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Les Halles is one of the most historic parts of Paris though it differs from the other central historic areas, Le Marais and the Latin Quarter, in that it has been rebuilt...


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Caution: Getting caught in the frequent Paris rain without an umbrella. True Parisians always carry an umbrella with them in their bag or coat pocket.

Avoid: The Louvre now requires reservations and advance ticket purchases, even if you hold a Museum Pass.

Hot Tips: Buy tickets to top attractions - and especially to current museum exhibits - online to save time waiting in line.

Take It or Leave It: A night or two spent in Chantilly is like living a fairytale fantasy come true.

Hot Tips: Many of the newer Paris hotels are themed in décor and style. Maison Souquet, for example, was once a famous 'house of courtesans.'

Avoid: Going to a restaurant just because it's expensive won't always get you the experience you crave. A small French bistro in a local neighborhood will often exceed simple expectations.

Hot Tips: Be sure to dine in at least one traditional French bistro while in Paris.

Be Sure to Sample: Late afternoon, around 4PM is the hour of 'gouter' or what French children know as the perfect time to indulge in a fine pastry from a patissier.

Take It or Leave It: Wine bars are a true social scene in the city. The ones you'll find here offer conversation as good as the golden or ruby red liquid in your wine glass.

Hot Tips: Even if you don't understand a word of Moliere in French, it is still worth the price of a rush Sunday matinee ticket (cheap!) just to be able to sit in the plush red seats of La Comedie Française, built by King Louis XIV in the 1600s.

Hot Tips: There are few things more thrilling than shopping the sales in Paris. They take place in January and then again at the end of June through July.

Best Local Souvenir: With the abundance of designer fashions in the city, you can find real treasures at the many consignment shops - for a great bargain, to boot.

Things to do in Paris