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Mme Mysterioso at moi are going on Eurostar to Paris in a couple of weeks for three nights, staying near the Gare Du Nord.

Any ideas about how to maximise the experience culturally, supping, sights, keeping out of bother, travel and so on?

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Mme Mysterioso at moi are going on Eurostar to Paris in a couple of weeks for three nights, staying near the Gare Du Nord.

Any ideas about how to maximise the experience culturally, supping, sights, keeping out of bother, travel and so on?

Take lots of money ;)

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Mme Mysterioso at moi are going on Eurostar to Paris in a couple of weeks for three nights, staying near the Gare Du Nord.

Any ideas about how to maximise the experience culturally, supping, sights, keeping out of bother, travel and so on?

The area around Gare du Nord has always been a bit dodgy. I haven't been for some years but the Marais was particularly agreeable when I was last there, particularly around Rue Vieille du Temple. Nice inexpensive bars and bistros.

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It's quite possible to eat very well relatively cheaply in Paris, if you avoid the obvious tourist hotspots like the Champs Elysee and Trocadero almost any cafe / restaurant will offer a variety of dishes at a range of budgets.

That said Montmartre is a tourist hotspot that is well worth visiting where I have managed to find inexpensive cafes and restaurants, a particularly good area for sitting and watching the world go by.

There's a cafe on the roof of Galeries Lafayette (or used to be) where they sell coffee with a view over most of the city, also always used to be quite inexpensive.

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Take lots of money ;)

lend us a tenner then Jim. You know I'm good for it.

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It's quite possible to eat very well relatively cheaply in Paris, if you avoid the obvious tourist hotspots like the Champs Elysee and Trocadero almost any cafe / restaurant will offer a variety of dishes at a range of budgets.

That said Montmartre is a tourist hotspot that is well worth visiting where I have managed to find inexpensive cafes and restaurants, a particularly good area for sitting and watching the world go by.

There's a cafe on the roof of Galeries Lafayette (or used to be) where they sell coffee with a view over most of the city, also always used to be quite inexpensive.

thanks shad. We plan to move around a bit. I want to photograph myself to death. What's it like on the metro? What are tyhe most photogenic parts to visit?

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The area around Gare du Nord has always been a bit dodgy. I haven't been for some years but the Marais was particularly agreeable when I was last there, particularly around Rue Vieille du Temple. Nice inexpensive bars and bistros.

duly noted Weary. I like dodgy in some ways. The gaff we are staying seems ok though.

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I was in Paris three weeks ago and it was wonderful.Meals and transport were reasonably priced but beer is the equivalent of £8 a pint(4 euros for 25cl).

As stated above Gare du Nord is not the most salubrious area but Montmartre (where we stayed - metro Abbesses ) is only 10 minutes by Metro or 20 minutes walk.The Marais is good and the Bastille area is lively.

If you like good beer (ie not lager) go to La Fine Mousse(metro Menilmontant)- not far from Pere Lachaise Cemetery for the best choice of beer in Paris.

Obvious cultural highlights are the Louvre,Musee D'Orsay,Tour Eiffel and the Picasso Museum but just walking around Paris is a rich cultural experience.

Enjoy yourselves.

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I was in Paris three weeks ago and it was wonderful.Meals and transport were reasonably priced but beer is the equivalent of £8 a pint(4 euros for 25cl).

As stated above Gare du Nord is not the most salubrious area but Montmartre (where we stayed - metro Abbesses ) is only 10 minutes by Metro or 20 minutes walk.The Marais is good and the Bastille area is lively.

If you like good beer (ie not lager) go to La Fine Mousse(metro Menilmontant)- not far from Pere Lachaise Cemetery for the best choice of beer in Paris.

Obvious cultural highlights are the Louvre,Musee D'Orsay,Tour Eiffel and the Picasso Museum but just walking around Paris is a rich cultural experience.

Enjoy yourselves.

we plan to. It's one of those things thsat you want to do before you snuff it, so spending a few bob is ok. just ordered a lonely planet guide. and am buzzing.

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thanks shad. We plan to move around a bit. I want to photograph myself to death. What's it like on the metro? What are tyhe most photogenic parts to visit?

Metro is fantastic, they have a load of info on their website (in English) about types of tickets http://www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/r_61584/buy-your-tickets/

As far as most photogenic parts, it's a tough call with Paris but I'd be sure to visit Montmartre as well as the standard Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre etc. I'd take a wander past the Centre George Pompidou as well, there always used to be a load of street entertainment there. Proper entertainment, musicians, jugglers and acrobats. The occasional Mime artist and living statue but not too many in need of a slap.

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If you're not bothered about heights and you can put up with the queue, take the trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It's an experience worth having. I don't normally have the patience to queue for anything but I'm glad I did.

We stayed in Montmartre and absolutely loved it. Paris is such a great city it's just a good place to 'be'. I'm sure you'll really enjoy it.

As others have said above, the metro is excellent.

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There might will Christmas markets open by the time you visit, which could be worth a look. Try the area around La Defence, for instance.

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As others have alluded, Paris is a place 'to be' rather than to do things in. Walking is best mode of transport. Do have a walk hand in hand along the Seine with Mrs Mysterioso.

If you visit Notre Dame be sure to visit Ile St Louis, the next island. Very atmospheric and usually tourist free.

The Latin Quarter is horrible these days - however Caveau de la Huchette on Rue de la Huchette used to be a good night out, if you like bebop and swing Jazz.

Dodgy Gare du Nord - no doubt you will see ladies of the night aplenty and be offered hashish. But like you say, dodgy can be fun! Besides it might have undergone a Kings Cross style redevelopment.

Hopefully, you and the Mrs will find something none of us have mentioned and don't know about (Paris is like that), and I look forward to hearing about it.

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Go the Musee D'Orsay and stay there for two days.

Go home.

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Go the Musee D'Orsay and stay there for two days.

Go home.

Is that the one in the former railway station?

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Is that the one in the former railway station?

That's the one.

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thanks folks

another day nearer

what are the folk like?

I've been to perpignan and found the place really welcoming, but that's catalonia.

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thanks folks

another day nearer

what are the folk like?

I've been to perpignan and found the place really welcoming, but that's catalonia.

If you go there and make an effort with them they'll make an effort with you. If you go there and shout "SAUSAGE EGG AND CHIPS YOU STUPID FROGGY" then you may get a different reaction :D

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I've not met them all.

of course not and making a generalisation is a bit pointless.

I was just wondering whether folk had a feeling about the vibe of the place, purely impressionistic.

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I have yet to meet a person from elsewhere in France who has a good word to say about Parisians. However, many of them do or would willingly go to work and live there.

Perhaps even more than London, it is a collection of 'villages' with distinct ethnic, occupational, socio-cultural characteristics.

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The folk in Paris are a bit like those in London: meet some in the pub, and there's a reasonable chance they'll be a good laugh. The majority you'll come across will be in the metro or working on ###### pay, and there's a reasonable chance they'll act like rude arseholes.

I'm a francophile myself and I love Paris - for some reason I've always found myself in the 11th arrondissement (metro stop Voltaire) and I find the vibe around there quite brilliant.

Lorant Deutsch's book Metronome is quite a briliantly researched and written history of Paris, but sadly the English-language version won't appear until next year - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Metronome-History-Paris-Underground-Up/dp/125002367X/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352927580&sr=1-6

Enjoy, L'Ange. The transfer of the Eurostar to St Pancras may be one of the UK's great civilising missions: no longer need Yorkshire folk fear Abroad, as they can travel by train to Western Europe so much quicker than the old charabancs. Christ, Yorkshire might even start producing its own culture.

Musée d'Orsay is indeed wicked.

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It will take pretty much a whole day, but my God, you must visit Versailles. It is about a forty minutes train journey from Gare du Nord, The grounds are as breathtaking as the the house is exquisite.

I have been advised that a trip to Pere Lachaise Cemetery is well worth a visit. I am a bit dubious about it though!

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