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Off the beaten path

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Off the beaten path

We'll be in Paris for 4 days in September (yay!) and we've been to Paris several times. We're looking for something a little different that tourists might not normally see. We like musuems, but are really looking for something more like a flea market or a great store (we've been to Printemps and Galeries LaFayette) or an out of the way park....flower market, bistro, cafe....

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Kathy

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1. Re: Off the beaten path

all sorts of things at http://en.parisinfo.com

the big blue marble
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2. Re: Off the beaten path

Pretty much get out of the metro at any station you've never heard of, and start walking.

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3. Re: Off the beaten path

Well not every station, don't go in a dangerous neighbourhood at night lol but yeah it's always a good idea to just get lost in a city like Paris, especially if you have time. You can also have a look at this : www.parisinconnu.com/promenades/index.htm but it's in French.

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4. Re: Off the beaten path

We deliberately chose places to visit which we had not managed before on previous trips (plus a few that demanded a return) This was the list

• Visit the loo under the Madaleine (closed now)✘

• Walk the old railway, promenade plantee ✔

• Find some of the covered passageways ✔

• Place de Vosges ✔

• Musee Jaquemart Andre✔

• Eat at Guy Savoy ✔

• Visit Pere Lachaise ✔

• Nearby Rue Denoz in Belleville, covered in graffiti ✔

• Buttes Chaumont ✘

• Concert at Ste Chapelle ✘

• Napoleons apartments in the Louvre ✔

• Vaux le Vicomte ✘

• Chateau Vicennes ✔

• Train display under station✘

• Lunch or dessert at Angelina's on Rue de Rivoli across from the Tuileries. ✔(well, we managed to buy some chocolates)

• Richard Lenoir markets near Bastille ✔

• Find the dragon sculpture ✔

• Look for the "space invaders" (alas, found only one set)

So there are still things to go back for.

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5. Re: Off the beaten path

There are over 100 museums alone in Paris -- no way the tourists are going to ever visit all of them.

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6. Re: Off the beaten path

I asked the same thing a few days ago. See the responses.

I bought the book Quiet Corners of Paris based on the recommendations and like it a lot.

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7. Re: Off the beaten path

I asked the same thing a few days ago. See the responses.

I bought the book Quiet Corners of Paris based on the recommendations and like it a lot.

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8. Re: Off the beaten path

I just received Unexplored Paris, a great little book with many suggestions for quirky, unknown sights in Paris. The book is grouped by arrondissements and would make a great companion on a trip to Paris.

Lynn's list above also has some great suggestions ~ we particularly like the Promenade Plantee, the passages, rue Desnoyez and the Bastille Market. Also try a cruise on the Canal St Martin, Parc Monceau and shopping on rue d'Alesia in the 14th.

Have a great trip!

Jo

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9. Re: Off the beaten path

Thanks everyone! Great suggestions!

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10. Re: Off the beaten path

A nice program could be exploring the gastronomic side of Paris. Example: Eat a tarte de chocolat at Jean Paul Hevin (Rue Saint-Honore, metro Tuilieries). Le Figaro always bring articles about some top 10 (bagette, chocolate, etc)