"Paris - The Love of My Life" Paris by Maymuna

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The area around the Bastille is one of my favorite areas in Paris. During two of my Paris trips I stayed at a little apartment on the Cour Damoye, a really cute, tiny street where a bunch of artists have their studios. If you walk from Rue Daval to Rue de Lappe you will find a lot of really nice bars that didn't seem to be too packed with tourists, but rather places where actual Parisians hang out.

If you walk the opposite direction from Metro Bastille you will easily find the Place des Vosges with a wonderful little park with children playing. Here you will also find the Maison de Victor Hugo, the house where author Victor Hugo lived between 1832 and 1848. It's one of the lesser known museums in Paris and entrance is free. If you like Victor Hugo's work it's definitely a must-see.

The street leading up and back down Rue Saint-Antoine also has a few nice coffee shops and small restaurants.

The Eiffel Tower Is Overrated

First time you go to Paris, go. So you can say you've been there.. and so you know how overrated it is. The area around the Eiffel Tower is much more interesting than the Tower itself. Seriously, it's just a bunch of steel.

  • Last visit to Paris: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Turtleshell's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    The Eiffel Tower is "just a bunch of steel"? Objections Ma'am! It's an iconic landmark, and actually quite elegant on top of that.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    That?s a nice game you used to play with your dad. How often were you right? I?m glad you like Victor Hugo?s books and also his house on Place des Vosges. I also like the Bastille area and especially the new opera house.

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