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Great Getaways: Paris, France

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In the spirit of our Great Getaway Giveaway Sweepstakes, we’re celebrating Great Getaways. Our first destination: Paris, France. Here are 10 stories from our Community to inspire you. 




Paris1.jpgExploring Paris

“I started my day off by walking to Rue Montorgueil from my flat in the Marais. Rue Montorgueil is an adorable little pedestrian street lined with amazing specialty food shops -- cheese, pastries, bakeries, butchers”


“Paris is definitely a romantic city, and visiting it with someone you love makes it an experience you will never forget. But even if not, Paris is one of the great cities in the world, and with its fantastic sights and experiences will leave you wanting to come back again.”



Paris3.jpgThe Louvre
“When I visited the Louvre, I was one of the first in line, since I followed Rick Steve's advice, and and used his tour in his Paris guidebook in order to see the highlights. I would recommend his tour, and his Paris app, which I used to guide the tour inside the Louvre, that I downloaded the app from his website onto my ipod. Enjoy one of the best museums in the world, and do allow yourself at a minimum a half a day, but you could easily spend the entire day here.”


Paris4.jpgParis Vacation
“…Don’t forget to go outside at times and take pictures - especially of the Eiffel tower at night and the statue of liberty (you can get both in one shot too).”







Paris5.jpgParis, Je'taime!

“On my last full day, I rented bikes and pedaled through the city…. My favorite activity of all was to just sit in the parks and enjoy being in the city I wanted to visit essentially my whole life.”







“A personal favorite and must for literary buffs was a little bookshop called Shakespeare & co. It was where James Joyce was published and patrons included Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. For anyone wishing to reminisce on the 1920s Paris, this place is it.”


Paris7.jpgParis from a Bird's Eye View
“One of my absolute favorite places in Paris is Montmartre. It's bustling with artists and tourists, great restaurants and small food carts. There is truly something for everyone. (And if you're a fan of Amelie, you'll recognize the area!)”





Paris8.jpg24 Hours in Paris
“We visited the bridge outside of the Notre Dame famous for all of the locks covering its entire length and added our own, and made sure to walk alongside the Seine for a good length, as well as the Tuileries Gardens.”


Paris9.jpgOur Rainy Layover in Paris
“We had an overnight layover at Charles de Gaulle airport, and since we arrived at 2:00 PM, we didn't hesitate to grab the train and go into Paris. It was a wonderful treat. “




Paris10.jpgMon Amour Paris

“Everyone needs to see Paris at least once in their lives. It is the city of love and has all of the history, art and culture you could ever want!”







Have you been to Paris before? What would you suggest as a “can’t miss” destination?

City Slicker
To walk up the Eiffel tower is a good work out and such a good view from the first platform. You can ride back down which makes it earier. We had a glass of wine and a snack there also.
Nationally Recognized
A view like that definitely deserves a toast. Thanks for the tip! @charlesbaber9
City Slicker
After hitting the "sites" on your bucket list, be sure to spend an afternoon or early evening with a picnic in one of the beautiful parks or along the banks of the Seine. Try Richard Lenoir for one of the best markets in Paris to pick up your picnic meal. Rest your tired feet and enjoy one of the greatest cities in the world the way Parisians do.
Guest Blogger
Great suggestion, @gunntraveler! Thank you!
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I lived in Paris for two years doing my dissertation in the mid-80s -- it was a much different city then -- and have been going back frequently for research. My absolute favorite site (and not to be missed) is the Sainte-Chapelle. It's at the other end of the Ile-de-la-Cité in the Palais de Justice complex. It was built in only a few years when King/Saint Louis IX came back from crusade to house the Crown of Thorns. So this incredibly beautiful (and tall) Gothic church is a giant reliquary. The lower level is beautiful, but when you ascend to the top, the stained glass almost floor to ceiling makes it appear as if there is no stone holding them together. Go on a sunny day! Also, you can combine a ticket with the Conciergerie (the turreted buildings on the banks of the Seine, some of the oldest in Paris) which housed multiple prisoners of the Revolution, including Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI and Robespierre. They have several life-sized scenes of what it would have looked like at the time.
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Another awesome tip! Thank you for adding to the list of Parisian attractions @ProfFrancesca!
City Slicker
We went last night to see a comedy show in Paris "How to become a Parisian in one hour", Very funny and educational! Highly recommend to the first time visitors.
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Great idea for those looking to take in a night at the theatre! Thanks @saulepaul
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