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Old 09-25-06, 06:52 AM   #1
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Going to Paris!!!!!

YEP, I get to go to Paris in May 07. Bf's mother wants to take us too Paris in May. OMG can this be true????
All we have to pay for is our tickets (flights). I haven't travel outside of the states besides Mexico so this is going to be AWESOME!!!
Anyone here been to Paris before?? I'm going to start looking at things to do and see.
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I know its going to be sooo romantic. I can't wait!!!!
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I went on my Honeymoon, it was awesome.
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Why?? what happened?
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People were jerks, especially in the bus/subway stations. Its filthy dirty, way too busy. Saw a bunch of bums with about 50 kittens tied to a string. ... Just generally didnt like it.

The area around the Champs Elysee is pretty nice though, although, its a pretty upmarket shopping area (hugo boss etc.) so they keep it nice and clean, and there are nice little parks off to the side.

That being said, i only spent about 2 days there, so in your time there im sure you'll get to discover a lot more of the city than i did.
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As soon as you get there....get out and get over to Belgium or Germany or somewhere cool. J/K
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I also went to a town south of paris called Blois. The people there were unbelievebly friendly, beautiful town as well. Next time i go back to france, im for sure going back. Its only about a 90 minute train ride from Paris too.
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I was there in Feb of 2003, right around the time people started calling french fries "freedom fries". We expected the worst and even agreed to hop on a train and head elswhere if the people were too bad, but they weren't at all... we actually made quite a few friends and no one was bothered by us being Americans
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Sorry about your experience there Free P. Both my bf and his mother have been there so they will know alittle more then me.
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I arrived in Paris on Sept. 10th, 2001, so that was enough to ruin any fun I could of had when I went there anyway. Just try not to look American. I have never seen so many extremely rude and snobby people in my life. Not every person was rude, but way too many. Also I went to La Grand Motte in the South of France, and found many more friendly people there, but I had a very hard time trying to communicate with the locals. Hardly anyone spoke english, and I only know a little french. All the resteraunts are closed during lunch and dinner.

In Paris several times, when Ide try and ask somebody something, they would wave me away, like im an insect, or being dismissed,. Trying to figure out how to get to another terminal in the airport took over an hour, of asking person after person, and being waved away, turning their nose up at me or laughed at in my face. Almost missed my flight. Never again will I go to Paris.
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I was there for a week, about 20 years ago. May should be a nice time of year to visit. If you expect Parisiennes to live up to their billing (rude, arrogant, etc.), you probably won't be disappointed and may be pleasantly suprised if you meet the nice one.

There's so much to see, and especially if you're with someone who's been there before--you'll have a great time.
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I've been to Paris a few times. Parisians are in a hurry so best to get a map, guidebook and learn some useful phrases and the typical responses, then go see Paris on your own. The subway system is super simple to figure out compared to the NYC subway and there's tons to see and do. Like any big city, there's some questionable people hanging about in the tourist areas trying to separate you from your money so be careful and be aware. Other than that, it's a lovely city that comes alive at night.

The subway shuts down at 1 am so if you're out past then, just hang out where you are til it resumes service at 5 or 6 am or walk back. Cabs are available, but if you want to see the city, you'll see more walking. Have fun!
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I've been through Paris Maine a few times. Oh, wrong Paris, sorry.
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Beats Paris, TX at least..
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arriving into paris by train the very first thing i saw was some graffiti that said "U.S. go home!". haha. that made me want to stay there and be a bigger a-hole than normal, but i was only there for a connection.
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I lived in Paris for a year. So there. The best way to describe it is: quirky. A quirky, gothic city.

So: Notre Dame. Ste Chappelle, Musee D'Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees.
You should do all the touristy shizzle, though I also recommend:

Pere Lachaise Cemetary, where Proust, Moliere, Oscar Wilde and, of course, Jim Morrison, are buried.
Les Catacombes. Sooooo gothically cool. There are skeletons. SKELETONS, man!!
The Rodin Museum. You can see "The Thinker' and all his other really neat sculptures.

If you have the time, I highly recommend doing a day trip out to Versailles. There's a train that takes you right there. Go see King Louie's digs. Shows what lots of money can do....
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I also went to a town south of paris called Blois. The people there were unbelievebly friendly, beautiful town as well. Next time i go back to france, im for sure going back. Its only about a 90 minute train ride from Paris too.
Blois was awesome. Also, the areas of Brittany and Normandy, the Northwestern coast, are unbelievable. Incredibly gracious and hospitable.
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I've been to Paris twice (both times this year). I never had any problems with anyone being rude to me and most of them spoke English or I could make myself understood with the little French I have.

Paris is beautiful.
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I lived in Paris for a year. So there. The best way to describe it is: quirky. A quirky, gothic city.

So: Notre Dame. Ste Chappelle, Musee D'Orsay, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees.
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Pere Lachaise Cemetary, where Proust, Moliere, Oscar Wilde and, of course, Jim Morrison, are buried.
Les Catacombes. Sooooo gothically cool. There are skeletons. SKELETONS, man!!
The Rodin Museum. You can see "The Thinker' and all his other really neat sculptures.

If you have the time, I highly recommend doing a day trip out to Versailles. There's a train that takes you right there. Go see King Louie's digs. Shows what lots of money can do....
Thanks for the info. Your suggestions will help tons.

For a minute there I thought EVERYONE hated Paris. Wow, I didn't realize that people felt this way about Paris.
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YEP, I get to go to Paris in May 07. Bf's mother wants to take us too Paris in May. OMG can this be true????
All we have to pay for is our tickets (flights). I haven't travel outside of the states besides Mexico so this is going to be AWESOME!!!
Anyone here been to Paris before?? I'm going to start looking at things to do and see.
If you are asked "Êtes-vous Américain ?"

Your reply should be "certinly pas, je suis canadien, MERCI !"

You'll be treated much better! By the way, beware the "Grappa" of wrath and Absinth!
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If you're a science nerd, there is a little Museum in the Marais arrondissement...I can't remember the name, but it's like the Musee des Machines or something, and you can see Foucault's Pendulum. Paris was the perfect place to be an art/architecture/history nerd, however. It was a good year....

Oh, and you CANNOT leave France without having eaten a crepe from a street stand. I nutella crepes.
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If you are asked "Êtes-vous Américain ?"

Your reply should be "certinly pas, je suis canadien, MERCI !"
They would actually ask Snowy : Etes-vouse AmericainE?
And she would say: Mais, non. Je suis canadiENNE.

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