Feb 02 2011

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Yes you CAN escape the queues

I usually write about Paris as if all readers are familiar with it, know where to go, where to stay, have friends to visit who can show them around, and so on.  But what if it’s your first time? If I think back to my first time here, it was spent in great confusion, not really knowing what to see in my very limited few days.

I’ve just done a little research, and I think if you are in this category, and want to see as much as possible of what Paris has to offer, the Paris Pass is ideal for you. With so much included in this pass, you really can’t go wrong. The Paris Pass includes entrance to over 55 top attractions, including Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Musée Louvre.

One of the best features of the  Paris Pass is that you can bypass the entrance queues. Even in winter these can be long at the main attractions, and in summer they can go for half a kilometre or more. A Paris Metro pass is included with the Paris Pass, as well as a map specifically designed for its users. An audio guide explains all the facts surrounding the different places, meaning you have the freedom to go where you choose with the expertise of a virtual tour guide. You really can’t go wrong with the Paris Pass.

First timers to Paris, and indeed anyone who has not seen it before, must go to the Eiffel Tower, and there are some great  Eiffel Tower tours. I think everyone should climb up it at least once in their lifetime. I remember standing on the top level years ago with someone special, thinking (in the words of a famous Australian advertisement—although referring in that case to the Outback): ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’

The views from each level of the tower are spectacular, and nothing else quite compares. You can also dine in one of the exquisite restaurants, or sip on a French hot chocolate whilst taking in the breathtaking views  As it’s rather cold and foggy here at the moment, the early evening is the best time, when all the lights are coming on.

Whatever your other plans for Paris, first check out the Paris Pass.

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  1. Andrew

    Hi Carolyne. Good post! Might try the Paris Pass next time I go. Those queues! Worth it just to go past them.

  2. Lylla

    Thanks for all the great tips and the fun blog Carolyne.

  3. Carolyne Lee

    You’re most welcome! Thank you for the nice feedback.

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