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Getting Last Minute Seats in Paris

January 17, 2009

No matter what the event, getting last minute tickets is not one hundred percent guaranteed, but definitely worth a shot. If you’re in Paris and unexpectedly decide you just have to attend a concert or take in an opera, here are a few options.

If it is last minute theater tickets you are after, then make a beeline to Place de la Madeleine or to the Tour Montparnasse area where you will find booths selling half price tickets (valid for performances on that particular day). The booths are generally open from 12.30PM to about 8PM though they close at around 4PM on Sunday.

As for the opera, you can either try your luck online (www.operadeparis.fr) or head to one of the venues (Opera Garnier, the Bastille or Le Chatelet) and queue up (from about 10AM) to see if there are any last minute seats available. If your attempts prove unsuccessful, remember to check back at the opera about 1 hour before the show starts to see if anyone has returned tickets.

Another final option is that outside most sold out shows you do get a few people trying to sell their tickets at the price they bought it at because they have had to cancel at the last minute, while you will find others selling tickets at black market prices. Beware of forgeries though and be careful that they don’t take your money and leave before handing you the ticket.

As you can see, getting seats at the last minute in Paris depends on luck, fate and just how determined you are. Happy ticket hunting!

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For the first time visitor in Paris

December 19, 2008

If you’re a first time visitor to Paris, it does help to have some background information before you visit. Here are a few things worth noting before you embark on your holiday to that beautiful and romantic city.

The layout
Paris is divided into different “arrondissements” or districts, which spiral out from the center of the capital. Thus the 1st arrondissement is the most central, while the 10th arrondissement is further away. These districts each possess a unique character and provide a whole different experience altogether.

Getting around
Without a doubt, Paris is best explored by foot. The many attractions and districts are walking distance from each other and give you a chance to soak up the Parisian atmosphere. Those pressed for time can make use of the city’s well connected metro or bus services. If you are on a budget then it is worth buying a “carnet” of ten metro tickets or even a “Paris Visite” pass which gives you unlimited use of most public transport services.

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What’s worth seeing?
Apart from the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum which are high on everyone’s list, other interesting attractions include the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon, the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur and of course the Moulin Rouge which only caters to adult visitors. Check ahead before visiting museums or galleries since many of them tend to be closed on either Monday or Tuesday. Do try also to make time to stop at a sidewalk cafe which is a wonderful experience altogether.