Often, one can plan thoroughly and read all the guidebooks, but there's always some critical item forgotten, some place (day-trip, restaurant/bar, venue, shop, neighborhood) left unvisited or some great unique hotel I shoud have stayed at.
I would advise getting an unlimited metro/bus pass which allows you to move round the city with ease.
I loved wandering around the streets near Le Jardin Du Luxembourg - very pretty area.
I stayed here http://www.hotel-des-academies.com/uk/index.php and thoroughly loved it. The rooms are cosy, but the service and the extra touches made it a great place to be.
Paris is a wonderful city to just walk round. The museums are amazing and I loved the Rodin; the Picasso and the Musee d'Orsay. I found the queues and crowds too much for the Louvre and will save that for another day.
A friend raves about the day trip she did to Versailles but be prepared as its lots of walking around. over 9 years ago
I would agree about the unlimited travel pass - its an essential item.
Getting lost in all the little streets of paris is fantastic!!
The catacombs are not well advertised, but I found it interesting and enlightening. If you are interested in the history of paris, the reason for the catacombs goes back to the plague.
While it is all quite touristy, I still find the main attractions pleasant, particularly around the montmartre area leading up to sacre coeur. over 9 years ago
What certainly isn't in the guidebooks, is the spots that Paris locals visit. At Spotted by Locals Paris, we offer tips by locals:
For example: the best outdoor terrace this summer: 25 Est!
Enjoy! Bart over 9 years ago
Versailles is definitely worth the trip. There is a LOT of walking though. Get the headphones too then you can hear all about the things you are seeing. Do not miss the big painting room with all the big moments in the creation of France.
To experience something different in Paris itself. Just get away from the main tourist attractions and find a small coffee place.
I would recommend finding someone on Couchsurfing.com just to meet someone who speaks your language and is willing to guide you around a bit. over 9 years ago