Hop on hop off bus tours are the best, most convenient way to explore any town or city that you are visiting for the first time. Hop on hop off bus tours are especially set up with first time tourists in mind. The passes are flexible and can be used as much as required within the validity of the pass. What’s more, it means you can plan what you want to see, when you want to see it, and spend as much time as you please at the attractions, without the restrictions of following around a tour guide who tells you how long you can stay there. Hop on hop off buses drive at regular intervals on well devised routes, stopping outside some of the major attractions of that city. They are certainly the easiest way of making sure that all the noteworthy attractions are seen and experienced, in the most cost effective way.
Paris, with its extensive sightseeing attractions and masses of monuments, is a city in which it makes sense to invest in a hop on hop off Paris bus pass. The hop on hop off Paris bus pass has over 50 different stops on four, interlinked routes, making finding your way around easy and convenient.
See the Notre Dame, the beautiful cathedral which was originally erected in 1160 by Bishop Maurice de Sully. The Notre Dame is steeped in history, and also the setting for Victor Hugo’s famous novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Hop on hop off Paris buses also stop at the Arc de Triumph, the historical military monument commissioned by Napoleon, the Louvre Museum, the Moulin Rouge, the Champs Elysees, to name a few.
Hop on hop off Paris also includes personal headphones with commentary available in 8 languages and an optional Seine River cruise. You really can’t go wrong with hop on hop off Paris bus tours.
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I don’t want to be rude about Paris or anything but it is hard to get excited about the Paris tourist attractions that you see on postcards, on film, in your friends’ photographs all the time. This attitude normally lasts until you get there as the romance and humbling nature of the great sights still has the ability to captivate despite being so well-known throughout the world. So, get to know the city all over again in a new light and find there is much more to see in so many more ways than most guide books will tell you.
The best way to see Paris in another dimension, as with any other city in any continent on the planet is to take a tour. The real life equivalent of taking a more informative Wikipedia with you on holiday can open your eyes to the huge amounts of history, bizarre facts and exciting happenings that surround the buildings and streets you thought you knew so well. The more obscure ways to see Paris can also be the most enlightening; the new and futuristic (and not at all dangerous) Segways, floating along the Seine or even by horse and carriage will open the city up to a whole new world of interpretation. T here are a multitude of different personas this city can take on if you look at from a different angle.
It is not just how you choose to travel around the city but also what you do when you get there. Have you ever considered immersing yourself in a kitchen in France rather than just enjoying the food? Learn to cook with the experts, sip wine with those in the know and stimulate the nasal passage with a perfume making experience in the capital splashed on a thousand perfume adverts. New smells and sights reawaken the sense at night when Paris and its tourist attractions are reborn under a different guise and more alluring light. The illuminations at the Eiffel Tower can be seen for miles around but can be the highlight of a nighttime bike tour around the city and are best enjoyed from the Trocadero in front of the monument.
However well you thought you knew the city that never fails to surprise, elate and provide some of the most fantastic sights with the richest history in all of Europe, be prepared to fall in love again, as with an old flame rekindled. There is a reason why people visit this city again and again and always leave asking each other: Encore une fois?
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to enter the veiled world of the Paris cabaret where it all began? Well now you can!
As many agree the Lido Show Paris is one of the greatest spectacles available in the city of lights and crazy nights out, so join the revelry and give in to the delights Paris has to offer. Perfect for one of those special nights out (anniversaries, birthdays, Saturdays…) dinner and a show at the Lido Show Paris has everything you would expect from a club with a reputation matched only by the infamous clubs of Las Vegas which were born from the tradition of Paris cabaret.
To those who have already taken part in a night at the Lido Show Paris the Bluebell girls do not need any kind of introduction, but for the as-yet uninitiated they are the unique troupe of sparkling diamonds adorning the stage every night at the club on the Champs-Élysée. Accompanied by the Lido Boy Dancers both groups know exactly the fine art of entertaining and enchanting an always eager and enthusiastic crowd.
Named after the Lido beach area of Paris by the Italian founders Joseph and Louis Clerico the name came with high-class connotations and a reputation for fun during the 1920s. They had transformed a well-known if outdated club into a revolutionary venue that invented the concept of dinner shows for the 20th century. They successfully invoked the spirit of the stylish era at the Venice Lido with something new and exciting for the post-war era. Inhibitions were broken down and taboos shattered all in the name of good quality entertainment.
In a glittering and exclusive venue on one of the most celebrated and romanticized streets reside the spectacular Bluebell girls and the Lido Boys dancers who do not fail to seduce a different audience night after night in Paris. One glimpse will convince you that this is more than the seedy and sought-after clubs seen on every street in every major European city. The dignified spirit of the 1920s certainly lives on in every aspect of the Lido Show Paris, including the modern lighting, intimate décor and mystifying demeanor of the performers.
There are many packages available for any budget. Combine the night out with dinner or a bottle of champagne, but be sure not to take your focus off the fascinating Bluebell girls.
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Have you ever wondered why the Mona Lisa sits with her hands folded across her lap or why the Venus de Milo is lacking both her arms? Find out more than any guide book will tell you with a guided tour of the Louvre museum in Paris.
With over 35,000 works of art housed within the former royal palace it is impossible to see, know and absorb everything in a week, let alone a day. A tiny bit of organization before leaving could mean the difference between spending all day snaking your way around the pyramid in a long queue, or going straight to the front and leaving a few hours later full of useful and fascinating artistic wisdom.
Discover where Dan Brown got his inspiration from and why the royal family chose to abandon the incredible building as their official residence. Take full advantage of an expert guide on buying Louvre tickets and make sure they answer any question, no matter how obscure.
Buying Louvre tickets in advance allows for more time exploring the surroundings including the Louvre palace itself, house of the royal collections since 1793 as well as the Jardins de Tuileries on the other side of the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel.
There is a whole host of things to discover in Paris and although it can be difficult to fit all of these things in it could be a more worthwhile option to explore a few in depth than cram everything into one weekend. Louvre tickets allow for both, saving time while you could have been queuing and offering you insightful access to the museum.
Be warned though, you could find yourself missing that most English of pastimes, queuing
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The lights go down as eyes look up and a thrilled hush descends on the expectant audience. Slow, seductive music begins and the curtains onstage bristle then part to reveal five women wearing only…I won’t spoil the rest of the show at the Crazy Horse in Paris.
The spectacle has to be seen to be believed and there are no where near enough synonyms for ‘seductive’ to describe what goes on in this clandestine venue beneath the streets of the capital city of the country which gave the world ‘Je t’aime’, a song made up almost entirely of suggestive breathing.
As far away from the traditional images of cabaret as it is possible to get, the innovative use of lighting, staging and minimal costumes for the powerful performers in the Crazy Horse live show results in a show that looks as though a troupe of Bond girls has walked straight off the set of Avatar.
Frilly can-can skirts were thrown out with the last of the vin rouge in this converted wine cellar on Avenue George V, and the bizarre aesthetics of some of the acts require a double-take to make sure you are actually watching something so simple as a woman dancing on stage.
The women of the Crazy Horse are far from mere dancers though, with entrancing and bewitching names such as Zula Zazou, Jade Or, Psykko Tico and Nooka Karamel they entice and seduce the audience with one flick of their meticulously angular wigs. The Crazy Horse live experience is a marvel to behold; think more Cirque du Soleil without the acrobatics than Baz Lurhman’s Moulin Rouge!.
Psychedelic, daring, bizarre and more than a little bit sexually exciting the Crazy Horse show will have you hot under the collar the second the lights go down, without the lurid glances and dingy atmosphere of many of Paris’ lewd establishments in the sleazier parts of town.
The club has confirmed itself as the place to be seen for those in search of a truly avant-garde night with lashings of je ne sais quoi. Enjoy an evening of tasty entertainment with our Crazy Horse trip, which includes two drinks during the show and is a firm favourite with those who like to add a little spice to their nights out in foreign lands.
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Stairway to Heaven
Well…almost! Powering up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower can seem like a god-like task to some but trips to the heavenly city of love are now so much more stress free than before. We can’t promise to carry you up there (there is an elevator after all), but we can guarantee skip the line tickets with one of our Eiffel Tower tours.
Combine your day at the most famous piece of metal this side of the celestial gates with a sightseeing tour of any other of the other spectacular sights Paris has to offer. Make the most of your day by visiting the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay or the Arch de Triumph in the time you saved by not queuing beneath the Eiffel Tower.
Unfortunately only the gods above can control the weather, and even a city as beautiful as Paris has its fair share of rain and unpredictability. The views from the top differ day by day but it would be a lie to say it is ever disappointing. Come rain or shine skip straight to the front of the queue to be first in the elevator, or for the more Herculean among you, the 1665 metal stairs to the second floor.
As is almost always the case (unless you choose a particularly uncomfortable form of transport) the journey surpasses the destination and this is fairly true of the Eiffel Tower. Although the view from the top is divine the walk through the winding, clunking stairs gives a different view of Paris from a different height at each corner.
However you choose to see Paris, don’t waste any time queuing and buy tickets in advance, no matter what the gods decide to hurl down from the unpredictable clouds above.
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As you drop your knife over the edge of the basket and hear the screams from below you realize your dreams of dining above the streets of Paris was probably not best achieved in a shaky and cramped hot air balloon. If only you had known the Eiffel Tower restaurant was easy to book and not out of your price range before you had to make a getaway to Russia with just hot air and the unpredictable weather to take you there.
58 Tour Eiffel is closer than you think, and can be booked as part of varying kinds of tours whether for lunch, dinner or anything in between. Sit on stable ground above vistas of Paris and its surroundings during a shining and sunny day in April or frost-bitten and misty night in December. Either option seems perfect if you are planning a romantic weekend with nothing but romance, romance and a bit more romance and is organized at the click of a mouse rather than going to elaborate lengths to impress the girl of your dreams and leaving the fate of the most romantically romantic weekend to chance.
Although a choice venue for couples the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant is becoming one of the most respectable and well-renowned restaurants in Paris after a refurbishment in 2009. Fine food, impeccable service, the finest wines and panoramic views raise this restaurant from tourist trap to a delectable experience for all the senses. The restaurant has the tendency to be extremely busy throughout the year, but booking as part of a sightseeing tour or nighttime visit through the city is one way to ensure your table above the hustle and bustle.
The Eiffel Tower restaurant is the simple and hopefully extremely effective method for impressing your choice of date without going to perilously dangerous lengths and can be the perfect sojourn in a busy and otherwise action-packed trip to Paris.
With more and more elaborate activities, trips and experiences on offer in any destination across the globe, risking the lives of visitors with the danger of falling cutlery, keep it simple and spend an evening with the old-fashioned but never out of fashion components; fine food, fantastic location and lofty conversation.
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Does the thought of having to find a costume for Halloween fill you with more dread than the haunting face of a man wielding a chainsaw? If so, Europe could be the answer. With some semblance of a cultural festival still being celebrated across the Channel you can take advantage of an excuse for a holiday without the dodgy eye make-up, fraying bandages and the handing out of ‘treats’ to hungry teenagers.
For a last minute trip Paris is the perfect option, and easily accessible. The city of love is slowly becoming one of horror for one night of the year only, but like the rest of Europe celebrates All Saints Day on November 1st, where the dead are honoured and the graves of loved ones are visited to pay respects. This also constitutes a national holiday so many attractions will be closed. The Paris Hop-on Hop-Off Bus takes in all the sights and runs all year, so while Parisians are paying their respects, the city can be explored. The route takes in all the most popular sites such as the Louvre, Champs de Mars, Notre Dame and the Champs-Élysée. continue reading
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When the chilly November winds begin howling down the boulevards of Paris, the locals simply do as they always have: Turn up their collars, go about their business and complain archly that such weather is simply un-Parisian. For visitors however, winter in Paris can reveal a trove of treasures from cosy Paris boutique hotels to glistening markets that the summer tourist will never experience. Be sure to invest in a very warm coat with all the trimmings (boots, gloves and hats are highly recommended) and stay outside – there is much to see and do in the City of Love, even in winter.
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This is the other side of the medal, as they say in France, of those little old style Parisian cafés.
Nothing really illegal, but sometimes they bend the rules to the point that unsaavy tourists end up paying fat bills.
More light on this:
- Most cafés have a clear menu on each table, with all items and prices clearly displayed.
But others will only bring you a printed menu upon request. In some cases they assume that you
don’t need the menu for simple orders (coffee, drinks) and that’s precisely where they
get you. Your bill will show fantasy prices based upon the look of your clothes.
- The “riskier” areas are the famous Paris hop on hop off bus tourist spots: Ile de la Cité (around Notre Dame), Saint Michel, Saint Germain, the restaurants area around Les Halles/Chatelet.
-“Would you like some X with that?” is a typical strategy to sell you more without telling you
it’s more expensive, sometimes by a lot. Adding milk to coffee can add 1-2 euros.
Adding a side salad to a steak can add 4-6 euros to the bill.
- Serving a larger size than requested is quite typical, especially when hiding behind
linguistic incomprehension (sometimes faked). For example draught beers: the standard serving
is called “Démi” and it’s about 20cl. The larger option is called “Serieux” and is around 40cl, roughly the same as a British “pint”. Well, if you just ask for “a beer” without being specific, chances are you’ll get a pint, or even sometimes one full litre. For coffee: the default size for
coffee is a small cup, but don’t be surprised if you get a large bowl. A generic “café creme” order
will get you a large bowl unless you specify “petit” or “noisette”.
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