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Dave
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Paris

What to do with 4 days in Paris?

I will be in Paris for 4 days and would like suggestions on what I should see within those days. 


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answered by
Sérgio from Lisbon

If you like cycling just use the city bikes instead of using underground, you get a much better view of the city, even at night.

For walking around and do some shopping Quartier Du Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Canal Saint Martin.

Landmarks Notre-Dame de Paris, Luxembourg Garden, Jardin TuileriesArc de TriompheBasilique du Sacre-Coeur and Eiffel Tower

Museums, The Louvre, Musee de l'Orangerie, Musee Rodin, George Pompidou and my favorite Musée d'Orsay.

If you want to see a chateau you can spend a full day in Château De Versailles or Château de Fontainebleau


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  1. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
  2. Saint-Germain-des-Prés (neighborhood)
  3. Canal Saint Martin (attraction)
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  5. Luxembourg Garden (attraction)
  6. Jardin Tuileries (attraction)
  7. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  8. Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (attraction)
  9. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  10. The Louvre (attraction)
  11. Musee de l'Orangerie (attraction)
  12. Musee Rodin (attraction)
  13. George Pompidou (attraction)
  14. Musée d'Orsay (attraction)
  15. Château De Versailles (attraction)
  16. Château de Fontainebleau (attraction)
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answered by
Elle from Bangalore

Hi Dave

All the absolute must-dos have been shared already, but for some downtime between visiting all the must-dos, I would recommend putting an hour or two (or four) away to just walking the city and getting a feel of the pace of life in places like Canal Saint Martin or Saint-Germain-des-Prés or Quartier Du Marais. The Île de la Cité area is also fun to walk if super touristy. 

I also love the fact that Paris has some excellent ethnic food from around the world thanks to its colonial past, with some excellent Vietnamese and African food (Ethiopian/ Senegalese/ Tunisian) to be found. I have a massive sweeth tooth, so I particularly loved La Rose de Tunis, a Tunisan sweet shop. 

Have a lovely trip. :)


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  2. Saint-Germain-des-Prés (neighborhood)
  3. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
  4. Île de la Cité (attraction)
  5. La Rose de Tunis (restaurant)
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answered by
Mei & Kerstin from Larochette

It depends if it's your first time in Paris or not. If so, we would definitely recommend you to go up the Eiffel Tower to get a panoramic view of the city on your first day. Just behind the Eiffel Tower, you can catch a Bateaux Mouches on the La Seine river. Once the boat returns to the Quai Branly, you can walk to the Invalides, then cross the Pont Alexandre III towards the Grand Palais (a temporary exhibit centre for arts and culture) and the Le Petit Palais (art museum). Both buildings were built around the turn of the 19th/20th century for the Universal Exhibition, and are thus very beautiful ans totally worth seeing. The entrance to the Le Petit Palais is free, so you might want to take advantage of that. :) From there you can walk down the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe.   

The Notre-Dame de Paris and a walk through the Latin Quarter is another must-do/must see thing in the French capital.  The Odéon, the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, the Musée de Cluny and the Luxembourg Garden are all nearby. Around the Odéon are some good restaurants (avoid those between the Quai Saint-Michel and the Panthéon). From there you can easily cross the Pont des Arts to visit The Louvre museum and the Opera Garnier. If you're too tired by then, catch a metro to get to George Pompidou then have a walk in the Quartier Du Marais (Jewish neighborhood).

Here are some other suggestions: http://openupnow.net/2014/12/07/5-things-i-really-miss-about-paris/

If you want suggestions for restaurants or other stuff, feel free to send us a message on FB, Twitter or on our blog. :)

Enjoy your trip in Paris! :)

Cheers,

Mei & Kerstin from OpenUpNow.net


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  2. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  3. Bateaux Mouches (attraction)
  4. La Seine (attraction)
  5. Quai Branly (attraction)
  6. Invalides (attraction)
  7. Pont Alexandre III (attraction)
  8. Grand Palais (attraction)
  9. Le Petit Palais (attraction)
  10. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
  11. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  12. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  13. Latin Quarter (attraction)
  14. Odéon (attraction)
  15. Pantheon-Sorbonne University (attraction)
  16. Musée de Cluny (attraction)
  17. Luxembourg Garden (attraction)
  18. Pont des Arts (attraction)
  19. The Louvre (attraction)
  20. Opera Garnier (attraction)
  21. George Pompidou (attraction)
  22. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
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answered first by
Maria from Dublin

Ooooh - so little time so much to do!

See the Eiffel Tower as the lights are turned on. Don't bother trying to get to the top with the queues of tourists. It's even lovelier at night.Walk around the Quartier Du Marais and find a little restaurant for lunch.

Visit the Arc de Triomphe at 6.30pm to see the daily lighting of the torch in memory of the unknown soldier (it is very emotional)

While away an hour at the Palais-Royal gardens.

Take a boat trip on the La SeineSee Notre-Dame de Paris and Musée d'Orsay  

The Louvre can be overwhelming and crammed full of visitors, so I would recommend checking the guide in advance and finding a room or two you might like to see. It's definitely worth a visit but you could spend days there.

Visit a market - there are really good markets at Bastille and Marche Mouffetard

Take an after hours tour of the Opera Garnier and don't miss the Catacombes de Paris


Have a great trip!


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  2. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
  3. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  4. Palais-Royal (attraction)
  5. La Seine (attraction)
  6. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  7. Musée d'Orsay (attraction)
  8. The Louvre (attraction)
  9. Bastille (attraction)
  10. Opera Garnier (attraction)
  11. Catacombes de Paris (attraction)
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answered by
Haleigh from Paris

Hey Dave! Depends on what you like but I would say give one half of a day to explore the "Left Bank" or Saint Germain area to see Musée d'Orsayhave some coffee at the Café de Flore and then take a stroll in the nearby Luxembourg Garden. It's worth it of course to visit the Eiffel Tower early one morning or late one evening to take in the view, those are the best times. Also, Quartier Du Marais is so picturesque, you must see it and allocate half of a day to there. Lastly Sacré-Cœur Basilica and Montmartre are an amazing area to explore. I definitely recommend putting some time aside for that. If you have a day or so left I do recommend Versailles OR Fontainebleau to see how beautiful the countryside outside of Paris can be and their gorgeous gardens and architecture. You can do either in just one day, and easily be home from Versailles by early evening for spend the rest of the night exploring Paris. Have a great trip!


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  2. Café de Flore (restaurant)
  3. Luxembourg Garden (attraction)
  4. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  5. Quartier Du Marais (attraction)
  6. Sacré-Cœur Basilica (attraction)
  7. Versailles (city)
  8. Fontainebleau (city)


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answered by
Abbi from Northeast

Spend a day at Versailles, be sure to stay for the show at night!




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answered by
Kamel from Paris

Hi Dave,

If it's your first time here in Paris, there is a lot to see :

  1. Monuments : Eiffel, tower, Concorde Place, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Notre Dame, Chateau de Versailles
  2. Areas : Le Marais, Place des Vosges, Canal Saint Martin, Opéra, Place des Tertres, Champs Elysées, Saint Michel, Saint germain des Prés, Odéon
  3. Markets : flea market in Clignancourt, Le Bon Marché, Galeries Hausmann, Le Printemps, Colette shop, Merci shop.


Paris is not so big, you can walk and see a lot. 

You can also do a city tour. I am organizing one of them by private cab. If necessary contact me .

Enjoy the city,

Kamel (hablo espanol tambien)




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answered by
Ashley from Calgary

We just got back and after visiting a few times we weren't sure of what to do but there is definitely always something new to see. It hasn't been mentioned much but we decided this time around to check out the Catacombes de Paris and they are definitely worth a visit, and not very expensive either. 

Versailles is under a lot of construction right now and most of the gardens are closed so if you go do keep it mind it isn't at its best right now. 


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answered by
Anne from Lafayette (California)

Don't miss the chance for a concert at the lovely chapel of Sainte-Chapelle.  Info here: http://bit.ly/VGzjeD 


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answered by
Abigail from Paris

Hi Dave,

If it’s your  first time visiting, I would suggest trying to hit some of Paris’ most notable spots. You may want to save the “off the beaten track” types of outings for a longer stay in the future. Here are a few ideas: Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Opera Garnier, Tuileries, Luxembourg Garden, Pont Alexandre III, Ile Saint-Louis,...

If you are planning on visiting museums or other attractions that require tickets, you may want to buy them online ahead of time to shorten the time spent waiting in lines.

Have a great trip!


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  1. Eiffel Tower (attraction)
  2. Notre-Dame de Paris (attraction)
  3. Arc de Triomphe (attraction)
  4. Champs-Élysées (attraction)
  5. Montmartre (attraction)
  6. Sacré-Cœur Basilica (attraction)
  7. Opera Garnier (attraction)
  8. Tuileries (attraction)
  9. Luxembourg Garden (attraction)
  10. Pont Alexandre III (attraction)
  11. Ile Saint-Louis (attraction)




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