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Review: Paris

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Paris, France

Independent time in Paris

  • By SilverTraveller PB

    2 reviews

  • September 2011
  • Wife

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Aged 65, we flew in from Brunei, having rented an apartment for 8 nights, close to the metro at Felix Faure. Not a very busy area, but many local restaurants and food shops handy, with a straight walk through the Haussman streets to the Seine, and round a corner to the Eiffel tower.

Opposite the apartment building is the huge side wall of an enormous church in which a massed choir of a hundred was practising for a competition. A hostel was a few steps away, which was convenient for occasional emailing.

We had some outstanding experiences just making our way around the city on the metro, the RER and buses, using the carnets of tickets got from the station. Not to be missed is the underground canal trip from the centre out eventually into the open and on the the spherical mirror-sided science museum. Nor is the Pompidou, as long as you arrive about an hour before opening, and explore from the top down. We discovered in the Tuileries that if the toilets are closed you are directed by guide books to the Louvre, but cannot approach the entrance without joining the queue of hundreds, so the solution is to cross the street to a cafe, order a 1 euro coffee at the bar, and nip legitimately to the loo.

We took the train to Versailles, spending a long day there, Sadly, in most rooms of the main building we were shoulder to shoulder with guided and harassed crowds, but the overall experience and the consequent photos very worthwhile, and after the crowds the gardens were relatively peaceful and exceptionally beautiful.

Our apartment was simple and inexpensive but very comfortably furnished, as the pied a terre of its owner. we had a large lounge/ dining room with tiny kitchen, and an opening wall to the bedroom, where the queen bed would fold into the room if you wished to give a single spacious area for entertaining. As there was a lift as well as wide curving stairs it was a better consideration than an apartment in Monmartre with maybe five narrow flights to a small box. The metro is so straightforward, quick and cheap that living out a little has many advantages.

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  • discerning-traveller
    16 days ago
    I’ve not been to Paris for years but maybe I should revisit . I don’t remember Versailles being particularly crowded when I was there but remember well the grandeur and opulence. I loved the gardens and the fountains too.