Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Paris Guide according to Christelle

Here is a briliant gudie to Paris as told by one of my friend I met on the web, the wording and the guide is hers and nothing is altered word by word, I thank Christelle once again for her guide: -Paris map and guide for holiday, weekend and shopping - Informations about sightseeing of Eiffel Tower, www.paris-ile-de-france.com The site of the Office du Tourisme de Paris you will find useful info also on museums, monuments, events etc. www.parisinfo.com/fr ,your can find the site in English by clicking on the relevant icon Transport If you stay in the centre of Paris you can either go on foot or using tube and buses there are some passes called Paris Decouverte that can be purchased for 1, 2, 3, 5 days most of the monuments are in Paris intra muros ie in zones 1-2 you will get with this pass some reductions to visit a lot of monuments eg Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe you can buy this pass at the tube station at the ticket office please dont accept to buy anything from anyone else at the ticket office you can also ask for a map of Paris you will find one also at your hotel and ask also for a tube map, my recommendations for four days for instance would be: -

DAY ONE You can go on foot and use the tube too start your journey from Louvre Rivoli tube station you can visit the famous museum of Le Louvre or look at the great building you will see the famous glass Pyramid you then go on foot from Le Louvre and cross Le Jardin des Tulipes and come to the famous Place de la Concorde You can look around (the fontains represent famous french harbours), you then cross and go on straight to Champs Elysees and you walk this famous worldwide street and arrive at the Arc de Triomphe. You can go on the top to have a view of Paris, I would advise to keep your money to go on the Eiffel Tower, at the Arc de Triomphe you can take the tube number 6 from which you will have a nice view from Paris. The station you start is Charle de Gaule Etoile, and you stop at Champs de Mars you get out to visit the Eiffel Tower and relax then on the Champs de Mars.

DAY TWO You take the tube to stop at Pigalle or Anvers on the line two you can go and visit Montmartre and the famous Sacre Coeur Church it is renowed place for painters and artists you will have sort of handicraft square behind Sacre Coeur if you go behind the church have a look around but dont eat there this is a rip off for tourists you can then go down walking and have a tour and see Le Moulin Rouge this area is okay by day don't go by night if you have a family though it is a safe place but not very convenient for family at night.

you can take the tube and stop at Cite on the line 4 you can visit the famous Ile de la Cite and the famous Notre Dame this is a very nice area to relax you can either walk then to St Germain des Pres on the south side of the river by crossing one of the bridges south or go north of the river to Le Marais (jewish and gay quarter) where it is very nice to wander around. you have the famous Place des Vosges and sometimes people sing under the arcades it is nice for shopping too

DAY FOUR You can go to Disneyland Paris, you will need to take the RER A to Marne la Vallee depending on the pass you will take, EuroDisney is in zone 5 it is about 40 minutes outside Paris and opens at 9h or you can do some shopping at the famous shops called Le Printemps and Les Galeries Lafayettes you will need to take the tube and stop at Le Havre Caumartin or Chausse d Antin on lines 3 and 9. I hope I gave you enough information to make your stay an enjoyable one best regards Christelle"

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