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Paris, 1 Day

Table of contents:
Guide Description 2
Itinerary Overview 3
Daily Itineraries 4
My List 9
Paris Snapshot 10

Guide Description

AUTHOR NOTE: This trip will take you to all of the major sights
in Paris that can be reasonably seen in one day. Of course, you'll
have to come back for more.

                                                                                                      things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                                                     restaurants

Day 1 - Paris                                                         Saint Germain des Prés
                                                                      Come together…
DAY NOTE: Start your day at the Eiffel Tower at opening time
(9 or 9:30 depending on the season) to avoid long long long
lines. Go to the top if the weather is clear, otherwise skip the      Pont des Arts (Le)
ride up unless you're an engineering/architecture enthusiast. Go      A romantic spot
to the "Arc de Triomphe" by taking line 6 from "Bir Hakeim" to
"Charles de Gaulle Etoile". It's a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel     Pont Alexandre-III (Le)
Tower downstream along the Seine. From the Arc de Triomphe,           Art nouveau bridge
walk down the Champs Elysees as far as you want, jumping
into the metro at any of the 3 stops along the avenue (line 1)
to "Hotel de Ville". You will see the Concorde and Louvre in the      Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
distance. Admire the Hotel de Ville from the outside and cross        Temporary exhibitions
the river to visit Notre Dame. See the inside, particularly if it's
sunny. For lunch either walk or metro (line 4 to Odeon) to the        Divan du Monde
Marche Mabillon, where you find several lunch options, including      Live music in Pigalle
"Les Charpentiers". After resting and eating, walk around St
Germain des Pres (you're there), making your way back towards
the river and the "Pont des Arts". There is usually quite a bit       New Morning
of activity on the bridge, and a nice view of Paris monuments.        The Famous Jazz Club in Paris
Continue along the river to the "Pont Alexandre III", and admire
the various sights nearby (Grand and Petit Palais, Invalides
from a distance) from the outside. From there, take the metro
to (either from Concorde or Champs-Elysees Clemenceau) to
Abbesse (line 12). Walk to the Sacre Coeur (warning, steep hill),
and have dinner near Abbesses, at any of the nice little cafes.
End your day at the "Divan du Monde" where you will find live
music and drinks starting no earlier than 9pm and few tourists. Do
not be afraid of the somewhat seedy surroundings of this venue,
particularly as you head downhill - just pass your way and ignore
any unwelcomed person. Jazz fans can head to the 10th for a
show at the New Morning.

            Hotel des Ecoles
            Living cheap, but smart

            Eiffel Tower
            The symbol of Paris

            Arc de Triomphe
            The magic roundabout

            Avenue des Champs-Elysées
            The most beautiful avenue in the world!

            Cathedrale Notre Dame De Paris (Notre
            Dame Cathedral)
            The most famous church in Paris

            Aux Charpentiers

Day 1 - Paris
                                                                                              QUICK NOTE

DAY NOTE: Start your day at the Eiffel Tower at opening time (9 or 9:30 depending on the season) to avoid long long long lines. Go
to the top if the weather is clear, otherwise skip the ride up unless you're an engineering/architecture enthusiast. Go to the "Arc de
Triomphe" by taking line 6 from "Bir Hakeim" to "Charles de Gaulle Etoile". It's a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower downstream along
the Seine. From the Arc de Triomphe, walk down the Champs Elysees as far as you want, jumping into the metro at any of the 3 stops
along the avenue (line 1) to "Hotel de Ville". You will see the Concorde and Louvre in the distance. Admire the Hotel de Ville from the
outside and cross the river to visit Notre Dame. See the inside, particularly if it's sunny. For lunch either walk or metro (line 4 to Odeon)
to the Marche Mabillon, where you find several lunch options, including "Les Charpentiers". After resting and eating, walk around St
Germain des Pres (you're there), making your way back towards the river and the "Pont des Arts". There is usually quite a bit of activity
on the bridge, and a nice view of Paris monuments. Continue along the river to the "Pont Alexandre III", and admire the various sights
nearby (Grand and Petit Palais, Invalides from a distance) from the outside. From there, take the metro to (either from Concorde or
Champs-Elysees Clemenceau) to Abbesse (line 12). Walk to the Sacre Coeur (warning, steep hill), and have dinner near Abbesses, at
any of the nice little cafes. End your day at the "Divan du Monde" where you will find live music and drinks starting no earlier than 9pm
and few tourists. Do not be afraid of the somewhat seedy surroundings of this venue, particularly as you head downhill - just pass your
way and ignore any unwelcomed person. Jazz fans can head to the 10th for a show at the New Morning.

                                       1 Hotel des Ecoles
                                     DESCRIPTION: This is a great find. Located in the midst of
location:                            all the main attractions of Paris, between the Latin Quarter
19 Rue Monsieur le Prince            and Notre Dame is Hotel Des Ecoles. It is also one of the
Paris 75006                          few two-star hotels that has an in-house restaurant. So when
                                     you're exhausted from seeing the city sites, it's a great dining

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                                     option. For a reasonable price, you get a room with an attached
                                     shower or bath. ©

                                      2 Eiffel Tower
                                     DESCRIPTION: Paris just wouldn't be Paris without the Eiffel
location:                            Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair,
Champ de Mars                        at 300m it was then the world's tallest building. Not everyone
Paris 75007                          was happy when it was first built; many considered it an
                                     eyesore and wanted it pulled down, but today it is one of the
                                     world's most visited monuments. The first and second floors       .
                                     can be reached using the stairs, and lifts take visitors to the
                                     magnificent view at the top.

                                      3 Arc de Triomphe
tel: +33 1 5537 7377
fax: +33 1 4495 0213
http://arc-de-triomphe.monum         DESCRIPTION: The arch is a site both of memories and                current events and celebrations. The lists of the dead will
                                     move you. And the cars that drive around the monument will
location:                            terrify you! Standing in a direct line between the Louvre and
Place Charles-de-Gaulle-             the Grande Arche de la Défense, the monument links the past
Étoile                               with the present and offers amazing views. A truly impressive     .
Paris 75008                          landmark, 50 metres high and 45 metres wide, Paris would not
                                     be Paris without it! ©
Apr-Sept daily 10am-11pm;
Oct-Mar daily 10am-10:30pm

                                      4 Avenue des Champs-Elysées
tel: +33 8 9268 3000
g/                                   DESCRIPTION: Created in 1667 by André Le Nôtre, Louis
                                     XIV's gardener,in order to improve the view from the Tuileries
location:                            garden. The avenue was lenghtened at the end of the 18th
Avenue des Champs-Elysées            century, running from theplace de la Concorde to the Arc
Paris 75008                          de Triomphe. Two kilometers long and bordered by trees,
                                     les Champs-Elysées has become the center for festivities          .
                                     and official parades. It is likewise a magnet for tourists and
                                     night strollers. Set between the many cinemas, the cafés and
                                     restaurants tempt you to stop by. Designer boutiques, banks
                                     and embassies are also situated in this chic neighborhood. ©

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                                5 Cathedrale Notre Dame De Paris (Notre
.fr                                  Dame Cathedral)
location:                      DESCRIPTION: On of the first Gothic Cathedrals, Notre Dame is still used
6 Parvis Notre-Dame            today as a Roman Catholic Cathedral and is the seat of the Archbishop of
                               Paris. Take note of the famous stained glass and use of "flying buttresses"
Paris 75004
                               through out. These and many other features make it one of the finest
                               examples of French Gothic Architecture.


                                6 Aux Charpentiers
tel: 01-43-26-30-05

                               DESCRIPTION: This old bistro, which opened more than 130
10 rue Mabillon, 6e            years ago, attracts those seeking the Left Bank of yesteryear.
Paris                          It was once the rendezvous spot of the master carpenters,
                               whose guild was next door. Nowadays, it's where young men
hours:                         take dates. Though the food isn't imaginative, it's well prepared
Daily noon-3pm and             in the best tradition of cuisine bourgeoise -- hearty but not
7-11:30pm                                                                                              Photo courtesy of Aux Charpentiers
                               effete. Appetizers include pâté of duck and rabbit terrine.
                               Recommended as a main course is roast duck with olives. The
                               plats du jour recall French home cooking: salt pork with lentils,
                               pot-au-feu, and stuffed cabbage. The wine list has a selection
                               of bordeaux, including Château Gaussens. © Frommer's

                                7 Saint Germain des Prés
tel: +33 1 4549 1481
http://www.saint-germain-des                     DESCRIPTION: This place is popularly called the intellectual
                               and new fashion district. This neighborhood is filled with art
location:                      galleries, antique stores, cafés and restaurants. Saint-Germain-
5 Rue de Médicis               des-Prés also has popular places like the Deux Magot café,
Paris 75006                    Café de Flore and Brasserie Lipp. And not to forget the Church
                               of Saint Germain des Prés, built back in the 6th century. The       .
                               area has the money, style and sophistication, as well as a
                               mix of the very best in the arts, philosophy and politics. ©

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                                    8 Pont des Arts (Le)
tel: +33 (0)8 3668 3112
(Tourist Information)
fax: +33 (0)1 4952 5300            DESCRIPTION: Among the 36 bridges spanning the Seine, the Pont
(Tourist Information)              des Arts is without doubt one of the most romantic, its all-metal structure
                                   providing a link between the Louvre and the French Institute. This
location:                          delightful little footbridge built during the 18th century has always been a
Quai du Louvre                     pedestrian bridge. Originally, a tollgate was installed at each end, ensuring
Paris 75001                        that access was only given to the upper classes. ©


                                    9 Pont Alexandre-III (Le)
tel: +33 1 4742 9056 (Ministry
of Tourism)
fax: +33 1 4007 0043               DESCRIPTION: Built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition, the
(Ministry of Tourism)              pont Alexandre-III takes its name from the Russian emperor   who laid the first stone. It's a magnificent example of art
ng/SITE.ASP                        nouveau style decorated with nymphs, cherubs and other sea
                                   monsters. The four golden statues depict Art, Commerce,
location:                          Industry and the Sciences. At the time of its construction, the       .
Pont Alexandre-III                 authorities would not allow the ornamentation to obscure the
Paris 75008                        view of the Champs-Elysées or the Invalides - happily for us
                                   the view is still wonderful! This superb example of 19th century
                                   engineering crosses the Seine between the Invalides and the
                                   Grand Palais. It is definitely one of the most beautiful bridges in
                                   Paris. ©

                                    A Galeries nationales du Grand
tel: +33 1 4413 1730
fax: +33 1 4563 5433                     Palais
                                   DESCRIPTION: Built in the same period as the pont Alexandre-
location:                          III, the architecture of the Grand Palais is stunning. The ionic
                                   columns and the exuberant decoration of the façade invite
3 Avenue du Général-
                                   visitors to discover an interior as splendid as its exterior. A
Eisenhower                         large glass roof supported by a metallic structure lends this
Paris 75008                        area a luminous delicacy enhanced by the art nouveau style.           .
                                   Erected 'par la République à la gloire de l'art français' (by
hours:                             the Republic for the glory of French Art), the Grand Palais
10a-8p M & Th-Su, 10a-10p          holds temporary exhibitions, which are always very popular.
W (closed on 1st May & 25th        Admission rates vary according to the exhibition and one can
Dec.)                              avail of concessions on Monday. ©

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                                B Divan du Monde
tel: 33 1 44 92 77 66
fax: +33 1 4252 0233     DESCRIPTION: The Pigalle district has always been home to
m/                             Paris' concert halls. Next to Le Divan du Monde are various
                               other shrines to music such as La Cigale, L'Elysée Montmartre
location:                      or even La Locomotive;so many venues that have hosted the
75 rue des Martyrs             most famous names in entertainment. Le Divan du Monde
Paris 75018                    itself is actually quite small but very inviting, with eclectic
                                                                                                  Photo courtesy of Divan du Monde
                               programming that has originality and novelty as its hallmark. No
hours:                         prestigious posters, rather theme nights (bossa nova, hip-hop)
Vary with event                or up-and-coming artists, with a strong tendency towards world
                               music. Worth a look for those who like to move to the rhythm a
                               little off the beaten track. ©

                                C New Morning
tel: 01-45-23-51-41
                               DESCRIPTION: Jazz maniacs come to drink, talk, and dance
location:                      at this enduring club. It's sometimes a scene, attracting such
7-9 rue des Petites-Ecuries,   guests as Spike Lee and Prince. The place is especially
10e                            popular with jazz groups from central and southern Africa.
Paris 75010                    It opens nightly at 8pm, with concerts beginning at 9pm. ©
                                                                                                                     New Morning

My List

                               1 Mere Catherine (La)
tel: 33 1 4606 3269
fax: 33 1 4158 2135   DESCRIPTION: This beautiful restaurant has continued to
m/nojava/mere.html            attract tourists through centuries. It first began in the year
                              1793. People fond of ancient music are also lured to this place.
location:                     To add to this the old, ancient ambience and the aroma of
Rue Norvins                   traditional French cuisine whets ones appetite. It is this kind of
Paris 75018                   experience that has drawn people over and over again to feast
                                                                                                   Mere Catherine
                              on the authentic French cuisine served here. ©
Daily 11a-12.30a

Paris Snapshot
Local Info                                       Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque
                                                                                                   dozens upon dozens of antique dealers
                                                                                                   entice you into their shops on the Carré
Once just a village that settled on the"Ile      districts. Wander across the bridge opposite
                                                                                                   Rive Gauche, and if you are in an artistic
de la Cité"(City Island) on the confluence       the Hôtel de Ville(town hall) and you will
                                                                                                   frame of mind, the spectacular Musée
of the Seine's two branches, Paris has           drift onto the capital's two islands—Île de
                                                                                                   d'Orsay is well worth a browse.
vastly expanded over the centuries, taking       la Cité and Île Saint-Louis—where a visit
the surrounding villages under its wing          to the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral              8th Arrondissement
and making them its own. Nowadays                is an absolute must. Back on the right
                                                                                                   Naturally, any visit to the 8th districthas
the City of Light—a name Paris earned            bank, Place des Vosges, a beautiful old
                                                                                                   to start on the most beautiful avenue in
during the age of the Enlightenment—             square lined with ancient buildings, is a
                                                                                                   the world—the fabulous Champs-Elysées
is made up of severalarrondissements             wonderful witness to times gone by, while
                                                                                                   —which extends from Place de l'Etoile
or districts, numbered from 1 to 20 and          the Beaubourg center of contemporary art
                                                                                                   down to the finishing post on Place de
logically ordered with the 1st in the center     confirms its resolutely futuristic outlook.
                                                                                                   la Concorde. Also worth seeing is La
and the others following in a clockwise
                                                 5th Arrondissement                                Madeleine—a neoclassical church—and
spiral. The differences are vast and varied
                                                                                                   the parc Monceau—a jogger's paradise.
between the districts, both in terms of the      This and the adjoining 6th district comprise
                                                                                                   Music lovers will find heaven in a shopping
populations and attractions, which together      the Quartier latin(Latin Quarter), bastion
                                                                                                   trip along Rue de Rome. Other places
make up the multifaceted city we know and        of student life and higher education in
                                                                                                   of interest include the Grand Palais and
love.                                            Paris. Within a 100m radius around the
                                                                                                   the Palais de la Découverte(the Palace of
                                                 Panthéon you'll find some of the most
1st Arrondissement                                                                                 Discovery), which makes the fascinating
                                                 prestigious schools and universities in
                                                                                                   world of science accessible to all.
With its impressive collection of paintings      all of France. The Jardin des Plantes,
and sculptures, the Louvre attracts visitors     Paris' botanical gardens and zoo, is at           9th Arrondissement
from the world over, who often combine           once a calm and exotic place, and the
                                                                                                   Its impressive elegance makes the
it with a stroll in the adjoining Tuileries      Arènes de Lutèce(remains of a Roman
                                                                                                   Opéra(opera house) undeniably one of
gardens. Designers ofhaute couture,              amphitheatre) remind us just how rich the
                                                                                                   Paris' most exquisite monuments. You can
including Yves St-Laurent and Dior, have         history of Paris really is. You'll find the
                                                                                                   take in the waxworks at Musée Grévin,
set up shop in Faubourg Saint-Honoré,            Musée National du Moyen-Âge in Cluny
                                                                                                   and stroll through Nouvelles Athènes(New
just a short walk from the majestic Place        Square. As picturesque as you could
                                                                                                   Athens) near the St-Georges métro, but
Vendôme, home to some of the finest              possibly imagine, the quaysides double
                                                                                                   this area is also characterized by large
jewelers in Paris. If luxury seems to be         as an enthralling treasure trove of second-
                                                                                                   department stores, including Printemps and
the prevailing feature in the 1st district, it   hand bookstalls. Come nightfall, the young
                                                                                                   Galeries Lafayette.
has also lovingly accepted the Forum des         crowds flock to Place de la Contrescarpe
Halles, the city's largest shopping center.      and Rue Mouffetard.                               10th Arrondissement
2nd Arrondissement                               6th Arrondissement                                Running the entire length of the Canal
                                                                                                   Saint-Martin, the Quais de Valmy and de
With its little back streets harboring           Rue de Seine, de Buci, Mazarine and
                                                                                                   Jemappes extend either side of the water
galleries, cafés and boutiques, this district    Dauphine, along with the whole area
                                                                                                   to provide one of the most delightful walks
sets a typically Parisian scene. West of         between Boulevard St-Germain and the
                                                                                                   in Paris; from Rue du Temple to Place de
Rue Richelieu stands the theater district        river Seine itself, are wholeheartedly
                                                                                                   Stalingrad you will pass many a lock and
where a dozen or so playhouses throng.           characteristic of the allure of Paris.
                                                                                                   maybe the odd barge or two.
The Palais Brongniart reminds by-passers         Discover the little cafés and boutiques of
of what used to be the location of Paris'        the chic-intellectual district of Saint Germain   11th Arrondissement
vibrant Stock market, while certain clothing     des Prés, and the bars and nightspots
                                                                                                   Formerly the haunt of furniture craftsmen,
factories in the Sentier district are now        when the sun goes down. If on the other
                                                                                                   the Bastille district now plays host to an
home to Internet companies.                      hand you want to escape, take some
                                                                                                   entirely different scene: that of Paris' young
                                                 peaceful time out in Jardin du Luxembourg.
3rd Arrondissement                                                                                 and trendy in-crowd. Rue du Faubourg-
                                                 7th Arrondissement                                St-Antoine has seen many restaurants
The Marais district prides itself on being
                                                                                                   and nightspots spring up and flourish.
one of the oldest and best preserved in          More commonly known as the"quartier
                                                                                                   Neighbouring Rue de Lappe is probablythe
Paris. In keeping with this yearning for         des ministres"(ministers' quarter), the 7th
                                                                                                   place to be seen on an evening, while
yesteryear, a museum charting the history        district also boasts some of Paris' most
                                                                                                   others prefer the buzz of Rue Oberkampf a
of the capital(Musée Carnavalet) can also        beautiful monuments—the Invalides,
                                                                                                   little further north.
be found here. Scattered with trendy bars,       the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars—
cafés and stylish boutiques, the Marais has      literally meaning"Field of Mars," which was       12th Arrondissement
also become the Mecca of gay nightlife in        originally a parade ground for cadets in the
                                                                                                   Paris' pleasure beach can be found here,
Paris.                                           Ecole Militaire(Military Academy). Between
                                                                                                   between the Seine and the Place de la
                                                 Quai Voltaire and Rue de l'Université,
4th Arrondissement                                                                                 Bastille, where the imposing Opéra Bastille

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stands. The Palais Omnisport de Paris-              sure to take your breath away(as will all          and prosperousLutèce appealed to Caesar
Bercy serves as the venue for a variety of          the steps you have to climb to reach it!).         and his Roman army's greed, and they
sporting and musical events, which often            A short walk from the Sacré-Coeur takes            appropriated it in 52 BCE as one of the first
sell out very quickly, so be warned! Located        you to Place du Tertre, drenched in the            Gallo-Roman cities. The first mention of
to the far west of the city, but still within its   atmosphere of"old Paris" which cannot              the name Paris appeared in 207 CE, when
limits, the Bois de Vincennes is a wonderful        fail to captivate, even if it is teeming with      thecivitas parisiorum(literally meaning city
place to wander, especially around the lake.        tourists. Rue des Abesses, with its trendy         of the Parisians) stretched from the left
                                                    boutiques and bars, draws a hipper kind of         bank of the Seine to the thermal springs
13th Arrondissement
                                                    crowd alongside the famous Pigalle area—           of Cluny. Paris quickly attracted the favor
The easterly part of this district is known         Paris' former red light district, and home to      of two saints who were to contribute to
as"Chinatown," inhabited by numerous                a famous nightlife of cabarets and bars.           its construction. Saint Denis was the
Chinese and Asian restaurants, shops and                                                               first Christian bishop to be beheaded
                                                    19th Arrondissement
supermarkets. The Bibliothèque nationale                                                               by the Romans in 280 CE; his remains
de France(National Library) has also taken          The Cité des Sciences et de                        now lie in the Saint-Denis Basilica. Saint
up residence in this area, overlooking              l'Industrie(Science and Industry Museum)           Geneviève became the patron saint of
the Quai de la Gare on the Seine. To the            was designed as Paris' window into the             Parisians after miraculously repelling the
west of the district, meander through the           world of science. The Buttes Chaumont—             invasion of the Huns in 451. Monasteries
small village of Butte-aux-Cailles—an               an area of natural parkland—is the ideal           and abbeys flourished, including the
extraordinary find in the capital city.             place for a relaxing walk or a pic-nic.            powerful abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Près,
                                                                                                       erected in 558 under the aegis of King
14th Arrondissement                                 20th Arrondissement
                                                                                                       Childebert I. Many kings of the Merovingian
Rue d'Alésia stands out for its array of            The most well-known cemetery in Paris,             dynasty were buried here. The Abbey in
clothing shops, while parc Montsouris is            the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is the final        itself doesn't exist anymore but you can
arguably one of the most charming green             resting place of many famous artists, and          visit the remaining adjacent church, the
spots in the city. TheCité Internationale,          is one of the most visited sites in the city.      Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés. While
where international students reside, stands         Memories of Jim Morrison are obviously still       Charlemagne preferred Aix-la-Chapelle and
just opposite and is well worth a visit as it       very much alive as his tomb is permanently         suffered a long siege there at the hands of
features architectural styles from all over         carpeted with flowers. While the young             the Vikings in 885, Paris continued to repel
the world. Finally, you can take a look at the      artsy crowds of the city tend to hang out          the invasions of the barbarians with varied
Bronze Lion of Belfort or at Rodin'sBalzac          further and further to the east of the city—       success until 987, when it regained its pride
in Place Denfert-Rochereau.                         mainly in the Bastille district which is rapidly   with the accession of Hugues Capet to the
                                                    surrendering to consumerism—this area              throne.
15th Arrondissement
                                                    has managed to hold on to its working-class
                                                                                                       As capital of the tiny French kingdom, the
Set along the banks of the Seine, the               origins, hence its charm.
                                                                                                       city grew considerably between the 11th
delightful parc André-Citroën in this district      ©                                      and 13th Centuries. The development of
was, of course, named in honor of the                                                                  the city owed much to Philip II, known as
famous car manufacturer, while a little                                                                Philippe-Auguste(1165-1223), son of Louis
further north, overlooking the river, you'll        History                                            VII, who paved the streets and built the new
find Paris' skyline of skyscrapers peering          Cities with so many intact historical sites        market in the Halles, the circular ramparts,
down at a replica(or did this one come              are rare. Monuments, museums, squares              and the Louvre fortress(1204). These
first?) of the Statue of Liberty.                   and gardens, in all their beauty, remind us        extravagant centuries saw the completion
16th Arrondissement                                 of the extent to which Paris is and always         of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame(undertaken
                                                    has been in demand. It has been a theater          in 1163), and the Sainte Chapelle under
There's no denying that this is the most            in which major events have been staged,            Saint-Louis(in 1248). The medieval town
fashionable district of Paris. The Trocadéro        an intellectual, political and economic            was divided, with the commercial, political
offers a remarkable view of the city, as well       reference point since its foundation, and the      and religious areas on the right bank and
as the Naval Museum(Musée de la Marine).            residence of kings for several centuries. A        the bastion of dissident intellectuals on
Avenue Foch is destined to impress, as              city of the people and the middle classes,         the left. The most famous of these was
is Parc des Princes(Paris-Saint-Germain             rich and poor, proud and sometimes                 Robert de Sorbon, whose college was
Stadium). West of the ring road, roams the          treacherous, cosmopolitan yet insular. This        the precursor of the famous university
Bois de Boulogne forest, which although             cultural and sociological mix gives Paris an       of the Sorbonne. With a population of
best avoided after dark, is a real delight          irresistible charm.                                200,000, Paris had become the biggest city
during the day.                                                                                        in western Christendom in the beginning
                                                    France's political, economic and cultural
18th Arrondissement                                 capital had modest and strictly rural              of the 14th Century. But some black years
                                                    beginnings; it started as no more than a           were to follow with the famine of 1315, the
The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur(the Basilica                                                              plague of 1348 and the Hundred Years'
of the Sacred Heart) is another must-see            little Celtic fishing borough, established
                                                    in 3rd century BCE in the middle of the            War, when Paris was besieged by the
monument in the City of Light. Looking up                                                              English until 1436. Fortunately prosperity
at the basilica from the market below is            Seine on the Île de la Cité. The fortified
                                                                                                       was to return in the 16th Century with

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François 1st to whom we owe the Hôtel           Declaration of the Rights of Man and of         Gaulle bequeathed the Roissy-Charles
de Ville, the college of France, the Hôtel      the Citizen were originally formulated,         de Gaulle Airport; the Centre Georges
des Tuileries and the Pont Neuf. He also        and numerous remaining royalists were           Pompidou is a controversial memorial to
transformed the old Louvre fortress into a      executed. With the regent beheaded,             the president of the same name; Giscard
Renaissance palace.                             Napoleon put Paris in the control of            D'Estaing established the Musée d'Orsay
                                                twoprefects charged with establishing a         and transformed the old abattoirs of
Paris sank into chaos once again with
                                                government. He set about creating the           la Villette into the Cité des Sciences.
the religious wars and the terrible St-
                                                capital of Europe, establishing the Arc         François Mitterand, during his 14 years as
Barthélémy massacre of the Protestants
                                                de Triomphe, the Stock Exchange in              president(1981-95) carefully planned his
during the nights of August 23rd and 24th,
                                                Palais Brongniart, the Place Vendôme, the       monumental works to evoke controversy
1572. The fiercely Protestant regent, Henri
                                                Vendôme Column and the Saint-Martin             and excitement. Among these are the
III, had to flee the city and was succeeded
                                                Canal.                                          Arche de la Défense, the glass pyramid
by Henri IV in 1594 after he gave up the
                                                                                                of the Louvre, the Opéra Bastille and the
throne. A convert to Catholicism, he courted    During the 19th century, the poverty of the
                                                                                                Bibliothèque nationale de France. When it
the hearts of Parisians by building the Place   people fueled the anti-royalist revolutions
                                                                                                comes to Paris, everyone has an opinion.
des Vosges, the Place Dauphine, and the         of 1830 and 1848. Napoleon III's Second
Quais de l'Arsenal and Orfèvres.                Empire symbolized the start of a new era:
                                                above all a period of industrialization,
Even more beautiful extensions to the city
                                                efficiency and public health. Official          Hotel Insights
came under Louis XIII with the building
                                                architect, Georges Haussman, changed the
of the Marais district(which retains its                                                        Paris, a capital famous for its fashion,
                                                face of the city, transforming its medieval
original character), and the Saint-Honoré                                                       history and artistic culture has numerous
                                                character into the one we know today.
and Saint_Germain suburbs. This was                                                             hotels. There are splendid palaces that
                                                Dirty lanes gave way to broad, tree-lined
followed immediately by the construction                                                        epitomize French-style elegance. In the
                                                avenues and majestic buildings that were
of the Luxembourg Palace by Marie of                                                            fashionable districts, luxury hotels cater to
                                                accessible by new means of transport.
Médicis, the Val de Grâce by Queen Ann of                                                       the needs of the most demanding clients
                                                Parks and gardens were established,
Austria, and the Palace of the Cardinal(now                                                     and are also ideal for the business traveler.
                                                such as the Bois de Boulogne and the
the Palais-Royal) by Richelieu. The                                                             In the picturesque Montmartre and Marais
                                                Bois de Vincennes. Success came with
establishment of the Royal Printing House,                                                      areas, and on the Île de la Cité, the hotels
                                                the Universal exhibition of 1889, whose
in 1620, the botanical garden located                                                           are particularly charming. The intellectual
                                                specially built iron structure was designed
now in Jardin des Plantes and the French                                                        Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-
                                                as a temporary monument and is now
Academy consolidated the intellectual                                                           Près entice visitors with the names of
                                                the archetypal symbol of the City of Light;
character of the capital.                                                                       illustrious artists who have stayed there.
                                                without the Eiffel Tower, Paris just wouldn't
Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, installed     be Paris. The Sacré-Coeur Basilica was          In the bohemian east of town, you will find
his sumptuous court at Versailles, leaving      completed in 1910, as was the Palais de         modestly priced accommodation.
Paris to deal with theFronde from 1648          Chaillot.                                       The Golden Triangle
through 1652. This group protested
                                                Spared by the Great War, intellectual and       If Paris reigns supreme as the world capital
against an absolute monarchy, but by
                                                artistic Paris attracted numerous important     of good living, it is a reputation built not only
isolating the king and his minions, it was
                                                painters and writers, especially in the         on the excellence of its cuisine but also
only strengthened. Colbert, in charge of
                                                Montmartre district. The Second World           on the quality of the accommodation on
buildings, had superb monuments built
                                                War was a different story however, when         offer. Some of the most luxurious hotels are
by Mansart and Perrauls in honor of his
                                                the German army occupied the capital in         close to the Champs Elysées and the very
sovereign: the colonnade in the Louvre, the
                                                June 1940; the city was eventually liberated    elegant Avenue Montaigne including the
Invalides, the Observatoire, the gates of
                                                in August 1944 by General Leclerc and           palatial Hôtel George V, the Hôtel Plaza-
St-Denis and Saint-Martin, the Salpêtrière
                                                General de Gaulle. The latter declared the      Athénée and the Hôtel Franklin Roosevelt.
hospital, and the Jardin des Tuileries. The
                                                Fifth Republic, which was to be challenged      These are also extremely convenient for the
opulent architecture offered a stark contrast
                                                by a great social, economic and cultural        needs of the business community. Equally
to the over-populated and poverty-stricken
                                                upheaval in May 1968. This dissident            distinguished is the Ritz, a palace once
Paris of the ordinary people.
                                                movement arose in student circles and was       graced by writer Ernest Hemingway, and
The proliferation of cafés and literary         led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit. The occupation       Coco Chanel, founder of the eponymous
salons, including the famous Procope,           of the Sorbonne and Nanterre universities       fashion house. The Rue St-Honoré,
fostered new egalitarian and libertarian        degenerated into riots and barricades in        one of Paris's most regal and elegant
ideas that preceded the French Revolution,      the Latin Quarter. It was an unprecedented      thoroughfares, is close at hand; the Hôtel
and contributed to the cultural reputation      crisis whose shock tactics paralyzed the        Costes puts the Paris of Dior, Chanel and
of Paris. At this time were constructed         country with a general strike.                  Yves Saint Laurent within walking distance.
theÉcole Militaire, the Panthéon, the Place                                                     Many of these palaces have revived the
                                                Just as all the monarchs had left their mark
de la Concorde and the Palais-Royal                                                             luxury and décor of a particular period, with
                                                on Paris, naturally the presidents of the
Gardens, where the initial 1789 uprising                                                        all its attendant grandeur and splendour(the
                                                Fifth Republic wished to be remembered
was plotted; it was here that the famous                                                        Louis XIII room at the Georges V, the
                                                through their great monuments. De

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Napoleon room at the Costes and the              up the intellectual atmosphere and elite         appreciative of the finer things in life, have
Louis XVI room at the Ritz). Similarly,          student's lifestyle.                             a unique tradition of famous restaurants
some of them havehaute couture on the                                                             and great chefs. If you really love good
spot, such as Hotel de Crillon and the very                                                       food, you'll find true happiness here.
elegant Hotel Lutétia, which entrusted           Montmartre, with its Sacré-Cœur basilica         The latest, most fashionable restaurants
its redecoration to the famous fashion           and the Place du Tertre, is considered           mix innovation with traditional culinary
designer, Sonia Rykiel. For decades the          by some to be even more attractive.              techniques to serve classic French cuisine
richest people in the world have frequented      There, you will find some charming               that's full of unexpected flavors. The café-
these hotels. Should you have the means          and picturesque hotels with reasonable           restaurants, which are the pride of Paris,
to stay in one of these palaces, you might       rates, such as Hôtel Victoria or the Hôtel       fit into the gastronomic landscape better
well find yourself rubbing shoulders with        Caulaincourt Square.                             than ever, with their beautifully presented
celebrities in the hotel bar or restaurant.                                                       and affordable food. Paris, always so
                                                 Eastern Districts
                                                                                                  cosmopolitan, has also been enriched by
On the other hand, you might want to
                                                 In the city center, only a few establishments    exotic cuisines from the four corners of the
try the art of cuisine in the Ritz-Escoffier
                                                 are affordable, but a little piece of heaven     earth.
School of Gastronomy located in the hotel
                                                 is to be found in Montorgueil pedestrian
of the same name. The Hôtel Costes,                                                               1st Arrondissement
                                                 district: Hôtel La Marmotte, from where you
center of the empire belonging to the two
                                                 will be able to find some of the trendiest       In Paris, fine dining and great feasts(lasting
Costes brothers from the Auvergne region,
                                                 shops alongside Rue Étienne Marcel. But          up to three hours) are sacred, and the
have followed up their majestic hotel by
                                                 most of the really inexpensive hotels can        chefs in the most famous restaurants have
investing in numerous eating-houses in
                                                 be found in the 10th Arrondissement near         turned their cuisine into a real art form.
the capital. On the same spot there is a
                                                 Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est. These            Paris features some of the most highly-
Costes restaurant, a Costes bar, not to
                                                 hotels often gather an international and         praised restaurants and world-acclaimed
mention a much-frequented sports club
                                                 young crowd coming from all across the           chefs by International food critics, including
with a magnificent swimming pool in the
                                                 globe. Among the ones that offer good            the first arrondissement's Grand Véfour.
                                                 service and comfortable rooms, are the           Some other fine dining options can also be
The Marais                                       Hotel Jarry located in the bustling Indian       found in prestigious hotels, like Restaurant
                                                 district, the Hotel Le Cambrai and the           Le Meurice in the Meurice hotel. Combining
The older, smaller hotels are concentrated
                                                 Perfect Hotel& Hostel. Make sure you             touches of originality in both the food and
in the most picturesque areas. One
                                                 request a room furnished with a shower           design, the establishments of the Costes
of the oldest districts, the Marais,
                                                 and a restroom if you wish so, as not all        brothers are not to be missed. Café Costes
harbors numerous little private hotels,
                                                 the rooms have both! The trendy Bastille         was the first to set the trend a couple of
all characterized by their charm, like
                                                 area in the center of east Paris, once the       years ago. Highly popular during cocktail
Hôtel Saint Louis Marais or Hôtel de la
                                                 district of furniture makers, also offers some   hours, notably among the business crowd,
Bretonnerie and Hôtel des Chevaliers.
                                                 reasonable options, such as the Absolute         Fumoir is a comfortable lounge with leather
This is also Paris' gay quarter. Other
                                                 Hotel or the International Youth Hostel, very    coaches and an upscale restaurant, serving
establishments located in buildings dating
                                                 popular among hard-up globetrotters.             elaborate, traditional French food. The
from the same period(17th Century) include
                                                                                                  Pharamond, offers an extraordinary setting
the Hôtel St Paul-le Marais and Hôtel des        La Défense Business District
                                                                                                  and a meal to match: its décor dates from
Deux Iles, located on one of the oldest
                                                 Finally, if you want to be sure of comfort       1832, proof, if any were needed, that Paris'
parts of the Capital, Île-Saint-Louis. The Île
                                                 and good value for money, there are              tradition of exceptional gastronomy is still
de la Cité and the Île Saint-Louis, where the
                                                 numerous hotel chains available. Some            going strong.
two arms of the Seine meet, are ideal for a
                                                 are within the city, such as the Timhotel
romantic stroll(Notre-Dame Cathedral is on                                                        2nd Arrondissement
                                                 Montparnasse near the tower of the same
Ile de la Cité).
                                                 name. Others serve the business area, La         If you're looking for pastries, the
The Latin Quarter                                Défense, such as the Hôtel Mercure Paris         oldestpâtisserie in Paris is Pâtisserie
                                                 La Défense, Novotel Paris La Défense,            Stohrer, carrying deserts and sweets fit for
What can be said about the Latin Quarter?
                                                 Hôtel Ibis Paris La Défense Centre and           a queen. A bustling area for Sunday brunch
Elegance and intellect combine in Saint-
                                                 Hôtel Kyriad Paris La Défense. These             is on Rue Montorgueil, notably Au Rocher
Germain-des-Prés, where in earlier times
                                                 hotels fill up really quickly during trade       de Cancale, which is completely packed
the great names of art and literature were
                                                 shows, so make sure you book your room           after noon.
drawn as to a magnet. If you want to
                                                 in advance if you wish to attend one of
immerse yourself in the bohemian universe                                                         4th Arrondissement
of philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre you
                                                 ©                                    After a stroll in the narrow streets of Île-
could check in at the Hotel Sully Saint-
                                                                                                  Saint-Louis, head to the oldest ice-cream
Germain. Saint-Michel neighborhood offer
                                                                                                  artisan in the city, Berthillon. With more
further more reasonable options like the
Hôtel des Grandes Écoles or the Hôtel
                                                 Restaurants Insights                             than 60 different flavors, their all-natural
                                                 If there's one word that symbolizes Paris,       ice creams will enchant the whole family.
Résidence Monge, if you want to soak
                                                 it is gastronomy. The French, always             The most exquisite includeCaramel Beurre

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Salé(caramel and salted butter), Raspberry-        French cuisine, and another excellent yet       restaurants but still want to enjoy the best
Rosa andPêche de Vigne(a kind of rare              expensive spot is Taillevent, which has         of French food. You can find many bistros
peach). At one point in time it was very hard      wines that cost as much as a dress from         and brasseries in the capital, serving
to find a Parisian restaurant that served          Chanel. Paris has numerous fashionable          the traditionalEntrecôte(rib-eye steak)
brunch. That time is behind us now, and            spots where you go to see and be seen.          orBavette à l'échalotte(flank steak dressed
brunch has become so popular that, at              Either for a glass of wine after shopping       in a shallot reduction) with French Fries,
some places, you will have to wait a quite         or for a futuristic dining experience, try      the cheese orcharcuterie plate(cooked
a while for a table. Le Loir dans la Théière       Spoon- Food and Wine, where you can             meats), and chocolate mousse or caramel
is definitely worth the wait. All pies, tarts,     enjoy fusion food and fashion at the same       crème. Julien, with itsBelle Époque décor,
and pastries are hand-made and fresh, and          time. Most of these restaurants have chic       is a great place to sample the cuisine
prices are more than reasonable. For tea,          and trendy interiors, designed by popular       of a traditional brasserieà la française.
Mariage Frères has the best reputation. As         architects like Philippe Stark at Spoon. For    If you're looking for seafood, La Marine
for nightlife, one of the hottest spots in Paris   fashionistas and celeb-watching addicts,        offers a lovely dining experience alongside
is Georges at the top of the Beaubourg             the Avenue, located on the prestigious          Saint-Martin Canal. For dessert, try Furet
Museum.                                            avenue Montaigne where many famous              Tanrade, which offers exquisite chocolates
                                                   designers have boutiques, is an ideal spot.     in a cozy atmosphere.
5th Arrondissement
                                                   For flavored and rare types of mustards
                                                                                                   11th Arrondissement
Tour d'Argent is one of Paris' culinary            and vinegars, the first established Boutique
institutions, serving up dishes of worldwide       Maille is the best bet, and Hédiard and         When Bastille became a hip district for
renown.                                            Fauchon stock some of the world's finest        nightlife, the spotlight fell on the hotel-
                                                   specialty foods. For desert, don't miss         restaurant, Sanz sans, which consistantly
6th Arrondissement
                                                   Maison de la Truffe for first rate truffles,    draws a lively crowd of revelers. For
Le Procope is decked out in the finest             and Haagen Dazs for it's world-renowned         traditional meals from the Auvergne region,
fashions of Paris'Années Folles, and Ernest        flavors. For the best macaroons(a kind          head to La galoche d'Aurillac. Try one
Hemingway finished"Le soleil se lève               of soft cookie filled with cream) in town,      of the specialties like the Lentilles from
aussi" at the world renowned Closerie des          head to Ladurée, a house that has been          Le Puy or thecharcuterie plate—notably
Lilas. Parisians think of Les Deux Magots          established since 1862.                         theFricandeau(a kind of pâté typical from
and Café de Flore as historic monuments                                                            that region). The cheese plate is a must-
                                                   9th Arrondissement
just like the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame                                                           have here, since they mature the cheeses
Cathedral. Visitors should make a point            A new trend arose in Paris as an alternative    in their cellar. Another classic brasserie is
of visiting these historical establishments        to cafés and bistros serving a rich             Petit Bofinger in Bastille, more affordable
to truly soak up the atmosphere of the             food: healthy soup and juice bars. With         than the original Bofinger. Chez Paul is one
capital's glorious past; it's easy to imagine      an increasing number of vegetarians             of the best bistros in Paris, but make sure
past celebrities and intellectuals dining in       previously not having many dining options,      to arrive early or be prepared to wait up
the luxurious period décor. L'Espadon Bleu         they rapidly became a success. The              to one hour for a table. The Bar à Soupes
offers fresh seafood at reasonable prices. If      soup and juice bar Soup& Juice perfectly        in Bastille is a charming place for healthy
you're looking for authentic country bread,        illustrates the phenomenon. People don't        cuisine, and for oysters and shellfish, a
Poilâne bakery is the best bet. You will           always have time to sit at lunch for hours      great option is the Bar à Huîtres, an oyster
find the famousTartines made with this             anymore, and they may want a healthy            bar in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
bread(toasted with cheese, vegetables, or          alternative to the sandwich booths and
                                                                                                   12th Arrondissement
prosciutto) at numerous cafés in the city.         bakeries. With a dozen of locations across
What is a good meal without an espresso in         the city, you can grab a healthy meal at very   Cheese is to France what tea is to England;
the end? Something is definitely missing–          reasonable prices.                              it is part of the national identity. There
notably the chocolate served with it. The                                                          are more than 300 varieties of cheeses
                                                   10th Arrondissement
French are chocolate connoisseurs and                                                              coming from various regions of the country.
you can find some chocolate artisans               Brasseries began in the Alsace region,          Neighborhood farmer's markets are the
throughout the city, like the Maison du            where the beer was actually brewed, so          best places to sample and buy all the kinds
Chocolat that imports chocolate from               the tradition is that most brasseries(which     of cheese you can imagine and probably
Switzerland and Belgium.                           literally means brewery), not only serve        some you didn't know existed. Choose
                                                   sauerkraut(an Alsatian specialty) but also      from fresh, creamy, or dry goat cheese,
8th Arrondissement
                                                   seafood and shellfish such as scallops,         soft and milkyCamembert, creamyBrie de
The 8th arrondissement is home to some             oysters, mussels, clams, etc. The Brasserie     Meaux, strongMunster orÉpoisses, and
of the finest Restaurants in France,               Flo, located in a remote and quiet court        full-flavoredRoquefort. The Aligre Market
with Pierre Gagnaire voted the third               in the 10th arrondissement, is a bargain        is without a doubt the largest and the most
best restaurant in the world by the                for seafood lovers. The ingredients are         comprehensive market in the city.
British magazineRestaurant, and the oft-           extremely fresh and the décor reminds
                                                                                                   13th Arrondissement
celebrated Restaurant Alain Ducasse                some patrons of Grandma's kitchen.
situated in Plaza Athénée hotel. Maxim's           Bistros are certainly the best value for        Whether for sampling on site or souvenir
is a veritiable institution devoted to classic     price if you cannot afford the star-rated       shopping, wine is of course a must-have in

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France. You will find many wine shops in         They are usually open from 10a to 6p            Galerie Maeght to dig into some of Miro's
Paris, with an excellent selection of bottles    and most of them have a weekly late             work and Galerie Arcturus for Selinger
coming from small French wineries or             day, staying open until 9p(generally            statues. Famous antiques galleries are
prestigious houses. The most widespread          on Wednesdays or Thursdays). Public             gathered around Haussman Boulevard
name in the city isNicolas. The wine             museums are usually closed on Tuesdays          and Matignon Avenue, down the road from
merchant has brown flagships all over the        and private museums often close on              famous auction houseChristie's. More
city and carries affordable ordinary wines       Mondays. Let's begin with the king of           avant-garde galleries can be found around
and more elaborate vintages. All the sales       them all, the Louvre with its magnificent       Beauboug and others have turned Bastille
associates are very professional and can         glass pyramid. It houses without a doubt        into an arty and trendy neighborhood,
give you good advice on wine and meal            one of the most remarkable collections          notably around Rue Keller and Rue de
pairings. The wine bar, Bar à Vins Nicolas       of paintings and sculptures in the world,       Charonne.
located alongside fashionable Cour Saint-        including two legendary works: theVenus
                                                                                                 Classical Music
Émilion in Bercy-Village is a great spot to      de Milo and theMona Lisa by Leonardo da
sample the selection they carry.                 Vinci. Another major and highly popular         Those set on classical music will be
                                                 museum–with 2.5 million visitors each           thrilled by the opulent Opéra Garnier,
14th Arrondissement
                                                 year, the Musée d'Orsay is home to one          home to Paris' ballet company, also
Visitors should make a point of visiting         of the most comprehensive collections           known asles petits rats de l'opéra. The
several historical establishments to truly       of Impressionism masterpieces. The              performances include the greatest operas
soak up the atmosphere of the capital's          Georges Pompidou Center, also known as          and ballets, like Berlioz'sRomeo& Juliet
glorious past; it's easy to imagine past         Beaubourg, has always divided Parisian          or Tchaikovsky'sSwan Lake. Its ultra-
celebrities and intellectuals dining in the      opinion: its avant-garde architecture           modern counterpart, the Opéra Bastille
luxurious period décor. La Coupole offers        has been compared to a multicolored             concentrates more on music than dance
all the splendor of Paris'Années Folles, and     steamboat launched in the belly of Paris. If    performances and hosts great operas as
if you look out at the terrace of the Dôme,      you are with kids or interested in science,     well as symphonic concerts. Two other
you may even see the ghost of Jean Paul          the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in      concert halls will enchant classical music
Sartre. After all, Paris is magical.             La Villette is not to be missed. Learn about    connoisseurs, like Salle Pleyel which is
                                                 human evolution at the Museum of Natural        home to Paris Symphonic Orchestra and
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                                                 History and take a stroll afterwards in the     Salle Gaveau, dedicated to chamber music.
The Café de L'Homme offers an intimate           beautiful Jardin des Plantes. Besides these
dining experience behind its red curtains        essential landmarks, there are a number of
and warm wooden décor. Paris has                 small, themed museums that are worth a          Paris is home to more than 140 theaters
countless fine specialty food stores, each       look, including the Picasso Museum in the       featuring various types of shows,
only dedicated to one sort of delicacy. For      charming Marais district. Less academic but     from classic plays to avant-garde live
caviar, go to Prunier.                           still representative of an important part of    performances, dance, comedies, musicals,
                                                 Parisian culture, the Museum of Fashion         etc. Unfortunately, almost all of them
17th Arrondissement                              and Textiles pays tribute to the Capital's      are in French, which can hinder your
The Paradis du Fruit(literally"fruit's           biggest fashion houses. Finally, for those      enjoyment if you don't speak the language.
paradise") will enchant those in search of a     interested in anthropology and culture, the     Nonetheless, certain theaters are worth
perfect smoothie.                                Musée du Quai Branly, with its prodigious       a visit. The eminent Comédie-Française
                                                 collection of objects(300,000) coming from      for example features classic comedies
18th Arrondissement                              Australasia, Africa, and the Middle-East,       written by Molière that are accessible to
Wepler is a well-established brasserie on        will enable you to see from the perspective     a large audience. The Odéon Théâtre de
place de Clichy.                                 of a non-Western culture. The Institut du       l'Europe is a great alternative, as it hosts
©                                    Monde Arabe is also of great interest to        classic plays in their original languages.
                                                 learn more about Middle-Eastern cultures.       Théâtre de la Ville, once home to famous
                                                 Many lectures and seminars are organized–       French actress Sarah Bernhardt, is an
Nightlife Insights                               at its café notably-to introduce neophytes to   open door to performers of the world. From
                                                 its amazing collection.                         famous international dance companies
With its incomparable historic sites and the
rich art collections, Paris is often thought                                                     like Merce Cunningham or Ann Theresa
of as the largest museum in the world. But                                                       de Keersmeaker, many world renowned
                                                 Admission to galleries is free. Opening         artists have come here. The program also
Paris' culture is not just about the past; the
                                                 hours vary from one neighborhood to             includes a great selection of world music
City of Light also celebrates cinema and
                                                 another, some open at night until 11p. Many     concerts, with artists coming from Asia–
music, and the nightlife is as exciting as
                                                 of the city's most prestigious galleries are    notably India–and the Middle or Far-East.
that of London or New York.
                                                 located in Saint Germain des Prés, either       Finally, the Théâtre du Châtelet, with its
Museums                                          in Rue de Seine or Rue des Beaux-Arts           tradition of education and innovation, plays
                                                 like Galerie Claude Bernard. Most of them       host to young talents and dance companies
Paris has more than 60 museums,
                                                 promote various styles of contemporary art,     coming from all over Europe, and organizes
so chances are you will find one to
                                                 from Cubism to Abstractionism. Check out
accommodate your tastes and interests.

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many festivals drawing visitors from far and     at 9:30p-10p; bars fill up around Midnight         music in the Elysée Montmartre. Finally, if
wide.                                            until 2a; then, people head to the clubs           you're looking for the most upscale select
                                                 at around 1:30-2a. The most vibrant                clubs, stay in the 8th arrondissement. The
                                                 neighborhoods include Bastille, Rue de             Milliardaire and Régine's are certainly the
The famous film director, François Truffault,    Lappe, Rue de Charonne, and Rue de la              best bet to meet the classy crowd.
said that every French citizen is a cinema       Roquette, where you will find countless
critic. No surprise then that Paris is a film-   bars. Some of them are fancy wine bars,
lover's paradise, with many cinemas in           others are smaller local cafés, but all of         Visitors to the capital can take advantage of
every district. The big complexes like the       them have that sort of uniqueness that             the cabaret culture and traditional French
UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles or UGC Ciné             is distinctly Parisian. Another popular            Cancan shows at the Moulin Rouge or
Cité Bercy show more than fifteen films at       district is found between République and           enjoy some high-class cabaret at the world-
once, mostly in their original languages.        Oberkampf, by far the most popular spot.           renowned Crazy Horse.
The MK2 chain, which not only screens            Rue d'Oberkampf with Café Charbon
                                                                                                    Parks, Zoos, and Theme Parks
blockbusters, but also independent French        is full of energy, brought by both locals
movies, has a faithful clientèle. MK2            and tourists. Alongside the Saint-Martin           For those wanting to explore the many
Parnasse and MK2 Beaubourg have a                Canal, Chez Prune is practically a Parisian        parks of the city, there are many options
more avant-garde selection than the other        institution. The 5th arrondissement is             on each corner. A stroll in the Tuileries
theaters of the chain. In the Latin Quarter,     also very lively: in the Latin Quarter itself      Garden is welcome after visiting the Louvre
normally frequented by students, art and         between Métro Saint-Michel and Métro               and the fresh air will regenerate your brain
experimental cinemas carry on the French         Cluny-La Sorbonne, girls head to the Latin         cells. In the Latin Quarter, take a break at
cinematic tradition of showing old films. The    Corner; students flock to pubs behind the          the Luxembourg Garden where locals jog
Studio Galande often puts on high quality        Panthéon, between Place Descartes and              or play tennis throughout the day. If you
film series and retrospectives.                  Rue Mouffetard. TheHurling Pub, with its           are with kids, go to the Jardin des Plantes,
                                                 infused vodkas and wooden counter is a             where you can take your children to the
Live Music
                                                 great hang-out, as well as theBombardier,          zoo and to a Tropical Botanical Garden.
For the jazz lover, Paris recreates the          an authentic Irish pub. More upscale bars          The largest park in Paris, parc des Buttes-
atmosphere of New York with its many             can be found in Saint Germain des Prés or          Chaumont–seen by some as a replica
clubs in the St-Michel and St-Germain-des-       alongside the Champs-Élysées.                      of Central Park-is great for families as it
Prés districts; check out great sounds at                                                           contains numerous children's playgrounds.
the Caveau de la Huchette. The legendary                                                            The young crowd living in the neighborhood
Olympia Hall still welcomes the great            Paris has a flourishing club culture, with         often organizes giant picnics and parties in
names of French pop, but it's faded slightly     numerous places hopping and DJs in action          the park. A beautiful view over the city can
since the days when Jacques Brel and             all through the night. The hippest DJs play        be caught on the top of the park's tower.
Edith Piaf pulled in the crowds. World-          in Paris, like Bob Sinclar, Jeff Cortez and        A brief taste of Paris' entertainment scene
renowned bands and singers are more              Dan Marciano at Queen on the Champs-               would not be complete without mention
likely to fill up the Zénith or Bercy. Palais    Élysées. On Monday, disco nights at Queen          of the epitome of family fun, Disneyland
des Congrès plays host to musicals and           are very popular, where House music fans           Paris. This remains the main attraction
multi-million dollars productions.               bestow their patronage on the weekends.            on Paris' doorstep, and visitors flock here
                                                 Another legendary club, the Bains Douches          from all over Europe. Family fun is also
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                                                 also hosts famous DJs like Tommy Marcus,           guaranteed at Parc Astérix and the wildlife
Many international tournaments take place        Jef K and Jérôme Pacman to enchant                 park, Thoiry.-Aurélie Pichard
in Paris. For such major events, usually the     the gay and gay-friendly clubbers. A less          ©
Stade de France is the best stadium, as          glamorous but more hip techno temple is
it can accommodate up to 80,000 people.          the underground Rex Club, where Laurent
Home games of Paris' soccer team(PSG)            Garnier, Carl Cox and Daft Punk often              Things to Do Insights
are hosted at Parc des Princes, not far from     perform. After hours the trendy crowd              Paris, the City of Lights, is a stop on every
another major sport venue, Roland Garros         interested in experimental techno and              intrepid travelers list of cosmopolitan
Stadium, where the French Tennis Open            French electronic music heads to the               cities to visit. Famous sites around the
takes place in June.                             Batofar, a red boat moored on the Seine.           city vary from historical monuments to
                                                 Another option is the Glaz'Art, an arty            museums, as well as the famous shopping
Bars                                             spot, where all kinds of arts and music are        and restaurants. Paris holds something
Parisian nightlife no longer lags behind         intertwined for live performances and crazy        for everyone, from the art buff to the
London or Berlin. Paris counts numerous          nights. For Salsa and Hip Hop, head to             romantic to Baudelaire'sflâneur, which,
bars and clubs, all open later than those        Barrio Latino in the Bastille district or to the   roughly translated, is someone who adores
of London or Berlin. Bars close either           Favela Chic near République metro. In the          wandering around the city merely to absorb
at 2a(the vast majority of them) or 4a,          Pigalle neighborhood, you can hear great           the atmosphere and watch the people pass
whereas clubs close at 6a. Some are              world music coming from Brazil, Mexico or          by.
opened extra late until noon on the              the Middle-East at the Divan du Monde, or
weekend. Aperitif starts at 7p-8p; dinner,       dance the night away to the sound of Rock          Eiffel Tower

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                                                  club Favela Chic is ideal for dancing the         in Arab studies. And at the very top, there is
No trip to Paris is complete without a
                                                  night away.                                       a café which offers the only view of its kind
visit to the most famous monument and
                                                                                                    over the top of the cathedral.
internationally recognized symbol of the          L'Arc de Triomphe
city, the Eiffel Tower. The Tower sits at the                                                       Sacré Coeur
                                                  While the Eiffel Tower is famous for its
top of the Champs de Mars, a beautiful
                                                  views of the city, the Arc de Triomphe            Montmartre, of Amélie fame, is home to the
green esplanade, which is perfect for sitting
                                                  in the middle of the Champs-Elysées is            Basilique du Sacré Coeur, the gorgeous
and reading or playing a pickup game of
                                                  a far better place to see the city and its        white church that can be seen atop the
football. After a trip to the top, either via
                                                  famous arrondissement structure. When             mountain from the city proper on a clear
stairs or the glass elevators that allow you
                                                  you've finished, take a stroll down the           day. After visiting the church(no pictures
to see the views of the city in all her glory,
                                                  Champs-Elysées, the famous boulevard              inside allowed), take a stroll down the
try having lunch at the famous Le Jules
                                                  with the best real estate in all of Paris. Most   winding streets behind it, and have a look
Verne restaurant, which is conveniently
                                                  restaurants on the Champs-Elysées take            at the Montmartre vineyards. If you're lucky
located at the lower level of the tower:
                                                  their privileged location to mean that they       enough to be visiting in November, you may
there is a special elevator provided to
                                                  don't have to try when it comes to food—          be able to pick up a bottle of the wine that
reach it. If you'd rather dine somewhere
                                                  try dining elsewhere, but enjoy window            is made here. In order to reach the top of
a little less expensive(or less overrun
                                                  shopping on this famous avenue. When              the mountain, you must get off the metro
with tourists), you have two options: the
                                                  you've finished browsing the designer             at Abbesses. Take advantage of this, and
Tower sits on the line between the 7th
                                                  shops, take a little walk over to Place de        explore the neighborhood. One of the best
and 15th arrondissements. In the 7th, try
                                                  la Concorde to see the Egyptian obelisk in        baguettes in Paris can be found on Rue
neighborhood favorite Café de l'Alma,
                                                  the center of the square. You're now on one       des Abbesses at Le Grenier à Pain. Travel
with a terrace view of the river Seine. In
                                                  side of the Jardin des Tuileries, the garden      down further to reach Pigalle, the Parisian
the 15th, Le Café du Commerce is the
                                                  that is attached to the Musée du Louvre.          red light district. The famous French can-
place to go: don't be surprised if you're
                                                  Have a stroll through the gardens before          can dancers still perform at Le Moulin
the only tourist there, as this is well-known
                                                  visiting the museum, and be sure to have          Rouge, and you can get tickets to a dinner
among natives as a place for excellent
                                                  an African hot chocolate at Angelina's, on        performance if you like. If not, try a no-
classic French cuisine. Either way, if you're
                                                  the Rue de Rivoli, which runs parallel to         less entertaining dinner at Le Refuge des
in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower, take
                                                  the gardens. If it's gotten late, you can also    Fondus, where the waiters hoist you over
advantage of the proximity of Invalides,
                                                  drop by the famous Buddha Bar for a drink.        the communal table to reach your seat on
where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried.
                                                                                                    the inner bench, and the wine is served in
                                                  Notre Dame
Bastille                                                                                            old-fashioned glass baby bottles.
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to the Place de l'Opéra. The fare is EUR                                                           shuttle bus from either terminal to the Pont
                                                  If you are ready to take on the speedy
8.20. Public bus 350 jogs to Gare de l'Est                                                         de Rungis, Orly Station and hop the RER
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train station and bus 351 connects Roissy                                                          C line train, which leaves for Paris every 15
                                                  and hop on the A6 going north to hit the
with the Nation metro stop. These buses                                                            minutes. The other route is via the Orlyval
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terminals(South, West), and free shuttle          are tugging along a houseful of luggage.
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                                                                                                   and each new street and each new corner
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of the numerous forks on the rail lines,                                                           the city rather biker friendly. Plus, it may
                                                   The A1 and N1 from the north, A13, N13
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the outskirts of the city and are rarely used                                                      Six major stations and various smaller ones
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offers a fifty minute tour of the area's major     By Taxi                                         the most part each serves trains arriving
attractions like the Musée d'Orsay, Louvre,                                                        and departing form the point of compass
                                                   Taxis are good late at night after the trains
Notre Dame and the Opera Bastille.                                                                 on which the station is perched(i.e. east,
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                                                                                                   so make sure you arrive at the right station
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                                                                                                   if you are booked in advance. Stations
ends around 8p-10p. Night buses operate            start at EUR 2.50 and the meter rates are
after hours.                                       around EUR.60-EUR 1.50 per kilometer
                                                   with a minimum charge of EUR 5. You can         Gare du Nord(home to Eurostar(http://
By Car
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lots or garages. And just because you see
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the lead: the city has little qualms about         congestion and pollution caused by
                                                                                                   Eurail Select, Eurail Flexi, Eurail Saver,
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Roads marked with an"A"(Autoroutes) are                                                            peddled can be overwhelming, especially
                                                   and"liberté," meaning freedom) that allows
wide, speedy(128km/80mph speed limits)                                                             for a novice rail traveler. The last thing
                                                   paying members to borrow bikes from
expressways that usually involve tolls once                                                        you want to do is have a brain freeze and
                                                   the numerous stations around the city
you venture outside the major cities. Roads                                                        end up in Brussels when you packed the
                                                   and return them at any other station. Both
designated with an"N"(National) are two                                                            bathing suit for beach time in Barcelona.
                                                   year-long subscriptions and one-day
lanes and toll free. Many parallel the main                                                        Rail Europe(+1 877 257 2887/http://
                                                   passes are available, with the first half
expressways, which is convenient, but the                                                 does an excellent job
                                                   hour free and the subsequent time on a
roads do have a few drawbacks: 1) due to                                                           of making sense of the complicated origami
                                                   sliding scale to promote the prompt return
the two lane set up and the lower speed                                                            of high speed and traditional(slow) routes
                                                   of bicycles and their continued rotation.
limit it takes longer to get where your are                                                        and breaks down the difference between
                                                   More information can be found at the
going, 2) they are riddled with roundabouts,                                                       the likes of TGV, Thalys, Eurostar, Talgos,
3) if you are driving cross country you will                                                       AVE and the seemingly endless array of rail
literally go through the center of every           Although you will probably want to avoid the    service providers. It also lists the various
town on the way. That is quaint at first but       cobblestoned traffic nightmare of Champs-       pass options so you can find the right fit for
becomes tiring after a while as all the towns      Elysées, it is not a bad idea to see Paris      your travel.
begin to look the same 4) France's truckers        by bike, although it does have its hazards.
                                                                                                   The country's national rail company,
use the roads and have no problem letting          More than 60 miles of bike lanes share
                                                                                                   Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer
you know it is their road and 5) construction      major thoroughfares, along with trails
delays are seemingly ever occurring.               through parks and along the Seine making
                                                                                                   is famous for its track record of

Paris Snapshot continued
efficiency(meaning trains are usually on         Fun Facts                                     50 Hz round two-pin plugs Time Zone: GMT
time; a rarity in Europe) and its race-car                                                     +1 Country Dialing Code: 33 Area Code: 01
on rails TGV( bullet          Paris Country: France
trains, which link Paris with the major cities                                                 Did You Know?
                                                 Paris By The Numbers
of France and with Geneva, Switzerland.
                                                                                               Paname is Paris' nickname in slang. It
Daily service to London is available through     Population: 2,153,600(2005 census)            may derive from the name ofPanamá(like
Eurostar( About        Elevation: 315 feet/ 96 meters Average
20 trains link Paris to London in 2 hours                                                      the city) meaning enormous. In slang
                                                 Annual Precipitation: 25 inches/ 641          Parisians are also calledParigots by people
and a half. Daily service to Brussels is also
                                                 millimeters Average Annual days of rain:      outside of the city, but it's considered at
available on Thalys(,
which also links Paris with Amsterdam,           187/year Average January Temperature: 39      least pejorative, if not an insult, so use it
Cologne and Geneva among other northern          °F/ 4 °C Average July Temperature: 68 °F/     carefully.
European cities. Artesia trains run high         20 °C
speed routes between Paris and Milan                                                           Orientation
                                                 Quick Facts
and Paris and Turin up to five times a day.                                                    The River Seine breaks the city into theRive
Elipsos/Tago Night Trainhotels has various       Major Industries: Service, Tourism and        Droite(Right Bank) north of the river and
classes of overnight sleeper service to          Hospitality, Commerce, Banking, Computer
Madrid on the Fanscico de Goya and to                                                          theRive Gauche(Left Bank) south of the
                                                 engineering Ethnic Mix: Italian, Polish,      river. Paris is only 6 by 7 miles/10 by 11
Barcelona on the Talgo Joan Miro. You can
                                                 German, North African and African(in          kilometers, which means you can walk
also book night trains to Berlin, Hamburg
                                                 the 10th, 18th and 19th arrondissement),      across the capital in less than two hours.
and Hanover.
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                                                 and Pakistani(in the 10th arrondissement),
                                                 Vietnamese, etc. Electricity: 220 Volts AC,

StatisticsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Temperature C Average High791316202324252216108 Average
Mean5691216191920181386 Average Low446812151616141064 Temperature F Average High454755606874767771615146 Average
Mean414349536066686964564743 Average Low384043465358616257514340 Rainy Days151315141311121212141517 Rain Fall
(cm) Rain Fall (in)
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Description: This trip will take you to all of the major sights in Paris that can be reasonably seen in one day. Of course, you'll have to come back for more.