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    Going through Paris in October. Maybe 3 nights. Any "MUST DO" places to see. Also where is recommended for accommodation (best value). We fancy Montmatre area.
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    The Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Mercedes Toyota car show rooms on the Champs Elysees

    A trip up the Eiffel Tower, when I went I walked up the stairs.
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    I've found the Parisian sewer tour to be not only novel but very interesting Musťe des ťgouts - Paris.fr

    It's a bit confronting on the snoz but once you get your head around the pong it's definitely a tour with a difference, not much chance of being annoyed by small children on this particular tour.

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    Montparnasse Tower. It’s a blot on the landscape but the view is great.
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    Depends how many times you've been there.
    If it's your first time, 3 days doesn't give you much time and I guess you'd have to stick to the Tourist highlights.
    If you've been there many times before, it would need to be more tailored to your interests or your partners, such as been mentioned above: the car sowrooms on the Champs, the fashion boutiques, the Quartier Latin, or the glorious restaurants etc...AND from 4-14 October the Paris car show:Not to be missed:
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    I found Palais Garnier fascinating. I'm easily pleased though; I love just walking miles through any historic city and just looking around.

    Montmartre? Purportedly you need to watch out for the pickpockets at Sacre Coeur!
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    The Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Mercedes Toyota car show rooms on the Champs Elysees
    Sadly, I think there will be no PSA showrooms on the Champs Elysee in October. DS World will still be nearby though.

    4-14 October is the Paris Motor Show...

    13-14 October is also Automťdon a very large combined car club display at Paris Le Bourget
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    Conservatoire ( Citroen factory museum ). See previous threads . C'est incroyable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tasie C5 View Post
    Also where is recommended for accommodation (best value). We fancy Montmatre area.
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    I recommend Style Hotel, 8 Rue Ganneron, Place de Clichy. You can walk from there past Pigalle to the Finiculaire or take metro line 2 and get off at at Anvers.

    Family run hotel, internal courtyard, creaky wood staircases, no lift. Breakfast is coffee, croissant and jam. Donít know if itís bookable online but should be able to walk in off the street and get a room. If you call them on the phone they pronounce it ďSteel ĎotelĒ haha.

    This is it on the left.

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    You are going "through", not clear if it will be by car or train, or if you are a seasoned traveller.

    My 2€ worth:

    - it is a splurge, but we stay at the Joke Hotel, which is close to the Moulin Rouge (btw, that rhymes with Pierre Cardin, it is not mispronounced "Moulon" like all Americans do). Not dirt cheap, but not too dear, and rated #10 out of 1800 hotels in Paris

    - for value, go self-contained such as the Apart Adagio near the Portes, like Clichy or Charenton.

    - fave museum is Musťe Carnavalet, free, history of Paris, and near Place des Vosges.

    - all blokey blokes have to go to Les Invalides, which has a superb collection of military artifacts, even suits of armour, and a room full of large models of all the fortifications that Vauban did.

    - Eye-full Tower is too high and too touristy. Arc de Triomphe better view and shorter queues. Or, as mentioned Tour Montparnasse.

    - google "Paris scams" to get an idea of the tricks they use, especially the ring on the ground on front of you, the ice cream or cigarette on your jacket, the kids with signs that they hold against your waist, the bank-up on the escalators, the tying a leather strap around your wrist, the list is endless.

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    The latter in your list was rife at Sacre Coeur when I was there in 2016, but it was coloured plaited strings rather than leather.

    I found the Eiffel worth it just because I'm fascinated by the engineering and design and close up it's amazing! My Mrs still takes the mick out of me for looking at the rivetting on the Empire State Building frame structure when everyone else was looking out the windows...

    I didn't go up the Eiffel because the queue was about 300 people long and I don't do queues.


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    sit outside at a cafe in Le Marais and have a laugh at all the completely neurotic self obsessed vain Parisians toddlig past in their silly fashions. Then take the pain of l'addition...

    don't stop to assist any mini Romanian girl gangs milling around the tourist spots trying it on with maps for directions, and watch out on the metro and especially the train into town from Airport, they look for people who are off guard, jetlagged or plain confused. And they operate in pairs. Identify and avoid. They work on distraction, like someone plays an accordion and you go oh how cute then bang frisked before you know it or don't. There are alot of these poor folks doing it hard.

    this is a good hotel, quiet, reasonable and the lady who runs it is very nice.

    Clignacourt flea markets are fantastic, especially if you like old stuff weird and wonderful. Wallet and haggling skills requisite. If you walk out of there without a bag of junk then you are either incredibly non materialistic or just not into it.

    Musee Picasso, Rodin, Pompidou, d'Orsay and of course Louvre but you could spend days in the Louvre.




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    My first day in Paris was a tour of the sewers followed by 4-1/2 hours up the Eiffel Tower. Walk up as much of it as you can and read all the information boards on the staircase landings, savour the whole experience. I don't care how long the queues are, that thing is magnificent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post
    The latter in your list was rife at Sacre Coeur when I was there in 2016, but it was coloured plaited strings rather than leather.

    I found the Eiffel worth it just because I'm fascinated by the engineering and design and close up it's amazing! My Mrs still takes the mick out of me for looking at the rivetting on the Empire State Building frame structure when everyone else was looking out the windows...

    I didn't go up the Eiffel because the queue was about 300 people long and I don't do queues.
    I too enjoyed the Eiffel Tower experience. A visit to the "restroom" was an experience in itself. It is still ( was ) in period fitout. It was like visiting the control centre of a Jules Verne submarine, hugely entertaining brass tapware etc.
    We were unable to find the "maison Citroen" along the Champs Elysee at a first walk. No coloured siqnage is permitted and no signage at right angles to the roadway, so in the crowds we walked right past.....and then we weren't permitted entry as it was a "professional day" ... for the press. It was the release of the C5X7. The entry front door guarded by HUGE black African men with beautiful white teeth and they spoke in french, so being turned away was probably more entertaining than seeing the then new C5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzelhund View Post
    I too enjoyed the Eiffel Tower experience. A visit to the "restroom" was an experience in itself. It is still ( was ) in period fitout. It was like visiting the control centre of a Jules Verne submarine, hugely entertaining brass tapware etc.
    We were unable to find the "maison Citroen" along the Champs Elysee at a first walk. No coloured siqnage is permitted and no signage at right angles to the roadway, so in the crowds we walked right past.....and then we weren't permitted entry as it was a "professional day" ... for the press. It was the release of the C5X7. The entry front door guarded by HUGE black African men with beautiful white teeth and they spoke in french, so being turned away was probably more entertaining than seeing the then new C5.
    I've "been" to C42 three times but never got inside. Shut every time.

    Having been to the Conservatoire twice though more than makes up for it.

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    Dont bother. Its just another smelly european city full of tourists and shitty french attitude.

    Save the greif and drive 4 hours east to Sochoux where the real museums are.

    If you have to stay in Paris St Germain is fun, most restaurants are way overrated (unless the chef is young ) and theres some wine to be had... Really, just skip it..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cam85 View Post
    Dont bother. Its just another smelly european city full of tourists and shitty french attitude.

    Save the greif and drive 4 hours east to Sochoux where the real museums are.

    If you have to stay in Paris St Germain is fun, most restaurants are way overrated (unless the chef is young ) and theres some wine to be had... Really, just skip it..!
    Mais NON Monsieur ! The shitty french attitude may well be a thing of the past. Begin every conversation with "Bonjour" and all will be well. ....making the small attempt seems to break the ice.
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    Remember that Paris is the world's most popular tourist destination and Parisians tire of tourists being in their way. However if you are polite and respectful of the locals the gesture is mostly returned. Also remember that Paris and the rest of France are two entirely different worlds. Even most French people - Parisian or not - will agree with that one.

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    I wonder if Jeremy Clarkson gets a hard time when he goes there.

    Did Monsewer enjoy iz zupe?

    Probably too scared to put foot in the joint!

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    I found the people friendly. They even gave me a personal escort!

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    https://www.staycity.com/paris/gare-de-l-est/

    We stayed here a few days, excellent full size apartments, little difficult to find as they in a courtyard, off the main street. We walked up the main road to Montmatre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzelhund View Post
    Mais NON Monsieur ! The shitty french attitude may well be a thing of the past. Begin every conversation with "Bonjour" and all will be well. ....making the small attempt seems to break the ice.
    And don't forget La Bise!
    Btw don't ask anyone to "Kiss me" because the translation isn't Bise Moi... well google may say it is but the French will hear Baise-moi!
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    Another thumbs down here, and yes, I have been and seen all starting in the seventies, when they had a much better attitude towards foreigners and much more interesting cars on the roads (obviously).

    And if you only have one or two days, yeah, take a hike up the tower to tick it off the bucket list if you must, but there's many other places I'd rather be. I would try to see Billancourt one day.
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    This could be a fun show, OP, if you have time.

    https://booking.parisinfo.com/il4-of...-parisian.aspx

    On every Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Cost 24€. 35 min walk from Montmartre.

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