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    realy a lot to visit, you need more than some days to see most, like all of these kind of city's it is easy to spend realy a lot of money,

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    There's something about the charming city streets where all the buildings have an architectural coherence unlike most cities I grew up near (NYC, Boston). The culture of art and philosophy is prevalent through the innumerable museums that are scattered over the city along with world-class art galleries. But that's not all, Paris also wins you over through the love of good and good wine. The French just do it right, in my opinion!

    I fell in love with Paris during my first trip abroad, which was to a suburb of the city. I have been back 4 times for vacation and lived here for 5 months. There's no place that feels more like my home away from home. Paris, je t'aime!

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    When I think of Paris, this song pops into my head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRZ-jLOrFfk partially because this was one of the song the tour bus played over and Over and OVER.

    Paris is one of the few city I want to go back to. So much history, art, architecture everywhere I go. I am in awe with all the buildings I walked past, especially because they have been around for more than a century.

    Unfortunately I was only here for less than 24hours, but here are few things I have done, hopefully it will be helpful for anyone who's planning a trip to Paris.

    - Eiffel tower: Because my time was limited, we decided to not wait in the long line to get on the elevator and CLIMBED UPSTAIRS. It was a great workout, especially after all the food I ate during my trip. It was tough but rewarding, plus how often do you hear someone say they climbed up the eiffel tower?

    - Notre Dam: Not sure why but I fell MADLY in love with this cathedral. Maybe because everything was detailed? I am not sure but all I can say is it's my favorite cathedral. Wish I had time to go upstairs to check out the gargoyles and the view...

    -Nouvelle Eve burlesque show: my tour guide says it's better than the famous Moulin Rouge.. it was nice and cool... I wasn't fond of them singing the last few songs in English though.

    - Montmartre: a hill in the north of Paris: GOREGOUS place to enjoy the view, relax on the stairs and if you're lucky you'll see street performers. Best to go a little before sun sets. The city there are full of charming restaurants and cafes. Love the cobbled floors, I heard Van Gogh did some painting of Montmartre.

    - Louve: overwhelming but it's nice to cross it off my list. The entrance is faster from the side. You could go backwards and exit through the famous glass pyramid. The line to get in from there is long. Mona Lisa is small. I don't recommending spending the entire day in there...it gets exhausting.

    random facts:
    - Champs-Elysees has the only McDonald with a white logo so it looks sophisticated next to all the well known stores. Heard they refuse to include H&M on that street.
    - The drivers don't care to "move" the cars with theirs to fit when they parallel park. It sounds aggressive but it wasn't that bad when we watched a car do it...or maybe they were being gentle knowing we were staring at them.

    - you pay extra to be seated outside of the cafe to people watch
    - some of those pigeons are gorgeous compared to LA
    - their food portion is friggin tiny (LA is spoiled)

    One place I wish I had time for was:
    - the Catacomb where the gorgeous cathedral is covered in human skeletons.
    - the eiffel tower at night lights up...sad I couldn't see it

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    Notre Dame Cathedral, beautiful inside and out, free admission inside though you need to be covered (arms and to knees) to enter

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    One of the best cities I have visited. It has a vibrant history, fantastic cuisine and beautiful sites around every corner.

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    Wow! So much to see and say about one city! It truly is world class! Every street like a postcard and so many world famous attractions you'll run yourself ragged checking them all out. The food is of course amazing! History is all around you. The Louvre could keep you art buffs busy for eons. And the city is the place for lovers!

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    Oh Paris! My most favorite city in the world. The city of light, the city of romance. There is nothing like the mix of modern and ancient, history coming alive on the streets and lifestyle of Paris.

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    Paris, it truly is a magical city even though the amount of tourists is overwhelming. After the major sites, hit the back roads and anything without an English menu.

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    Musee de Rodin - enjoy the gardens for only 2€
    See The Thinker and The Gates of Hell up close plus many more pieces along with dozens of Rodin's marble works

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    For both arts lovers and lover lovers, ranking the City of Light as the best in the world in both categories may sound cliché, but the heart wants what the heart wants (and is always right). Walks along the Seine, tree-lined boulevards and cobbled lanes, a swoony stop at the Musée Rodin, or a simple glass of red in a cozy bistro all add to l'amour Parisienne.

    Don’t Miss: The picnic-perfect Place des Vosges, one of Paris’s oldest and most beautiful squares, surrounded by elegant 17th-century mansions in the Marais quarter.

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    Unquestionably one of the world's great capitals. Foodies, art & history buffs, luxury travelers - many consider Paris to be without peer for both the breadth and depth of places to discover. When in Paris, try to find a balance between the big museums vs. smaller boutique galleries, upscale restaurants vs. neighborhood bistrots, and be intentional about both wandering side streets and people-watching while absorbing in the café culture.

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    The city of romance lives to its name- it is easy to fall in love with Paris! Historic and modern at the same time, there is something here for everyone.

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    Paris is beautiful but the people are a little to hurried for me and can come off as being very rude at times. But it is worth seeing, especially just walking the city to see all the old buildings as well as the well known sights. My favorite place was Notre Dame......Amazing!

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    This is a dedication to Le Comptoir Generale. A bar, a cafe, a ghetto museum, a salon of rebellion, a walk through history, an inspiration. This place is many things. I used to live in Paris, so upon returning, I wasn't looking to do any of the "tourist" sites. I wanted to see the mysteries that hide themselves down back alleys and speakeasy cafes. I wanted to see the good, the bad, the ugly sides of Paris. Most of all, I wanted to see Paris through the eyes of the artists. Paris used to be a cultural center of artistic rebellion. The likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Stein would socialize in the brassieres after a long day of writing. What happened to this Paris of the past? I was determined to find it. Walking along the hills of Montmartre, ghosts of that time lingered through the Dali museum and L'agile Lapin, the old burlesque haunt. But Montmartre was taken over by tacky tourists shops, manufactured paintings, and oh god, a Starbucks. So I returned back to my apartment and Googled first in English, then in broken French, "unique places in Paris" and "most hidden things in Paris". After a long night of researching, I found Le Comptoir Generale and the next day, a friend and I went. The first remarkable about Le Comptoir is if you didn't know it existed, you'd never find it. Its an old mansion next to the Canal de St. Martin, with the entrance set back in a garden. It's first and foremost a dedication to the ghetto culture and "the result of creativity that springs up in poor or marginalised places all over the world." It feels a bit rebellious too. The entrance hall is lined with photos of scenes from past French wars. It highlights French colonization and imperialism in Africa, with descriptions in French and English, focusing on the planned assassinations and overall corruptness of French leaders. The ground floor has two large rooms. The first room to the left looks like an antique museum, with the strangest assortment of objects. This is "the viewing room" where they show films every week. Off of this room a large jungle garden. The next room is a cafe/lounge/bar/library. It is filled with vintage couches with a bar in the back that serves alcohol and coffee. With a relaxing setting and free wifi, its not hard to spend an entire day here. I heard to avoid it on weekend nights as it can become packed. "Its mission is to protect, produce and broadcast them [the marginalized], through movie production and screening, exhibitions, conferences, themed attractions, a record label and a radio, shops (record shop, second hand store, library, toy shop), events, workshops, shootings... All the benefits are reinvested into financing more artistic sustainable projects." With an admirable goal and a rebellious feel, Le Comptoir Generale is a highly recommended escape from the usual highlights of Paris.

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    Paris is the perfect combination of continental and cosmopolitan. The decadence is without parallel-streets include a cheese store, a chocolate store, a wine store and, maybe, some oysters.
    Don't miss the Marais. Don't miss walking around for hours-the Sainte Chapelle, the Louvre, and the Musee d'Orsay are all worth a trip, but for my money, wandering the city and having macarons for lunch captures the spirit of bohemien paris.

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    Paris is such a lovely city, with a vast array of things to do for all sort of people. Even just walking about and site-seeing can fill your day and that's really fun in its own right!

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    One of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Walking around during the day the architecture and monuments are simply breathtaking. Even better though, at night the whole city is lit up and is made that much prettier. The L'Ouvre is a must do while here. I would recommend a visit to the Sacre Coeur at night for a great view of the Parisian skyline. Also the Notre Dame Cathedral was one of my favorite places to visit. It is an impressive building with a lot of history inside.

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    Liked the city was their 1st time for work had lots of free time and walked lots, including all steps up Eiffel Tower wonderful views, best was visit to see Rhodan museum his statues amazing. Strangers I met and some who helped me when a little lost very friendly. Wonderful way to earn a living... and beautiful city.
    2nd visit with my grandson was an overnight stay on my way to Normandy 3rd visit was passing through 2 nights stop over with my daughter on coach to Spain.

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    Yes, there's so much to do and see in Paris. It's a big city with lots of hustle and lots of charm. That said, I'm just never truly comfortable there. I guess I'll just have to go back and try again.

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    The history is wonderful. I have visited and would love to return. On of my all time places to visit.

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While Paris sometimes feels like a caricature of its own romantic perfection, the real Paris doesn't start to become alive until you interact with it in person. Start by smiling back enigmatically at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Then assess the wide Napoleon-commissioned boulevards from atop the Eiffel Tower. Wander the streets (where you can appreciate Parisians' tax dollars at work on some of the cleanest streets of any city) past flower shops and fresh vegetable stands until you reach the Jardin du Luxembourg, where you can watch families sail model sailboats in the historic fountains. As one of the most dizzyingly dreamy cities in the world, Paris both lives up to and surpasses its clichés. Yes, people while away hours in cafes. No, Parisians do not seem to gain weight, no matter how much delicious French food they eat. Sure, your waiter might scoff if you say 'thank you' instead of 'merci,' but even this is starting to change. Paris is, gasp, modernizing. Gone are the smoke-filled restaurants (à fumée is outlawed in all public buildings) and perhaps soon, the 35-hour work week. But the romance will always stay.

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