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“A charming intro to old world France”

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Ranked #47 of 179 Fun & Games in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Who has not dreamed of embracing the sight of Paris from the sky ? Discover and fly over exceptional settings such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Opera... Far from the clichés and corny postcards. Travel through the centuries and peer back into the beginning of the City of Lights. Explore 2000 years of History featured on a panorama screen. Moreover, PARIS-STORY provides for visitors :- mobile applications, - theme-oriented video, - interactive quizzes,- an interactive scale model,- a shop with wide selection of original products.
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I live in the same arrondissement as Paris Story, which is literally across the street from the Garnier Opera. I had a friend visit from Cambridge, Massachusetts who wanted to do all the touristy things in Paris. Paris Story was on his long list. Upon arrival, you descend a flight of stars, where there is a large waiting room/gift shop/lobby with a very cool interactive diorama map of the city with ll the points of interest lighting up. The gentleman who owns/runs it was front and center to guide the tour. The theatre is lush and the multi-media film includes a very nice history lesson, which should be of interest to anyone coming to France. The film is a bit dated, as far as how it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a modern day multi media experience. What is does have is passion and a true romantic love and respect for Paris, which is views as a mademoiselle, a fragile and beautiful woman. I am glad I got to see this, as it has a days gone by feel, which is sorely lacking over in the states (where I am from as well). I saw a few very brutal critiques of this attraction by some American tourists, who were maybe expecting something by Disney? lol. The film is in French, but there are headsets that translate it into many foreign languages, including English. It has been running for a couple of decades, i believe. It was a nice way to unwind during a snowstorm, between trips to the Opera and les grands magasins.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The interactive map in the lobby was more interesting and as informative as the Powerpoint presentation/adverisment/Paris hype. There was some actual data about the Roman influence and Notre Dame, references to the cultural aspects and a number of literary quotes. Mainly, we felt like this is an attempt to convince all to love Paris; it did provide a source of repetitive humor and a 20-minute "power nap" for my grandson.

Thank MzEd7882
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Paris-Story is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Showings at every hour starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Tickets: 10,50 €.
The nearest metro station is Opera station (lines 3 - 7 - 8)and in fact it is just across the road from the famous Opera Garnier.
I think this show is very important for first-time comers to the city, it explains briefly but sufficiently the history of Paris and its famous events , eras and architecture. It gives an adequate knowledge about Paris attractions that you can skip or prioritize them according to each's own interests and needs.
Take it as one shot from Paris story to Opera Garnier to Vendôme Square until the Madeleine church which is amazing. Or you can buy the C.D. of Paris with 14 € for more detail and it can be a great gift for others when you return back.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I went to this today with my husband, 14-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, thinking, like others have, that it would give a good overview of the city's history. In fact it was awful and I'm really annoyed we wasted our money and a precious hour in Paris.


(1) It's really nothing more than an amateurish powerpoint presentation with a cheesy commentary in French which skims the surface of a few periods of history and glosses over others (the two World Wars are given about 30 seconds). There's very little film footage - it's mostly photos.

(2) We were given headphones and told that the English commentary would be on channel 1. I imagined there would be a French commentary on another channel and a German one on another, etc. What actually happens is that the presentation is given in French and you listen to the commentary in your own language through the headphones. This makes it hard to understand because you're distracted by the French commentary.

(3) The whole thing is more of a "Paris is such a beautiful city" thing with very little real content. Years ago there was a multi-media presentation in Sydney about the history of Sydney and it was brilliantly done. I had expected this to be similar but it was nothing like it.

(4) I speak French and listened to a bit of the French commentary, mainly because the English one was disjointed in parts and confusing. Parts of the French commentary weren't actually translated which left the English speakers wondering what they were seeing.

As my husband has just commented, if this were a free film, he would have walked out after a few minutes. As it was, we kept hoping it would get better so we stayed.

The best I can say is that the miniature 3-D map of Paris in the foyer is brilliant. As for the presentation itself, save your money.

1  Thank FelicityB4
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Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

I visited with my 11 yr old son and brought the ticket which was included in our Paris card, it was a wonderful start to understanding the history of Paris and would definitely recommend this to anyone who is visiting as culture vultures like us, it's not just about visiting a city it's experiencing it and this attraction was very informative and was like siting in a history lecture, we enjoyed this immensely and definitely if the weather is cold or damp. It is not far from the famous shopping centre and is in easy access to the metro.

Thank Lisa J
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