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48 hours in paris

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48 hours in paris

Hi,

I am planning to take my girlfriend to paris on eurostar for a christmas present and was wondering if people could advise me what we should do while we are there. we are not big museum people and just want to do and see as much as we can during our time there. Is it worth having a private tour? If so can anyone recommend someone?

Many Thanks

Alex

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1. Re: 48 hours in paris

The sites in Paris are pretty well documented: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Mont Martre, Notre Dame,... Versailles. Going a little further on the castle side on the ouskirst of Paris as well Chateau de Chantilly, Vaux le Vicomte.

Not big museum people, does that mean no museum at all? You still might want to throw in a short museun run if there is a particular period that you like (Egypt at the Louvre for example and do only that,...), a particular type of art (Impressionism at Orsay, sculpture at the Rodin,..) or small more intimate museums in former private mansions like the Musee Marmottan Monet or the Musee Jacquemart-Andre.

You can find descriptions of all of this on internet.

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2. Re: 48 hours in paris

Apart from the Eiffel Tower and seeing the show at the Moulin Rouge, another highlight of our trip to Paris was visiting the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It's worth climbing the 284 steps to the top to see the breathtaking view that awaits. You could then stroll down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, peek inside designer shops, have lunch at one of the cafes or grab a piece of pizza and soak up the atmosphere. We also enjoyed seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you are staying in the Latin Quarter, about a 5-minute walk from Les Gobelins metro is an interesting street called Rue Mouffetard. We enjoyed walking along this street and came across a great little restaurant with very nice staff where we had fabulous escargot and the best chocolate mousse I have ever tasted (it just melts in your mouth) included in a 3-course set menu for €14.90 at Petite Provence (just off Rue Mouffetard). Whatever you decide, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe etc, enjoy this wonderful city as we did. If we didn't live so far away (Australia) we would visit again and again. Our visit was far too short. Enjoy!

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3. Re: 48 hours in paris

Definitely go to Paris!!!!

We had 2.5 days in London for a stop over and ended up spending 2 days in Paris on a whim.....BEST decision we ever made! We stayed at the Hotel Bourdonais near the Eiffel Tower and it was approx $290 US...which was reasonable for the area. It was about a 10 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower on your right and a 5 minute walk to the closest 'Open Bus' to the left. We did the whole green route (must do) first upon arrival as we weren't settled until the late afternoon....got off at the Notre Dame stop (do not miss going inside) and went for a stroll and a bite in the Latin Quarter....was so amazing! The next day we got up early had an amazing breakfast at the hotel (9 Euros each) then off to the Eiffel Tower...the Open Bus was our best investment...for such a short stay we saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, Louvre, strolled the Champs de Elysee, drank delicious coffee and ate crepes, bought souvenirs, had a yummy greek dinner, took tons of pictures, took a River Siene cruise and so much more!!! I'd also recommend staying in the Notre Dame area as well...was filled people and lovely cafes! Have fun!!!!! Beware of some restaurants as they charged us $9 for our lunch sandwiches each and $8 for our colas....EACH...was ridiculous!!! It was one of those corner bistro cafes near the Eiffel tower.

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4. Re: 48 hours in paris

I don't think you need a private tour guide to enjoy Paris. If anything, it would hinder it. I assume that it is a romantic trip with your g-friend, right? Do you really want a third wheel. Having said that, a private guide is useful if you have a special interest in certain areas (arts or history etc) and like to know those things in depth.

Since you are there during Christmas time, why not dress appropriately to keep you warm, buy some vin chaud and roasted chestnuts to consume, and just walk around the Saint Germain des Pres and enjoy the holiday atmosphere.

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