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If you are visiting Paris for only two days where would you visit?

Asked by msright1981 (95points) June 24th, 2009

I am visiting Paris for 2 days soon, & was wondering about the tours & places that I must see or visit in there. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

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CMaz's avatar

Sleep with the window open, taking in the sounds of the city.
Find a nice Cafe, have a glass of wine, a little cheese. Listen to some music.
With only two days, chill and enjoy Paris at a snails pace.

St.George's avatar

The Pompidou Center. Visit the museum and then have lunch, dessert and coffee on the roof over-looking the city.

Stroll around the Marais, and eat pastry!

Zaku's avatar

The Louvre museum.
The Orsay museum.

syz's avatar

The only problem with the Louvre is that it takes you practically two days to go through it at a jog.

If you’ve only got two days, I would tkae some sort of bus or trolley tour so you can at lease hit the highlights. Then plan to come back and spend more time :)

syz's avatar

Wow, sorry about all of the typos.

Dorkgirl's avatar

Walk the Champs Elysse from the Grand Arch to the Arch de Triumphe.
See Notre Dame and marvel at the Rose Window.
Walk along the left bank and check out the artists.
Go to Sacre Coure (sp?).
Come back when you have more time!

janbb's avatar

I was just in Paris for three days. One of the best things we did was to take a open top bus “hop on hop off” tour of the central sights of the city. You can get on at 9 different places – we started at the beginning stop which is between the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. If you stay on the bus the tour takes 2 1/2 hours and gives you a great introduction to the principal sites. There is a audio narration in English, the company was called the Big Red city tour or some such and the cost was 24 E. In addition, I would recommend going into Notre Dame, the Sainte Chappelle, and the Musee D’Orsay (if you like Impressionist art.) Also, an expensive but delicious hot chocolate at the Cafe Deux Magots on Boulevard St. Germaine, an evening walk around Montmartre and Sacre Coeur and either a walk along the Seine or a Bateau Mouche boat ride, which is particularly brilliant at dusk so that you come back to see the Eiffel Tower lit up. Cafe sitting and people watching are great too – how do they stay so thin?

Recognize you won’t see it all and enjoy whatever you do.

minolta's avatar

go to the Eiffel tower.

go to a famous museum.

eat some snails.

drink french wine.

kiss a girl.

go to a cafe.

listen to some french music.

you’re set.

minolta's avatar

or kiss a guy.

evolverevolve's avatar

@minolta that’s funny cause I was there for a weekend and I did all those things (minus the dude) and I added going to see Jim Morrisons grave (there’s other famous people buried there too, oscar wilde I think I remember…). but I felt like I did everything I wanted to do there after that.

msright1981's avatar

@syz can you recommend any bus tour or a tour company to use?

msright1981's avatar

Any one can recommend any night tours or activities. I have heard about the following shows, but not sure which one should I attend:

Lido Show
Crazy horse show

Is any of these worth seeing ?

msright1981's avatar

@janbb do you know of any open bus tour, which actually include the admission of the most famous places like the norte dome.

janbb's avatar

I would definitely not recommend the Moulin Rouge. I was there a few years ago and it was a rip-off. I haven’t been to the others.

As for admissions, on the hop-on hop-off bus tour that I recommended, you can get off at Notre Dame and go in. Because it is a cathedral, there is no admission charge. At the Louvre, you would (I assume) have to pay the separate admission charge.

The bus company we went on is the Big Red Bus Tour.

msright1981's avatar

@janbb may I ask you what did you exactly feel about the Moulin Rouge show, beside its has been a rip-off. I mean was it that bad?

janbb's avatar

Well, we were packed in with about 1,000 other tourists, there was a 2 drink minimum, the bathrooms were grotty and the show was imminently forgettable. Other than that….

janbb's avatar

Coincidentally, I am just reading a novel set in Paris where the main character is taken to a cabaret at the Lapin Agile which is another famous, but much smaller nightclub in Montmartre and the character says it is very French and authentic feeling. I’ve walked past that building and it is adorable. You might want to check that out instead if you want to try a cabaret.

jo_with_no_space's avatar

Paris is a big touristy place and I’m not that big into some of the biggest tourist things there – they’re oversubscribed and overrated.

I think you need to go to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur… it’s a really nice area, lots of little shops and cafes, a bit out of the main drag, Sacre Coeur is beautiful.

Walk along the riverbank, eat crepes, sit in parks, visit Notre Dame…. :)

Dorkgirl's avatar

Walk down Rue Cler one evening.

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