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everettr77 Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Apr 2003Sat 07-Mar-09 03:32 AM
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"Paris Visitor"
Sat 07-Mar-09 03:36 AM by everettr77

San Diego, US
          

Hello,

My wife and I will be visiting Paris for the first time in early April 2009 staying in the Louvre area!! We will be there for eight days and hope to get to Bayoux for at least one day. Can I get some tips on what or where to shoot...I have a D200 and an F100...bring them both?? I have some primes, 20mm, 50mm, some zooms, 28-105mm, 70-300mm...we are very excited! Please forgive the english posting, we are working on our "French"!
Thanks much!

  

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pfgbel47 Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2007Sat 07-Mar-09 05:46 AM
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#1. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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LIEGE, BE
          

Hello Ruiz

That's nice you make us a visit on our French Café !
You're welcome here and at a good address to get precise informations about Paris !!

My friend and collegue here at the French Café, David, is the man you need, he is ...French and knows Paris better than his pocket.

I inform him immediately of your question and he will give you a "customized answer" in the next few hours ! Keep an eye at this thread, you'll get the news very quickly

But from now on already I wish you a wonderful travel in Paris !

friendly,

Pol
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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Sun 08-Mar-09 11:02 PM
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#2. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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Mon 09-Nov-09 08:34 PM by Horus

Brussels, BE
          

Hi Everett,

Good idea to post here. You're most welcome

Well if you stay at Paris nearby the Louvre and love museum, well you have to spent at least a day for the Louvre.

Go and visit the very well done website of the Louvre :
http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home.jsp?bmLocale=en

I would advice you to first make the speed "Grand Tour", called "Masterpieces of the Louvre" it last 1h30 and you can see it all.
http://www.louvre.fr/llv/activite/detail_parcours.jsp?CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198674098115&CURRENT_LLV_PARCOURS%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198674098115&bmLocale=en

From that, you will have traveled a bit inside the Louvre and be able to determine what you will want to see in depth, for example the Egyptian Antiquities department or else...
http://www.louvre.fr/llv/oeuvres/alaune.jsp?bmLocale=en
To visit a Department you will need at least half a day....

In the Louvre, hand-held photography is allowed and flash is tolerated (but not allowed), as new protective glass have been installed on the most visited pieces like the Mona Lisa (as many compact cannot deactivate their flash in low light environment).
I would advice for your D200 and your 50mm 1.8 AF-D with a flexible rubber hood so you can take pictures of pieces in glass boxes without the reflection by lying on the glass.
Take also your 20mm as the Louvre is big the buildings are great. Your 105 will be asset too. But try to travel light as you'll be tired during the visit (taking pictures during such a visit do slow the process considerably).

About other museums, you have to visit :
* the Musée d'Orsay
http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html
* the Musée Rodin
http://www.musee-rodin.fr/welcome.htm
In this museum you get a nice spot to eat for yourself if you want.

After this is up to you

About site seeing shooting, well you have to see and shoot of course :
* The Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro
http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/
At Trocadéro you have the marine and man museums...
* Notre Dame de Paris
http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/-English-
* La Butte de Montmartre
http://www.montmartrenet.com/home_page.php
* Le quartier des Marais and Les Champs-Elysées / Place de la Concorde
http://www.paris.fr/portail/english/Portal.lut?page_id=8118
* Jardin des Plantes and the Natural History Museum
http://www.mnhn.fr/museum/foffice/transverse/transverse/accueil.xsp?cl=en
Do see the impressive "Line of species" if you go to this Museum

If you want to take a guided tour on Batteau-mouche, go for it but more so at night (http://www.bateaux-mouches.fr/). During day, I would advice to take the Bateau Bus (Batobus) (http://www.batobus.com/english/
It's like in a bus but you'll travel on the river Seine. It'll be much easier than traveling by metro and you'll be able to directly go to the 8 most important Parisian touristic points : Louvre - Musée d'Orsay - Notre Dame - Champ Elysé - Tout Eiffel... (see the web site). It takes 30 - 45 minutes to do the tour. You have a Batobus every 15 to 30 minutes.

By the way taking a picnic on the river side with sunshine is very nice, especially near the Jardin des plantes or Notre Dame.

About your photo kit, well take what please you, if you still do film on vacation trip (like I do), your F100 will be very happy to go with you
So I'll take both the D200 and the F100 (charged with B&W films for example).
On site seeing outside museum do take your Tamron zooms they will serve you. As your SB-28.
I would not advice for tripods, as you have as usual pic pockets unless you plan ahead for a night shots session. Paris is wonderful at night...

Be aware that in France there is a law about image property. So some people can be offended if you do not ask their permission when taking a shot or will simply hide themselves. So now when in Paris I take my tele-zoom to do street photography from "away". Not handy but well. Or if you are willing to meet people (can be nice, beware nevertheless after initial contact for a shot) well go for your 50mm This law apply also to buildings too, but you're free for the most touristic ones

Take time to go to a proper café and take a "café noir" on "le zinc", and try to find nice and small restaurants. You'll enjoy the French - Parisian way of life.

With all that, I don't know if 8 days will be enough

One very good travel guide, would be the DK Eyewitness Travel guide of Paris (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Eyewitness-Travel-Paris/Alan-Tillier/e/9780756615475). It's visual, with good graphics and images and you can plan easily what you will want to discover and visit, and use it during your visit. For discovering the Paris "life", well you have to found other guides like those from lonely planet http://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/paris
For eating and sleep, well the Guide Michelin are the ones (http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichelin/int/tpl/hme/MaHomePage.htm)

Enjoy your trip.

Cheers,
Horus
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everettr77 Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Apr 2003Mon 09-Mar-09 02:31 AM
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#3. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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San Diego, US
          

Thanks for the great information, we can hardly wait for April to get here!! I myself am wondering if eight days will even scratch the Parisian surface but if nothing else it will give us a great excuse to visit again!
We have picked up the DK Eyewitness Travel guide of Paris, terrific guide, we have so many pages marked and highlighted already!!
Thank you also for the great links...much to see and plan in the next 25 days
Kind regards,
Everett

  

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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Mon 09-Mar-09 08:58 AM
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Brussels, BE
          

With pleasure and you are most welcome.

Cheers,
Horus
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pfgbel47 Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2007Thu 12-Mar-09 02:46 AM
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#5. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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LIEGE, BE
          

Hello Everett !

As I know you are almost ready for your trip in Paris, I wanted to let you visit "Le Palais de l'Elysée" before you arrive here in Europe !!
Just choose the place you want to visit and then drag with the mouse up/down/left/right or even scroll and you will have a full view 360° !

Here is the link for you to visit !
http://elysee.fr/panoramic/index.php

Have a great time,
friendly,

Pol
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bikinchris Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Sep 2004Wed 15-Jul-09 12:30 AM
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Broussard, US
          

>Thanks for the great information, we can hardly wait for
>April to get here!! I myself am wondering if eight days will
>even scratch the Parisian surface but if nothing else it will
>give us a great excuse to visit again!
>We have picked up the DK Eyewitness Travel guide of Paris,
>terrific guide, we have so many pages marked and highlighted
>already!!
>Thank you also for the great links...much to see and plan in
>the next 25 days
>Kind regards,
>Everett
>
Eight WEEKS would not allow an in depth discovery of Paris. Please tell us all (Americans like me also) what your trip was like!

Chris
Broussard, LA
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pfgbel47 Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2007Wed 15-Jul-09 04:48 AM
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#7. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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LIEGE, BE
          

Welcome Chris !
This is a good remark you post here ..we also would like to know how it was with the travel of Everett and if he appreciated his visit of Paris !!
Let's hope he will connect to Nikonians soon and see your post !

friendly,

Pol
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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Wed 15-Jul-09 01:27 PM
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#8. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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Brussels, BE
          

Indeed

Welcome chris, and yes Everett let us know about your trip.

Cheers,
Horus
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everettr77 Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Apr 2003Mon 27-Jul-09 11:26 PM
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#9. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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Friends,

My vacation in France was FANTASTIC!! I can hardly wait to return, my wife and I were truly overwhelmed with the hospitality, history and the vibrancy of Paris. We arrived after a "red-eye" and didn't sleep for another 18 hours...the excitement was too much!
The Louvre, the D'Orsay, Notre Dame, the Glorius Sainte Chappelle, the Eiffel Tower at night...Galeries Lafayette with my wife...being in the Latin Quarter at 11.30pm drinking litres of wine and safely strolling back to our hotel in the 1st er!
The chocolate shops, fresh eggs and bread, cheese and wine daily!
The pastry shops, french hot dogs, crepes in the 7e'me...having my first ever "Bouka" (fermented fig)drink on my last night with an Algerian restaurant owner and his daughter...being in Notre Dame on Good Friday and falling to me knees as the Crown of Thorns passed by me...Berthillon Ice Cream...the Cherry was indescribable!
The smoothest train ride ever from Paris to Bayeux, the Tapestry, the watermill, the Normandy coast line, Point de hoc, the American Cemetery, the Normans who teach their children English and fly American Flags on our holidays, the care given to the American gravesites...not once during our very short eight days in France were we disappointed except on the last day and thats because it was the LAST Day...I enjoyed every minute of every day!
Finally, the best part of the trip was being with my wife of 29 years...we had a blast!! Thank you France!!

  

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pfgbel47 Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2007Tue 28-Jul-09 04:13 AM
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#10. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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LIEGE, BE
          

Hi Everett !
Thanks for your "report" of your stay in France, I am very happy that you enjoyed your travel so much !!
Being myself european it makes me happy too...
Perhaps you will find some time to post a few pics, we'll watch them with great pleasure.

friendly,

Pol
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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Sun 16-Aug-09 12:08 AM
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Brussels, BE
          

Hi Everett !

I'm very please that your vacation in France / Paris did please you so much. That's great, and as a Frenchman (even leaving in Belgium) I'm more than please

Haaa the Berthillon ice-cream, a must indeed, with the weather you had it should have been perfect

Many thanks for your so kind feedback. It is a petty that you stayed only 8 days, but well at least they were 8 fantastic days!

Do you plan to share some pictures you took during your trip?

Kind regards,
Horus
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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Sat 07-Nov-09 05:09 PM
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#12. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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Sat 07-Nov-09 05:34 PM by Horus

Brussels, BE
          

Hello to all,
I've decided to pin this topic as it seems there is quite some interests in other lobbies of Nikonians members who do not know Paris to quickly visit this beautiful city.

Like in the Nikonians travel and meet lobby

Comments and tips are most welcome

Cheers,
Horus
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Kit Sims Taylor Registered since 16th Feb 2006Mon 09-Nov-09 04:33 PM
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Kingston, US
          

Horus,

Thank you for pinning the topic here. Sorry to post here in English, but the bit of French I had in college only got me to a rather basic reading ability.

The three days my wife and I plan to spend in Paris in March is, I know, far too little. But we've already had a bit of luck on the timing -- a concert of Gregorian chant in Notre Dame on one of the evenings we'll be in Paris.

I do plan to keep my 'walk around' bag reasonably light. I'm bringing a tripod on this trip as I will later have about a month for some serious photography in northern Portugal and Galicia. But while in Paris the tripod will likely stay in the hotel.

Any recommendations for which arrondissement to stay in for such a short visit? From the guidebooks we've looked through Montmartre looks like a good base.

KST
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pfgbel47 Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Dec 2007Mon 09-Nov-09 07:58 PM
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LIEGE, BE
          

Hello Kit !
I am very happy you're going to visit Paris, it a wonderful place indeed
I am sure Horus is "THE" man who will be able to give a personalized advice in regard to your question (even if he says he does not know Paris so well, ...he does but he is too modest !)
So please be patient, he won't be long to reply !

friendly,

Pol
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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Mon 09-Nov-09 08:19 PM
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#16. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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Mon 09-Nov-09 08:27 PM by Horus

Brussels, BE
          

>So please be patient, he won't be long to reply !
Indeed ! LoL

I've seen Kit Sims' post since this afternoon (Ha to get emails from Nikonians on one's smartphone, that's cool ) and I was writing my answer at the time you post yours, Pol
Together, that's quite an organization does it not ? LoL

>even if he says he does not know Paris so well, ...he does but he is too modest
You are too kind Pol.

Horus

  

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Horus Registered since 29th Mar 2007Mon 09-Nov-09 08:14 PM
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#15. "RE: Paris Visitor"
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Mon 09-Nov-09 08:37 PM by Horus

Brussels, BE
          

Welcome here Kim Sims

Like for Everett, don't worry about not writing in French.

As you have read the thread, you have already all the spots needed to see, even too much, for 3 days.
Yes it is too short, but much better than nothing !

To assist to a Gregorian concert at Notre Dame, well, that will be a great experience. Enjoy

About being based at Montmartre, for that kind of very short trip and for a first time, this is ideal, you'll be able to walk around and feel the City of Light ambiance.
For a longer stay that's another story.

Even if it is very touristic, Montmartre keeps all it charms, you will not regret it. Try to find a nice hotel to go along.
Beware this is not the "Bute Montmartre" for nothing as you will have to climb. But from there the site seeing of Paris is gorgeous.

I do hope that at the time of your trip you will a beautiful weather to enjoy it.

When you will go to the concert, perhaps take your tripod with you. Going after the show at night, I'm pretty sure you will want to take some night pictures (if of course you plan to do serious shooting during your stay, if not do not bother).

One advice, if you go for using your tripod be extra careful of your equipment, thieves can be pretty quick (bag AND tripod alike).
So to spare the use of the tripod, I will not hesitate to push in the ISO with your D300.

Good planning of your trip

Cheers,
Horus
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