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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celaeno wrote:

I would love to see the catacombs, but my boyfriend is 6'4", and the things we're reading say it would probably be uncomfortable for him. Thoughts?

tell him to suck it up Very Happy

can ya fit a wheelchair in there? then he won't have to crouch.
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tall guys will bend to satisfy a girl
you wouldn't believe some of the positions I've gotten into
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was disappointed by the Louvre, but the picasso museum in the 3rd was super neat.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll admit that the mona lisa wasn't anything special. It looks exactly how you imagine it to look since you've seen it so many times.

However being surrounded by monet's waterlilies was a little overwhelming for me (in a good way). I think it is one of the happy places in my head that I go to for solace. That room was incredibly peaceful and beautiful. From that moment onward the waterlilies series have become my favorite pieces of art. I thought they were nifty/pretty from pictures, but they are incredible in person.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressionists are now in Orsay Museum.

Louvre still have an impressive collection, if you're overhyped about Mona Lisa or the Venus of Milo; I can understand the disappointment. Still a lot of thing to see otherwise.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Falkonn, i think the impact of the mona lisa suffers greatly because of the thick plate of glass in front and the crowds of visitors surrounding it trying to get a look. it's a surprisingly petite painting.

StE, are the oval rooms on the lower level of l'orangerie with the non-stop monet water lily canvases no longer there? i was there right before they did an extensive renovation of l'orangerie. those rooms were a high point of paris to me, so i really hope they didn't do away with those remarkable displays.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nympheas are still there. They weren't re-opened when we came back, work was still underway. They finished last fall I recall.
hmmm... might go and get a peek.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catacombs is well worth seeing. I'm 6' and it was fine, he's not that much taller.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
Nympheas are still there.

here's a virtual view of the rooms.

absolutely breathtaking in person.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam the Eagle wrote:
Welcome to my city!.
the Louvre is a really huge place, it just can't be done in a day, so plan ahead.

Some stroll in gardens like Luxembourg or Jardin des plantes (nice museum inside if you like old bones).

Monmartres too comes to mind. Also you can take a short boat trip over the Seine. Morning markets too are fun to watch.


Practically, try to get a all-around pass according to your stay. Bus/subway+ train's coverage is extensive in Paris. Do not try to look too much like a tourist, them pickpockets you know...


As a two-time visitor to your city, I agree with all of the above and I bold Monmartre and even add Sacre Coer -- especially if you've seen and loved Amelie.

Pre-post edit: I'm glad to see that those were already in place. Seriously, Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des plantes are well worth your time. And Sam is silly -- you have to see Versailles. It's better than the Eiffel Tower.

OH! But do eat bread and brie by the Seine. And buy a baguette every day.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mizike wrote:


As a two-time visitor to your city, I agree with all of the above and I bold Monmartre and even add Sacre Coer -- especially if you've seen and loved Amelie.

Pre-post edit: I'm glad to see that those were already in place. Seriously, Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des plantes are well worth your time. And Sam is silly -- you have to see Versailles. It's better than the Eiffel Tower.

OH! But do eat bread and brie by the Seine. And buy a baguette every day.


Next month should be a good time for brie; I'd start with more easy kind of cheese, like a Comté, then work your way up to the smelly ones if you dare.

Forgot to mention a place: cimetière du père lachaise, Jim Morrison, Communards' Wall (that one is for HimWink ), nice stroll.

While on stroll and gardens and cemeteries , I should mention, Buttes Chaumont link in french here, cimetière du Montparnasse, parc de Montsouris as place to stroll cool off a bit.

As strolling goes, I should mention that some districts, thinking 2nd, 4th 5th and 6th organize half-day walks. If you're nito that thing and have time, let me know, I'll dig.


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And I'm not silly, it's just that sanity and I are not on speaking terms.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mizike wrote:
And Sam is silly -- you have to see Versailles. It's better than the Eiffel Tower.

i agree with StE - versailles was meh.

now, giverny - that's worth the trip and then some!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long time lurker, but as somebody who lives in Nanterre (15 min from Paris) I agree with most things on this thread.
The exceptions being:
You have to check out the Louvre, it's incredible. Like Sam said though, plan out your tour.
Versailles is great when everything's in bloom, but it doesn't have to be on your must see list. Check it if you have time.

One more thing: If you can, check out the Parc de Sceaux by Antony, another great stroll. Again, not a must see but pretty all the same

Et Sam, vous avez habité à paris pour combien de temps? J'ai pas d'idée il y a des festers à l'île de france
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're living on and off in Paris, most of my work life is abroad. Still it's the place I did most of my study from university times hence why I call it my city.

Disons que je connais la ville depuis les années 80.
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