, attending an all-Mahler concert performance of the Paris Sympnony Orchestra if you have no interest in classical music or Mahler. Nor will ggoing to a game at Stade de France, if you're not a soccor fan.

But there are a lot of lesser known '..specialty..' museums and exhibits--the Musee des Arts Forains���Collection Jean-Paul Favand-- http://www.pavillons-de-bercy.com/ for carousels, circus and carnival exhibits; Musee Dupuytren, Musee de l���Institut Pasteur and Musee d���Art Dentaire/Musee Pierre Fauchard for medical & dental sciences history; Musee Pierre Marl-Lunettes et Lorgnettes for vision aids & eyeglass exhibits; Musee de la Magie���(Magic Museum)-- http://www.museedelamagie.com/ for the history of magic; Musee National de la Marin3-- http://www.musee-marine.fr/ ; Memorial du Martyr Juif Inconnu--http://www.memorial-cdjc.org/ -- Musee d���Art et d���Histoire de Judisasme-- http://www.mahj.org/defaultgb.htm for Jewish history; Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet--http://www.museeguimet.fr/ and Maison de la Culture du Japon-- http://www.mcjp.asso.fr/ --for Oriental art & culture; Musee de la Poupee-- http://www.museedelapoupeeparis.com/ a doll museum; Musee-Galerie de le Seita a museum for historic tobacco use; Musee du Stylo et de l���Ecriture for penmanship, caligraphy and writing implements; Musee du Vin-- http://www.museeduvinparis.com/ a wine museum with tastings.

What's you interest? Take your pick

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Musee de la Magie (http://www.museedelamagie.com)

I visited here on a Sunday last May with my children and it was certainly entertaining with a free magic show thrown in. As it's loacted in the Marais area, where the shops open on a Sunday, you could pass a pleasant afternoon. The Picasso Museum, rue de Thorigny is also close by and well as nice places to eat, Place des Vosges etc

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Paris have secrets to last you a lifetime. My favorite afternoons in Paris are the one I past with a group of strangers going to a visite guidee.

Check le Figaro newspaper and the booklet find in hotels produced by Monunents et visites guidees. No reservation needed just show up at the meeting point, usually a metro station.

There a small group (6 to 10) will be introducted to the history of a very particular aspect of the city by natives who are obviously in love with Paris. The subject are very specialize by ex. the fabriaction of medieval tapisteries in Les Gobelins or Mme de Sevigne dans ses demeures. Often after the tour I invite the group for a drink and speak for hours at a cafe about our love of Paris.

Have discover les passages? There are books written just about them.

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Luckyluc,

This is the first I have heard about the visite guidee. How often are they held, and is there a charge. It sounds intriguing.

Merci, Steve

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Everyday, a small charge, I usually added a tip also and the end. What is great about them is that often the guide will have access to area not open to the general public, like inside appts, inside courtyards, artits studio etc...

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*No rush, no pressure

*No touristy stuff

*Some good special exhibits (like Matisse at the Luxembourg or Seurat to Klee at the d'Orsay right now)

*A movie or two, preferably French ones

*Possibly a good theater play or a ballet

*Take my time and relax

*Sit at sidewalks cafes sipping a citron presse and watch the world go by

*Have a drink in a nice bar like the George V

*Do some good shopping, preferably in small boutiques in the 6th around Le Bon Marche

*Find some good eats, preferably off the beaten path

Voila! :)

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I'd love to find a good consignment store, I love unique little shops with interesting women's clothing, scarves, shoes, etc, The William Shakespeare & Co. bookstore I will definitely go to. A little about me: I'm 33, an avid reader, I love French history & culture, I like shopping, movies, plays, theater, cafes, good food. Sorry if this sounds too generic. One of my favorite things to do is just walk and see what I can find. I found a wonderful open air market near the Blvd. Raspail one day. I bought flavored sea salt, a scarf, and roasted chicken and potatoes. That was a city secret that I just happened to come across and will go back to again.

Thanks so much for kind feedback so far.