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Josie Castillo

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What are the 10 things I'll be kicking myself if I don't see?

I'm taking a much-anticipated solo trip to Paris next month and I am so excited!!! I'll only be there for four days so I need to really plan carefully. I'm not a big shopper so I don't need to see stores and I don't want to spend a lot of time at restaurants. I'd much rather see a really beautiful park or even something like a beautiful bridge or a great museum. I'm OK with anything touristy as long as it's really worth it. I realize there's only so much you can see in four days, but I'd love to come home feeling as if I'd really seen the best of the best!

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  • Courtney Robinson

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    Hey, Josie,

    First of all, you're going to have blast! It's really, really hard to say what the top ten things are but here are my suggestions:

    The first place I would go is the Marais District . It's an incredibly lively, always bustling area with endless people-watching, a couple of great museums (including one of my favorites, Musée Carnavalet which is about Paris itself and free to boot), and a fabulous nightlife. It's also a great place to go on a Sunday because everything is open in that area and that's not always true of most of the neighborhoods of Paris. The area square, Place des Vosges , is a great place for a stroll--full of art galleries and people playing classical music.

    I think I would also put the Palais Royal on that list. It's a stunning, serene little park/arcade that seems to attract more locals than tourists. When I lived there I would often take an early evening stroll there every night. The boutiques in arcade are lovely, too, although I know you said you're not that into shopping.

    If you like outdoor spaces, I would definitely not miss the Jardin des Tuileries . To say that it's stunning doesn't do it justice, and if you do a little reading about it, it has a pretty exciting history, too. I've often gone there and just stopped in my tracks to take it all in.

    I agree that the Musée du Louvre is well worth seeing, but it's not my favorite museum in Paris--for me, that's the Musée d'Orsay . For my money, they often have the most interesting exhibits and even permanent collection. Even if you're not into art, it's worth it just for the view from the roof.

    I also LOVE the Place Saint-Germain des Prés area. It's a bit like the Marais in that there's something wonderful about the hustle and bustle of it, although it's a notch more upscale in my opinion.

    I know this sounds funny, but I absolutely, positively, would not miss going to a store called Deyrolle . It's a taxidermy store which I know sounds like a totally bizarre thing to recommend, but it's a Paris institution and something you shouldn't miss.

    As long as I'm on the subject of stores, I would really try to get to one of the "passages" or covered shopping arcades. Even if you hate to shop, these are amazing architectural structures and often have good places for a quick bite. My favorites are the Passage Jouffroy which is sort of old and mysterious and the Galerie Vivienne, Paris. which has been restored and is stunning.

    While we're on the subject of the bizarre, I would try to spend a couple of hours at Père Lachaise Cemetery . Pretty much every prominent Parisian is buried here and it's really fascinating.

    Another of my most favorite places in the city is the Jardin du Luxembourg . It's one of the most popular parks in the city, so although it's often very crowded, it's still very much worth seeing.

    I would also try to see the Opera Garnier . Admittedly, it's a tad over-the-top and, if looked at a certain way, even a little gaudy, but it's just so much fun that I would try to see it. Don't just stop at the lobby, though--explore the back rooms and hallways--that's where the really interesting architecture is.

    I know this is super-cliche, but I would try to see the Eiffel Tower . I wouldn't bother going up it because it takes too much time, but I would try to at least see it up close. It's so breathtaking and is such a symbol of the city that it would be a shame to miss it. Personally, I think the best place to see it is from across the street from the Place du Trocadéro . Just don't plan on eating at any of the cafes over there--they are insanely overpriced.

    Finally, I would try to fit in a boat ride or, as they call them, a Bateaux Mouches across the La Seine . It's a really wonderful way to get an initial sense of the city.

    Have a great time--and remember to just walk as much as you can--you won't believe what you'll discover!!!




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      Wow, thank you Courtney! I plan to do as much walking and discovering as I can! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Terry Lipford

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    Four days is a tight schedule, for such a beautiful & large city as Paris, but what you want to do can be done if you plan carefully.

    One of the largest parks in Paris, is the Bois de Boulogne, it is several blocks southwest of the Champs-Élysées, which makes it Metro accessible. And by the way, be sure to obtain a Metro multiday pass for yourself, as the Metro is the ONLY way to get around Paris. Also note that parks in Europe, tend to be "passive" and walkable, so don't plan on seeing US style "attractions" there.

    Another must see if Montmartre, it is Metro accessible, and it is an absolutely beautiful location and church, with incredible views of Paris.

    Of the many things that one must see in Paris, you're going to find that the Eiffel Tower is consistently crowded and busy - so if you want to see it, you would have to get there very early in the morning or it will get crowded quickly. I personally would vote for a visit to Versailles, which is not only a beautiful grounds, the buildings and tours therein, are amazing.

    The Musée du Louvre and Notre Dame View, are but a few blocks apart, and represent another set of must-see locations.

    If you have laid out a good schedule with the above, you have probably now consumed 3 full days, and are wondering what to do & see on that fourth and final day right? Let me suggest a day trip to see Monet's Garden located at Monet's Garden Giverny, France. Several of the Metro lines will bring you to a TGV station which you need to travel out to Giverny. This is a beautiful village, and a quick bus ride to Monet's Garden will top off that day.

    Remember that if you go in the summer time, that everything in and around the Île de la Cité will tourist packed and will remain that way the entire day. Also remember that the Metro is one of the largest lines in the world, and goes to just about every location in Paris that you will want to visit. Plan your "must-see" spots around Metro stops, and you will not waste time traveling.

    If anything above I've described doesn't float your boat, consider a trip to the Paris Catacombs - Long Line. This is a truly unique experience, but be sure to book your tour there from the US via the Internet, as the lines are long to visit this attraction, and you don't want to stand in line just to be told that there is no room for you to go today!

    Have fun, and enjoy the coffee shops, they are everywhere and the coffee there is superb!

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      Wow! Thank you so much Terry. I'll enjoy a coffee for you! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Carina Chiodo

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    All of the other answers are fabulous as they definitely cover all of the sights! However, what's a trip to Paris without french pastries? I can guarantee that you will regret not getting macaroons from Ladurée. I highly recommend getting their box of 6- the exotic range of flavors to choose from make it almost impossible to make a decision (think African chocolate, salted caramel, Madagascar vanilla, rasberry cream). They have another fantastic pastry that many tourists overlook as they are unfamiliar with French baking- it's called a 'St. Honore'. It is by far the most mind-blowing treat I've ever had. I hope this satisfies your sweet tooth!

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      Macarons? Got it!!! Thank you for the tip Carina! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Anna Kheyfets

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    You're so lucky! If it's your first time visiting, I recommend spending all of your time in the city because there is so much to see. Day trips are great (Giverny and Versailles), but only valuable if you've already been to Paris or are staying for longer than five days.

    Here's my list of top things to do/see in Paris - mostly strolling around neighborhoods, museums, and parks.

    1. Rue des Rosiers in Le Marais (4e) - Chic neighborhood to walk around with lots of cute boutiques for window shopping and people watching. This is the old Jewish quarter so be sure to eat the best falafel outside of Israel at L'As du Falafel (there will be an enormous line – can’t miss it). (Note: this area is pretty dead on Friday night/Saturday – save for any other day)
    2. Sacre Coeur is the beautiful big cathedral at the top of Montmartre (18e) - stroll around the plaza at the top.
    3. Musée d'Orsay (7e) is a beautiful museum holding mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915 - extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. The building itself is a must-see, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900.
    4. Musee de l'Orangerie (1e) is a museum in the Jardin des Tuileries that houses Monet's 360 degree painting of "The Water Lilies" (or "Nymphéas").
    5. Parc des Buttes Chaumont (19eme) is a gorgeous park in a locals-only neighborhood with trails up rocks, caves, waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and a small stone gazebo on the top of the rock with a 360-degree view. If its nice out, grab some picnic food - a baguette and a bottle of champagne - and fight the Parisians for a spot on the grass.
    6. Notre Dame Cathedral (4e) at night is a magnificent sight along the Seine.
    7. Rue Mouffetard(5e) has a lot of farmer's market-esque stands that are full of beautiful, delicious, fresh food.
    8. Champ de Mars — Tour Eiffel is the large greenspace under the Eiffel Tower - great for lounging under the sun, a picnic, or a party in the evening.
    9. And of course - the Eiffel Tower
    10. And The Louvre - both touristy but staples of Paris.


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      Amazing! I don't think I'll have time for a day trip this time around, but definitely next time! A Parisian picnic sounds so good. Thank you Anna! · (0 likelikes)

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  • William Troillard

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    Hi Josie, in my personal opinion you should take a look to these great places:

    Have fun!

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      Thanks William! :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Katharine Chvostal

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    I love Paris this time of year! Make sure you brings layers, it can get quite cold (it snowed when I was there last March). 4 days is quick so I would definitely stay in Paris. I love renting an apartment on Ile Saint-Louis It's in the heart of the city and you can practically walk everywhere! It also has the Notre Dame View, wine, cheese, bread, macarons, Berthillon... all in one convenient location! Some places worth seeing:

    For me the best part of Paris is walking. You can't get lost if you can find your way back to La Seine!


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      I did not know it would be snowing all the way through March! This is very good to know! Thank you for all your suggestions Katharine. I plan on doing as much walking as I can! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Monica Beckmann

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    If you visit the Eiffel Tower, make sure you go there in the afternoon so you can see it both in daylight and at nighttime. Every hour in the evening the whole tower is lit a few minutes with blue flashing lights. The view from the top floor is amazing at night when the whole city is lit.

    Père Lachaise Cemetery is a must! It´s very beautiful and peaceful. You will find the graves of Jim Morrison, Edit Piaff, Chopin and Oscar Wilde among others. The monuments are very beautiful.

    Les Catacombes de Paris is a very interesting place!


    Musée d'Orsayis a wonderful artmuseum.


    Arc de Triomphe has the best view of Paris from all angels.


    Basilique du Sacre-Coeur is a wonderful basilica.


    Shakespeare and Company bookstore is close the

    Notre Dame CathedralThe bookstore is an attraction in itself. I you are

    running out of time, it´s better to visit the Sacre-Coeur than Notre Dame. The Notre Dame is very impressive on the outside, but I don´t really find that all that fantastic on the inside compared to the Sacre-Coeur.

    Jardin des Tuileries is a large nice park where you can something to eat and relax or visit the amusement park that is free to visit.

    The best areas to visit are Le Marais, Montmartre and Latin Quarter.

    I hope you have a good time and find some of my suggestions useful! :-)




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      Wow, thank you for all the advice Monica! This is very helpful! Very much looking forward to my trip :) · (0 likelikes)

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