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Paris for first-timers

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Paris for first-timers

A friend and I will be travelling to Paris in late April.I want to know about the attractions(other than world famous must sees,like Eiffel,notre dame etc) ,not much of museum stuff, Is Disneyland worth a trip??...this will be our first trip to Europe and have 5 days in Paris,(after that we'll be moving to Belgium.Also please tell me how to look for some budget hotels(90-100 Euro max per room) and best region to stay in Paris.(if not then which region to avoid)

Thanx

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1. Re: Paris for first-timers

Hotel Saint Pierre is in a great central location , on a quiet street right off the busy Boulevard St Michel, so easy to walk to many sites, . The hotel is a budget hotel but I thought it was fine, its had a recent reno since I stayed there so hope they didn't raise rates much. You can take the RER in from airport and walk to hotel easily

There are several hotels with similar name, this is the one on Rue d'ecole Du Medcine , its right by the Sorbonne.

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Also Hotel Diana, same as above, good location, clean, and inexpensive. Both hotels book early as they are popuar. Both hotels will have small rooms, so if wanting an American style room thats large,, forget about it. lol

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thanks

No,size of room is not a problem,anyways who wants to be trapped in a room when in Paris.

Also would you plz tell me how to utilize 5 days in Paris,1 is booked for Versailles so 4 days left,we are not museum crazy people.

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So, you do not particularly like Museums, but what *do* you like? Shopping? Parks and gardens? Churches? Climbing high places with views? River trip? Car showrooms on the Champs-Elysees?

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I mean its ok with some high profile museums,but not too much....we would love to sit on a park watching locals,any country side trip will be handy so as some cycling tours and yes why not a river trip as u just said.

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Ok, so if you like parks and gardens, you have the Jardins des Tuileries between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde...so maybe you could do a walk, see just the outside of the Louvre, then walk through the gardens to Place de la Concorde, then up the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe?

Or the Jardin du Luxembourg is a very pleasant spot to sit and relax (picnic, people-watching) - you can also do that in the Champ de Mars by the Eiffel Tower.

Further afield, (but still within Paris itself)the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is bigger, more walking, more spectacular scenery rather than formal gardens.

If you like cycling, you have a choice of the Velib bikes which you rent and then ride as you please, or the Segway tours which may interest you.

River trips... there are several operators.. Vedettes du Pont Neuf is one name which springs to mind, but there are many others, some do dinner cruises. Almost all of them do a single round trip for, IIRC, a little under 10 euros per person(not including dinner, obviously!!). The exception is the Batobus, which is Hop-On, Hop-Off and offers one-day or multi-day passes. The one-day passes are around 15 euros per person, so very poor value compared to the fixed tour operators; they offer some multi-day passes which represent better value but would not be suitable for you being on such a short visit.

Hope that is some help!

Edited: 30 October 2012, 15:34
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@sussexgirl

Thanks for some wonderful suggestion,one more thing,is Disneyland worth a visit???,we both are around 24 years...if it is worth then which of the two Disney parks coz we will hardly give 1 day to the park.

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Invest in a good guidebook (Steves, Frommers, Fodors, Lonely Planet etc.) They will give you most of the info you are seeking including inexpensive restaurants and hotels.

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On the upper left-hand side of the page there is a link called "things to do". maybe this will give you some ideas.

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Some advice that worked for this first timer - take some walking tours - Discover Walks you just tip the guide. They have a great website.

Check out the fork.com, chowhound or similar sites for decent but reasonably priced restaurants. We had a great time dining out at our reserved restaurants. It was something to look forward to each evening. The Prix Fixe menus at most are a pretty good deal. It is easy to get ripped off at a number of restaurants especially in the heavily touristed areas. Having said that, we also went into some places on a whim and found some nice places too.

Jot down a plan - flexible but at least gives you a good start. Three great museums that non-museum goers would like - Louvre, D'Orsay and L'Orangerie. Seeing some good art is good for the soul (IMO). We had a plan but adjusted according to the day. If you only have 5 days - don't waste one of them at Disneyland!