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Paris, France

Paris is a classic destination.  There is a lot to do so don't expect it to leisurely vacation.  It can take a week to see it all.  Your feet will be sore from all of the walking so comfortable shoes is a must.  Don't expect it to be an inexpensive trip either.  A can of coca cola can cost as much as a mixed drink in a US bar.

Look for a hotel that is near the Ave des Champs-Elysees.  On the other side of the Arc de Triomphe is called road is called Ave de la Grande Armee.  The hotel we stayed at was the Hotel Condorde La Fayette.  The room came with a buffet breakfast and a great view.  Just as important, there is a subway stop across the street.

Hotel view if Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel tower

Most of the iconic tourist stops are within walking distance of each other if you are a hardcore walker.  The subway will save you a lot of time and is the least expensive, convenient transportation. The Arc de Triompe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, D'Orsay, Chateau De Vincennes and much more are along the same subway line.  All you need is to add a hotel to the list.

Arc de Triomphe

 The Eiffle Tower

There are countless museums.  We didn't like the Museum of Modern Art other than the view from it's roof.  We like sophisticated abstract art but what we found the Modern Art Museum had was mainly angry feminist and political art.  Much of it was lacking in technical skill.  We gravitate to art that takes skills and meticulous effort beyond that of the average person. The Great Masters come first to mind.  The two museums that we liked best were the Louvre and the D'Orsay.  The Louvre alone is a full day.

A brief look at the Louvre

The D'Orsay at a glance

Churches and Cathedrals are everywhere.  We visited so many that I lost track of most.  Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur were our two favorites.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Sacre Coeur

Chateau Vincennes is at the end of the subway line that all of the above stops are along.  By taking a transfer you can go a short distance outside of Paris to the Palace of Versailles.

Chateau Vincennes

Palace of Versailles

If you are interested in the adult night life, the most famous Cabaret is the Moulin Rouge.  The Crazy Horse and the Lido are walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe.  Where the Lido is like the Moulin Rouge, the Crazy Horse's show is very modern and and arty.  Not required, it is common for the patrons to wear formal attire.

The Cabaret shows should be booked in advance.  They are expensive.  You can cut the cost by skipping the dinner and only paying for the show.  The shows are about an hour long.  At the Crazy Horse, you can cut the cost even further by skipping the seat and paying to stand at the bar.  It is a very small theater, so at the worst you are still not far from the stage.

Walking down the streets of Paris

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