"My Paris: not only operas and bicycles . . ." Top 5 Page for this destination Paris by Nemorino
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This page used to be called "Operas and cycling in Paris", but after adding my latest batches of tips I counted through and found that now only six percent of my Paris tips are about operas or opera houses. Another ten percent are about cycling. That leaves eighty-four percent that are about other things entirely.
In 2013 I added ninety-eight new tips/reviews to my Paris page. I have divided these up into five loops, by the month of posting, so if you just want to look at one loop at a time you can easily do so by clicking on the links:
• Seventeen Paris tips from October 2013, including the roof of Au Printemps, Spontini's opera La Vestale at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the French Communist Party headquarters and the Gallows of Montfaucon.
• Fifteen Paris tips from September 2013, including a guided walking tour of the Île Saint-Louis and two museum visits with a connoisseur of paintings and tapestries, VT member breughel.
• Twenty Paris tips from August 2013, including the Gobelin tapestries, street art on the Butte-aux-Cailles and some great new car-free zones on the banks of the Seine.
• Twenty Paris tips from July 2013, including the latest metamorphosis of ‘Répu’ aka Place de la République, some quaint outmoded technology at ‘Paris Story’, why the River Bièvre has disappeared and what there is to see and do at ‘Les Docks’.
• Twenty-six Paris tips from May 2013, including a stand-up comedy show in English, Oscar Wilde in French and guided walking tours of the Palais Royal district and Montparnasse.
Earlier loops of Paris tips/reviews:
• Twenty-two Paris tips from July 2012, including a cruise on the Canal Saint Martin, Arletty, Beaumarchais and the Grand Gallery of Evolution.
• Twenty-four Paris tips from June 2012, including the Rodin Museum, a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, some views from the Arch of Triumph and a boat trip on the Seine.
• Seventeen Paris tips from January 2012, including Quasimodo’s Notre-Dame, the Museum of the Middle Ages and the huge Ancient Egyptian department of the Louvre.
• Twenty Paris tips from September 2011, including the story of how I once met François Mitterrand (1916-1996) and even interpreted for him on the radio, long before he was elected President of France.
As an experiment, I have also made a thematic loop here on my Paris page, linking eight reviews that all have to do in one way or another with the topic of immigration.
When VirtualTourist announced the second set of Barney Awards, I was gratified to learn that my Paris page had received the award for the "Best City Travel Page" of 2012. Thanks, everybody!
The amazing thing about my visit to Paris in June 2006 was that in only ten days I saw eight operas at seven different venues. I don't know of any other city in the world where this would be possible.
Besides the magnificent new Opéra Bastille, where I saw two productions, I also went to opera performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra Garnier, the Opéra Comique, the Théâtre du Champs-Élysées, the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet and an open-air opera performance in the Senate Gardens, right behind Luxembourg Palace.
Table of Contents
Here is an overview of the larger tip categories on my Paris page, with clickable links:
Things to Do 1-10: Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Théâtre de la Huchette, Victor Hugo, Théâtre Musical Marsoulan, Balzac; nights at the Opéra Garnier.
Things to Do 11-20: Opera venues: Garnier, Bastille, Châtelet, Opéra Comique, Athenée.
Things to Do 21-30: Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; open-air opera; Music at Salle Pleyel, Radio France, La Villette.
Things to Do 31-40: Music in the Sainte Chapelle & Madeleine; François-Mitterrand Library, Simone de Beauvoir footbridge, Pont des Arts, Queuing at the Eiffel Tower, . . .
Things to Do 41-50: Museums: Louvre, Orsay, Beaubourg, Picasso, Carnavalet.
Things to Do 51-60: Immigration: Porte Dorée, Cité de l'immigration; Branly Museum, Arab World, Mosque, . . .
Things to Do 61-70: Paris Beaches, Paris in the cinema, Making films in Paris, Palais Royal, Comédie Française, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Memorial of the Deportation.
Things to Do 71-80: Paris from a tethered balloon, Parc André Citroën, Montparnasse Tower, Saint-Roch, Place des Vosges, Panthéon, Eiffel Tower.
Things to Do 81-90: Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur, Standing room at the Opéra Bastille.
Things to Do 91-100: Square du Vert-Galant, Notre-Dame 1482, Cluny Museum, Egypt in the Louvre.
Things to Do 101-110: Musée Charles X, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Napoléon’s tomb, Army Museum, Rodin Museum.
Things to Do 111-120: Musée Guimet, Place d’Iéna, concert at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Orangerie, Samaritaine.
Things to Do 121-130: Boat trip on the Seine, Hôtel du Nord, Canal Saint-Martin, Arletty, Saint-Louis Hospital, Science and Industry Museum, Pont Neuf, Wallace Fountains, Conciergerie.
Things to Do 131-140: Archeological Crypt, Les Arènes de Lutèce, Jardin des Plantes, The Grand Gallery of Evolution, Beaumarchais, The square of Gavroche’s elephant, Théâtre des Nouveautés, Bourdelle Museum and the Hall Napoléon at the Louvre.
Things to Do 141-150: A guided walking tour of the Palais Royal district: Galerie Vivienne, Rue de la Banque, Place des Victoires, Gobelin tapestries, Les Berges.
Things to Do 151-160: Les Berges (the banks of the Seine), Rue de Bièvre.
Things to Do 161-170: Île Saint-Louis; Orsay and Louvre museums with VT member breughel.
Off the Beaten Path 1-10: Le Bourget 1927; Rue des Rosiers 1962/65; Paris Skyline Countdown # 30; Jardin du Moulin de la Pointe; Passy, light pollution, Trinité, colorful facades.
Off the Beaten Path 11-20: Small theaters: La Comedia, Espace Marais, Theatre de l'Ile Saint-Louis; music in small churches; gay bars; Phillippe Auguste's wall: Wallace Fountains; Cité Universitaire.
Off the Beaten Path 21-30: Hemingway's Place de la Contrescarpe; Belleville; Passy; Allee des Cygnes.
Off the Beaten Path 31-40: Promenade plantée; Père Lachaise cemetery; Charenton-le-pont; Bois de Vincennes; town halls of several arrondissements, VT walking tour, Tournelle Bridge, Hôtel de Sens.
Off the Beaten Path 41-50: Galerie Véro-Dodat, Le Recrutement, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, La Rotonde de la Villette, Jussieu campus, Théâtre Montparnasse, Rue de la Gaîté, Zadkine Museum, guided walking tour of Montparnasse, Le Sélect.
Off the Beaten Path 51-57: La Coupole, ateliers in rue Huyghens, Foujita’s atelier, rue Delambre, Bains Odessa, Rue de Rennes.
Transportation 1-10: Six major railway stations; Train of Great Speed (TGV); InterCityExpress (ICE); EuroCity (EC).
Transportation 11-20: Five or six reasons not to take the Métro; Bus 38, Tramway T-3a and T-3b, Porte de Versailles, Porte de Vincennes, Porte de la Chapelle, Small Belt Line, Autolib’, Voiturier.
Transportation 21: Batobus.
When I first started making this Paris page in 2006 I was uncertain about where to put my cycling tips. Cycling is certainly a Thing to Do, but it's also a Sport and a form of Transportation. In recent years it has even become something of a Local Custom in Paris, but there are still some Warnings and Dangers that you should know about it. And it's definitely one of my favorite things, so to keep my cycling tips together I decided to put them all into the category of General Tips a.k.a. Favorites, which is where I hope you will have a look at them:
General Tips 1-10: Cycling in Paris, plus nine tips on Vélib', one of the world's largest bicycle sharing systems.
General Tips 11-20: The mayor's office, new bike lanes, more room for pedestrians, cycling in the bus lanes, signposted bicycle routes, cycling maps, guided bicycle tours, Roue Libre, helmets and bicycle safety, damage and repairs.
General Tips 21-29: Cycling in city traffic, large intersections, deliveries, bicycle parking, mounted police, cycling at night.
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