Paris on film

Paris on film
Watch a movie at every nook and corner of Paris,
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Every picturesque nook and corner of Paris and especially Louvre, Notre Dame and Moulin Rouge will remind you of a scene from a movie

Jai Arjun Singh
October 01 , 2014
13 Min Read

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Getting There
Direct flights from Delhi to Paris are operated by Air India, Air France and other international carriers such as Emirates (round trip: about Rs 58,460 per person).

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Visa
A Schengen Visa is required for travel to France. Apply for the visa at the French Embassy or get one through a travel agent. For details see vfs-france.co.in.

Currency
1 euro (€) = Rs 82 

Where to stay
We stayed six nights at the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur (from Rs 9,200; +33-9-69366130, mercure.com), just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge. This is a clean and comfortable four-star hotel with decent-sized rooms (by Paris standards) and a 10-15-minute walk from some of the city’s most picturesque sights, around the Sacre Coeur basilica.

Other hotel options include the Hippodrome Hotel (from Rs 6,960; +33-1-43876552, hotel-hippodrome.com), Le Relais Montmartre (from Rs 7,455; +33-1- 70642525, hotel-relais-montmartre. com), Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme (from Rs 62,260; +33-1-58711234, paris.vendome.hyatt.com).

Getting around
We travelled almost exclusively by the metro, which is fast, relatively cheap and convenient — road traf­fic can be slow. Keep a metro map handy; it’s easy to figure out routes based on the starting and ending station on each line. If you are planning to make many metro trips (as we did), I recommend buying a carnet (a packet of 10 tickets, available at a discounted rate — approx €13.8).
Walking is also a great option in Paris, when the weather is good.
We booked the bike tour via Isango (from Rs 7,300 per person; 0124-4148173, isango.com).

Where to eat & drink
We stuck mainly with street food, such as crepes bought on the run. The tea-shop Angelina (+33-1-42608200, angelina-paris.fr), near the Louvre museum, is almost a tourist destination for the first-time Paris traveler — try their signature hot chocolate and Croque Madame (a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich with a poached egg on top).
And when you visit Notre- Dame, don’t miss the brilliant ice-creams at Berthillon (+33- 1-3543161, berthillon.fr). If you visit the Pompidou museum, the Crêperie Beaubourg (+33-1- 42776362, creperiebeaubourg.com) is a good place to have a quick meal.

Top tip
If you plan to visit more than three or four of the main museums (e.g. the Louvre, Orsay, the Orangeries, the Rodin, the Pompidou), pick up a Paris Museum Pass (parispass. com), which gets you discounted, skip-the-lines entry into a selec­tion of museums.


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