Paris, France

What To Do When You Get to Paris

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Things To Do In Paris, France

Paris, France is one my favorite cities.  There is something about it that just says chic.  Here are a few things to bear in mind for your next trip.

First and foremost, always say “Bonjour” [hello] or “Bonsoir” [good evening] to everyone as it will make your trip so much better; trust me.

Airports

Paris is served by three airports, Charles de-Gaulle, Orly and Beauvais. It’s important to know which terminal your airline uses at each airport. The Aeroports de Paris Web site has a comprehensive listing. This is really important as if you make an error you can and will miss your flight. This can be costly in several ways.

Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris France (CDG)

Ground Transportation

  • Take the RER B from Terminal 3 Roissy Pole or Terminal 2 into the center of Paris and beyond. Decide the fare you will pay based on the number of days you are staying and how you plan on getting around. Its pretty pricey, but taking the RER B into the city is the most inexpensive way to do it.
  • You may also take the Air France bus from outside Hall F, which will take you to just outside the Arc de Triomphe. Show your airline ID on entry as you may get a discount.

Paris-Orly, Paris France (ORY)

Ground Transportation

  • You can find information on all access modes here (there are many)
  • If in a hurry,  take the ORLYVAL shuttle train to the RER B stop, Anthony, then take the RER B into the center of Paris. Note this is the same train that takes you to CDG.

Paris-Beauvais, Tille France (BVA)

Air Moldova (9U), Blue Air (0B), Laudamotion (OE), Ryanair (FR), Volotea (V7) and Wizz Air (W6) are the primary tenants at Beauvais. They seem to be always adding airlines there.

Ground Transportation

There are several ways to get to/from Beauvais. More details on a shuttle service is located here.

Hotels

There are many hotels in this fine city. Start your search at https://www.passrider.com/hotelscombined  or your favorite hotel Web site. Once you find where you want to stay, contact the hotel by phone to see which rate is better; the industry rate or the online rate. Try to stay somewhere that is close to public transportation.
 

 

Things To Do

 Paris is a treasure trove of things to do. The obvious ones are not the only ones to see. Yes, go see the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame, etc. But take sometime to walk Paris and enjoy the cafes. One of my favorite thing to do is to walk along La Seine just next to Notre Dame St. Michel. In the summertime, you can see the Parisiennes having cheese and wine there. You may also take a cruise as well.

Museums

Paris is the home to many museums; the two most famous are the:

One suggested route

Start at the Musée d’Orsay, then head for the Louvre, then walk across the Jardin de Tuileries, across the Place de la Concorde, down the Champs-Elysées atop the Arc de Triomphe, then down to the La Defense (take the train :-)) climbing to the top.  Here is a map of your route.
  

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Arc De Triomphe 

Sacré-Cœur

A Roman Catholic Church in the heart of Paris with amazing views as well as catacombs. 

The Grand Arch of La Defense

This structure is not visited by many but well worth it. You can see from the Champs-Élysées and from the Arc de Triomphe.

Champs-Élysées

This is a major stretch in Paris with some of the most expensive stores in the world. It stretches from the Louvre are to the Arc de Triomphe. Just go for a stroll; you’ll love it. 

Chateau Versailles

 This is one of my favorite places in Paris. You can take a whole day here to visit inside the palace as well as the grounds. There’s nothing quite like it at all. 

The Eiffel Tower

 Nothing says you’re in Paris, like this structure. You can get all the way up to the top, but it may take you half a day as the lines are usually very long. You can see it from all over Paris. It’s quite amazing.
 
So go, enjoy Paris!  Please leave a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite place to go.

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  1. We were there in Mar. Stayed in Montmartre, right beside the steps up to Sacre-Coeur. Finally figured out the subway system and covered a lot in our stay there. So much more to see and do!  Will be going back. 

  2. We have been to Paris several times.
    We have found that one needs to decide before hand what you would like to see or do.
    Then plan around that. Don’t try to do to much. It is easy to spend all your time getting around and little on what u want to see. And most importantly if you are of the mid afternoon nap age range being relatively close to you accommodation is important 

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  3. We have been to Paris several times.
    We have found that one needs to decide before hand what you would like to see or do.
    Then plan around that. Don’t try to do to much. It is easy to spend all your time getting around and little on what u want to see. And most importantly if you are of the mid afternoon nap age range being relatively close to you accommodation is important 

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