ROUND AND ABOUT THE HOTEL DELAMBRE
Boutique hotel 3 stars
Street Delambre Paris
“Lovers of Paris make love to my song.
In Paris, lovers love each other their way.
The songs I sing them
Are lovelier than the best of days.
That’s a lot of springtimes, and springtime means love…
– Edith Piaf
Out and about in Paris
Welcome to Paris! This page has been specially produced for the visitor who is perhaps visiting Paris for the first time. We wanted to pass on some useful tips to prepare you for your visit and suggest some interesting walking routes you could try during your time in the City of Light. Happy reading!
Preparing for your excursion
Once you’ve had a chance to relax after the stress of your journey and settle down in your comfortable hotel room, you’ll be ready to set out and explore the streets of the capital. But before setting foot outside, make sure you’re dressed comfortably for your adventure.
Firstly, make sure your footwear is appropriate. Wear shoes suitable for long-distance walking. You’ll be making frequent stops to look at a whole host of interesting sights. You know how much a day’s shopping can tire your legs – stop, start, stop, start again – If you’re not wearing the right shoes, you can be sure you will suffer….
A visit to the Eiffel Tower, for example, can mean 30 minutes’ queueing to buy a ticket, another several minutes waiting for the lift, an hour or so walking round the tower and several more minutes waiting for a lift to get back to ground level. So the best advice is – wear the right shoes – and so what if you sacrifice fashion for comfort!
Restaurants start to fill up at around 12.15 for lunch, and remain full until 1.30pm. In the evening they start to fill from about 7.30pm and don’t tend to quieten down before 10pm. If you don’t want to wait to be served, dine early, between 6pm and 7pm. You should note that restaurants are seldom open for service between 2pm and 6pm.
It’s very pleasant to take a coffee or a drink on one of the café terraces, watching the comings and goings of Paris life – but be aware that for this pleasure you will normally be charged a higher price than if you had taken your drink inside the café.
The “Grande Dame” of Paris was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution. The tower is some 350 metres high. Entry (by lift up to the second storey) is 9 euros for adults and 5.30 Euros for children under 12 years old. From the 1st January until the 13th June, the Tower is open every day from 9.30am until 11.00pm (for sporting types, access via the stairs is open from 9.30am until 6.00pm). From the 14th June until the 31st August, the Tower is open every day from 9.00am until midnight.
Construction started in 1163, and was finished almost 200 years later, around 1345. The cathedral can accommodate more than 6000 worshippers. Entry is of course free, but if you would like to climb the towers, that will cost around 6 euros. Sadly the architects of the day did not make provision for a lift to be installed, so those with heart problems are advised to abstain from taking this heavenly path..
Only the section of the Champs Elysées between the Place de la Concorde and the Great Palace deserves to be described as “the most beautiful avenue in the world.” The rest of the avenue is filled with boutiques and restaurants which are often overpriced. Try the adjoining streets. Don’t forget though to visit the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the avenue, built in the middle of the 18th Century to commemorate Napoleon’s victories.
Construction of the Invalides hospital commenced in 1671 by order of Louis XIV, who wanted it as a shelter for soldiers, impoverished and badly wounded as a result of his multiple battles. The hospital was completed quickly, but Louis wanted a church built alongside, and this construction took about thirty years. Visits are available to the church, several museums and the tomb of Napoleon I, whose body was repatriated to Saint Helena in 1830. Entry costs 6 euros, but is free for children under 12 years old. Opening hours are: 1st October to 31st March, 10.00am to 4.45pm and 1st April to 30th September from 10.00am to 5.45pm.