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All change at the Catacombs – no 2hr wait !

For years I have wanted to visit the Catacombs as it is a huge tourist attraction. It is the ossuary of Paris which, from 1786, has held the uprooted skeletons of 6 million Parisians, some up to 900 years old, moved from over-flowing cemeteries into a small part of the 186 miles of tunnels created by limestone mining for the stone to build Paris. Descend the 19 metre spiral staircase (130 steps) walking for about 45 minutes / 1½ miles with 200 other people, 12 at a time, through the cavernous chambers displaying the carefully arranged bones.  What has stopped me going ? Lovely guests queued for an hour last week and in Summer it is more like 2-3 hrs with no cloakroom / toilet facilities.     But that has all changed! There is now a Catacombs ‘jump the queue’ ticket costing €27 including an audioguide which you book online. It is not part of the Paris Museum Pass package. Book early, or ask me to do it for you.  I tried to book in 10 days time at 5pm and there were only 17 places left. If not, you have 2 other choices : Queue for an ordinary ticket for €15 including […]

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What to do in Winter in Paris ? Wrap up and hit the major museums

  It is a question a lot of guests ask – what to do in Winter in Paris. It is cold in Paris in Winter. Wrap up warm and set aside a morning for just 1 of the 3 wings of the Louvre. Use the Porte des Lions entrance facing the Seine so you can dash straight up the stairs to the 1st floor, through Spain into 16th, 17th and 18th century Italy and do battle with the selfie-sticks in front of the Mona Lisa. 13th, 14th and 15th century Italy follow then downstairs for a bit more of Italy including Michelangelo’s The Dying Slave before doubling back into Etruscan, Roman then Greek Antiquities in order to gaze at Venus de Milo. Lunch, just across the road at the excellent and very reasonable Le Fumoir beckons. Don’t even consider eating anywhere in the Louvre. If you’re interested in exploring all the museums Paris has to offer, book for before the 25th February 2016 and accept the FREE offer of a 2 day Paris Museum Pass (pre-paid entrance ticket). This Pass entitles you to jump the long, long line for practically every museum and attraction you may want see.  So no cold feet. Check availability HERE. Want […]

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A Winter MUST DO before it disappears – Ice Skating for Free on the Eiffel Tower

Until 31st January on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower, 57 metres up, included in the price of your entrance ticket, you can go ice skating for FREE, all day long if you want, on the 190m² ice rink! There is a bar and a huge range of skates for children and adults as well as sleighs for the really young and disabled. It appears most people don’t believe it because there really are not very many people skating. Drink a mulled wine and then try and walk across the parts of the floor they have taken up and newly replaced with glass – my stomach does a turn just thinking about it! Come and stay at 52 Clichy and I will tell you all about the other fun things to do over the Christmas period. BOOK HERE… Want to hear what people are saying about 52 Clichy : read the reviews HERE

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