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See the panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant

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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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There are some amazing Paris tourist attractions to be seen

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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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Paris Sightseeing tours are the best way to experience this amazing city

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We’ve made it easier for you to book your Paris sightseeing tours on our new Paris sightseeing tours page. Find out more about each type of Paris sightseeing tour and book the one that’s best for your time and interests.

Paris has always been a loved city of romance and culture however very few tourists get the chance to see some of the smaller attractions off the beaten track such as the Paris Observatoire. This is why Paris sightseeing tours have become so popular for tourists who want to see everything there is on offer.

The wide variety of Paris sightseeing tours available means that you’re able to see exactly what you wanted as well as some things that you didn’t even know were there. You can now see the Eiffel Tower as well as Saint-Michel, Musee d’Orsay, Concorde and Champs-Elysees by bike or bus depending on how active you want to be.

The Paris bike tour is perfect for first time visits to Paris as it goes to all the main tourist attractions in the capital. If you prefer a more relaxed tour you can get on the hop on hop off tour bus which will take you to all the attractions as well as letting you take control of your experience by either staying on the tour bus or getting off to send some extra time at you favorite places.

If you know you’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing then invest in a Paris Pass which entitles you to skip the line at over 55 of the top attractions, get in free and a guide so you can plan what you want to see. Attractions include the Louvre where art by famous artists such as Da Vinci are held, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe.

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The Paris Museum Pass Saves You Money and Lets You See Everything

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We’ve made it easier for all you avid learners to find your perfect Paris museum pass with our new page. Drink from the fountain of knowledge and learn all you can in this brilliant city, you can see fine art by Da Vinci or ancient statues such as winged victory in the famous Louvre or indulge in some of Paris’s more diverse museums.

The Paris museum pass is perfect for anyone who wants experience the great museums of Paris, the pass allows you to skip the line and get free entrance to many museums such as Paris Science Museum, Conde Museum, Dali Museum, Grevin Wax Museum and Gustave Moreau Museum. The range of museums Paris has to offer makes the Paris museum pass ideal for anyone because everyone will fine something they want to know more about.

When most people think of Paris museums the think of the legendary Louvre museum and its famous rare artwork, this is one of the main reasons that if you try to go to the Louvre without booking a ticket you will be waiting outside for a long time. If the Louvre museum is the only museum that you want to experience then book a skip the line Louvre museum tour. This tour will ensure you get the most out of your trip to the Louvre and have all your burning questions answered.

However if your not sure which museums you want to see during your stay in Paris then you will save a lot of time and money by buying a Paris pass. This great sightseeing essential will allow you to skip the line at over 50 of the best attractions and in the cases of the museum allow you free entry. This means that you will get as much out of your trip as you want because the Paris pass comes in a variety of lengths between 2-6 days so you can tailor it to your needs.

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The best things to do in Paris

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Things to do in Paris - Eiffel Tower

Things to do in Paris - Eiffel Tower

Based on our customer bookings and customer reviews of the past few months, here is the updated list of the best things to do in Paris, France.

Here you can find all things do to in Paris.

We welcome suggestions for new experiences to add!

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There is more than the Louvre – other 20 Paris museums

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Paris is a world capital of culture and history so it’s normal to find a wealth of museums there. But if you think Paris museum, you’ll immediately think Louvre. True. What an amazing place: unmissable. But for once, let’s spread the word about everything else. If you have time for a second museum, you’re facing a very tough choice.

We have shortlisted here 20 other Paris museums that we believe are worth checking out (there are actually more than 100 museums in Paris). Many Paris museums are named after their founder or after the street where they are located, so you can’t just guess from the name…

Note: the Paris Sightseeing Pass grants free access to many Paris museums, and it grants “skip the line” privilege.

ART AND HISTORY MUSEUMS

Orangerie museum – Located in the Louvre gardens, this Paris museum exposes masterpieces from Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Monet and Matisse.  A modern display area was opened in 2006 to illuminate the paintings with natural light (yet indoor).

Musée d’Orsay – Mostly focused on 19th century, this Paris museum hosts impressionist painting and photography. The building itself (a former train station) is an immense glass hall worth the visit.

Centre Pompidou – probably the 2nd most recognizable building in Paris after the Eiffel tower, this museum of modern and contemporary arts is an artwork in itself. Boasts the largest modern art collection in Europe, with (as we write) 62229 works from Kandinsky, Giacometti, Man Ray, Chagall, Matisse, Picasso and 5528 other artists.

Picasso museum – Dedicated to the Spanish master, this Paris museum displays a large collection of paintings, sculptures and other forms of creativity from all periods of Picasso’s life.

Musée Rodin- This Paris museum is entirely focused on the life and work of Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor mostly known abroad for “The Thinker” and “The Kiss” statues. The museum has one of the most romantic gardens where the sculptures are displayed.

Palais de Tokyo- Nothing to do with Japan a part the name, this is a creative art lab for contemporary artists finding new ways of expression while mixing gendres and techniques. Always different artists on display, as well as special events and an uber-cool bar and restaurant.

Carnavalet museum – This Paris museum displays furniture from the Renaissance and other key periods of Paris’s history. Not to miss: the keys of the Bastille fortress symbol of the French Revolution of 1789.

Cité de la Musique – Extensive display of anything that has ever been built to produce music and sound, this is an interactive exhibition often enriched by concerts, musical shows for children and live workshops.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUMS

Arts et Métiers museum- Literally, “the museum of arts and works” is an amazing collection of scientific and industrial discoveries. From early airplanes and cars, to the very own tools used by the first chemist (Lavoisier and all), to the first personal computer and memories, the first Baudot telegraph, Bell’s telephone, watches, photography, raw materials… all hosted in a magnificent monastery from the 11th century. This Paris museum is dubbed “the Louvre of science”.

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle – This place is so well known in Paris that it’s just nicknamed “The Museum”. Its roots date back to 350 years ago when monks started collecting and studying plants and animals of all species. Today, thousands of stuffed specimen are assembled in a majestic display telling the story of animal evolution. Unknown to most tourists, the world’s oldest animal park – or zoo – is still in operation here, ask for the “Ménagerie”.

Palais de la Decouverte – More than a museum this is an interactive exhibition center focused on scientific education. New themes and topics are continuously addressed through conferences and real scientific experiences being run on site.

WORLD CULTURE MUSEUMS

Musée du Quai Branly – The name doesn’t mean anything else than its address, but this is the latest addition to the “big” Paris museums. Opened in 2006, it is dedicated to ancestral arts from Oceania, Africa, Asia and Americas. Next door to the Eiffel Tower.

Institut du Monde Arabe -Also known as “IMA”, this organization is dedicated to Arabian cultures and has been setup in cooperation between France and 22 Arabian countries. Around a museum spanning history from pre-islamic to arabian-muslim civilizations, there are temporary exhibition, movies, language centers, and an immense library.

Musée Guimet – The museum of Asian arts, displays artworks from south-east Asia, China, Korea, Japan and India.

SPECIAL INTEREST MUSEUMS

Opera Museum- Not well known, located within the Opera Garnier, this Paris museum displays sceneries, costumes, booklets and jewelry used in opera performances, same dating back to 300 years ago.

Cinematheque- This movie library is home to 40000 movies and a nice collections of memorabilia costumes and sceneries. But the highlight is the building itself – a Gehry new-classical-cubist building reworked to fit 4 movie theaters.

Immigration museum – Quite an unusual idea, this museum is a place made to remember the life of immigrants across centuries. It is a showcase of hope, dream, courage, creativity and sorrow.

Galerie des Gobelins – Formerly the manufacturer of France’s royal tapestries, it has now turned into a museum displaying antique tapestries and furnitures. A must if you’re into tapestries.

Musée du fumeur- The smokers’s museum… a surprising Paris museum where you can find, unsurprisingly, cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other smoking gadgets.

Musée Galliera -The fashion museum, displaying haute couture and accessories from the most famous French fashion designers. The themes and collections change very often to prevent fabrics deterioration.

As mentioned, there are so many other museums in Paris. Which ones do you suggest as worth mentioning in our future post for the next 20 museums?

Daniele

[This post has been syndicated from the isango! Travel Blog]

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