From November 4 2011 to December 18 2011
From November 4 2011 to December 18 2011
Paris is without question best explored on foot and, thanks to Baron Haussmann’s mid-19th-century redesign, the City of Light is a compact wonder of wide boulevards, gracious parks, and leafy squares. When you want a lift, though, public transportation is easy and inexpensive. The métro (subway) goes just about everywhere you’re going for EUR 1.40 a ride (a carnet, or “pack” of 10 tickets is EUR 10.90); tickets are good for the vast bus network, too.
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (or neighborhoods) spiraling out from the center of the city. The numbers reveal the neighborhood’s location, and its age: the 1st arrondissement at the city’s heart being the oldest. The arrondissements in central Paris—the 1st to 8th—are the most-visited.
It’s worth picking up a copy of Paris Pratique, the essential map guide, available at bookstores, and souvenir shops.
Paris is by no means a 24/7 city so planning your days beforehand can save you aggravation. Museums are closed one day a week, usually Tuesday, and most stay open late at least one night each week, which is also the least crowded time to visit. Store hours are generally 10 AM to 7:30 PM, though smaller shops may not open until 11 AM, only to close for several hours during the afternoon. Some retailers are still barred by law from doing business on Sunday, but exceptions include the shops along the Champs-Elysées, the Carrousel du Louvre, and around the Marais, where most boutiques open at 2 PM.
Saving Time & Money
Paris is one of the world’s most visited cities—with crowds to prove it, so it pays to be prepared. Buy tickets online when you can: most cultural centers and museums offer advance ticket sales and the small service fee you’ll pay is worth the time saved waiting in line. Investigate alternate entrances at popular sites (there are three at the Louvre, for example) and check when rates are reduced, often during once-a-week late openings. Also, most major museums—including the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay—are free the first Sunday of each month.
A Paris Museum Pass can save you money if you’re planning serious sightseeing, but it might be even more valuable for the fact that it allows you to bypass the lines. It’s sold at the destinations it covers and at airports, major métro stations, and the tourism office in the Carrousel du Louvre (2-, 4- or 6-day passes are 30, 45 and 60EUR respectively; for more info visit www.parismuseumpass.com).
Stick to the omnipresent ATMs for the best exchange rates; exchanging cash at your hotel or in a store is never going to be to your advantage.
Restaurants follow French meal times, serving lunch from noon-2:30 PM and dinner from 7:30 or 8 PM on. Some cafés serve food all day long. Always reserve a table for dinner, as top restaurants book up months in advance. When it comes to the check, you must ask for it. (It’s considered rude to bring it unbidden.) In cafés you’ll get a register receipt with your order. Gratuities (service) are almost always included in the bill but it’s good form to leave some small change on the table: a few centimes for drinks, or 2EUR -3EUR at dinner.
What to Wear
When it comes to dress, the French reserve athletic-type clothing for sports. Sneakers are fine as long as they’re not “gym shoes” (think urban hip). You’ll feel comfortable wearing jeans just about anywhere as long as they’re neat, although before you head out for the evening make sure to check if they’re acceptable.
The Parisian reputation for rudeness is undeserved. In fact, Parisians are sticklers for “politesse” and exchanging formal greetings is the rule. Informal American-style manners are considered impolite. Beginning an exchange with a simple “Do you speak English?” will get you off on the right foot. Learning a few key French words will take you far. Offer a hearty bonjour (bohn-zhoor) when walking into a shop or café and an au revoir (o ruh-vwahr) when leaving, even if nobody seems to be listening (a chorus may reply). When speaking to a woman over age 16, use madame (ma-dam), literally “my lady.” For a young woman or girl, use mademoiselle (mad-mwa-zel). A man of any age goes by monsieur (muh-syuh). Always say please, s’il vous plaît (seel-voo-play), and thank you, merci (mair-see).
You can read the article following the next link: http://www.doitinparis.com/visit-paris/hotel/montmartre-unnusual-hotel-pulitzer-1703
The characteristic design of the hotels of El Grupo Regina Hoteles, and particularly the one of the Hotel Pulitzer Paris attracted the TV France 2 Channel who’s going to record the program “C’est au Programme “ the next 18 of September. The program will be transmitted the next 24 of September.
Find more information in this link: http://cestauprogramme.france2.fr/
El característico diseño de los hoteles del Grupo Regina Hoteles y en particular del Hotel Pulitzer Paris atrajo a TV France 2 quien rodará su exitoso programa “C’est au Programme” en las instalaciones del hotel. La transmisión del programa se hará el 24 de septiembre. Próximamente añadiremos algunos clips del programa!
Puedes encontrar información detallada en: http://cestauprogramme.france2.fr/
The Grupo Regina Hoteles want to keep people inform about the best options of places to visit in the cities where have his hotels (Barcelona, Paris, Roma and soon Buenos Aires) That why we have this Top 10 museums in Paris.
1. Musee du Louvre
Musee du Louvre, Paris, Ile-de-France
You really could spend all day in here. Maybe even 2 days. A fascinating collection of artifacts, even the building itself is amazing. I’ve always felt rushed to get through, so if you really want to enjoy it, get there early and plan your day around it.
2. Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay, Paris, Ile-de-France
Like the Louvre, interesting collectiong housed within an interesting building. A must if you enjoy art.
3. Musee du Vin
Musee du Vin (Wine Museum), Paris, Ile-de-France
Museum of wine. Pretty sure I don’t have to say anymore.
4. Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe, Paris, Ile-de-France
Not a museum, but worth going to see. Be ready to climb up all the stairs. Small history exhibits near the top provide a small resting place.
5. Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou, Paris, Ile-de-France
Just going to see the building alone is worth it. This collections inside are pretty good as well.
6. City Museum of Modern Art
City Museum of Modern Art (Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Paris, Ile-de-France
Interesting collection. Most art fans enjoy it.
7. Musee de l’Histoire de France
Musee de l’Histoire de France, Paris, Ile-de-France
I’ve never been, but I’ve heard its pretty good. And yes, there is more to the history of France than retreating.
8. Hotel des Invalides
Les Invalides, Paris, Ile-de-France
Better for history buffs than anyone else, but still interesting nonetheless.
9. Musee du Luxembourg
Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, Ile-de-France
Another must for art fans. Interesting collection, no rush to get through the museum.
10. Musee Picasso
Musee Picasso, Paris, Ile-de-France
If you like Picasso, or think you might, go; you’ll love it. If you’re not a Picasso fan, don’t waste your time.
The Grupo Regina Hoteles want to recommend 10 different things to do in Paris!
1.The Eiffel Tower – No list concerning Paris would be complete without a mention of The Eiffel Tower, and this holds true for a list of cultural activities, as well. Not only can you take a tour of the historic monument, but there are numerous other events held here as well.
2.Notre Dame de Paris – Perhaps one of the most notable Gothic style cathedrals of all time, Notre Dame de Paris is one of the city’s most notable attractions; and it is well-known for its annual Lent sermons, a tradition that has continued since the 1840s.
3.Tour de France – Although the starting point of the 3,500 kilometre race varies each year, and the race actually goes through several countries that border France, the ending point of the final stage is always in Paris; making this race one of the most popular activities in Parisian culture to date.
4.Palais Garnier – Parisians have always loved their opera and theatre, and they still do. And with the Palais Garnier, also known as the Opera de Paris, theatre patrons can enjoy classic ballets and opera performances in a historic, 2,200 seat venue that dates all the way back to 1875.
5.Stade de France – Every culture enjoys sporting events and activities, and Paris is no exception. The 80,000 seat venue was originally built in anticipation for the 1998 FIFA World Cup; and when France defeated Brazil to win the cup, France’s national stadium was instantly thrust into the spotlight as one of Paris’ most beloved attractions.
6.Opera Bastille – Originally designed to replace the Palais Garnier, which never came to fruition, the Opera Bastille has found its niche hosting shows and events with a more “modern” feel. And with 2,723 there is plenty of room for those who want to enjoy the cultural activities that are held here.
7.The Louvre – The national museum of France, The Louvre is a significant landmark as it holds some of France’s most prolific pieces of history, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue. Because of this, touring The Louvre is one of the most popular cultural activities that the city of France has to offer.
8.Rock en Seine – Parisians like their live rock music, too – proof of this can be seen in the success of Rock en Seine, one of the many annual music festivals held in Paris, France. Since 2003 the multi-day festival has hosted many bands and concert-goers alike, quickly becoming one of the most popular cultural activities in the city.
9.Disneyland Resort Paris – Disneyland wasn’t always a cultural attraction in Paris, but it certainly is now. In the Eastern suburbs of France, Disneyland Resort Paris has been operating since 1992 and it has remained one of Europe’s top tourist attractions ever since.
10.Le Zenith – Another testament for their love of live music, Le Zenith is a shared name given to 15 venues located around France, the original of which was founded in Paris in 1983. Ever since then it has remained one of the most enjoyed cultural activities in Paris.
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