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Author:  Monika [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:12 am ]
Post subject:  Advice on visiting Paris and vicinity

Bonjour everyone
Yes, finally after all of these years of waiting, hoping and praying I'll be visiting Paris this summer (July 13-24). I know that it is not the best time since the city will be full of tourists, but i'm excited nevertheless!!!And of course since it will be my first time in Paris I will visit a lot of touristy sites (Eiffel Tower,the Louvre,etc.) and want to visit places that relate to MA.
Any suggestions?
Places that I'm planning on visiting so far that have to do with 18th century or/and MA:

VERSAILLES (all day Friday ,July 16th and Sunday July 18th to see the fountains)
Musee Carnavalet
Vuax de Vicomte
Fontanebleau
Rambuillet?
St.Dennis basilica

thank you very very much!!!!!!

Author:  Christophe [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Advice on visiting Paris and vicinity

The royal chateaux of:

Compeigne
St. Germain-en-Lay
Fontainebleu

would make nice day trips, if there's time.

Then there's Chantilly, home of the Condes; Malmaison, Josephine's haunt; and Maison-Lafitte, which was used in the filming of Dangerous Laisons. At Versailles, don't miss the Trianons, Grand and Petit.

Author:  Hans Axel [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:51 am ]
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La Concièrgerie.

Author:  Lilly [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Advice on visiting Paris and vicinity

The Chapelle Expiatoire and The Place de la Concorde
Loire Valley tours are nice as well, and the Opera House in Paris is fabulous! (Even if these places are not of Marie Antoinette.)

Author:  Arietta [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:24 pm ]
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Not necessarily about M-A; here are other places worth visiting:
Cafe Procope
Chartes Cathedral and surrounding town
Les Halles and St-Eustache Church
Le Pantheon and St-Etienne du Mont Church
Musee du Moyen-Ages

Author:  Christophe [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Advice on visiting Paris and vicinity

Monika, the best forum member for advice on visiting M.A. related sites is undoubtedly the Baron de Batz. He lives in Paris and is familiar with all the sites, even ones not on the normal tourist route.

Author:  Lilly [ Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:59 pm ]
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Good call, Christophe!! Baron is undoubtably the man to talk to - he knows everything!!!!

Author:  Monika [ Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Advice on visiting Paris and vicinity

thank you everyone for your replies! very good suggestions! and yes, i have noticed that the Baron is really resourceful...i just need to get a hold of him....:)

Author:  baron de batz [ Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Advice on visiting Paris and vicinity

Monika wrote:

i just need to get a hold of him....

(All the girls say that! :lol: )

Well that can be arranged for a small fee..... :wink:

I can already give you a good tip for Vaux le Vicomte and Fontainebleau. A company called Parisvision do a summer only coach tour of the two Châteaux which I have done twice and is an excellent way to see them both without huge expense. It costs around EUR 50 and includes the entrance fees. Try their Internet site....www.parisvision.com

As for not to be missed things:

Chapelle Expiatoire
St Denis Cathedral and the Queen's tomb
Newly restored Opéra royale at Versailles (contact the Versailles site and book a guided tour)
Conciergerie
Louveciennes (Mme du Barry's château, Machine de Marly, Vigee Lebrun's grave)
Petits appartement de la reine (guided tour....call the Château to book if possible...a must see!)
La rue St Honoré and the chemin de croix de la Reine

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