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July 6, 2010

How To Pass A Day In Paris.

Getting To Paris:

Most international airlines use Paris’s major hub
airport, Paris Charles De Gaulle (code- CDG), which is 26km
North East of the centre. Quick, free shuttle bus to the
airport train station with easy rail connections to
central Paris (about 40 minutes).

There are also regular airport express buses (45 minutes)
to various destinations. Reasonable (if not exactly
wonderfully low) prices.

Getting Around In Paris:

The most charming of Paris’ public transport options, the
underground Métropolitain (and its sister system, the RER),
is a simply massive network. No matter where you are,
chances are there’s a metro station within a few blocks.

Likewise, the public bus system covers everywhere, but its
hours are laughable and don’t even try to hop aboard on
Sunday or a holiday. The Noctambus network takes over in
the heavily trafficked areas once both the underground and
the day buses go to sleep.

Métro stations are marked with an “M” or with fancy
“Métropolitain” lettering designed by Art Nouveau legend
Hector Guimard.

The first trains start running around 5:30am, and the last
ones leave the end-of-the-line stations (the “portes de
Paris”) for the center of the city at about 12:15am.

Hold onto your ticket until you pass the point marked
Limite de Validité des Billets on the way to the exit. Do
not count on being able to buy a métro ticket late at
night; some ticket windows close as early as 10pm.

Stay away from the most dangerous stations at night
(Barbès-Rochechouart, Pigalle, Anvers,
Châtelet-Les-Halles, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est). If
concerned, take a taxi.

Where To Stay:

Hotel Manufacture -8 RUE PHILIPPE DE CHAMPAGNE – 75013
Paris

Located in the Gobelins district in the South of Paris
just minutes from the Pantheon, this is the perfect hotel
for business people and visitors seeking charm and
quality.

This elegant establishment, decorated with taste and
style, is a pleasant blend of the past and modern times

Where to eat:

Brasserie Lipp

151 blvd Saint Germain, 6e, metro Saint Germain des Prés.
Politicians rub shoulders with intellectuals and editors
while waiters in dinner jackets serve pricey à la carte
dishes at this old-time, wood-panelled café- brasserie.

What To See:

Don’t forget to buy the Michelin Map no. 10 (PARIS
1:10,000) – an excellent map showing every street and
alleyway.

Eiffel Tower. This towering edifice was built for the
World Fair of 1889, held to commemorate the centenary of
the French Revolution.

Notre Dame. Built between 1163 and 1345 on the Ile de la
Cité, the original Roman core of Paris. One of a string of
famous Gothic cathedrals in northern France, built in the
twelfth and thirteenth centuries

Louvre Museum. A museum since 1793, the Louvre started as
a royal palace. It has recently (1982-97) been completely
- and radically – renovated, vastly improving it. Worth
visiting even if you do not have time to

Arch De Triomphe. Built in the early nineteenth century to
celebrate the victories of Napoleon’s ‘Grande Armée’.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with eternal flame,
underneath.

Where To Shop:

Christian Dior: 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008

Loius Vuitton. 54 Avenue Montaigne, 75008

Emporio Armani.149 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006

Valentino. 17-19 Avenue Montaigne, 75008

Gucci. 2 Rue du Fbg St. Honore, 75008

Entertainment:

Batofar

What looks like a mild-mannered tugboat moored near the
imposing Bibliothèque Nationale de France is a rollicking
dancing spot that attracts some top international DJ
talent. It’s open 6pm to 2am Tuesday to Sunday

Rex Club

This huge club is indisputably the hottest
place in town for techno and attracts Paris’ top DJ
talent. It’s open 11pm till dawn Wednesday to Sunday.

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