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An unusual guide to Paris

Updated on January 25, 2013

A guide to Paris, France: Paris quiz, Paris photos, scams in Paris, what to do in Paris

Unusual guide to Paris. This Paris guide goes outside the regular Paris tours: what to see in Paris besides the usual Parisian attractions. Test your knowledge about Paris, the French capital, browse some beautiful Paris photos. Spare yourself some grievance by reading about the most common scams in Paris! Oh and I almost forget: read about dog poo in the street of Paris. Welcome to me personal one of a kind guide to paris!

The intro photo of Palais de Justice and bridge to exchange, Paris, France is in Public Domain

This Paris Quiz and Guide webpage was last updated by Fanfreluche on January 18 2012

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My first Paris Guide: Tardi's Adele Blanc-Sec - I was 8 years old when I discovered Paris

WARNING: do not read below if you haven't take my poll! this will be cheating!

I must have been around 8 years old when I first picked "Adele et la bete" (First translated in English as Adele and the beast, recently retitled Pterror over Paris) by Tardi at the local library. I was hook on the dark, scary (for an 8 years old) stories and got the second volume (Le demon de la tour Eiffel) the morning after because I just love Adele. She became my Hero. I was intrigued by the city she lived in (Paris), filled with old monuments, secret passages, funny looking cars, big and dark cemeteries. All of this in an always foggy depressing light.

22 Years later, when I first visited Paris I remembered everything from these books and went on a pilgrimage: visiting all the spots depicted by Tardi: Parc Monceau, Jardin des Plantes, tour Eiffel, Pere Lachaise cemetery and gare du Nord among other.

Credits for the Adele Blanc-sec images: @Tardi, Editions Casterman.


Blanc-Sec is not a real French surname, it means dry white wine.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adle Blanc-Sec: Pterror Over Paris / The Eiffel Tower Demon (Vol. 1)

The first two books, in English. These are real classics. You will be back in time, in the early 1910, Paris. Strange, occult and weird incidents are happening in the busy capital and Adele Blanc-Sec, a reporter is investigating. A gallery of weird and weirder characters complete the set for the most unusual stories ever told!

Adele Blanc-Sec movie - Luc Besson

What to visit in Paris: my favorite, not mass-invaded attractions in Paris

Visit Pere Lachaise cemetery - It's much more than Jim Morrison tomb!

I love taking photos (mostly for the fun of it, I am absolutely not a photograph) and this well known cemetery is an amazing playground for me. If you need a little quiet time, the cemetery is great. you can walk hours without hearing a single stressful car honk! And this place is beautiful! there is much more to it than Jim Morrison (and other celebs) tombs. In fact I was very disappointed by most of the celebs tombs after having seen all those unknown mausoleums, tombs and crypts.

Old door details in a Paris Cemetery
Old door details in a Paris Cemetery
Sainte Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle

Visit La Sainte Chapelle

I know it is a "must visit" in all self-respecting Paris guide. Hence nothing unusual or original. But I wanted to tell you something:

DO NOT visit without a guide. Really you should invest in one. This is one of the rare monument/museum I would recommend paying for the guided tour. You will enjoy every single bit of it. Why? Because you will learn HOW TO READ A STAIN-GLASS WINDOW! Yes you read all right. You can read stain-glass windows. There is a specific way to do it. The guide will show you.

You see, in the middle ages, stain-glass windows where not there to make pretty. They had a purpose, they told a story. And when you know how to read them, you understand the messages.

Please invest in a guide for the Sainte-Chapelle. I did years ago and it was one of my most interesting visit ever.

Photo use under creative commons, thanks to Ollie-d

How to Read a Church: A Guide to Symbols and Images in Churches and Cathedrals

Just in case you cannot or don't want to pay for a Sainte Chapelle guided tour, here's a book that can do the trick. There is a section on stain glass windows.

Visit Le Jardin des Plantes - Not only a botanical garden!

The Greenhouse of le Jardin des Plantes
The Greenhouse of le Jardin des Plantes

I love le Jardin des Plantes (AKA Musum national d'histoire naturelle / Natural history museum), it is one of my favorite place to hang out in Paris. The greenhouse was originally build between 1834 and 1836 with added buildings later on. The one in my photo is the Tropical rainforest glasshouse, build in 1936 with a magnificent Art Deco entrance.

The greenhouse has been closed for a couple of years for renovation. It is now reopened and well worth a visit!

There is also a nice little zoo and the famous "Grande Galerie de l'evolution", a paleontology museum and a mineralogy museum. If you want to see everything, you will need more than a day. Kids won't be bored and will be delighted to see the dinosaurs skeletons.

There is 2 souvenir shop on the site: one is the Grande galerie de l'evolution and one in the paleontology museum.

See the beautiful greenhouse for yourself!

Visit Le Quartier Latin

Dragon at Fontaine Saint michel
Dragon at Fontaine Saint michel

Fontaine Saint-Michel is consider as a meeting point. In the center of the Quartier Latin, where no one sleeps. Lots and lots of restaurant, bookstores,student cafe,cool shops and the famous quais de Seine with the outdoor book sellers. I love to eat on a small street call rue de la Harpe. Many nice and cheap restaurants. After, a long walk to check all those books!

Visit Le Parc Monceau - In Paris 17em

Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau

Tired? Need a break away from the tourist filled monuments? Have already seen all the over populated parks listed in your Paris guide? Then Parc Monceau is for you! It is quiet, not too many tourists, far enough from most of the Parisian attractions. The only day you should avoid it is Wednesday because young kids don't have school and they hang in parks with their "nounous" (nanny).

Drinking coffee on a Parisian terrace

Your first cup of coffee may come as a shock to you. It is easy to order coffee, no worry there. Just ask "un Caf s'il vous plait" (or simply: caf). No, the surprise will come when you see what your coffee looks like. It is not your regular big mug water downed cup of brew. A "regular" coffee in France is a tiny cup of espresso. And there is no such thing as a "refill". Anywhere.

Now maybe you don't feel like getting that much cafeine and would prefer a "like at home coffee". You can. You just need to know what to order.

I will not reinvent the wheel here. There is already an excellent guide on coffee written here: Coffee (Caf) in Paris, France

Now that you know, you'll be able to enjoy your cup of coffee sitting at a table or, like parisian, standing at the counter.

Drugstore in Paris
Drugstore in Paris

An headache in Paris, France?

It can be a pain on Sundays!

Headaches and other minor pains such as heartburns can be mildly annoying. If you have no Aspirin, Tylenol or Tums on hands, you usually just go out to the nearest corner store, supermarket or pharmacy and get some. At any time. Night or day. That is if you live in North America.

If you are in France, it is another story. These products are sold exclusively over the counter in "pharmacies" (drugstores). Not much of a problem, there is pharmacies everywhere (French are huge consumers of medications and pills), you won't even have to look too long to find one. The problem will arise if you are in dire need for aspirin (or whatever) on Sundays! Almost everything is closed on Sundays. Including most of the pharmacies. You will need to find a "pharmacie de garde" (one that stays open, while all the others stay closed. They do that on rotation, so every week, it changes). To find one you either check online (see my link below) or walk around to the nearest pharmacie and check the door for the updated listing of "pharmacie de garde".

Pharmacie photo courtesy of @rgs under CC

I can't manage to cross the street to see Arc de Triomphe!

Of course you can't

True story. My cousin, a couple of years ago, visited Paris. One day she went to see the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. The Arc is in the center of Charles de Gaulle Etoile BIG roundabout. You know what she tried?? She tried to cross the roundabout. A huge roundabout of about 6/7 cars lanes (well in Paris the word lanes mean nothing because everyone drive like there is no rules). Imagine the honking she got. She spend at least 15 minutes trying.....before a good Samaritan told her to use the underground passage that goes straight under the roundabout to the feet of Arc de Triomphe. Now you have been warned, you do not cross a roundabout, you either go AROUND it or UNDER it. There is enough car honks and foul mouthed Parisians, no need to give them an excuse!

Street traffic in the Place de l'toile as seen from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France photo used under creative commons, thanks to: BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons

Yes Paris is clean... mostly

It was not always the case

Paris still has this undeserved tag about being a very dirty city. It use to be true. The first time I was here, 10 years ago, I remember pestering about all the dog poo in the street and the dirty subway stations. And 10 years ago was much cleaner than 20 years ago. Paris has come a long way trying to give a sense of community into its citizen. And how do you make Parisians care about the cleanness of their city? By reaching for their pockets via hefty fines!

It started about 10 years ago. The first real target was uncaring dog owners. The city had enough of paying workers to clean all the poo from the street. There was even a special brigade of "motocrottes" ("motorpoo": small electric motorbikes specially designed for poo picking). So begin a long and difficult learning curve for the dog owners. Fines was the best education for them and after close to 10 years of repeated advertising and fines, Paris is now almost poo-free.

But the education continue and this year, the new advertisment are pretty in your face and I love them very much. I am showing you a couple here:

The first 2 posters read "Scandalous? In Paris too! Garbages are pollution. Leaving them in the street will result in a 183 euros fine." The last one reads "Disgusting? In Paris too.

Some little things you should know about Paris - or France in general

  1. Tips is included in restaurants
  2. Emergency numbers: dial 15 for medical emergency, dial 17 for the police and dial 18 for the firefighters (they can also be called for most emergency, so if you want to remember only one number, remember the 18.
  3. On Sundays, most stores and groceries are closed. Plan in advance or be stuck with small and expensive corner stores
  4. Mailing postcards? To Europe it will cost you 0.75 euros, To USA/Canada and rest of the world: 0.87 euros
  5. On Wednesdays, you will see lots of kids in the parks, that's because there is no school on Wednesdays

Fanfreluche lives in Paris - And will share some addresses

I live in Paris. Since a couple of years, with some break to see family in Canada pretty often. I miss Canada a lot. I am Canadian. But I also miss France when I am away. Complicated. So I just want to share some of my favorite addresses with you, next time you visit you can see for yourself.

My addresses are certainly not in any Paris guide. they are neither the best of, or the most expensive of.... They are just shops I love and they offer quality products.If you want the BEST OF, you better buy a guide (Michelin, or Gault-Millau for the food).

  1. My favorite croissants: Boulangerie Maeder Raoul (also known as boulangerie Alscacienne): 158, boulevard Berthier 75017 Paris. Great buttery crispy croissants, also a very decent old fashion baguette (la retro). Avoid the quiche they are too rich and bland. They are closed on Mondays and Sundays afternoon.
  2. My favorite quiches Boulangerie Lohezic 65 Rue Pierre Demours Paris 17em. Amazingly tasty mouthwatering quiches! My favorite are: "goat cheese and spinach", "leeks" and "provencal". You won't regret it! They also offer a good old fashion baguette and delicious pastries.
  3. My favorite crepes (thin pancakes) L'Etoile d'Or 12, Rue de Montenotte, 75017. Certainly not the best in Paris BUT they have original choice (try the chicken, onions and reblochon cheese), the plates are well filled, the have nice cider and prices are affordable. Good place for the hungry!

Gault Millau Guide to Paris 2009 (French Edition) - For the food lovers

Gault Millau Guide to Paris 2009 (French Edition)
Gault Millau Guide to Paris 2009 (French Edition)

This is THE book for food lovers! If you love food, if you want to discover the best and most unusual eating places in Paris (or in France) you want the Gault Millau guide. They are the reference in France. You can settle for an earlier edition with no problem. Some restaurant may be closed, some may have lost a star, but you will still get the essential. Cheers!


1. Under the Roman Empire, Paris was named:

  1. Vindisca: was the Roman name of Venasque, a city located in the Southeastern part of France, in Vaucluse department.
  2. Lugdunum: was the Roman name of Lyon, the 2nd largest city in France. Lyon is located in Rhne-Alpes region
  3. Lutetia: good answer! Lutetia was the Roman name for the city of Paris
  4. Rotomagus: was the Roman name of Rouen, the historic capital city of Normandy

Lutetia or the First Plan of Paris, from Caesar, Strabo, Emperor Julian and Ammianus Marcellinus

2. The oldest church in Paris is:

  1. Saint-Germain des Pres: good answer! Dates from the 11th century. Saint-Germain des Pres is the last romanesque architecture relic of Paris.
  2. Notre-Dame de Paris: the most famous church of France. The first stone was put in place in 1163 but Notre-Dame de Paris was finished in 1345!
  3. Eglise St-Severin: this church, as we know it, was started in the 13th century.
  4. Eglise des Invalides: 17th century

Saint-Germain des pres
Saint-Germain des pres

Saint Germain des Pres photo, courtesy of darek rusin under creative commons.

3. The first Paris metro (subway) line was inaugurated in:

  1. 1898: wrong
  2. 1900: good answer! The first Paris subway line was inaugurated in 1900 during Paris World fair.
  3. 1905: wrong
  4. 1919: wrong

Paris metro photo
Paris metro photo

Art Nouveau Paris Metro entrance photo, courtesy of Mr. T in DC under creative commons.

4. What French comic book artist wrote a series of graphic novels that recreates the Paris of early 20th century where the moody

  1. Herge: probably the most famous French language comic book artist. He is the father of the reporter Tintin and his dog Milou as well as the foul mouthed Captain Haddock! Tintin adventures take place all over the world, not in Paris.
  2. Enki Bilal: another famous French comic book artist. Known for his dark futuristic tales
  3. Rene Goscinny: creator of the famous Gaul heros Asterix and Obelix
  4. Tardi: Good answer! Meet Adele Blanc-Sec, a too curious girl who happens to run into the strangest adventures. Set in a early 20th century Paris.

5. The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in:

  1. 1945: wrong
  2. 1919: wrong
  3. 1905: wrong
  4. 1889: Good answer! It was build for the 1889 World Fair. It is the tallest building in Paris and the most visited!

6. The city of Paris received a well known military medal in 1900, which one?

  1. The Victoria Cross: has never been awarded to a city
  2. The Legion d'Honneur: Good answer! Established by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion d'Honneur medal has been given to 69 cities (64 French cities and 5 foreign ones)
  3. The Silver Star: can only be awarded to a member of the United States armed forces
  4. Victory Medal (Inter-Allied War Medal): This medal was instituted only in 1919

La lgion d'Honneur
La lgion d'Honneur

Medaille de chevalier de la Legion d'honneur photo, courtesy of sunfox under creative commons.

7. Paris is divided in " arrondissements" ( neighborhoods or administrative districts), how many are there?

  1. 5: wrong
  2. 10: wrong
  3. 20: Good answer!
  4. 25: wrong

8. The name Paris come from:

  1. The Latin word for "the craftsmen": wrong
  2. The Celtic Gallic word for "big river": wrong
  3. The name of a Gaulish tribe: Good answer! Parisii is the name of the tribe
  4. A medieval word meaning "walls": wrong

Gallic Helmet Found at D'Amfreville, Eure, Site of Alesia Battlefield Where Caesar Defeated Gauls

9. Parisian "slang" language is called:

  1. Aligot: an excellent but artery clogging French dish: mashed potatoes and Tomme cheese, well blended until the preparation gets stringy.
  2. Beur: name given to French people born from North African immigrant parents
  3. Argot: Good answer!
  4. Le spleen de Paris: is the title of prose poems by Gothic poet Charles Baudelaire

10. In a Parisian bistro, if you order a "chevre chaud" ("warm goat") you will have to eat/drink this:

  1. Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese: a real recipe, but not the right answer!
  2. A green salad with grilled goat milk on bread: Good answer! It's really good, and an easy recipe to make at home too.
  3. A tea served with frothy goat milk: I made that one up
  4. A traditional Curried Goat

chevre chaud salad
chevre chaud salad

Chevre Chaud salad, courtesy of lejoe under creative commons.

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Have you ever been to Paris? How did you do on my Paris quiz? - feel free to share your thoughs about Paris

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    • rattie lm profile image

      rattie lm 

      7 years ago

      Brings back so many memories.

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      7 years ago

      Well I finally visited Paris this Fall...starting in Prague and went to Nuremberg to get on our River Cruise Boat, ending in Normandy then bused to Paris...We stayed 6 days renting a beautiful Flat in was not long enough to have visited everything...I should have printed out some of your suggestions, but forgot..

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      7 years ago

      Tried to guess, instead of read!

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      7 years ago

      I've never been to Paris, but maybe one day I visit this wonderful place.

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      Rosetta Slone 

      7 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I used to live in Paris, but I honestly didn't like it. Too big, impersonal and intimidating for a girl from a small Australian town. Your quiz was fun, though!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      7 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I liked your Paris quiz...a good blend of historical and common sense. I have been to Paris and would like to return to explore it at length.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I have not, and my ignorance of the city clearly shows, since I scored quite low. Fun tour. Thank you.

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      chft55 lm 

      7 years ago

      I did terribly on the quiz, even though I've been to Paris many times. You should also check out the Parisian catacombs, they are really interesting.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      Really interesting lens with unusual facts. I like the Arc de Triomphe story.

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      7 years ago

      This was very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to put all of this information together. It makes me feel like I know something more about Paris than just the tourist sights.

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      7 years ago from Kent, UK

      I was lucky enough to live in Paris for three years. I miss it even though it was a long time ago now. I really do like your guide - so very much better than the standard list of things to see. Really, people do need to break out of the mould.

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      8 years ago

      Better than expected.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, several times and we were just in France but went to Gascony, Perigaux and Lyon this time. Like the addresses you placed here. Will be useful for our next visit.

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      8 years ago

      Enjoyed the quiz.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wow that meal looked like it was just too beautiful to eat. Paris sounds like an amazing city to visit and I would love to see it one day.

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      Char Milbrett 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      i got only 5 of 10 correct. My grandmother was born in Paris in 1903. Some day I will travel there to see it!

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      8 years ago

      What a brilliant travelogue. Parts of this wonderful city I have never seen. Mon Dieu I only got 3 out of 10 too. back to school where I learned the phrase 'je suis le phantom de la maison onze cent onze'. I cant understand why this phrase was never really useful on holiday in France though!?

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      8 years ago


      I love Paris, I've been there twice some years ago.

      The parcs are oases; wandering in streets, alleys and boulevards is magical; the giant ferris-wheel outside Louvre offers a spectacular view of the city and of the plain's vastness.

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      8 years ago

      Judging by my very poor showing on your quiz, I think I'd better visit Paris and learn a few things! :)

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      8 years ago

      Beent to Paris a few times, but that didn't help me at all on your quiz... Nice lens though!

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      8 years ago

      Returning to sprinkle some fresh angel dust on the streets of Paris to help others find their way on your unusual guided tour...delightful!

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      Stacy Birch 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Stacy Birch 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      8 years ago

      Lovely fun quiz lens with lots of interactive stuff for readers. Very enjoyable. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      TeagueChubak LM 

      8 years ago

      Didn't do so well. But it was fun.

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      8 years ago

      I've never been to Paris, but it looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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      8 years ago

      Need to go back to Paris, to see if I can do better on this quiz

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      8 years ago

      I never had any desire to visit Paris until I read Katherine Pancol's trilogy that starts with Les yeux jaunes des crocrodiles. Now, I can't wait to go! This is a great lens with the kind of insider information that further makes me want to visit Paris.

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      8 years ago

      Ive been in Paris twice, but Id like to visit it again... and my results show it: theres a lot I still have to learn about it. Very nice and informative lens, thanks!!!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      8 years ago from Ljubljana

      Not yet, 3/10, but having fun. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      This is a great lens, you have a lot of information on here. I've been to Paris but unfortunately I only got 3 out of 10 on the quiz. It was fun though!

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      pimbels lm 

      8 years ago

      I didn't do well but I found this lens and the quiz very interesting. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Time to go to learn....

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      8 years ago

      I plan to visit Paris when my son completes his undergrad degree. I got 5 out of 10 on your quiz. I really enjoyed this lens. See you around the galaxy...

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      Pete Schultz 

      8 years ago

      I didn't do well on the quiz, I clearly need to visit Paris for a couple years to learn more. This was a nice little visit, with some great photos. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Didn't know about some of the scams that happen in Paris -- some great information!

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens. I want to visit Paris even more now!

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      8 years ago

      Now I'll be longing to visit Paris all day.

      I didn't know stained glass windows could be "read." I live in a tourist town and there are lots of old stained glass windows in churches downtown. I'm sure they tell stories.

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      8 years ago

      2/10 in the quiz - and both of those were guesses!! I'm a country girl and live a long way from Paris. I have to admit I didn't like it much, but I don't like any towns/cities much. Great lens :)

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      8 years ago

      Oh thank you so much for including my Paris collage here! I adore you for it! And this lens is wonderful with all the nice little things to read about Paris. You are right to include the places in Paris where we don't want to hear the noise of cars in the background...! Thank you so much. Lorrie Morrison

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      8 years ago

      A fantastic lens, so full of treasures and fun too! Many thanks for including one of my postcard designs in your photos and posters section; so much beautiful art in there I hope you continue to add to the collection. :)

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      Bill Armstrong 

      9 years ago from Valencia, California

      Outstanding lens, thank you for sharing

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      9 years ago

      Awesome lens! Love the pics!

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      Bella Stella 

      9 years ago

      This is an interesting lens. It seems that you have worked very much on it. Congratulations! I really enjoyed this lens and I also took part in your quiz!

      I am also trying to complete a project with the museums of Greece. I would appreciate it if you stopped there for a while leaving your opinion comments and it would be very important for me if you liked it. Here is my lens .

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      9 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Great Paris lens - how did I miss this when I was looking through your lenses a while ago!

      Angel blessed.

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      9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I've never been to Paris, but I'd love to go....someday! I got 50 on the quiz, which was amazing--I expected to do much worse! Fun quiz, and great lens!

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      9 years ago

      I just had to come back to re-read this outstanding page about Paris, the Ville Lumire...

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens. Joining your fan club

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      9 years ago

      Someday.... I will go to Paris

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      9 years ago from New York

      Last time I was in Paris it was only for 3 days and there was so much I wanted to see and do I did not sleep a wink until I got on the plane to return home! Can't wait for the opportunity to return at a more leisurely pace. Great lens. Very interesting. Actually printed it out and filed it in my bucket list folder!

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      9 years ago

      I live in Paris, but haven't been to most of the sites cited above. I should go out more :)

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      9 years ago

      I live in Paris, but haven't been to most of the sites cited above. I should go out more :)

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      Pat Moire 

      9 years ago from West Village, New York City

      The monuments and architecture in Pere Lachaise are so beautiful - well worth the visit. And now there are more places for me on the next visit to the City of Lights. Good quiz. Scored 50% by getting the food question!

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      ToTheBrimm LM 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful photos.

      BTW, I blindly guessed 40% correctly.

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      9 years ago

      Ah, Paris! The place for art, romance, fashion, food and so much more! I love visiting Paris every single time. You never run out of exciting places to see and interesting things to discover. J'aime Paris! Sundae ;-)

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      9 years ago

      Great lens about Paris. Thanks for the history and the travel tips.

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      9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      As a French major, I'm embarrassed to have only got 5 right, but I'm blaming it on my age ;) Love Paris and want to re-visit some day! Blessed!

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      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I only got 40% although I've been there. Angel Blessings and thanks for an enjoyable lens

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      9 years ago from USA

      I have been to Paris, but apparently I either don't remember or I never learned! Thanks!

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      ChrisDay LM 

      9 years ago

      Lensrolled to my Paris Quiz

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      ChrisDay LM 

      9 years ago

      also 60% - bare pass - oh well - lovely lens tho'

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      9 years ago

      60% quite bad, considering I lived in paris for two years. I oved your lens, a beautiful re-visit

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      Julianne Gentile 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      20% I have much studying to do! Have a wonderful 2011

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      Titia Geertman 

      9 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I scored 9 out of 10, most I knew, some I guessed. I've been to Paris many many times in the past. When we were teens, my sister and I used to ride with the shrimp trucks to the old Les Halles for only 10 guilders. From there we went to a youth hostel to sleep and when we wanted to return, we just go to Les Halles again and waited for the trucks to unload and drove home again. I still regret they moved Les Halles out of the center of Paris. The cemetery Pere Lachaise is one of my favorites too and I do love Quartier Latin, but not in the tourist season. I love all the bookstands along the Saine too. From my house to Paris is about a 4/5 hour drive by car, but it's much easier to get there by train. Paris traffic is very scary if you're not used to it.

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      9 years ago

      good quiz and interesting lens

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      9 years ago

      nice quiz :D

      beautiful lens

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I've added my angel blessings :)

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      Kimberly Hiller 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I loved Paris when I went. Except when they put the giant salmon slice on my salad and just stared at me waiting to eat it. I didn't know how to say in French "vegetarian." =)

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      9 years ago

      I have lensrolled this to The Louvre, Essential Tips and thanks for the lens!

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      9 years ago

      Got 2 right, and to say I know nothing about Paris I'm still slightly pleased with my guessing skills lol

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I got 6 questions right. I've been to Paris several times (it's easy because I live in the UK) and I love the city. I couldn't possibly choose my favourite place, there are too many. It's a place where I'd love to live. I like your page about Paris very much.

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      9 years ago

      scored 2 but i still like the quiz :D

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      9 years ago

      I didn't do so well either ... only 40%. Never traveled to Paris. If you'd asked questions in French Kiss I'd have gotten 100%. LOL.

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      JackRussell LM 

      9 years ago

      7/10 not bad but maybe a little more practice needed! Thanks

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement on the quiz, I was at 40% but would do much better now! Your love for Paris is quite evident, I'm so glad you got to live your dream. Beautiful presentation, your pictures are gorgeous! Of course this is beautiful, it's a labor of love!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I enjoyed your quiz but especially am impressed by the entire lens. Paris must be such a beautiful if not romantic city. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Reminded me of a quick simple meal I "invented" consisting of fava beans with lemon juice and garlic, some pita and a slab of feta cheese made in France from sheep's milk Cheese & legumes; pretty tasty!

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      Nathalie Roy 

      9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @Swisstoons: The Lentils with walnuts and goat cheese is apparently a real recipe! I found this out while searching the net one day. And remembered it when i did the quiz. Just google it and you will find some variation on it.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      I got only 50%. Some of the answers were educated guesses and others were pure stabs in the dark,. Lentils with walnuts and goat cheese may not be "chevre chaud"...but it sounds like something I would like to try. Did you make it up on the spot when constructing the quiz? :)

      Thumbs up for an interesting (if difficult) quiz! I am emailing the link to a gal I know who has been in love with Paris for years.

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      9 years ago

      Oh no 4 sur 10! Quel idiot. La pense de la lentille tait magnifique. Merci traducteur Google

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      9 years ago

      Such a fun lens!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm back, this time with a blessing...**Blessed by a Squid-Angel and featured on Squid Angel Blessings by AJ**

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Beautiful lens, I've never been to Paris so I'm not going to mention my results :D

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      Louis Wery 

      9 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Visited Paris in the 1960s so we are overdue for a return trip. Thank you for your informative lens!

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      9 years ago

      Scored 7 out of 10 on the quiz, only because I visited Paris this past July and learned a few things while I was there. Paris is such a beautiful city, can't wait to return. Thanks for the suggestions on places to eat. Have added your lens to my Paris lens. From one Canadian to another, bientot!

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      Tom Fattes 

      9 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I was in Paris 33 years ago as a nine year old. I probably didn't like it much then, but I love thinking about it now. I believe we were there at the end of the Tour De France that year, because I remember watching it out TV. Not sure why we didn't go out and see it in person.

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      9 years ago

      Have been 2x myself and love the city. Lens rolled to my Paris, France lens. You have done a beautiful job. Congrats on lod.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @Sensitive Fern: Oh yes! Very much!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      9 years ago

      30% I know almost nothing about Paris so I was just happy that I figured out the goat cheese answer and remembered the oldest church from Art History class 30 years ago. :) It's hard to have your home be in one place and your soul in another, isn't it?

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      9 years ago

      20% - YIKES! Hope they'll let me in the city one day in spite of that.

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      9 years ago

      Yikes - I got 30%, but I never have been there. I would love to visit someday however, but before then it seems I need to study up!! Thank you for sharing all this great information!!

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      9 years ago

      Yes, the written card scam is pretty old in Paris. I am French (By the way I have created a lens about Paris about a years or so ago) I've lived there for 5 years. Great lens.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I only got 5 out of 10, oh well... I would love to go to Paris, and despite living in London for 15 years, I never got there. I have been twice in transit at Charles De Gaulle airport, but that doesn't really count does it. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      9 years ago

      cool lens....been to Paris but only for one day haha

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      9 years ago

      cool lens....been to Paris but only for one day haha

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      9 years ago

      I would like to return to Paris this summer! paris je t'aime!

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      9 years ago

      I plan on going at the end of the year and find appreciate the info.

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens on a great subject.Congrats on LOTD. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Squidoo LOTD lenses

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      Megal LM 

      9 years ago

      You have some great graphics and information here. Thanks for the mini adventure.

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      James Jordan 

      9 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I'm going next wek so I will try to remember to take your quiz after my trip! Can't wait it is my 4th time. I LOVE it there. We are going to Guy Savoy for dinner.....


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