Paris France, Ile de France

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How can you enjoy the sights in Paris while avoiding the crowds?

Leonardo
Leonardo, Brazil

12 days ago Report

Keep in mind this is Paris, crowds are a necessary evil. However, some spots are worse than others. We found that the most crowded places were the Notre Dame church and the Champs-Elysees (specially on the blocks nearest the Arc). For us, the jewel of the city is without doubt the Eiffel Tower, and luckily its gardens are so wide that the crowds end up spreading enough so that everyone has enough space, even for picnics (going up the tower is an entirely different matter, though!). Also, strolling the streets and parks can be less crowded, you just have to avoid the main streets near the main landmarks. Try the Luxembourg Garden or the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood.

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Paris start with?

Iliana
Iliana, Netherlands

14 days ago Report

The Louvre is way too large for one visit. At the Louvre I choose only the period I am interested in, like Middle Ages, and only spend about 3 hrs at a time - afterwards I do something else. I recommend the Musee D'Orsay if you love impressionisms and fine sculptures and the Musee de LÓrangerie is a most if you like Monet. The museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny) is a most if you are interested in that period. Make time to just walk around, it is a beautiful city. Shopping is too expensive, but I found some lovely items while walking around while nothing affordable at the main shopping malls and streets.

Why do you recommend Paris for food?

Claire
Claire, United States of America

18 days ago Report

The food in Paris is diverse but there's nowhere else you can get a simple and delicious Steak Frites with a glass of wine and watch people go by. The French have superior culinary offerings; fresh delicious food, well prepared and good value.

What is it in Paris that makes history come to life?

Joseph
Joseph, United States of America

29 days ago Report

There is more culture and history in Paris than we could see in our stay, unfortunately. The city is like a living museum with its architecture and monuments and museums. The places like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe that you see in pictures your whole life are even more magnificent in person.

Is there more to shopping in Paris than just brand-name stores?

Anonymous, Unknown location

6 days ago Report

Other than the champs élysées for the big branded shops like Louis Vuitton, most streets feature vintage shops which are excellently priced, I picked up a shirt for €1! Also check out kilo shops which price clothes and accessories based on weight which is great.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Paris?

Gaye
Gaye, New Zealand

6 days ago Report

Probably do the day bus trip if first trip, buy tickets to museums and art galleries in advance to avoid LONG queues. Watch the traffic at the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre and of course the Eiffel tower, a trip on the Seine in the Bateaux Mouches

Why do people say Paris can be seen best by foot?

Liz
Liz, United Arab Emirates

30 days ago Report

Walking in the centre of Paris is easy - it's a compact enough city to walk, and sidewalks are excellent. There are plenty of sidewalk cafes and restaurants at which to take a break also. Walking allows you to see more of all that Paris has to offer, with different and fascinating sights at every turn.

What's the best way to make the most of Paris by foot?

Helen
Helen, United Kingdom

22 days ago Report

We walked everywhere, only using the metro to get to and from our hotel with luggage. Just wander and let yourself literally get lost, particularly in the little streets of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain. You could have a small map on you just in case but you'll hardly need it, as there are so many landmarks to help you work out where you are and which direction to go in. Mornings are the quietest time in my experience to just walk around.

Some say romance is dead; how does Paris prove them wrong?

Anthony
Anthony, France

29 days ago Report

You only have to be in Paris in the spring to find that your heart is lifted. The city of lifgt is a treat for every sense, and that means that life is better, and happy hearts love to love. Wander around Montmartre or the rive gauche and stop in an occasional bar for a glass of rose or champagne and the grey grimness of London or New York fades away, until walking hand in hand along the river seems not just delightful, but logical. Romance is never far away.

Is Paris the place to have a meal to remember? Tell us why.

Andre
Andre, United States of America

10 days ago Report

Parisian street markets - held on set days twice a week in most neighborhoods - offer a staggering variety of fresh, deliciously tasty edibles from which veritable feasts can be put together at moderate cost, and without need for access to a kitchen. From exotic varieties of lettuce to foie gras by the pound, from artisanal breads to opened-to-order fresh oysters, and especially with a generous cheese course that ought to include specialties not readily identifiable to a non-French traveler, a memorable meal is virtually guaranteed.

What did you discover about the museums in Paris that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Sandra
Sandra, United States of America

3 days ago Report

We took my granddaughter to Paris for her first time. We took her mainly to the normal tourist attractions and felt it was a good experience for her. In the future we will take her to more mountain areas, but this time we just wanted her to experience Paris. Her favorite area was Montmartre due to all of the small shops. She also loved the parks.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Gaye
Gaye, New Zealand

6 days ago Report

Perhaps eat just out of main city, but if they have a view of street doesn't matter where, the menus are always outside the cafes so you can easily see if there is something to tempt you at reasonable cost.

What is it about the people in Paris that makes them so watchable?

STEPHAN
STEPHAN, United States of America

14 days ago Report

They are elegant and walk the streets gracefully, respectfully, considerate and kind and capable of maintaining a great atmosphere on the streets, without needing a police presence (with screaming sirens and attitude like in the USA), but being able to exist and co-exist on the streets in such a way that everyone is respected and treated politely and kindly. The main purpose of the police in Paris, seems to be merely to be helpful and supporting and friendly, helping citizens to park their cars or guiding elderly people across busy streets - no aggression or anger. SO different from the police in the USA. It is as if American society cannot handle or maintain themselves in public unless there are cops everywhere, police alarms and sirens going off everywhere and all people are constantly treated like potential criminals. In Paris this does not exist. The French as well as the tourists and visitors who love Paris and France, know how to behave in the streets, during the day or late at night. There's a unspoken awareness and harmony amongst people which brings about a totally natural and genuine form of reacting and responding towards others around you. Etiquette of a high civilization.

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Paris.

Lawrence
Lawrence, United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

Eiffel Tower - breathe taking. Louvre - stunning. Notre Dame - unbelievable. River Seine - informative and educational.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Paris.

Rubens
Rubens, Netherlands

6 days ago Report

Paris has something quite unique: big and specialized stores. So if you want comics, there are huge stores for it. Same for kitchen equipment, ocean-themed stuff, and so on. Usually you have stores that are more generic, but in Paris you will find everything there is about a given topic.

Why is the atmosphere in Paris something people rave about?

anne-claire
anne-claire, United Kingdom

6 days ago Report

The elegance of the buildings, the hustle and bustle of the city, French chansons,
views over the city from various points, fabulous food, beautiful shops ,amazing museums and attractions.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Paris has to offer?

Robin
Robin, United States of America

15 days ago Report

Be open to new flavors and smells of herbs and spices. If you come from America, reach for the unfamiliar. It's doesn't make sense to go to Paris to eat American cuisine. One could stay home for that.
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What makes Paris the best place to max out your credit cards?

Anonymous, Unknown location

8 days ago Report

enjoy luxury brand shopping with a returnable VAT up to 12%.

Why are the monuments in Paris noteworthy?

Anonymous, Unknown location

6 hours ago Report

Go to Paris to see the main sites: Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's Tomb, the war museum, the Louvre, Notre Dame, etc. But don't spend your entire trip there, the rest of France has just as much if not more to offer, and once you're out of Paris the people go from extremely rude to actually very nice and helpful.

Tell us what you really thought about the art in Paris?

Kathleen
Kathleen, United Kingdom

5 days ago Report

Musee d'Orsay had an exhibition of Van Gogh's work which was amazing. I also really enjoyed Musee Rodin which has his sculptures displayed in the gardens which are worth a visit in their own right. The scent of roses was lovely. It is also great to watch the artists at work in the streets around Sacre Coeur Cathedral. The architecture of buildings in Paris is also really attractive and varied. And then there is the Louvre - really too much to take in on one visit.

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