By Rick Steves
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the comfortable cr?peries of Ile St. Louis—Rick Steves’ Paris 2009 permits any traveller to adventure all that the town of sunshine has to provide, from the big-name sights to the neighborhood favorites. Rick covers the simplest of Paris, delivering complete excursions of the museums and historical points of interest, specific walks via numerous neighborhoods, and whole assurance of Parisian delicacies. choose from over four hundred kinds of cheeses on the fromagerie on Rue Cler or take an afternoon journey to Versailles—it’’s all attainable with Rick Steves as your advisor.
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Theft Alert: Although the greater police presence has scared off some, troublesome thieves still thrive near famous monuments and on Métro and RER lines that serve high-profile tourist sights. Wear a money belt, put your wallet in your front pocket, loop your day bag over your shoulders, and keep a tight grip on your purse or shopping bag. Muggings are rare, but do occur. If you’re out late, avoid the dark riverfront embankments and any place where the lighting is dim and pedestrian activity is minimal.
Europe’s best subway allows you to hop from sight to sight quickly and cheaply (runs daily 5:30–24:30 in the morning). Learn to use it. Begin by studying the color Métro map at the beginning of this book free at Métro stations, and included on freebie Paris maps at your hotel. How the Métro Works: To get to your destination, determine the closest “Mo” stop and which line or lines will get you there. The lines have numbers, but they’re best known by their end-of-the-line stops. , direction: La Défense).
50, covered by Museum Pass, Tue– Sun 10:00–18:00, closed Mon, enter 100 yards in front of cathedral. sDeportation Memorial (Mémorial de la Déportation) — Climb down the steps into this memorial dedicated to the 200,000 French victims of the Nazi concentration camps. As Paris disappears above you, this monument draws you into the victims’ e xperience. Once underground, you enter a one-way hallway studded with tiny lights commemorating the dead, leading you to an eternal flame. Cost, Hours, Location: Free, daily April–Sept 10:00–12:00 & 14:00–19:00, Oct–March 10:00–12:00 & 14:00–17:00.