I'm off to Paris soon, and was wondering what sights are the best to take in on a whistle stop tour.
What are you're fave Parisian attractions and why?
oooh no..double post...sorry....comp was being slow
If you don't want to deal with the Louvre but would still like to see some art, the Musee d'Orsay is much more manageable - you can see pretty much everything in a day. I love the Louvre, but it is kind of expensive. The Latin Quarter's great for just wandering around, lots of interesting little shops. I'd recommend Notre Dame, at least from the outside. I don't think it's worth queueing for hours to get in.
Montmartre is pretty cool, I particularly like Abesses, which is a bit less touristy than some parts. I'm not bothered about the Eiffel Tower, but that's just a personal thing, and if you're going to Paris it's pretty much compulsory to at least go to the bottom of the tower. Basically, what you visit depends on what you like - I love art, so go to all the museums and so on.
You might want to get a Paris guidebook, the streetmaps at least tend to come in handy, even if it does make you look like a tourist. I'm the moron who managed to lose the Eiffel Tower...
i would love to visit paris, i've got this thing with capital cities; it's my dream to live for only 2 months in paris, rome, berlin, london, moscow and athens. saying that i want to go to uni in paris,
I still love the eiffel tower like a big kid. But its soooo cool.
The arc de triomphe has a good view.
And the lady and the unicorn tapestry is really nice (at the musee de cluny).
If you're interested in napoleon the musee de l'armee is pretty good too.
I went up to sacre coeur/montmartre, and i admit i didn't like it.
But my experience of paris is very limited.
musee d'orsay is amazing, it's just about my favourite art gallery ever. and, if you like oriental-type stuff, then go to the guimet museum (it's kind of near the seine), and has collections of lots of art, sculpture etc from the far east, most of it very old. i went there last time i went to paris and thought it was amazing.
if you go to the eiffel tower then do it at night-time; notre-dame is a bit of a letdown (although one of my friends amused herself when she went by running around the square pretending to be a hunchback and yelling "les cloches, les cloches!"). also, i'd say the louvre is over-rated - the mona lisa is kind of fun, but i wasn't that impressed by the other collections: alot of the artwork in the french wing seemed to be there more because it was french than because it was good. you might want to have a look at saint chapelle; a little chapel thing built almost entirely of stained glass. it's kind of pretty, but doesn't take up much time.
and i'd definitely have a look at shakespeare&co if you like bookshops - the upstairs floor, in particular, is very cool. plus, like all second-hand bookshops, you can get some good bargains there.