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Discussion in 'Randomination' started by markysimmo, 26 Jan 2019.

  1. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Bonjour

    I'm going to Paris with my Mrs in March

    We're only going for 1 night but am wondering if any of you guys have any tips etc

    We arrive at 11am on the Saturday, will check into our Hotel, we want to visit the Eiffel Tower during the day, anything else worth a visit ?

    Anybody any tips for a lovely romantic restaurant in the evening ?

    Sunday we have booked for La Louvre & Pompidou in the morning, we're leaving on the Euro Star about 5pm

    Her friend's husband is a Euro Star train driver so got us train tickets for £29 each, touch !!
     
  2. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Justin Edinburgh

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    What area are you staying and what's your likes.
    Paris is an amazing city.
     
  3. Danishfurniturelover

    Danishfurniturelover Les Ferdinand

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    Go on a boat trip down the river. We did it and it was romantic they give you a glass of champagne and the view from the river is better then in London to be honest.


    Only problem you will have is the same as in the rest of France and that is that it is full of French people.
     
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    Kandi1977 Jimmy McCormick

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    You won't have much time for anything else than you already have planned.
     
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  5. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Yeh we've only got one night as we really struggle with baby sitters

    We will obviously see the Arc De Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees too
     
  6. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Johnny Morrison

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    They are missable. Big arch in a roundabout and a shopping street a bit like Oxford street (wider nicer). Depending on where you are staying could walk around Le Marais which have plenty of little shops for the Mrs and nice places to eat. From there you could walk to Notre Dam for a quick photo, and onto Isle de la City (small island in the river). Many many cute areas of Paris to walk around - find one close to the hotel maybe. Sacre Coeur is on the normal tourist list and beautiful areas around it, but its a bit further out and you don't want to waste time getting about when there are probably nice places to see and eat at locally!
     
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  7. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    We are staying bottom right, nice little boutique hotel, great price too and got cashback on it as well

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  8. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Johnny Morrison

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    Do you like sculpture? Not been but the Rodin mesum is meant to be nice, nice garden. Its a short walk or E5 uber ride from your hotel.

    Either walk through the 6th or 7th arrondismont (area) to the river, or I'd jump in an urber to river, then walk accross the bridge to Notre-Dame. Then walk to the Louvre and/or around Le Marais on the other side of the river. Can walk back to the hotel after a couple of bottles of wine with a meal.

    The 6th arrondismont is supposed to be nice, I don't know it so well. If in the day pop your noses into the Jardin Luxembourg - not the time of the year really, by might be able to get a coffee and see the old geezers thowing bowls - hopefully not at you :)
     
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  9. scaramanga

    scaramanga David Ginola Staff Member

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    Paris is the greatest city in the world.

    If you're just browsing then Avenue Montaigne is the place to shop.

    Thoroughly unromantic but a must visit is Le Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation.

    The best restaurants in Paris are very, very expensive and will be booked up way past March. They're much more reasonable for lunch though, and you should be able to book in shortish notice. Top of the list should be Le Grande Vefour - it has a chocolate dessert that no other restaurant has been able to match.

    If you really want to treat the wife (and yourself) take her shopping at Chantal Thomass.

    Allow lots of time to get around. The tube is even worse than London and taxis are slow.
     
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  10. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    Its 750 EUR per person
    Just a bit above my price range pal hahaha
     
  11. scaramanga

    scaramanga David Ginola Staff Member

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    It's about €85 per head for lunch from memory
     
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    braineclipse Andy Thompson

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    I don't have the budget or culinary palette of Scara I imagine, but had a great meal at La Caveau Du Palais. Decent prices, lovely food, great location on the same island as Notre Dame so great for a late night romantic stroll along the Seine.

    For me the Sacre-Coeur is also a great visit, not necessarily inside, but for the view and walk around Montmarte.
     
  13. Glenda's Legs

    Glenda's Legs Mitchell Thomas

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    I love Paris. I spent a year there as a student, but was far too poor to make the most of it. Have been back a few times since, either for work or on personal visits, and each time I expect the novelty to have worn off, but it doesn't.

    You don't have a lot of time. I'd suggest getting yourself a good city guidebook and have a read up of things that interest you. Definitely research the Louvre. It's enormous and it will really help and save you time if you have an idea beforehand of which items/galleries you want to see. You'll probably have to queue to get into the Mona Lisa gallery (assuming you want to see it) so allow some time for that.
    The Eiffel Tower - I guess it's a must-do on most first-time visitors' lists. I think it's quite an ugly structure personally but the views are good on a decent day (you can also get good views from the Arc de Triomphe and Tour Montparnasse, with fewer people. The latter is a bit out of the centre so probably not best use of the time you have). Buy your ticket in advance as the queues can be insane (although you probably still have to queue even with an advance ticket, so get there early). I think there are a couple of restaurants in the tower, which if you are booked in (e.g. for lunch) mean you can skip the queues I think. Haven't done it myself so don't rely on that without checking.
    The approach through the gardens and fountains in front of the tower (Champs de Mars) is pretty.

    Given that you only have effectively little more than a day, from the time you are checked in to your hotel to the time you have to pickup your bags and head back to the Eurostar, I'd spend most the time (aside from what you already have planned) just walking around the city. It's actually pretty compact and you can cover a lot of ground in a day. Just make sure you both have comfortable shoes! Like London it's a city worth seeing from above ground, not on the metro. Go on to Amazon and get yourself a scale city map - don't rely on getting anything decent from your hotel. Lovely buildings, architecture, and side streets made for wandering. Stop for a coffee here and there and watch the world go by. Beer is expensive mind.
    @SpurMeUp has made some good suggestions for wandering around the centre (Rodin Museum is indeed lovely if you like sculpture and the nearby area around Les Invalides is a nice walk up to the river from where you are staying), as has @braineclipse with Montmartre and the area around the Sacre Coeur, if you can squeeze them in, or if not, save them for your next visit (Montmartre is a good place to stay and has some nice restaurants - just don't wander too far into Pigalle!).

    Do either of you speak any French? If not, download a translation app on to your phones. Unless anything has changed, there is some truth in the reputation of Parisiens not being particularly helpful to those not being able to attempt to speak French (not in main tourist places obviously).

    I am sure you will have a wonderful time and will want to go back again.
     
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  14. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Justin Edinburgh

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    As @Glenda's Legs says language is a big thing, but you will find a lot of them thaw very quickly if you at least make an attempt.
    You'd be surprised how far easy phrases like two beers, a table for two, and we'd like eat will get you. Always please and thank you as well.
     
  15. Gutter Boy

    Gutter Boy Tim Sherwood

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    If you get an hour to yourself, there are some good brothels up near Montmartre. I remember going there on a sixth form trip (a liberal school was mine)
     
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  16. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Johnny Morrison

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    Speak French to them and they'll reply in English. Speak English and they'll respond in French :)

    I studied at the Sorbonne for 4 months, couldn't find a place to live, but on a notice board I saw an Au Pair/ English teacher job that came with a room in an expensive part of Paris - avenue Foche. It's a broad avenue with a main throughfair and two smaller tree lined roads either side. On these smaller roads I was amazed to find hot girls sitting in cars wearning only sexy lingerie, with hazzard lights on, they'd wink at me as I walked past! You could predict the attractivness of the girl by whether she was in a 2CV or a Mercades. Prostitution is apparently not illegal in Paris (just pimping is).

    I'd never stay home in the evening as my room was so small (former servents room in the top of the appartment with no lift). So I'd always go out and come back in the early hours. Hence got to know a few of the girls working the patch outside my block. They'd chat to me as I came home each evening, offer amazing discounts, but I was too green to engage. Was suprised at how open and blatent it was.
     
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  17. Jon

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    Pro tip: We found the queue for the lift up to the first stage of the Eiffel Tower was humongous, so we just took the steps and enjoyed the views on the walk up.

    Then the queue for the lift for the much taller second stage was tiny, so jumped in that. (Although it was the most brown trousers vomit inducing vertigo lift experience I’ve ever had!!!)

    Amazing view at the top though. Well worth it.
     
  18. ShipOfTheseus

    ShipOfTheseus Pascal Chimbonda

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    Pompidou Is much more fun than the Louvre. My failsafe tip for eating well in small provincial French towns - go to the hotel de ville and look for the nearest restaurant, bureaucrats take their two hour lunchbreak seriously - doesn’t work in Paris.
     
  19. scaramanga

    scaramanga David Ginola Staff Member

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    If you're at the Louvre don't bother queuing for the Mona Lisa.

    I'm not a fan of that style of art anyway, but it's about A4 size and 30 feet up on a wall. There's a massive queue to get to it and I don't know a single person who wasn't disappointed with the effort.
     
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    Bullet Chris Perry

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    It's intriguing to see all these earnest attempts to provide an itinerary for Marky.

    Truth is, the train will be delayed, he'll get the hump trying to find his hotel, his Mrs will kick off for some bullsh.it reason or other, he'll end up having 1 lager which will turn into 2 and 3 or 5 and a cheeky liqueur and before you know it he's racing back to the train, trousers falling down, trying not to vom.
     
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