by Cecilia Arnone and Alessandra Pagliaro
Places The most important districts to visit are the dynamic and young Marais, the suggestive Montmarte, the creative Saint Germain –des-Prés loved by Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The Jardin du Luxembourg is a famous green island in the city, wonderful to visit in every season, place of freedom and relaxation with a distinctive fountain where children make their boat toys move. If you need a rest in company of a good book the right place is the bookshop Shakespeare and Co. With Bateau Mouche (boat on the Senna) you will find out the other Paris.
Art A great architectural complex designed by Renzo Piano, the Centre Pompidou is visited every year by million of people. If you want to know something about the origin of modern art, have a look at the Musée d’Orsay. The Parc de la Villette is a series of thematic gardens among past and future, arts and science, nature and city, projected by Bernard Tschumi.And inside it enormous buildings like The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, a futuristic museum based on the involvement and the interactions with the visitor. Le Louvre exhibits masterpieces from ancient civilizations (Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities) and from Western art until 1848.
Restaurants and bistrots Would you like to discover the setting of a legendary film? Have a break at the Café des Deux-Moulins where Amelie Poulain worked as a waitress in “The marvellous world of Amelie”. It is situated in Rue Lepic-Montmartre. Or you can start your day with a blanc-limé at the 1923 Bistrot: white wine and a gazzosa
In and out The fastest way to move is the metro, which has 14 lines. On Fridays, Saturdays and before public holidays it is open until 2 a.m. while everyday it closes at 0:45 a.m. There are tickets suitable for tourists. Are you late? Take a taxi! Paris is full of taxi parking areas. Are you passionate about cycling? On Friday evenings and on Sundays there is a bike tour around the city. The itinerary changes every week and the departure is in front of Hotel de Ville.
Sleep Paris is really expensive! Neverthless, it isn’t difficult, hanging about some districts like the 9th arrondissement and the Quartier Latin, to find cheap and comfortable accommodation where the welcome is truly inviting: Hôtel Le Rotary with all double rooms and Hostel BVJ.