The Minettes spent Columbus Day
weekend, 2005 in Paris. Here are some handy hints and a nice place to
The lines at the museums, especially the Louvre can be
horrendous--and there can be up to three or four of them to wait in before
you are actually looking at art works.
Here's a trick that takes care of transportation and
museums. The only way to get around Paris is by Metro; it's one of
the best systems in the world and easy to use. And most Metro stations
sell both multi-day Metro passes AND multi-day museum passes.
Therefore, buy your one, two, or three day museum pass
(good at all major Paris museums) when you buy your Metro pass. The museum
pass allows you to go to the head of any line.
Both Metro and museum passes are available on-line and
delivered to your hotel. Click below.
When you go to the Louvre, don't get out at the Louvre
stop and go up and enter through the Pyramid. Rather get out at the Palais
Royal-Musee de Louvre stop and enter directly from the underground
Metro stop. There's seldom a line there to go through the security
check--and you walk right through.
Here's the website of a nice hotel we found. It's quite
central and reasonably priced--EU 102 for a double with a EU 25 supplement
for Zak. It's in the theater district, close to shopping, and with nice
restaurants. Click on its name below.
And a nice restaurant in the area. Their specialty
is fish, but they serve other traditional French food as well. Highly
62, Rue Faubourg Montmartre
75009 , PARIS 09 ème
Phone: 01 42 80 39 92
Fax Nr.: 01 42 80 53 38
Saturday noon - Sunday
Price range: ± 30 Euro
Here's a nice website that will give you
links to lots of useful info on Paris.