The Paris experience: checking out the details

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Though you don’t spot many tourists with them, binoculars can be a good thing. Don’t always rely on your telephoto. Ever thought of ditching your camera, not recording what you see mechanically and absorbing the entire scene with your heart, soul, mind? Some curiosities you might spot on the way. Wishing you many happy souvenirs, experiences and memories.

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Paris Events: Looking ahead to May

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Printemps des Rues – Street Art Festival

May 16 and 17, 2015

This annual festival celebrates the art of street performance alongside the Canal Saint Martin and throughout the 10th arrondissement – Hospital St. Louis, Square St. Lazare, Francoise Sagan Library. The wonderful performances and festive atmosphere make this a fantastic way to spend the day. If you’re in Paris this weekend be sure to pass through! More details here: http://www.leprintempsdesrues.com/le-programme/article/samedi-16-mai

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EUROPEAN NIGHT OF MUSEUMS

SATURDAY, MAY 16TH, 2015 / FREE ADMISSION

Cinema, theater, visual arts, literature, art demonstrations come together in this event sponsored by the City of Paris. Museums of science and technology, anthropology, civil and military history, and rural and industrial heritage will be opening their doors. It all happens at night, and it’s free.

At the Carnavalet Museum you can roam the gardens and take advantage of a concert  performed by pupils of the Academy of the Center of Paris. You will even meet emperor Napoleon and his court.  At Musée Cognacq-Jay texts of Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot will be read and put to music.

At the Museum of General Leclerc de Hauteclocque – Jean Moulin museum discover the art of line-engraving, the art of the postage stamp. Elsa Catelin and Pierre Bara will conduct short demonstrations at no charge.

At the Petit-Palais, museum of the fine arts, exhibits will include “The Slums of the Baroque” and “Carmen and Mélisande”. Actors will make paintings come alive with comedic touches.

At Museum of Modern Art there will be an open-air film show featuring “The Beautiful of Day of Luis Buñuel”, and “The Passion According to Carol Rama”. At the House of Balzac, the comedienne Jeanne Balibar will bewitch you with her velvet voice.  For details  http://nuitdesmusees.culturecommunication.gouv.fr

A reminder: May is a great month to stroll Paris with your No Worries Paris guide (of course). Planning ahead is always a good idea.

Signs of spring along the Seine

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A walk along the Seine this time of year can be somber, brisk, wet, foggy, bright…..take your pick….whatever you’re delivered on the days you are there……you won’t be disappointed.  Spending day one along this route is always a good idea.  There are plenty of benches in Square du Vert Galant, Place Dauphine or the cobblestones at rivers edge will always do too. With No Worries Paris in your pocket you’re guaranteed never getting lost and finding the best route.

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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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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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Breakfast for four and WiFi on weekends until 4pm across Europe, Middle East & Africa, rates as low as $168 with Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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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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.

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