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04 Dec 2012 00:41 #738195 by antoine polus

Forgot to mention, the Centre Pompidou is really cool and decent value for money.

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04 Dec 2012 02:58 #738205 by Sam

Oh yes - as I say, we'll definitely be hitting up that Dalí exhibition!

MsD, I'll reply to your post just as soon as I can come up with a suitably awful pun in return. Finishing off work and packing at the moment...

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04 Dec 2012 10:56 #738255 by Gangster Octopus

If you're going by Eurostar, you can pick up a Paris Pass and a Travelcard at St. Pancras before you set off. The Travelcard especially saves you a lot of palava at the other end.

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04 Dec 2012 22:59 #738422 by Sam

Cheers, GO - I'll bear it in mind for when Eurostar open their Buenos Aires-Paris line. In Sao Paulo airport at the moment...

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04 Dec 2012 23:20 - 04 Dec 2012 23:22 #738425 by ursus arctos

I think that they've killed the Travelcard in any event.

You should buy carnets of ten metro/bus/RER tickets at a time. Euro 12.70 for ten, as opposed to 1.70 for a single.

Last Edit: 04 Dec 2012 23:22 by ursus arctos.
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04 Dec 2012 23:26 #738427 by Sam

Do they sell them in bundles of 300 tickets, ursus? We've got this 500 euro note we need to get rid of...

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05 Dec 2012 00:54 #738438 by MsD

You need hundreds and thousands for the Trifle Tower.

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05 Dec 2012 09:30 #738467 by Levin

To second, (third?) GO and Ursus. Do not try to buy metro tickets in stations. Not only are carnets cheaper but there are only ever two working ticket machines at any mainline station. And the ticket machines are so slow that it takes about 10 minutes to get a ticket.

We were on our way to Avignon a couple of years ago and thought we'd buy two tickets to get the metro between Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon. We had an hour and a bit to make the transfer. 50 minutes of that was spent buying two metro tickets.

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05 Dec 2012 14:11 - 05 Dec 2012 14:11 #738589 by antoine polus

The longest I've spent in a ticket queue in the Paris metro is five minutes.

At least you can still buy decently priced metro tickets in Paris in a way that makes sense for tourists. I'm looking at you, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm.

Berlin is the best. "Free" metro with no checks. You just walk from the street straight onto the train. Awesome.

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06 Dec 2012 19:24 #739006 by linus

What neighborhood are you staying in Sam? I might be able to recommend some restaurants (esp in center and west side).

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07 Dec 2012 00:22 #739079 by Sam

We're in Montmartre, linus. And I don't have a clue what 10^7 guests is complaining about above, we bought ten Metro tickets at a station yesterday from a machine without any problems (once the girl behind the counter had pointed us towards the machine that took notes, and had told me the 50 euro note I wanted to try and break into was too big for the machine to accept).

So far it's been lovely. We spent all of today (Wednesday) walking, from about 10:30am until 7pm with an hour break for lunch. The views from Sacre Couer are quite something, and we got a 3-course lunch for under €15 thanks to the tip (from ursus?) of checking the fixed menus above.

Tomorrow we're doing the Pompidou and the Louvre. Apparently queues for the Louvre aren't so bad if one enters through the Gallerie du Carrousel, so we're going to try that. And then a walk along the Seine, which we've managed not to see yet. I think having lived in BA all her life, Ale's interested in the idea that the far side of a city's major river might in fact be visible.

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07 Dec 2012 02:29 #739084 by WOM

MsD wrote:

You need hundreds and thousands for the Trifle Tower.

<slow applause>

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08 Dec 2012 02:23 #739453 by linus

I've only been in Montmartre a couple of times in the last 10-15 years, it's a bit of a blind spot along with many parts of the east side.

You have to check out the left bank, the 6eme is the nicest neighborhood in town, with lots of bookstores, rep theaters, good atmosphere. For cheaper eats, there is a good creperie with a selection of boutique ciders from brittany in one of the small roads off blvd St Germain (just past Rue de Bucci, which is a great spot with plenty of nice shops and cafes)

maps.google.ca/maps?oe=utf-8&client=fire...oBg&ved=0CJQBEPwSMAA

If you want to have a parisian steak-frites, l'Entrecote a block west of St Germain church, 20 rue st Benoit but it's pretty crowded on weekends if you don't go there early. This is a newer outlet but it looks the same as the older ones and the service is very good (as are the house reds and desserts)

maps.google.ca/maps?oe=utf-8&client=fire...DICQ&ved=0CC4Q8gEwAA

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08 Dec 2012 03:50 #739457 by MsD

linus wrote:

boutique ciders

I love the sound of them.

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08 Dec 2012 13:05 - 08 Dec 2012 13:07 #739500 by Rogin the Armchair fan

I say it on every thread*, but going to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is well worth it if you want panoramic views of Paris (inc the Eiffel Tower). Especially to work off a hearty lunch, it's about 600 steps to the top.

*about visiting Paris

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10 Dec 2012 18:45 #740247 by Sam

We did several more than 600 steps going up the Eiffel Tower today, but I doubt we'll get to the Arc De Triomphe again. When we saw it before we couldn't work out how the bloody hell to get up to it - is there a crossing somewhere on the roundabout?

Anyway, last night tonight, so we're tucking into a pain au chocolate and an eclair before heading to a jazz manouche evening. It's been a lot of fun. Mixers are incredibly fucking expensive here though, aren't they? As a non-beer-drinker I'm looking forward to getting back to Somerset tomorrow evening, where a pint of decent cider costs 'only' 3-quid-something...

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10 Dec 2012 18:53 #740248 by ursus arctos

There are tunnels underneath Etoile from which stairs ascend to reach the base of the Arc.

If I recall correctly, there are entrances from both the Champs Elysees and the Avenue de la Grande Armee.

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10 Dec 2012 19:31 #740259 by linus

I must have driven by car or motorcycle and walked by hundreds of times past the Arc, but have never actually been under it or inside. I would guess It's an activity that few Parisians ever do, as opposed to going up the Tour Eiffel, which you do every few years to take up visiting friends or relatives. But yeah, you should be able to get to it pretty easily from the tunnels across on the Champs Elysees or Grande Armee Av. The Champs Elysees experience has gone downhill ever since the early 90s when the RER (suburban commuter train network) opened up and as the number of tourists kept increasing, closing down some fo the few remaining non-chain stores. It's still a great avenue to see for a visitor, but not to hang out too long.

Sam, at least wines are relatively cheap (actually very reasonable in most restaurants), and ciders at the occasional creperie even cheaper.

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10 Dec 2012 21:01 #740296 by antoine polus

Indeed, it was easy enough to get a glass of decent house red for EUR 2.50 at many cafes. Having come from Sweden where a glass of wine flavoured diesel at a bar costs EUR 7.50, I was quite pleased.

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12 Dec 2012 01:56 #740597 by Sam

If you think wines are 'relatively cheap' in Paris, you clearly aren't talking relative to Buenos Aires... I realise that at the high end, France is still ahead of Argentina, but if we're talking about the quality stuff one can buy in a supermarket for under twenty euros... well, it's no contest. Really.

Anyway, arrived in England this evening, and I'm now enjoying my first really decent couple of pints of cider in two years thanks to my dad's trip to the off licence yesterday (the stuff on tap in my BA local is English-style and isn't bad, but it isn't truly delicious either). Thanks all for the recommendations, and we'll probably use one or two of the unused ones for our final night in Paris, in mid January prior to our flight back to BA. Next thread will be asking for Berlin/Prague/Budapest tips (with the rider that I've already been to the first and last). But that's not for a month yet.

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