Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paris parks and gardens

Paris has more than 400 parks and gardens, they have different names depending on the size of the green space.
The small one is a generally called a square, the middle-sized one is generally called a garden and the big-sized one is generally called a park. There are also 2 woodlands called ''bois'' (Bois de boulogne and Bois de vincennes).
The Bois de Vincennes (995ha) and Bois de Boulogne (846ha) are the largest green spaces of Paris. The first one is in the 12th arrondissement of Paris whereas the Bois de Boulogne is in the 16th district.

Regarding the Paris parks and gardens, the Parc de la Villette is the largest, following by the Jardin des Tuileries, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Jardin du Luxembourg.

The Paris parks and gardens are resorts and relaxation for Parisian and visitors who wait for sunny days to sit and socialize on the green grasses or on the benches.

Below is a list, by Paris districts, of some most important Paris parks and gardens as well as squares :

1st arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin des Halles
* Jardin du Palais Royal
* Square du Vert-Galant
* Square de la place Dauphine
* Jardin des Tuileries

3rd arrondissement of Paris
* Square du Temple

4th arrondissement of Paris
* Square de la Tour Saint-Jacques
* Square Jean XXIII
* Square Louis XIII

5th arrondissement of Paris
* Square René-Viviani - Montebello
* Jardin des plantes

6th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin du Luxembourg

7th arrondissement of Paris
* Esplanade des Invalides
* Parc du Champ-de-Mars

8th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardins des Champs-Elysées
* Parc Monceau

10th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin Villemin

12th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc de Bercy
* Promenade plantée
* Bois de Vincennes
* Parc Floral
* Arboretum de l'Ecole Du Breuil
* Ecole du Breuil
* Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale
* Jardin de Reuilly

13th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc de Choisy
* Jardins Abbé Pierre - Jardins des Grands Moulins
* Parc Kellermann

14th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc Montsouris

15th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardin Atlantique
* Parc Georges-Brassens
* Parc André-Citroën
* Parc Omnisport Suzanne Lenglen

16th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc Sainte-Périne
* Jardin d'acclimatation
* Pré-Catelan et jardin Shakespeare
* Jardin des serres d'Auteuil
* Bois de Boulogne
* Parc de Bagatelle

17th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin Luther King
* Square des Batignolles

18th arrondissement of Paris
* Jardins d'Eole

19th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
* Parc de la Butte-du-Chapeau-Rouge
* Parc de la Villette
* Jardin Serge Gainsbourg

20th arrondissement of Paris
* Parc de Belleville

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Paris Park, Parc de Belleville

History and description
The Paris park, Parc de Belleville is a 45000 square meters park, it was created in 1988 on the heights of Belleville by the architect François Debulois and the landscape-designer Paul Brichet.

Parc de Belleville

In the former centuries, the park had been used for different purposes.
In the Middle Ages, many religious communities purchase areas on the hill, they plant some vines and harness the water to use for the vineyard.
Between the 14th and the 18th centuries, the place and its vine became famous, because of the taverns.
After the 18th, with the opening of gypsum quarries, blue workers came to work during the winter for the Haussman's constructions and for the summer went back to reap their own property.

In the 19th century, in the Paris park, there were houses on both sides of the stairs (on two of the stairs of the actual park), the owner was Julien Lacroix (a road alongside the park was named after him). Each year, on the hill was organized a vast festival for the Mardi-gras. People was gathering together, disguise themselves, enjoying each other, drinking, the last day of the carnaval and the hill was full of visitors.

For the 20th century, the housing became more modern, and the place of Belleville was born.

The hill is 30 meters above the ground, and from the top you have a panoramic view of Paris.

There are many trees and shrubs (1200), like some Sophoras, lindens, lilacs, catalpa as well as vines, you will also find on the Park de Belleville a water fountain ((100 meters, one of the longest in Paris) with jets of water.

Children can enjoy themselves with playgrounds, one of them is a wooden hut with steps, it has three levels, each accommodating children of different ages. You use the steps or stairs to go up and slides to get down.
You can find also an open theatre.

The Musée de l'Air is located in the Paris park, Parc de Belleville, the permanent exhibiiton invites visitors to discover the relationship between the living beings and the air of Paris. It addresses the problem of the pollution both locally and globally.

Location of the Paris park
It's located in the XX arrondissement of Paris, the 47th rue des Couronnes 75020 PARIS.
To go to the park, you have plenty of access: rue des Couronnes, rue Piat, rue Julien-Lacroix, rue Jouye-Rouve.

How to get to the Parc de Belleville
To visit the Paris park, you can go by the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line 2- Couronnes station or Belleville station
-Paris metro line 11- Pyrénées station or Belleville station
You can also stop at Belleville station however you will have to walk a little bit.

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free admission park.
The Paris park is opened every day at 8am during the week and 9am on weekends and public holidays.

-until 5:45pm from the first day of winter to the end of february
-until 7pm from the 1st of March to the first day of spring
-until 8:30pm from the first day of spring to the end of April
-until 9:30pm from May 1st to August 31
-until 8:30pm from September 1st to September 30th
-until 7:30pm from October 1st to the beginning of the winter.

Paris park, Parc de Belleville map

Friday, July 29, 2011

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

History and description
In the beginning, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont was a former landfill.
Napoleon III wanted to create a gorgeous garden for the Paris World's Fair of 1867. He choose the Buttes-Chaumont which was steep.

Under the reponsability of the Baron Haussman, the Paris park was conceived by the engineer Jean-Charles Alphand with his team (the architect Gabriel Davioud, the horticulturalist Barillet-Deschamps and the engineer Eugène Belgrand). 3 years after the beginning of the construction, the park was inaugurated (on April 1st of 1867) on the Park of the Champs de Mars.

This 24.7ha park is the most mountainous of the green spaces of Paris. With 5 kilometers of walkways, Paris visitors can enjoy the landscape rich of a luxurious vegetation and a large varieties of old trees, as well as a rich wildlife (fishes, birds, moorhens, seagulls...).

The main attraction of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the ''Temple de la sybille'' perched on an island (in the middle of a 2 ha lake). It was built by the architect Gabriel Davioud in 1869, inspired by the temple of Tivoli (Rome).

temple de la Sibylle

On the top, you can even see the Basilica of Sacred Heart of Montmartre.

To access the temple, you can take the bridge (with protection barrier on the sides to prevent suicides) at the south part of the park:

bridge Buttes Chaumont

While going by the Avenue des Alouettes, you cand find playgrounds (slides, sandbox, swings).
You can find also some marionette theatres, skating place, poney rides...for children.

In the Paris park, there are restaurants (3) and stands:

restaurant Buttes-Chaumont

It's possible also to rent a boat on the lake.

Location of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the XIX arrondissement of Paris, one of its principal entrance is in front of the town hall of this Paris district.
It's a municipal park, which administratively depends on the town hall.
This Paris park is located between the Rue Marin, rue botzaris and rue de Crimée, in the XIX.

How to get to the Paris Park
To go to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, you can use the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line 7bis, Botzaris ou Buttes-Chaumont station (best choice)
-Paris metro line 5, Laumière station

-Paris metro line 7bis, Bolivar station

You can also go by bus:
-line 48 and 60: Botzaris or Mairie du XIX station
-line 75 Mairie du XIX station
-line 26 Botzaris-Buttes Chaumont station

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free admission park. It's open all year long, at 7am.

Paris Parc des Buttes-Chaumont map

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Paris garden Square du Vert Galant

The Paris garden Square du Vert Galant was located on the ''l'Ile des Juifs''.
In the beginning, the Ile de la Cité was composed of three islands (including l'Ile des Juifs), but because of the construction of the Pont Neuf and the Place Dauphine, they became attached in 1607.
In the eighteenth century, in the west side where is located the garden, houses for baths were installed. It was a great success. However, these activities ended in 1836 after the creation of the Jardin du Vert-Galant, although the location remained very lively because of a cafe-concert (1865-1879).

The garden is named after Henri IV, known for his turbulent love life. Today an equestrian statue of the king overlooks the garden from the top of the Pont Neuf.
It is also from this bridge that the Vedette du Pont-Neuf (tourist boats services sailing on the Seine) have their departure.

Paris - Île de la Cité: Pont Neuf - Statue du King Henri IV
Creative Commons

To access the Paris garden Square du Vert-Galant, Paris visitors need to go down the stairs, which is under the Pont Neuf, at the level of the Equestrian statue of Henri IV. The square is at the edge and is 7 feet below the level of the Ile de la Cité.
There are wondeful views of the Louvre Museum, L'hôtel de la Monnaie and the Coupole de l'Institut.

Location of the Square
The Square du Vert Galant is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, place du Pont-Neuf 75001 Paris.

How to get to the of the Square du Vert Galant
The Paris metro lines allow visitors to visit the Garden
-Line 7 Pont Neuf station (the best option)
-Line 1,4,7,11,14 Châtelet station (second option)

Entrance fee and opening hours
It's a free-admission Paris attraction.
The opening hours are 7:30am during the week and 9am during the week-end and public holidays.

Paris garden Square du Vert Galant map

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paris Garden Jardin du Palais Royal

The Paris garden Jardin du Palais Royal and the Palais Royal was built by the Cardinal Richelieu, the "Palais-Cardinal" housed two large ponds with fountains, statues, bed of flowers, two alleys and a small wood.
In 1730, the Garden received its first transformation. In 1786, the Duke Philip of Orleans built a room dug in the ground 5m and 3m, in the middle of the Garden.
Under Charles X (1824-1830), the Jardin du Palais-Royal was again changed, it took its actual form.

Le Jardin du Palais Royal is composed of four double rows of lime trees marquise-cut, large flower beds and a central basin. It is also decorated with marble statues (Le Charmeur de Serpent of Adolphe Thabard , et Le Pâtre et la Chèvre of de Paul Lemoyne).
The small cannon-timer who sat in the center of the garden since 1786 was stolen in 1998, he was replaced by a replica in 2011.

Location of the garden

It's located in the center of the Palais Royal, in the first district of Paris, 8 rue Montpensier Paris 75001

How to get to the of the Paris Garden Jardin du Palais Royal

By the Paris metro line:
-Line 7 and line 14, Pyramides station
-Line 1 and line 7, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre station

By bus:
-Lines 21, 27, 39, 48, 69, 72, 81, 95

Entrance fee and operating hours

It's a free entrance Paris garden.
The operating hours are:
- from April 1st to May 31st: 7am-10:15pm
- from June 1st to August 31st: 7am-11pm (except on thursday:7am-9pm)
- from September 1st to 30th: 7am-9:30pm
- from October 1st to March 31st: 7:30am-8:30pm

The Paris Garden Jardin du Palais Royal map

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, it's a 25.5 ha park and it's the largest and oldest public garden in Paris.
It was created by the queen Catherine de Medicis in 1564. 
The garden goes from the Louvre Museum (east) to the Place de la Concorde (west). From the garden you have some views of those Paris attractions.

The Jardin des Tuileries is composed of a large alley, with a round ornamental lake in the east and an hexagonal ornamental lake in the west . In the edge of the Garden, on the north there is a terrace called terrasse des Feuillants (alongside the Rue de Rivoli) and in the south, you have the terrasse du bord de l'eau (alongside the Quai des Tuileries and the Seine).

The Tuileries Garden is full of several statues (Maillol, Rodin, Coysevox, Coustou...), but also more modern and contemporary sculptures.
In the corner of the Garden, there are 2 buildings:
-the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in the north-west (Museum of contemporary art)
-the Musée de l' Orangerie in the south-west (impressionist and post-impressionist paintings)
It's administratively connected to the Louvre Museum.

During the week-end and on public holidays (and generally between March to November), a free visit of the Jardin des Tuileries is organized, for 1h15 and only in french . The departure occurs at 3h30pm at the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel du Louvre.

To visit the Garden des Tuileries you can take the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line Concorde station (Paris metro line 1, Paris metro 8 and Paris metro 12)
-Paris metro line Tuileries station (Paris metro line 1)
Or you can use the Paris rer Musée d'Orsay station: Rer C

The wondrous alley and the majestic set of trees allows visitors to benefit from peaceful walks. On the west entrance you can admire the statue of Coysevox, a copy of the Original.
The original is in the Louvre Museum:

Paris - Musée du Louvre - La Renommée montée sur Pégase 

In the Jardin des Tuileries, there are also restaurants and activities for children.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Champs de Mars

The Champs de Mars park is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, between the Eiffel Tower in the north-west and the ''Ecole militaire'' in the south-east.
It's an open park of 24.5ha, one of the largest in Paris.

You can participe in a lot of activities for free. It's a greenspace that tourists love because it allows them to benefit from wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower.

To go to the champs de Mars, you may use the Paris metro line, the Paris métro line 8 Ecole militaire station (the closest) or the Paris rer C Champs de Mars station.

You can choose also to stop at la Motte-Picquet-Grenelle station (Paris metro line 6, Paris metro line 8 and Paris metro line 10) or the Paris rer C and stop at Pont de l'Alma station, you will have to walk just a little bit longer.

It's an open park and there are several activities for young children: 
ponies ride 
Puppet theatre...
2 small courts for soccer and basketball.

In the Champs de Mars park, you will also find some monuments, busts or statues:
-Gustave Eiffel bust, it's on the feet of the Tower Eiffel.
-Lucien Guitry bust
-General Gustave Ferrié bust
-Marechal Joffre equestrian statue
-Monument of Humans Rights
-Wall for Peace (2000)

Here is a picture of the Wall for peace wall (Mur pour la Paix), on the wall it's written ''peace'' on 49 languages of the world. In the wall, like the Wailing Wall, you can leave a message of peace.
Sometimes, visitors can enjoy exhibitions, concerts and different manifestations inside the Champs de Mars park.

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-Paris metro line 8
-Paris metro maps
-Paris rer C
-Paris rer map

Champs de Mars map

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Louvre

Here are some pictures of the Louvre entrances, the Louvre museum is a one of the largest museum of the world, located in the 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (first arrondissement of Paris).
To go to the Louvre by the Paris metro line you can stop either at Palais-royal-musée du Louvre stop or Louvre-rivoli stop. 

You will find below some pictures to guide you to the museum entrances by the Paris subway line.

Station Louvre-rivoli -Paris metro line 1
The station Louvre-rivoli will lead you  to the museum entrances.

Louvre-rivoli metro station

This picture shows the Paris metro station exit-entrance, and behind on the left, the Sully entrance.

the Louvre sully entrance

Sully entrance view:

the Louvre

Pyramide du louvre and Louvre museum- view at the sully entrance :

the Pyramide du Louvre

On the right side of the 2nd picture, after the entrance-exit Paris subway if you go straight, you will find the Richelieu entrance direction . It's also the same direction to  go to the Paris metro station Palais royal-musée du louvre  (Paris metro line 1 and Paris metro line 7) and to go to the Carrousel entrance:

the Louvre

Station Palais royal-Musée du Louvre (Paris metro line 1 and Paris metro line 7):
2 directions:- Louvre museum  entrance
-The Carrousel du Louvre entrance

Palais-royal metro station

Sortie Musée du louvre: entrances are on the right hand (Richelieu entrance):

Louvre museum entrance

After that you reach the Pyramide (check):

the Pyramide du Louvre

The carrousel du Louvre: 1 entrance (right corner):

Louvre entrance

Ticket purchase terminals (with credit card) in the Carrousel, those terminals are located direction restaurants:

Louvre ticket

Information office at the Louvre Carrousel entrance, you can find also some purchase terminals.

Carrousel entrance

To go to the Louvre museum, it's a little easier to go by the Palais-royal-musée du Louvre station direction richelieu entrance, compared to the Louvre-rivoli station (if you can't walk).
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Places to visit in Paris

Below is a list of Places to visit in Paris and Paris tourist attractions, up to the 20th arrondissement of Paris:

In the 14th arrondissement you will find  the Paris Catacombs, Parc Montsouris, Place Denfert-Rochereau, as well as the Gare Montparnasse, Montparnasse Cemetery and the Stade Charléty. 

The Tour Montparnasse, Porte de Versailles (parc des expositions), Front- de-Seine, Parc Omnisport Suzanne Lenglen, the quartier Grenelle are located in the 15th arrondissement, as well as several Jardins, Art galleries and museums.

In the the 16th district of Paris, you can find some nice places to visit as well as some well-known Paris attractions, like the Jardin du Trocadéro, the Jardin d'acclimatation; The Parc des Princes, as well as some museums (Museum national des Arts asiatiques, Musée de l'Homme, Musée Marmottan-Monet...), can be found here.
    The Palais des Congrès, Parc Monceau, Marché Poncelet and the Square des Batignolles are located in the 17th.

    In the 18th arrondissement of Paris, there is the famous Paris tourist attraction the Basilica of the Sacred heart and some other places to visit like the Church Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre, Goutte d'Or; The Moulin Rouge,  the Montmartre museum and Pigalle also are some nice places to visit in this district.

    The Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Parc and  Bassin de la Villette, Cité de la Musique, as well as the Canal de l'Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Denis are located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.

    The Père Lachaise Cemetery is a famous place to visit; You can find some other Paris tourist attractions like  the Parc de Belleville, some churches (Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Croix de Ménilmontant...), several jardins and the quartiers Belleville and Ménilmontant, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

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    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Places to visit in Paris

    Paris offers several places to visit and some Paris tourist attractions are well-known while some need to be known.
    Here are a list of places to visit in Paris, in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th arrondissements.

    The 7th  is one of the most well-known place to visit in Paris, with one of its famous attractions, the Tower Eiffel and the Champs de Mars. Les Invalides, Musée d'Orsay, l'Obélisque as well as the Assemblée Nationale , Ecole Militaire and several museums are located there.

    The 8th arrondissement of Paris is as much known as the 7th Paris district because of the prestigious avenue, the Champs-Elysées, also you can find some other Paris tourist attractions like the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Parc Monceau, the Palais de l'Elysée. In this district you can find, the Église de la Madeleine, Gare Saint-Lazare, Jacquemart-Andre Museum, Grand Palais and Petit Palais.

    In the 9th district of Paris you will find the Opéra Garnier, Musée Grévin, Galeries Lafayette, the Folies Bergères and some museums.

    The 10th arrondissement of Paris is where you can find the Canal Saint-Martin, Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Porte Saint-Denis and Porte Saint-Martin as well as some other  places to visit and attractions like Passage Brady, Passage du Prado, for a nice walk.

    In the 11th arrondissement of Paris, the Place de la Bastille, the bars and restaurants of Rue Oberkampf, Edith Piaf museum, Place de la Nation can be found.

    The Château de vincennes, Bois et Zoo de Vincennes,Viaduc des Arts, Opéra Bastille, Promenade Plantée, Quartier d'Aligre, Gare de Lyon, the Bercy Park and Village are located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

    The Butte aux Cailles, Quartier la Petite Asie, Place d'Italie, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Manufacture des Gobelins and the Gare d'Austerlitz are located in the 13th district, it's a pretty nice district where you are can find several arts workshops.

    The following posts will introduce you to the places to visit and Paris tourist attractions in the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th districts of Paris.

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    Places to visit in Paris

    There are several places to visit in Paris, the city is divided into 20 districts and the major part of the different tourist attractions are located in Paris intra-muros, as opposed to the Parisian suburb.

    The first arrondissement of Paris gathers:
    -the Palais du Louvre with its Museum and Pyramide du Louvre
    -the Palais-royal and the Jardin du Palais Royal
    -Jardin des Tuileries
    -Place Vendôme (colonne vendôme)
    -Musée de l'Orangerie (impressionnistes) 
    -Forum des Halles, Jardin des Halles.
    -Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
    -Louvre des Antiquaires (art gallery and antiques in a mall)
    -Churchs or chapels (Saint-Eustache, Sainte-Chapelle, Saint-Germain-l'auxerrois...)
    -La Conciergerie (the Paris oldest prison)
    -Musée des Arts décoratifs (Museum of decorative arts)...

    The 2nd arrondissement offers some places to visit in Paris also:
    -Passage des Panoramas, Opéra-Comique, Théâtre des Variétés, Bibliothèque Nationale (site Richelieu), Place des Victoires, the Bourse (the Paris Stock Exchange) and some galleries and museums.  

    -In the 3rd arrondissement there are several museums ( Museum des Arts et Métiers, Museum de la Chasse and Nature, Museum Picasso...), as well as many galleries. The Archives Nationales, Hôtel de Soubise, Musée Carnavalet and the northern part of the Marais are located in this district.

    -In the 4th arrondissement of Paris there are some Paris tourist attractions, you can find Notre-Dame de Paris, Place des Vosges, Centre Georges Pompidou, Saint-Louis-en-l'Île Church, le Marais, the Paris City Hall,  Saint-Jacques Tower, Hôtel de Sully, the Jewish Quartier, Mémorial de la Shoah, le Centre Beaubourg, Victor Hugo house,  Place du Châtelet and  different churches and cathedrals.

    The 5th arrondissement of Paris gathers the Panthéon, Quartier Latin, Jardin des Plantes, Muséum National du Moyen-âge, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Musée de Cluny, the Grande Mosquée and several museum and churches.

    The  Jardin du Luxembourg as well as Place Saint-Michel, Church Saint-Sulpice, Church Saint-Germain des Prés, the Pont-neuf are located in 6th arrondissement .

    The following posts will present the other places to visit in Paris with tourist attractions in the different Paris district.

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    Monday, July 4, 2011

    Visiting Paris

    Before visiting Paris, you have to be familiar with the Paris public transportation, the more common for touristic purpose are the Paris rer and Paris metro.

    First, you have to decide what you want to visit, that will give you an idea of what Paris pass you will buy (fare depends on Paris zone, outside Paris) .

    If you plan to visit Paris only in the zone 1, you don't have to be worry if you only have a basic ticket t+, it's sufficient for a 1h30 connection between metro and rer.
    The zone 1 gathers all the Paris districts (in which you can find the major Paris attractions).

    Once you have decided what you want to do while visiting Paris and know the Paris zone that you will visit (that will allow you to decide the ticket you will buy).

    You may need to know how the Paris metro function, with the different color lines and directions.
    A Paris metro map may be useful for this reason. Regarding the metro the logic is pretty simple and once using the Paris metro the first time, it becomes obvious.
    Inside the Paris metro, you can check the metro line map and also see the station name on the stations walls.
    And inside the stations,  there are directional signs to indicate exits, Paris attractions, big avenues and other places to visit in Paris.

    Regarding the rer, know the basic can be helpful, the Paris rer can be a little tricky sometimes (more than the subway). A Paris rer map can be useful.
    -firstly, keep your pass to exit the rer (and even the metro, the rer exit can be the same than the Paris subway exit).
    -secondly, be careful to the rer destination, you have screens on the station which will give you information regarding the train, but also information regarding the station that the train will serve.
    Inside some trains, you may find some indicator lights with stations name, the indicator lights on are the station that the train will serve, those which are off, are stations already serve or which won't be served.
    Also, be aware that even if a train goes to the desired direction, it may not serve the desired station.
    -thirdly, make sure to have the good ticket zone for the rer, you make not be able to exit the rer without the good ticket (and to avoid fines).
    As the Paris metro, inside the stations,  there are directional signs to indicate exits, Paris attractions, big avenues and other places to visit in Paris.

    In another area, while visiting Paris think about having good shoes. If you want to walk along the Champs-Elysées, it's a long avenue, and several Paris metro line allows you to go to this Paris attraction (Champs Elysées Clemenceau, franklin D.Roosevelt, George V, Charles de gaulle-Etoile, with the Paris metro line 1, Paris metro-M6, Paris metro-M2, Paris metro-M9, Paris metro line 13, as well as the RER A).

    Visiting Paris can be overwhelming, willing to do and see everything for a little time is almost impossible, the keyword is to plan according to different factors (time, affordability, disponibility, visitors age, Paris attractions...).
    Sometimes buying online tickets can help to avoid queue.

    -Avoid the Paris metro lines or the Paris rer in rush hours, the Paris metro line 1 and Paris metro line 13 are the most congested, as well as the Rer A.

    -Be careful about scams or pickpockets in the metro, keep your purse in a safety place.

    -Some Paris ticket may be useful, for example the Paris visite pass, however it may not be the best option for visiting Paris only on the zone 1 and to only visit free Paris attractions.
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