Splurge: Take advantage of the cheap euro. Book your hotel now

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It’s bargain time in Europe. A few suggestions in the 6th (Saint-Germain-des-Pres), ground zero for those who love to walk out the door of the hotel and not have to go far to see the best sights. Reserve early save $$ on the exchange rate. Don’t get shut out.

Hotel de Sevres22, rue Saint Placide 75006 Paris – Tél. 01 45 48 10 67
from $136/night

This 17th century building is composed of 30 non smoking rooms. The charm of this place will seduce you when you arrive and you will be welcomed like a family home.

Hotel Edouard VI61 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006, from $120/night

At the heart of the lively, with-it Montparnasse district, the hotel maintains a refined, cozy authenticity that will win over guests.

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Hotel Pont Royal, 5-7 rue de Montalembert, 75007 PARIS
Tel. 33 (0)1 42 84 70 00, from $215 /night

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The painter Miro was a regular guest of this hotel. As a tribute, a cocktail at the hotel bar is named after him.

Bel-Ami Hotel7 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006, from $305 /night

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The hotel’s architecture features two completely exposed external walls, giving each room a special light according to its direction and floor. All rooms have double glazing. The décor and furnishings are elegantly understated, functional and welcoming.

Hotel des Academies et des Arts15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006
from $174 /night

A romantic boutique hotel in Paris near Luxembourg Gardens, located between Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse

Hotel Pas de Calais, 59 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006, from $215 /night

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Apostrophe Hotel, 3 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006
+33 1 56 54 31 31, $150 /night

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This boutique design hotel, offers you amazing bathrooms. They are equiped either with powerful hydromassage showers or with whirlpool baths (“jacuzzi”) and chromotherapy. Bathrooms are opened onto the rooms.

The hotel is next to 4 metro stations (less than 5 minutes walking) : Vavin, Raspail, Notre Dame des Champs, Gaîté and 1 RER station : Port-Royal (direct access to both airports CDG or Orly using line B).

Note:  Prices may vary according to season on all these hotels.

Jardin de Reuilly: ‘eau gazeuse’ (sparkling water) for free

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Spring is here and locals know there’s no better place to enjoy the blossoms than strolling or jogging the Promenade Plantee. The Jardin de Reuilly (midway) lures visitors in with it’s artistically planted terraces, large circular lawn and rose garden. It was once the site of the ancient Chateau de Reuilly, a vacation house for the Merovingian kings.

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At the main entrance (l’avenue Daumesnil) lies France’s first public fountain, still operational today. Tap water from the public pipes is pumped into the fountains, where it is chilled to around 6 degrees C (43 F). The CO2 is introduced into the mix right before the water comes out of the faucet and into your bottle/cup.

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Jardin de Reuilly
46 Boulevard de Reuilly, 75012

Hanging with Renoir and friends at Musée de Montmartre

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Montmartre’s sweet spot sits demurely at 10 rue Cortot, about 500 yards from Sacre Coeur and 5 minutes away from the hilltop square jammed with painters and tourists, Place du Tertre.

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Housed in Montmartre’s oldest building, the museum founded in 1960, was once the meeting place and part-time residence of Renoir, Emile Bernard, Dufy, Utrillo and Suzanne Valadon. Your visit plots the history of the artist colony from shanty town to the Moulin Rouge. An entire room is dedicated to the French Cancan.

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For the 9 euros admission you’ll be equipped with an audio guide and entree to the galleries, romantic gardens and coveted view of the hilltop vineyard.

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The Renoir gardens surrounding the building speak for themselves. There are plenty of benches and chairs tucked away for quiet contemplation. Check the museum’s website for special events.

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Musée de Montmartre
10-12 rue Cortot, 75018 Paris

Metro: Lamarck – Caulaincourt; Bus: 80, Montmartrobus. Open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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Paris’s Most Opulent Bridge: Pont Alexandre III

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Every bridge across the Seine has fascinating history and its own certain charm but the one that gets most votes from camera toting tourists has to be Pont Alexandre III. A graceful arch, loaded with art nouveau sculptures, and anchored by four pillars disguised as works of art, the bridge was built and named for a dual purpose.

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The Universal Exhibition (1900’s World Fair) was being staged on either side of the Seine and a structure for transporting visitors between exhibits was part of the plan. That a bridge be constructed bearing the name of Czar Alexander III was a gesture to encourage the development of a Franco-Russian friendship, a sort of counterweight to the growing might of Germany. The first stone was laid by Czar Nicholas II in October 1896, who followed Alexander III to the throne in 1894.

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Day and night the bridge is captivating. Barge and vehicle traffic as well as commentary from the open air tourist ferries amp up the volume. Look both ways for a direct view of Invalides (Napoleon’s Tomb), Petit and Grand Palais and squint for the Champs Elysees. The engineers were instructed to build the Alexandre a certain height for this very reason. The French like to line their monuments up. Take for example, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Arch de Triumph and La Defense.

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Tour Number One in your No Worries Paris guides you to this bridge. You might want to linger for more than a few minutes.

Louvre: Apartments of Napoleon III – let’s party!

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Napoleon III Apartments

If you don’t have time to venture to Versailles to see how French royalty lived, take the shortcut to the Louvre’s Richelieu Wing, a place that a lot of tourists miss.

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What you’re seeing was the official residence of the Ministre d’Etat – the chief minister in the government, not the imperial family. Built between 1854 and 1861 by the architect Hector Lefuel, the set of rooms was basically built for partying and entertaining.

Following the model of the Kings of France and of his uncle, Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon III moved his official residence to the Tuileries Palace, where he had a far bigger and opulent suite of rooms on the ground floor of the south wing between he Seine and the pavilion de Horloge, facing the garden. Unfortunately they no longer exist, though all the superb furniture, fittings, and moveable works of art do.

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The Tuileries was just one of many palaces the Emporer and Empress hung out in during the calendar year. At the beginning of May, the court moved to the Chateau of Saint-Cloud, for outdoor activities in the park. In June and July, they moved with selected guests to the Palace of Fontainebleau, for walks in the forest, and boating on the lake. In July, it was thermal baths for a health cure at Plombieres and Vichy, then, after 1856, to the military camp and residence at Chalons-sur-Marne. Then there was September in Biarritz where they occupied a large villa overlooking the sea. Walks on the beach, visits to the mountains, dancing, singing, playing cards, amateur theatricals and charades entertained their guests. November brough another move to the Château de Compiègne for forest excursions, dancing and more games. Scientists and artists, such as Louis Pasteur, Gustave Flaubert, Eugene Delacroix and Verdi, were some of the VIP’s on the guest list.

Let the good times roll. Here’s a map to help you locate this gallery.

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Paris on the fringe

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and if you want to walk the hot spots as well as the city’s fringes be sure to bring along a copy of

No Worries Paris Cover

click here for where to get your copy. Available in print and as an ebook. Look for them also at your local Barnes and Noble store.

Bringing the kids to Paris? Take a sidetrip to Disney

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Disneyland Paris is located a short twenty miles east of the city. The resort covers 4,800 acres and encompasses two theme parks, several resort hotels, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, and a golf course. Disneyland Park is the original theme park of the complex which opened in 1992. Walt Disney Studios Park is the second park built in 2002 dedicated to show business, themed after movies, production, and behind-the-scenes.

All you need to know

For park hours, package deals, transportation and places to stay click here

For ticket prices and direct purchase click here

For advice and tips from Trip Advisor users click here

RER Paris to Disneyland Paris
A single one way ticket, a billet Ile-de-France, from central Paris to Disney costs 7,60€ (as of January, 2015). You can buy these tickets from any metro or RER station ticket window or from the automated ticket vending machines (using coins or smart-chip enabled credit cards) within stations. You can start your journey from any Metro / RER station within central Paris (Zone 1) using this one ticket and simply transfer to the RER A train line if you’re not already on it. You don’t need to buy a separate ticket just for the metro portion of your trip. The normal metro ticket t+ will not work for this trip since Marne la Vallée / Parc Disney is in Zone 5.

Free ‘must-see’ exhibits: Paris Magnum photographers

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FRANCE. Paris. ca. 1952. Spectators at Longchamp Racecourse.

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography 1952, FRANCE. Paris. ca. 1952. Spectators at Longchamp Racecourse

MAGNUM PARIS

For 80 years the photographers of Magnum Photos – Cartier-Bresson, Capa, Riboud, Parr, Depardon – have presented their view of the metamorphoses of Paris and its inhabitants. As a sensitive and challenging testimony, Paris City Hall presents 150 images captured by 30 agency photographers through April 21, 2015. Pictured are revolutions and minor conflicts, moments of grace and tragedy, celebrities, great men and the man on the street.

HÔTEL DE VILLE
5, RUE LOBAU
75004 PARIS

Open from Sunday to Saturday from 10am to 6.30pm, metro: Hôtel de Ville

EXPO PHOTO DE MARC RIBOUD

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Photos of China from Riboud’s first trip in 1957 to his last to Shanghai in 2010. Closes March 12, so hurry.

MAIRIE DU 13E ARRONDISSEMENT
1 PLACE D’ITALIE   75013

metro: Place d’italie

In command of the dough: Pizza Julia Paris

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pizza julia2Fresh, authentic, with an irresistable crust is the only way to describe this award-winning pizza. Don’t be turned off by the restaurant’s facade. A few steps in and you’ll be impressed as well as entertained. Take-out or eat in, your call. Consult your No Worries Paris guidebook for nearby parks where you can chow down. Be sure to bring along plenty of napkins, he doesn’t skimp on the toppings.

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Pizza Julia

43 rue de Charenton
75012 ParisBastille, 12ème
metro: Ledru-Rollin
01 77 19 68 75

Tues: 11:30 – 15:00
Wed: 11:30 – 15:00, 18:30 – 22:30
Thurs: 11:30 – 15:00, 18:30 – 22:30
Fri: 11:30 – 15:00, 18:30 – 22:30
Sat. 11:30 – 15:00, 18:30 – 22:30
Sun: 18:30 – 22:30

Clues to finding the Paris Fashion Week runway shows

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Go to: http://www.modeaparis.com/en/fashion-shows/Schedules/Ready-to-wear.  Click on the designer’s name and the place will be revealed (usually… sometimes the larger fashion houses like Dior keep them secret). Unless you’ve hired a chauffeur, it’s impossible to see them all in one day.

Here’s a rundown for the week.

Fashion Week Schedule

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