Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Eurostar

You can travel from Paris to London in less than three hours with the Eurostar, a wonderful opportunity for spending a couple of days in London with shopping and musicals. Or if you're already in London, then come and experience the City of Lights. London and Paris are practically neighbours now.

The price for adults starts at 77€ for a round-trip, and if you're lucky to be under 26 years old, you can get the tickets even cheaper, from 60€. Eurostar offers packages with train, hotel and car included. There are often campaigns and discounts for the travellers, so if you want to go, you better keep an eye on the site and see what's available for you. More information can be found at: http://www.eurostar.com/

The ride is fast and it's much easier than taking the plane. Check-in at Gare du Nord in Paris is about half an hour, which includes passport control. So don't forget your passport. You'll arrive in the middle of London, ready to explore the city. The train is fast, especially compared to the old IC3 trains in Denmark. It's a comfortable and relaxing journey.

The train departs from Gare du Nord in Paris proper, which is easily accessible with metro and RER. Gare du Nord is a hub and several TGV lines depart from here. In London the train now arrives at St. Pancras International which is next to Kings Cross and located in the northern part of central London.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Restaurant streets

There's always a lot of restaurants and bars you can visit, if you find yourself hungry while exploring Paris. Just south of Notre Dame, on the other side of the river, is Place Saint-Michel, which is a popular meeting point in Paris' Latin Quarter. From here you can't avoid noticing the narrow streets filled with restaurants of all kinds.

Saint-Michel is known for its many restaurants and they're located side by side in the streets. There are many Greek restaurants, but you can also find typical French, Italian, Asian, Moroccan and much more. Due to the strong competition between the restaurants you can easily find yourself a cheap lunch or dinner. The menus typically starts at 15€.

When you walk down the streets you'll be met by waiters standing in the doors trying to get you to come inside. They call the offers of the day to you in English, breaks plates on the doorsteps and do what it takes to get your attention. The women will experience a lot of flirting. It can be a rather entertaining experience and certainly specail. The restaurants are generally cozy and nice, and the value of the food is reasonable for the price.

One remarkable thing to notice is that it is one of Paris' oldest neighbourhoods, which is easily seen on the buildings and the interior. If you're lucky enough to visit the private apartments and courtyards, you'll be met by narrow winding stairs, thick loft beams, old dark wood and uneven leaning walls. It's like stepping back in time. Saint Michel has charm and history, though if you come to experience that, then arrive in the morning before the restaurants open. Around lunch and evening the place is packed with people.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Fall in Paris

Eiffel_tower There's always a lot to do and see when you visit Paris. The sights and restaurants are open all year round. In the list below is a small selection of activities and exhibitions during fall.

2CV Expo Show - The 2CV turned 60 this yer and that must of course be celebrated. Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie has a special exhibition about the car which lasts until November 30th 2008
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
30, avenue Corentin Cariou - 75019 Paris
Métro line 7, station Porte de la Villette.
http://www.cite-sciences.fr/

For those into cars, there's the Mondial de l'Automobile from 4th to 19th of Oktober, with more than 500 brands from 30 different countries. A chance to see the childhood dream's cars.
http://www.mondial-automobile.com/
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1, place de la Porte de Versailles - 75015 Paris
Métro line 12, station Porte de Versailles

Fnac in Forum des Halles has continuously exhibitions. During the fall there's a display of photography covering the last 100 years, as well as an exhibition with the photograph Nicolas Fussler.
Fnac Forum des Halles
Niveau-3, rue Pierre-Lescot - 75001 Paris
RER A, B and D, as well as metro lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14, station Chatelet - les Halles

Festival d'Automne à Paris is a festival with theatre, dance, music, films and exhibitions with new artists and ideas. This is where you'll find the newest French trends within experimental art.
http://www.festival-automne.com/en/programme-liste.php?festival=4
Takes place all over Paris during the entire fall.

The medieval museum has a special show where Celtic and Scandinavial artistic expressions from the 12th and 13th century meet.
Musee du Moyen Age - Thermes et Hotel de Cluny
6, place Paul Painlevé - 75005 Paris
Métro line 10, station Cluny - La Sorbonne and RER B and C station Saint Michel - Notre Dame

Musee d'Orsay has several exhibitions during the fall. Picasso, pastel works, Manet, impressionism, unrealistic dreams for Paris and much more.
http://www.musee-orsay.fr
Musée d'Orsay
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur - 75007 Paris
RER C station Musée d'Orsay, metro line 12 station Solférino

If you like opera you'll have the chance to see De Verdi's Rigoletto at the natioal opera, Opera Bastille. The tickets begin at 5 Euro.
Opera Bastille
2bis, place de la Bastille - 75012 Paris
Métro lines 1, 5 and 8, station Bastille.

Fête foraine au Bois de Boulogne is an annual festival which lasts from the 30th of Aughust until the 10th of October for children and parents. There are activites from noon til midnight.
http://www.lafeteaubois.com/
Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, Pelouse de la Muette
Métro line 9, station Rue de la Pompe - RER C, station Avenue Henri Martin

As a last thing on this list is the Eiffel tower which has been decorated in blue lights and stars to show France's leadershop of the EU.

Things are happening all the time in Paris and there's something for any taste. You can find more exhibitions and activities at: http://www.parisinfo.com, where a calender can aid the search. It's recommended to do the search in French since it'll yield more results.

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