Old Aug 9, 05, 2:20 pm
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rangerss75
 
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Here's my suggestion (cut and pasted from another thread). And Falco Peregrinus's suggestion of the area around Notre-Dame/St Michel/Luxembourg is a good one too.

Use the RER (you can walk to the station easily from your arrival terminal) to get into Paris to the Gare du Nord or wherever you want to go, as FP suggests.

If you don't know Paris at all, and are tired, then do a river trip, and see all the sites sitting down. Catch the 42 bus from the Gare du Nord (the bus station is above the platforms at which you arrive on the train from the airport) and get off at the Place de l'Alma. (You could also change from the RER to the Métro at Gare-du-Nord and go to Alma but from the bus you see more. It starts at the Gare du Nord and you will get a seat). It's 1€40 and there is a map of the route and stops in the bus. You'll pass the Opéra, the Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées on the way. From the bus stop go down the slope to the river and take a Bateau Mouche (avoid the boats with lunch - go to a restaurant instead) and sit upstairs. You'll see everything in about an hour - Tuileries, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Notre-Dame, Iles de la Cité and St Louis, then at the end of the trip Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower - and come back to where you started. The same bus goes back to the Gare du Nord or you can just walk around until you drop (up the ave George V from the boat to the Champs Elysées for example) and catch the Métro back there.

If your trip is soon, note that August 15th is a public holiday.

If you've done the sights, why not simply explore a district of Paris you don't know well? The Canal St Martin area, ten minutes walk from the Gare du Nord, is free of tourists, and is pretty. You can walk along its banks right out to the Science Museum (closed on Mondays) and just off the canal is the beautiful courtyard of the Hôpital St Louis by the same architect as the better known Place des Vosges (closed weekends). There are plenty of reasonable restaurants once you get away from the canal banks. Up the hill, the parc Buttes Chaumont is pretty and unspoilt. Pick up a city map from the tourist office at the Gare du Nord.

The RER train ticket you buy to come into Paris from the airport includes travel to any Métro station (and to any RER station in Zone 1 only). There is no need to buy another ticket at the Gare du Nord, or Châtelet-Les Halles, or wherever you get off the RER. Simply put the ticket through the gate entrance, and pick it up again, as you change to a Métro line. In the same way, when you go back to the airport, your return airport line ticket is valid from any Métro station all the way back to CDG. You get off at Roissy Aéroport CDG 2.

Last edited by rangerss75; Aug 10, 05 at 3:21 am Reason: Accent circonflex in the wrong place on Châtelet - disgraceful!
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