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Spending 2 full days in Paris - what are the "must sees or dos" Thanks, Diane

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Other than the list you'll find in any guide book, my three favorites are: 1) Spending time in the Luxembourg Gardens 2) Walking around Ile St. Louis (little island east of Notre Dame) then along the river to Place de la Concorde then back to Notre Dame 3) Sitting in a wonderful cafe (not one next to a tourist site) for an hour or more, eating, drinking and people watching

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St Chappelle: Doesnt seem as highly touted as it deserves.

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similar advice for your other thread...

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What James said. You really need to find your own spots of interest, otherwise, just follow a guidebook and someone elses choices of "must sees". What I want to see and do may not float your boat at all. That said, I think the climb to the top of the dome in Sacre`Coure was about the best thing we did in Paris. Great view, no crowds (and it was in July, high season) You almost look down on the Eiffel Tower.

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i-hate-to-miss-top-attractions type of traveler: - Louvre - Eiffel Tower - Arc de Triomphe - Sacré-Coeur - Notre Dame Cathedral - Champs-Elysées - Musée d'Orsay - Rodin Museum - Musée de l'Orangerie - Galeries Lafayette My favorite: - Sacré-Coeur - Jardin du Luxembourg - Musée d'Orsay - Madeleine - Galeries Lafayette - Parc des Buttes Chaumont - Musée de l'Armée
- Musée de l'Orangerie Have fun!

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i-hate-to-miss-top-attractions type of traveler: - Louvre - Eiffel Tower - Arc de Triomphe - Sacré-Coeur - Notre Dame Cathedral - Champs-Elysées - Musée d'Orsay - Rodin Museum - Musée de l'Orangerie - Galeries Lafayette My favorite: - Sacré-Coeur - Jardin du Luxembourg - Musée d'Orsay - Madeleine - Galeries Lafayette - Parc des Buttes Chaumont - Musée de l'Armée
- Musée de l'Orangerie Have fun!

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actually I think the place is called "Église de la Madeleine"

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Musee d'Orsay and the Sainte Chapelle are the two things I would recommend everyone see in Paris. Other than that, it really depends on what you are interested in.

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Musee d'Orsay is a must do for Impressionist paintings. Breathtaking.
The lines can be long for same day admission but you can buy your ticket one day and then enter the next day and avoid the admission lines. Don't go on the day that the Louvre is closed as it is most crowded that day.

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Boatbus along the Seine We enjoyed getting around via the Batobus...very relaxing & a fun way to see the sites along the River Seine. Bought a 2 day pass.... 8 stops along the Seine....criss cross over the bridge, if your destination is on the other side. Highly recommend. http://www.batobus.com/english/index.htm Bon voyage!!!
Patsy

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If you're a lover of the Impressionists, skip the Louvre and make sure you see the Musee d'Orsay, L'Orangerie (across the river from the d'Orsay), and the private museum on the West side of town, the Musee Marmatton. Other suggestions: follow the RS Historic Paris walk, pick a topic/area you are interested in and take a walking tour with Paris-Walks or Classic Walks. The last two have several walks which can help you "see" many sites in a couple of hours. And follow everyone else's suggestions - pick what interests YOU and then see only those things. Don't try to do everything! The joy of Paris (and all travel, actually) is to slow down and enjoy the experience, not check things off your to-do list.

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We are in Paris right now...waiting to join our RS tour...we came early and booked 3 walking tours with Sight Seekers Delight...they were great and very accommoting since our flights were very delayed- so Karen, the owner made all 3 tours work for us. I highly recommend them. All tours were very entertaining and informative.
We took the Montmatre, Seine, and Marais tours...

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We are in Paris right now...waiting to join our RS tour...we came early and booked 3 walking tours with Sight Seekers Delight...they were great and very accommoting since our flights were very delayed- so Karen, the owner made all 3 tours work for us. I highly recommend them. All tours were very entertaining and informative.
We took the Montmatre, Seine, and Marais tours...

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Flying into Paris on a Thursday morning (CDG) at 8AM. What are some of the must things I should do given the time I'd be staying? Sept 19 - Arrive at CDG, 8AM. Should be staying in a hostel. Haven't decided yet. Sept 20 - Paris Sept 21 - Paris Sept 22 - Paris Sept 23 - Leave early in the morning for Florence I have been thinking about purchasing the 1-day hop on- hop off Viator pass. It would take me through the following routes: Tour Eiffel : Quai Branly, face au Pont D'Iena Champs de Mars : Avenue Joseph Bouvard Musee du Louvre A proximite du Ponts des Arts Notre Dame : En face du 25 rue d'Arcole Musee D'Orsay : En face de l'entree du Musee d'Orsay Opera - Galeries Lafayette : En face du 15 rue Scribe Champs Elysees-Etoile : En face du 156 avenue Champs Elysees Grand Palais : Avenue Winston Churchill Trocedero : A l'angle de l'avenue Paul Doumer Personally, I would not miss Musee D'Orsay and would love to do the night river on Seina.

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I love getting up early and going to market. Great people watching! My favorites are Rue Mouffetard, which I think is every day; Blvd Richard-Lenoir, Thu & Sun; and Ave du President-Wilson, Wed & Sat. My other favorites are all listed above...

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One of my favorite museums is the Carnavalet in the Marais quarter. And it's free. One of the best things I did was the Paris Walks Chocolate Tour with Iris. Interesting and yummy. Must book in advance. Best advice for the Orsay - get there when it opens and start on the top floor, while everyone else is working their way up. That's where most of the Impressionist painting are and it is usually the most crowded section. Then work your way down, with any time and energy you have left. Whatever you choose, you will have to skip much much more, giving you lots of reasons to return.

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Hi Diane, My wife and I just spent 6 days in Paris at the end of June. This was our 3rd trip together and my 4th. Here's part of what we did. We stayed in the Eiffel Tower area for reference. 1. We took the metro to Notre Dame. The line to enter looks very long, but it only took about 15 minutes to get in. There are several choices in this same area that you can easily see: my choices are St Chapelle (outstanding), a walk around Isle St.Lewis, the Jewish deportation memorial behind Notre Dame. We then walked the entire way back along the river to our hotel. Walking in Paris is one of our favorite activities. It is such a beautiful city and can be best seen on foot. Our walk took about 3 hours. 2. We took the metro to the Orsay Museum. This can easily take half a day. We then walked across the river to the Tuillerie Gardens, to the Place de la Concord, up the Champs Elysses to the Arc de Triompe. We then took the metro to our hotel because it started raining.
3. We took the metro to the Opera Garnier (which is spectacular and takes about an hour to see), then the metro to Montmarte and the Sacre Coeur, then took the metro to Trocodero and worked our way to the Eiffel Tower and on to our hotel. This took about 8 hours because we spent a lot of ti e in the Montmarte area. I just listed what we did on 3 days to show you that you can do and see alot in a day. I highly recommend having a good city map that has print large enough to read and walking. Most of what you want to see is close to the Seine River, so you can't get too lost. And getting a little lost is fun too. I think you need to decide what you really want to see the most. Do those first in the day. Spend at least part of each day just wandering around without an agenda and reveling in the" Wow, I'm really in Paris" frame of mind. It's unlike any other city, so enjoy yourself!

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You guys do realize that this thread is from May >> 2012<< right?