Definitely a cruise on the Seine. Plenty of what they call “bateaux mouches” start from the city heart., You can even have dinner on some of them, where they serve pretty descent meal while you observe the famous buildings and scenery available throughout the city.
There’s a restaurant that’s pitch black inside, you can’t see a thing. It simulates how it would feel if you were blind. Good food, good athmosphere, good experience… It’s called “dans le noir” (in black).
The Rodin Museum – I highly recommend it – beyond the fact that the sculptures are incredible moving and beautiful – the house and gardens are beautifully landscaped and make a great afternoon away from the dirt and grime of Paris.
I was just in Paris a month ago, and WISH my girlfriend could have come. I would recommend the following:
– Take a night bike tour of Paris. I would do this early in the trip because it gives you a quick introduction to all the fun and cute neighborhoods in the city. I went on fat tire’s bike tour and it was so much fun. Included with the bike trip is a night cruise on the Seine (http://www.fattirebiketoursparis.com/)
– Go to Montmartre at night. You’ll have to walk up a bunch of stairs, but you get a beautiful view of the city at night. Walk past the Sacre coeur, and find a small outdoor bar and have a glass of wine with the lady. One place that has outdoor seating I liked was Cafe de la butte at 71, Rue Caulaincourt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/80095953@N00/178330479)
Hey I was in Paris just 2 months ago. There’s a really interesting castle on the beach called Mont Saint Michel, about 3-4 hours southwest of Paris. There are daytrips there, and it’s very worth the time. If you have a spare day, check that out.
Get the “Paris Pass,” which gives access to most of Paris’ attractions… Versailles has huge lines, so be sure to get there early — even if you have the Paris Pass that lets you get to the front of lines. And I agree that Musee d’Orsay is a good one to visit. Louvre too. There is a cafe called “Angelina,” that serves world-famous hot chocolate. It tastes like they melted a chocolate bar into a cup.
Assuming it’s not too hot, walk everywhere. …. ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but many of the tourist hot spots in Paris are within walking distance of one another. Sacre Coeur to the Louvre is easily accomplished (a very slow amble will do it in under two hours, I guess). La Sainte Chapelle on the Isle de la Cite, Notre Dame …. Palais de Maillot, La Tour Eiffel, Les Invalides, ….. aaaaaaaaargh, I want to go back. I am so full of envy – have a really lovely time.
Walk along the Champs Elysees – it used to be possible to buy Gauffres – waffles, which were fantastic. I think it’s more likely that the vendors are selling crepes now.
hi, i would definately advise you to take her to a fabulously decadent patisserie by the tuilleries..the cakes are works of art and there is generally a queue to go in but its amazing…we went there in the spring…angelinas tearoom …226 rue du rivoli….seriously…try it…
have a lovely time….
also….i would say try a trip out to monets garden at giverney…truly beautiful and not too far to go by train….
Go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe – much more impressive view of the layout of Paris than the view from the Tour Eiffel. Other great activity is the Marche aux Puces which is located in north Paris at the Porte de St Ouen (I think) – it is huge and takes at least a full day to take it all in. Galeries Lafayette is a must for shopping, as it Au Printemps – actually anywhere on Boulevard Houssman. Have a blast, it is a beautiful city – shame you are going in August though, as that is when all the Parisiens leave the city for the beach!
I am a transplanted Vancouverite, running a tour company in Paris, visit http://www.NuitBlancheTours.com. I have written an ebook titled Practical Paris, Everything You Need to Know About Paris but Didn’t Know to Ask for http://www.InsiderParisGuides.com. I would be happy to send you an eval. copy, and wish I would be there to show you and your girlfriend around, however, I am in Canada for the summer.
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Hi Marcus, go to the Buddha bar, use to be for jetsetter but now has change and is a spot for foreigner living in paris, go to the bar and mingle with people , you will know what and where to go in Paris