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Sammo
Jun 25th, 2012, 10:57 PM
Anyone have a special recommendation that is not the most common thing to visit in Paris but loved it? Thanks :)


First time abroad!!! At f*cking last!!!!!!! (I don't count Portugal :o:lol:)

Dave.
Jun 26th, 2012, 01:41 AM
I'm sure others will have more stuff to recommend but for me:


Sit on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and just enjoy the view/entertainment.

I think the views from the Arc de Triomphe are nicer than from the Eiffel Tower (...because they actually include the Eiffel Tower :p). Plus if you're EU and under 26 it's free! (as is pretty much everything else apart from the Eiffel Tower)

There's a pretty good sax player at Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro station too. I missed about 10 trains last time just listening to him. :lol:

The Jardin du Luxembourg should be just lovely in August too!

nevetssllim
Jun 26th, 2012, 08:01 AM
I'd also put in a vote for the Jardin du Luxembourg too. :)

I think one of the best places for views of Paris is the Tour de Montparnasse. I think it's cheaper, the queues are shorter and you get some incredible views of the Eiffel Tower. Not to mention the building's an eyesore so you don't have to see it. :p

http://i49.tinypic.com/1qhe87.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/21oaatj.jpg

Fantasy Hero
Jun 26th, 2012, 08:46 AM
good luck, you'll need it to find nice people, mostly if you don't speak french :haha:

i had horrible experiences in Paris and didn't enjoy the city at all, so you better listen to the lovers of the city, not a hater like me :p

matthias
Jun 26th, 2012, 10:10 AM
i love
Place de innocents and the fontaine
http://infibeams.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Fontaine-Des-Innocents-Paris-France.jpg

Cashif
Jun 26th, 2012, 10:18 AM
Visited last month and had a lovely time. How many days are you going because I went for just three days and it was too short a time to enjoy anything..Louvre Museum & Versailles Palace were the two places I loved but unfortunately I couldnt go to Sacre Coeur because of shortage of time:(

ptkten
Jun 26th, 2012, 10:25 AM
It's strange to me that so many people say they've had bad experiences with people who live in Paris. I know almost no French and have no connection to anyone in the city but any time I've gone, everyone has been cordial to me. Obviously not everyone is saying hello on the street to me but the people who work at the hotels, restaurants etc. have been professional and friendly. Maybe I expect less from people, but I've never found the people there any different from other major cities :confused:

Anyway, my suggestion is to just randomly walk around the different neighborhoods of Paris especially in the older areas of the city. You should definitely do the touristy stuff because you've never been there but I've always thought the best way to experience a new city is to randomly explore or find a cafe or restaurant to people watch.

Fantasy Hero
Jun 26th, 2012, 10:33 AM
i love
Place de innocents and the fontaine
http://infibeams.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Fontaine-Des-Innocents-Paris-France.jpg

totally one of the most beautiful places i've seen too :hearts:

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/15339_1278247917770_6379621_n.jpg

together with:

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/15339_1278123714665_380502_n.jpg

Hashim.
Jun 26th, 2012, 11:01 AM
Yes..don't be yourself:hug:

Sammo
Jun 26th, 2012, 03:49 PM
I'm sure others will have more stuff to recommend but for me:


Sit on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and just enjoy the view/entertainment.

I think the views from the Arc de Triomphe are nicer than from the Eiffel Tower (...because they actually include the Eiffel Tower :p). Plus if you're EU and under 26 it's free! (as is pretty much everything else apart from the Eiffel Tower)

There's a pretty good sax player at Charles de Gaulle Etoile metro station too. I missed about 10 trains last time just listening to him. :lol:

The Jardin du Luxembourg should be just lovely in August too!

I'd also put in a vote for the Jardin du Luxembourg too. :)

I think one of the best places for views of Paris is the Tour de Montparnasse. I think it's cheaper, the queues are shorter and you get some incredible views of the Eiffel Tower. Not to mention the building's an eyesore so you don't have to see it. :p

http://i49.tinypic.com/1qhe87.jpg

http://i46.tinypic.com/21oaatj.jpg

good luck, you'll need it to find nice people, mostly if you don't speak french :haha:

i had horrible experiences in Paris and didn't enjoy the city at all, so you better listen to the lovers of the city, not a hater like me :p

i love
Place de innocents and the fontaine
http://infibeams.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Fontaine-Des-Innocents-Paris-France.jpg

Visited last month and had a lovely time. How many days are you going because I went for just three days and it was too short a time to enjoy anything..Louvre Museum & Versailles Palace were the two places I loved but unfortunately I couldnt go to Sacre Coeur because of shortage of time:(

It's strange to me that so many people say they've had bad experiences with people who live in Paris. I know almost no French and have no connection to anyone in the city but any time I've gone, everyone has been cordial to me. Obviously not everyone is saying hello on the street to me but the people who work at the hotels, restaurants etc. have been professional and friendly. Maybe I expect less from people, but I've never found the people there any different from other major cities :confused:

Anyway, my suggestion is to just randomly walk around the different neighborhoods of Paris especially in the older areas of the city. You should definitely do the touristy stuff because you've never been there but I've always thought the best way to experience a new city is to randomly explore or find a cafe or restaurant to people watch.

totally one of the most beautiful places i've seen too :hearts:

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/15339_1278247917770_6379621_n.jpg

together with:

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/15339_1278123714665_380502_n.jpg


Thanks everyone! I'll have all of these suggestions in mind, I'm gonna stay for 6 days :)

Wiggly
Jun 26th, 2012, 09:31 PM
Pretty much every attraction offer you to climb 300 stairs to see the view from the top.
Really tiring but a lot of fun.

Many Parisians will be out of town in August and it's only tourists. The queues can be long.

Versailles is spectacular.

Tennis Fool
Jun 26th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Anyone have a special recommendation that is not the most common thing to visit in Paris but loved it? Thanks :)


First time abroad!!! At f*cking last!!!!!!! (I don't count Portugal :o)
Speak some French... or you'll get your ass kicked. :)

Sammo
Jun 26th, 2012, 09:57 PM
Speak some French... or you'll get your ass kicked. :)

Nah, I don't know any French, in most schools the 2nd language taught (after English) here in Spain is French, but in my school it's German :lol:

AjdeNate!
Jun 27th, 2012, 06:38 PM
I haven't been for many (too many!) years, but apart from the suggestions that have already been made:

http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/#/home
I really enjoyed the view, the museum and the area of Montparnasse. It was a different feel to me than the rest of the tourist-y stuff.

I really liked l'Arc de Triomphe, but it's a mother-fucker of stairs. Don't puff down 2 or 3 ciggies and then try to climb them. I nearly thought I was going to die. But the view is worth it.

If you're looking for a hostel to stay in (not sure your accommodations) I can recommend Aloha: http://www.aloha.fr
Cool, young and they really help with all of the transport or other questions. (It was clean, too, which is important to me!).

Biggest tip: comfortable shoes. Like really, really comfy shoes. I walked more in 9 days than I probably ever had walked in my whole life. The metro is cool, but I found myself walking a lot so I could see and experience.

Lastly… if you get to the area of Montmartre… 2 things:
1. the bathroom at Quick hamburger by the Moulin Rouge is the nastiest most vile wretched place in the universe. 2. there are a lot of sex shoppes and you will get propositioned by hookers just walking by. Possible 3…find Jim Morrison's grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery (it's scary but cool to walk around the cemetery).

I think that's all I can offer. :p

Sammo
Jun 27th, 2012, 09:09 PM
I haven't been for many (too many!) years, but apart from the suggestions that have already been made:

http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/#/home
I really enjoyed the view, the museum and the area of Montparnasse. It was a different feel to me than the rest of the tourist-y stuff.

I really liked l'Arc de Triomphe, but it's a mother-fucker of stairs. Don't puff down 2 or 3 ciggies and then try to climb them. I nearly thought I was going to die. But the view is worth it.

If you're looking for a hostel to stay in (not sure your accommodations) I can recommend Aloha: http://www.aloha.fr
Cool, young and they really help with all of the transport or other questions. (It was clean, too, which is important to me!).

Biggest tip: comfortable shoes. Like really, really comfy shoes. I walked more in 9 days than I probably ever had walked in my whole life. The metro is cool, but I found myself walking a lot so I could see and experience.

Lastly… if you get to the area of Montmartre… 2 things:
1. the bathroom at Quick hamburger by the Moulin Rouge is the nastiest most vile wretched place in the universe. 2. there are a lot of sex shoppes and you will get propositioned by hookers just walking by. Possible 3…find Jim Morrison's grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery (it's scary but cool to walk around the cemetery).

I think that's all I can offer. :p

Those were really cool suggestions! Thanks :D I might do the Cemetery one :oh:

AjdeNate!
Jun 27th, 2012, 09:15 PM
Those were really cool suggestions! Thanks :D I might do the Cemetery one :oh:

It's pretty cool,… just go during daylight hours. And seriously, mind the hookers. They're very abundant around there. Nasty hoes...

pov
Jun 27th, 2012, 09:44 PM
- Nicolas Flamel's houses still stands in Paris, at 51 rue de Montmorency. It is the oldest stone house in the city. The ground floor currently contains a restaurant.

- Catacombs of Paris (http://www.catacombes-de-paris.fr/english.htm)

- Doing a Da Vinci Code Paris (http://http://www.da-vinci-code-paris.com/) trek sounds like fun.

Stamp Paid
Jun 29th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Gare du Nord and its general vicinity. :yeah:

Fed_Ds
Jun 29th, 2012, 04:09 AM
If you go the first sunday of the month, all the museums are free, but crowded..
Versailles is a must :hearts:

new-york
Jun 29th, 2012, 06:21 AM
Say hi to mom. :hysteric:

debby
Jun 29th, 2012, 08:47 AM
good luck, you'll need it to find nice people, mostly if you don't speak french :haha:

i had horrible experiences in Paris and didn't enjoy the city at all, so you better listen to the lovers of the city, not a hater like me :p

It's strange to me that so many people say they've had bad experiences with people who live in Paris. I know almost no French and have no connection to anyone in the city but any time I've gone, everyone has been cordial to me. Obviously not everyone is saying hello on the street to me but the people who work at the hotels, restaurants etc. have been professional and friendly. Maybe I expect less from people, but I've never found the people there any different from other major cities :confused:

Anyway, my suggestion is to just randomly walk around the different neighborhoods of Paris especially in the older areas of the city. You should definitely do the touristy stuff because you've never been there but I've always thought the best way to experience a new city is to randomly explore or find a cafe or restaurant to people watch.

Speak some French... or you'll get your ass kicked. :)

wth? :lol:

yesterday, a study about the Parisians came out, and it said Parisians were actually much more friendly than expected to tourists because they usually expect the worse. I think it's easier to remember the bad moments than the good moments, sadly.

@Sammo : People won't mind you talking in english at all. But maybe if you use random french words, it will charm them :oh: ! like "Bonjour" (hello) "Merci" (thank you) "s'il vous plaît" (please)"J'aime Paris" (I love Paris) :lol: tbh I remember going to the Netherlands when I was 12, and I tried to say thank you in dutch :hysteric: the dude laughed, and was like "Aww it's cute, come on, what do you want?" .

I can't give you too many advices because I never really visited Paris :lol: Ooohh maybe you should go Place de l'Opéra

http://www.italopera.com/upload/_right_20041011031057_Palais_Garnier.jpg

IIRC it's really lovely to walk on there around... fml I don't remember the name of the place I went to with some friends ... Gahhhhhhhh I don't remember ! :sobbing:
Do you wanna visit RG, Sammo? you will have to pay for it though... there is the museum as well ;)

Do you go to the bars, Sammo? I can ask my brother (he has been living in Paris for at least 5 years), he knows good places :p because some bars can be really expensive. And I am interested by that as well, I am planning on going to Paris soon!

Sammo
Jun 29th, 2012, 01:28 PM
@Sammo : People won't mind you talking in english at all. But maybe if you use random french words, it will charm them :oh: ! like "Bonjour" (hello) "Merci" (thank you) "s'il vous plaît" (please)"J'aime Paris" (I love Paris) :lol: tbh I remember going to the Netherlands when I was 12, and I tried to say thank you in dutch :hysteric: the dude laughed, and was like "Aww it's cute, come on, what do you want?" .

I can't give you too many advices because I never really visited Paris :lol: Ooohh maybe you should go Place de l'Opéra

http://www.italopera.com/upload/_right_20041011031057_Palais_Garnier.jpg

IIRC it's really lovely to walk on there around... fml I don't remember the name of the place I went to with some friends ... Gahhhhhhhh I don't remember ! :sobbing:
Do you wanna visit RG, Sammo? you will have to pay for it though... there is the museum as well ;)

Do you go to the bars, Sammo? I can ask my brother (he has been living in Paris for at least 5 years), he knows good places :p because some bars can be really expensive. And I am interested by that as well, I am planning on going to Paris soon!

Yeah I had actually thought about some strategies to gain the sympathy of the Parisians given that I don't speak any French, besides saying random words in French (thx! :lol:) I'll also wear a Lacoste Polo shirt :oh::haha:

Yes! I definitely wanna visit RG!

Nope, no bars :lol:

LoveFifteen
Jun 29th, 2012, 08:01 PM
If Sammo as big of a twat in real life as he is on TF.com, can anyone blame Parisians if they aren't nice to him??? :unsure:

Sammo
Jun 29th, 2012, 08:20 PM
If Sammo as big of a twat in real life as he is on TF.com, can anyone blame Parisians if they aren't nice to him??? :unsure:

Don't worry, I only use TF as a blowoff valve for all my trollness, and 99% of the times the objective of my trolling are other trolls like you.

Break My Rapture
Jun 29th, 2012, 08:44 PM
Don't go to Louvre museum because you'll suffocate between all the people there. Horrendously crowded.

And like others have said, the stairs to the top of Arc De Triomphe are hell. In some metro stations you can sneak through/under/over the barrier so you don't have to use a ticket, but make sure you know it's safe to do so because there are guards and control police present sometimes at certain exits.

Make sure your wallet/backpack is safe because the Parisian metros are filled with pickpockets. Always keep your backpack on your lap when your sitting or keep them between your legs when you're standing. Another thing about the metros, they have automatically closing doors. They don't have sensors that stop closing when a person is trying to get in, so be careful with that.

Sammo
Jun 29th, 2012, 08:51 PM
Don't go to Louvre museum because you'll suffocate between all the people there. Horrendously crowded.

And like others have said, the stairs to the top of Arc De Triomphe are hell. In some metro stations you can sneak through/under/over the barrier so you don't have to use a ticket, but make sure you know it's safe to do so because there are guards and control police present sometimes at certain exits.

Make sure your wallet/backpack is safe because the Parisian metros are filled with pickpockets. Always keep your backpack on your lap when your sitting or keep them between your legs when you're standing. Another thing about the metros, they have automatically closing doors. They don't have sensors that stop closing when a person is trying to get in, so be careful with that.

Holy shit :unsure:

Anyway

1- The Louvre is a must visit, I don't care if I have to bring an oxygen tank :lol:
2- I'd prefer not to sneak in the metro because I've heard that if they catch you without the ticket the fine is quite big.
3- Thanks for the backpack/wallet advice, when I visited Barcelona I was told that there were almost no problems with pickpockets, but I guess Paris is a whole different story.

melodynelson
Jun 30th, 2012, 02:24 AM
Jardin du Luxembourg was my favorite part of Paris, the colors are so vibrant and dazzling it's a marvel to see I think, plus there are tennis courts there. ;)

But my favorite place was Notre Dame, it was a very emotional experience for me though I don't remember why anymore. I suppose that entire area, with the bridge, Pont Neuf I think?, very pretty and vivacious.

I miss Paris.

nevetssllim
Jun 30th, 2012, 12:03 PM
I'd also be a tad careful around the Paris town hall. I've never really had any problems in Paris but there are these dubious people working for charities and they were rather confrontational.

On the whole, I wouldn't say pickpocketing is particularly rife. Just use your common sense, don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine which is rule of thumb for any city.

Bieselke
Jul 3rd, 2012, 09:10 AM
1- The Louvre is a must visit, I don't care if I have to bring an oxygen tank :lol:


I personally preferred Musee d'Orsay over the Louvre. The Louvre was just a bit "too much". If you go to the Louvre anyway, schedule plenty of time to visit it. Also I wouldn't bother queuing up for Mona Lisa, not worth the wait imo. Don't let yourself be lured in visiting 'La Defense' like I did btw, really nothing to see there :lol:

LoveFifteen
Jul 3rd, 2012, 02:50 PM
Don't worry, I only use TF as a blowoff valve for all my trollness, and 99% of the times the objective of my trolling are other trolls like you.

That's a great excuse. :unsure:

tennisbum79
Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:06 PM
Be sure to read this first http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=463004

Sammo
Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:18 PM
Be sure to read this first http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=463004

:lol: People are such drama queens :sobbing: No I'm not expecting Paris to be heaven, I mean I'm obviously expecting something from it, but not everyone dressed in Chanel and Dior and waiting for me with a glass of champagne in their hands :lol:

debby
Jul 4th, 2012, 09:30 AM
Be sure to read this first http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=463004

Weird because many Japanese people love Paris. Actually, if I am not mistaken, Japanese and Chinese people are the most among the tourists in Paris on summers.

@Sammo : btw, I may go to Barcelona for two days. What do you advice me ???

Sammo
Jul 4th, 2012, 10:32 AM
Weird because many Japanese people love Paris. Actually, if I am not mistaken, Japanese and Chinese people are the most among the tourists in Paris on summers.

@Sammo : btw, I may go to Barcelona for two days. What do you advice me ???

Oh I went to Barcelona a couple of years ago and I absolutely loved it, my favourite city in Spain now, much better than Madrid IMO. Well the Sacred Family by Gaudi is a must visit, it's ESPECTACULAR. In El Corte Ingles Sports Store there's a huge photo of Sharapova in a window, which did catch my attention :lol: But nothing special to recommend apart from the typical stuff to visit, I visited it with my parents and by the 4th day we ran out of ideas and we went to the movies to see Salt :sobbing:

Ah there's also a lovely creperie in the Via Laietana

debby
Jul 4th, 2012, 10:39 AM
Great thanks ! :D I will go with my friend and her parents, they invited me as I am going to Montpellier (less than 4hours away from car) to see them. They went there a few times so I guess they know what to see.
But I wanna eat some spain stuff ! :lol: Is paella good in Barcelona? :lol: So cliché :sobbing: and yes I will go to the creperie :inlove: ok so you might not be interested by bars, but would you be interested by some restaurants or something? Have you ever had french food ?

Sammo
Jul 4th, 2012, 11:14 AM
I have no idea about paella being good in Barcelona to be honest, it is in Valencia tho

Restaurants in Paris... I'm a bit afraid about the bill :lol:

debby
Jul 4th, 2012, 11:17 AM
I have no idea about paella being good in Barcelona to be honest, it is in Valencia tho

Restaurants in Paris... I'm a bit afraid about the bill :lol:

Humm... what's your budget for a good meal?
At worst, I can tell you where to get foie gras, macarons, etc... basically french food. Are you going to stay in a hotel?

Sammo
Jul 4th, 2012, 11:18 AM
Humm... what's your budget for a good meal?
At worst, I can tell you where to get foie gras, macarons, etc... basically french food. Are going to stay in a hotel?

Yep, at a 3 star hotel near The Louvre, breakfast included. Haven't thought about the budget for meals yet lol

Sammo
Aug 6th, 2012, 10:18 AM
I'm flying tomorrow :oh::woohoo:

Sam L
Aug 6th, 2012, 10:27 AM
If you're interested, you can go to the Catacombes. I found it very interesting. Right next to metro Denfert Rochereau. Go early and don't leave the line even if it's very long.

Another interesting place is Place des Vosges. You can visit Victor Hugo's house/museum. I think it's next to Marais you can shop there too.

Another nice place is Chateau de Vincennes, east. There is a donjon there and some history.

If you have time you can also go to Parc Buttes Chaumont. It's quite peaceful there.

Sammo
Aug 6th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Wow, that park looks gorgeous, I have to visit it

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0Wr1ukQMKrA/Tr_hLLy6_sI/AAAAAAAADSI/fI1EliuUR7M/s1600/Parc+des+Buttes+Chaumont_2_tour.jpg

The catacombs too, sooo creepy :drool:

I'll see if I have time for the castle and the museum. Thank you very much ;)

islands
Aug 7th, 2012, 06:29 AM
The Louvre is great, but I agree that the Musee D'Orsay was even better. And yes, be ready to walk, walk, and walk some more. And never order water at restaurants (it's almost as pricey as the main course). Instead, find a supermarket near where you're staying, and stock up on whatever juices are on sale. Oh, and watch out for pickpockets and also guys who pretend to find a gold ring near you, offer you the ring, and then come back a short time later to demand money from you. It's a scam. As are the people who flip cards over to reveal a token (or something like that) underneath and offer to give you money if you guess correctly. It's a scam, scam, scam, and you'll have to pay up when you guess incorrectly.

That being said, Paris is absolutely beautiful, and I hope you have a great time!

Sammo
Aug 12th, 2012, 10:36 PM
Hey! I'm back! It was fantastic, what a freaking gorgeous city. And I really don't know why there's all this fuss about Parisians being evil or something, they're FANTASTIC. I'm not saying they're normal they're polite, smart, good looking (my God the girls... just wow!), etc. just amazing people. Only ONE guy ignored me when I asked him and he already looked like a douchebag from a mile behind, all the other ones were incredibly kind. Sadly I couldn't go to Versailles because on the fifth day an old tendinitis came back and I just wouldn't have been able to walk such a long distance... I loved the Louvre, seeing the Venus de Milo, the Diane of Versailles, Nike, the Mona Lisa, etc. it was unreal. The Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian antiquities sections were definitely my favourites, they were fascinating and gorgeous, all these French paintings... meh. I also visited RG, the tour was much shorter than I expected it to be but it was OK, when I told the tour guide that if it was true that RG had the least prizemoney of all the 4 GS he said... 'Hmm... yeah, hehe, it's true, yes, it's true hehehe' and he was probably thinking 'Fils de put...' :lol: The Eiffel Tower was lovely too. I loved visiting Avenue Montaigne, I mean it's such a beautiful street with all the shops and the gardens. But the biggest surprise were definitely the Parisians, such lovely people.

SloKid
Aug 12th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Not surprised you had a good time, it's a lovely city with tons of stuff to see, just the whole scenery even if you've seen it before is nice to see again.

If Sammo as big of a twat in real life as he is on TF.com, can anyone blame Parisians if they aren't nice to him??? :unsure:
Would explain Fantasy Hero's experience in my eyes as well tbh from the vibe I get.
Another thing about the metros, they have automatically closing doors. They don't have sensors that stop closing when a person is trying to get in, so be careful with that.
Very much true, barely managed to squeeze myself through once the last time I was there. :D

Archaeo
Aug 13th, 2012, 04:23 AM
The Louvre is great, but I agree that the Musee D'Orsay was even better. And yes, be ready to walk, walk, and walk some more. And never order water at restaurants (it's almost as pricey as the main course). Instead, find a supermarket near where you're staying, and stock up on whatever juices are on sale. Oh, and watch out for pickpockets and also guys who pretend to find a gold ring near you, offer you the ring, and then come back a short time later to demand money from you. It's a scam. As are the people who flip cards over to reveal a token (or something like that) underneath and offer to give you money if you guess correctly. It's a scam, scam, scam, and you'll have to pay up when you guess incorrectly.

That being said, Paris is absolutely beautiful, and I hope you have a great time!

Yeah, I definitely agree. The d'Orsay is fantastic (and I believe some parts of it got redone recently :confused:). The Louvre is nice and kind of a must-do, but absolutely packed. Versailles was fantastic also.

Paris is such a beautiful city! I want to go back so badly. :awww: Glad to hear you had a good time!