Key Sites in Paris!
Key Sites in Paris! Reviews
Jun 22, 2007
If you don't have too much time in Paris, you should probably have a good plan for hitting the key sites. It is wonderful to walk, but more efficient to use the metro/bus to maximize your time. If you start at the Eiffel Tower, you can take line 9 up to the Champs Elysees (metro stop Franklin D. Roosevelt). It is worth strolling up to the Arc de Triomphe (use the underground passage to get to the Arc) then walk back down the Champs to Concorde, Tuileries, and the Louvre - and don't forget to stop at Laduree for some macarons! From here, you can either take the bus from Saint Honore Valois to Cite or turn right to get to the Seine and continue past the Louvre to Pont Neuf where you can cross over to the island to see Notre Dame and Ste. Chapelle (and have some ice cream at Berthillon!). Crossing back over to the right bank, you can see Chatelet & Les Halles & the Centre Pompidou (which I personally find bizarre, as you will notice everyone sits on the sidewalk and face the building instead of each other, but most people like it). From here, take the 81 bus from Chatalet to Opera (this bus has a really pretty route). Have a drink at Cafe de la Paix and enjoy the view of the Opera House and then wander behind to check out the grand magasins. Just past here is Gare St. Lazare where you can pick up metro line 12 to Lamarck-Caulaincourt from where you can walk up the steps to Sacre Coeur and enjoy the village atop Montmartre. If you are still moving, you can take line 12 to Concorde (where you can see a great sunset over the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees). You will sleep well after this if you manage to do it in one day.
If you happen to be in Paris on the the first Sunday of the month, many museums, including the Louvre and Musee D'Orsay are free (and crowded so go early).
If you go on ITunes, there are a couple of free podcasts with Paris tips. One is on National Geographic Walks of a Lifetime (which is a good tour of St. Germain but not one french word is pronounced correctly so don't quote this guy!) and another is Travel with Rick Steves which gives some good history & tips.
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