Paris, the world
knows that name, not to mention the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame,
the Louvre museum, les Champs Elysées,
the Garnier Opera, la rue de la Paix (road of
Peace), L’arc de Triomphe , Lido , Moulin
Rouge, Maxime, Fouquets, the Ritz Hotel, the George
V hotel, Dior ,Balenciaga ,Chanel, Cartier, Boucheron ,
Paris, a city loadede with
history, a symbole of elegance and surely one of the
world’s greatest cultures, one of the most
beautiful towns in the world, a city that keeps dreams
alive, a town with it’s own personality but most of
all, a town that doesn’t forget it’s past.
have now moved to the southern part of France. We were born in
Paris, lived, studied and worked there for over 40
years, yet we still do not know all that there is to know
about paris. We’ve never been in certain districts. We
haven’t seen all the monuments or museums. Places for
shows, concerts, operas,
theaters, cabarets and cinemas are uncountable. Paris is also
a town in constant evolution and renovation. In the past few
years, we have seen most of her principal monuments get
resored:Paris is nevertheless as pretty as ever !
can one offer a weekend in Paris ?
We often go back
to Paris as tourists even though our children live there but we prefer
our own liberty so we reserve a room at the Ibis hotel Place
d’Italie. There are probably some other hotels with better
prices and as comfortable but we don’t really trust old
hotels with bad isolation, which are very noisy
inside and out.
To be able to enjoy Paris, one must
have a good night’s rest with a good bed and that’s
the assurance we get with these modern chains/hotels.
do what some french people would call "brunch" (have a real
“English” breakfast) so that we do not lose alot of
time and we must add that the breakfast they serve at the Ibis is
rather correct. In the evening, we have our own cantine
(canteen) not too far so that we don’t have to stay out at
impossible hours in such a big town : the canteen is called
It is situated in the same building as the
cinema Grand Ecran, Place d’Italie, the quality and prices
are excellent and it’s personnel members are as kind as they
are attentif, something that we must admit is getting rare
nowadays in Paris. Working in Paris is tiring that we know ! It is a
personal choice that has its ups and downs and other opportunities with
Around 4 or 5pm, we sometimes stop at a
café or in a tea room it depends on what we were doing.
advantage : la place d’Italie is a knot for all transport
going to the center. It is out of question to use your car in Paris !
One must be very attentif. Considering the price of a day, it would be
a waste of time, and what is more, you pay for your transport in
addition of your other expenses. You might, as well, take the bus and
to see something interesting.
When we prepare a trip
to Paris we visit the Parisian’s office of tourism
website, it is a MUST do that can be of great use when
reserving public tansport tickets ; the low prices offered not to
mention any possible (upcoming or recently over) strikes.
how we visited the exposition of collectioner at the
“Carroussel du Louvre” in September 2005. We are
also antique hobbyists. During our last trip in February 2006, we
managed to see the holiday on Ice show au zenith and the exceptionnal
exposition of the Dresde treasures in the Versailles Palace.
for show reservations, we highly recommend you the ticetac
website that hasn’t decieved us yet.
Paris with good weather is best ; Paris has beautiful days during the
year but they are rare, there isn’t a specific time that will
always be perfect.
Two days is a bit short but for those who
have the opportunity, a RTT or a long weekend May/June would be good
timing weatherwise in Paris.
How can one offer a
weekend in Paris?
There are so many possible
options, so we will just tell you what we chose : we chose a couple
with children betweetn 6 and 16 years old. From this point of view, we
excluded long visits to monuments and museums but left the essential :
Paris ‘ History. We also chose some universal but fun places
for the young ones.
If ever you go to
Paris’ Historical Center, we strongly advise you the cars
rouges (red bus), they are
touristical busses who often visit the city’s main monuments.
One can use them for two days and the ticket can be bought at any bus
stop, the route can be started anywhere and at all times and can also
be visited as often as necessary. If the weather is good, one can go on
What we are offering is only one
choice out of a million ; different occasions might give other
In the evening, one
mustn’t miss the lighting up of the Eiffel Tower which
is seeable from any bare spot in Paris. The best spot is
L’esplanade Trocadéro. If your budget allows it,
we highly advise you a stroll in a riverboat on the Seine. One should
anyhow make sure that the monuments will be lighted (the Tourism Office
gives that type of information). It would be a wonderful sight that can
only leave one with undying memories!...
you to follow the following lines with the mouse because most
of these links will enable you to open some windows of the principal
monuments you have read about them at the beginning of this
page or atleast those you preferred, so do not hesitate, open our
albums at the end of this consultation. We also propose 3 video clips
and one diaporama :
passage d’une écluse 1Mo, the deafenning
spectacular sound of water
-The rollers au pont de Notre Dame 8Mo
(ADSL strongly advised)
- " Paris as we love it " diaporama HD you can see it full screen with QuickTime (ADSL strongly advised) 37 Mo-”Ils ont chanté l’amour
à Paris” 3, 4Mo a medlay of some of the
most famous songs done by mythical artists.
- the sky of Paris diaporama
videos will be opened in another window whilst charging that way you
can continue reading.
We sincerly hope that we
helped make your next trip to our beautiful Capital better.