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Old 04.10.2010, 13:48
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Me and my hubby want to go to Paris one saturday or sunday, leave early in the morning and return later at night.

First of all-it has to be by train, since it is a one day trip I donīt want to lose all that check in check out time, as well as the fact that airports are often very well distanced from all the places worth seeing in a city such as Paris.

The journey takes cca 4 hours, so itīs duable (kinda, since it IS Paris and there is sooooo much to see) but it will no doubt be fun and a great experience.

Now, all the ch internet sites are a bit confusing (english version as well as deutsch), so I was wondering if anyone of you has ever done this?
The departures are really dissapointing, we couldnīt leave from Basel before 6 am, is that true and the only available earliest line??

(leaving from Basel would probably be more convenient for us, even though Olten is nearest)

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Old 04.10.2010, 13:52
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Me and my hubby want to go to Paris one saturday or sunday, leave early in the morning and return later at night.

First of all-it has to be by train, since it is a one day trip I donīt want to lose all that check in check out time, as well as the fact that airports are often very well distanced from all the places worth seeing in a city such as Paris.

The journey takes cca 4 hours, so itīs duable (kinda, since it IS Paris and there is sooooo much to see) but it will no doubt be fun and a great experience.

Now, all the ch internet sites are a bit confusing (english version as well as deutsch), so I was wondering if anyone of you has ever done this?
The departures are really dissapointing, we couldnīt leave from Basel before 6 am, is that true and the only available earliest line??

(leaving from Basel would probably be more convenient for us, even though Olten is nearest)

Any tips would be great and appreciated
..why don't you stay overnight. They got some fairly decent youth hostels I heard. There is so much to see in Paris...but I've done Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and La Defesne all in one go (meaning within a day).
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Old 04.10.2010, 13:57
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..why don't you stay overnight. They got some fairly decent youth hostels I heard. There is so much to see in Paris...but I've done Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and La Defesne all in one go (meaning within a day).
I would love to, but then we would have to take our two cats with us (Iīm slightly paranoid and overprotected when it comes to them )
and my hubby doesnīt really fancy the idea of driving there, says the parking will kill him, literally.
Did you drive or fly?
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Re: *One-day trip to Paris*

Hi there,

Your plan sounds lovely but i agree with the previous comment... you should extend your stay ... otherwise you'll get exhausted by the end of the night. Just spending 4 hours to get there+ other 4 to return ... i think it's too much. Paris is beautiful indeed , lots to see but it's better to stay overnight in a B&B hotel; not all are hugely expensive.
Wish you a lovely trip!
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Hi there,

Your plan sounds lovely but i agree with the previous comment... you should extend your stay ... otherwise you'll get exhausted by the end of the night. Just spending 4 hours to get there+ other 4 to return ... i think it's too much. Paris is beautiful indeed , lots to see but it's better to stay overnight in a B&B hotel; not all are hugely expensive.
Wish you a lovely trip!
Yeah, it makes sense.. Iīm just keen on these one-day trips, mainly because I wish to leave as early as 4am, and return well after 8 pm, so we can sleep a little on the train, and still come home the next day.
The hostels may not be expensive, but we will be way out of our price range just by buying the return tickets, and where is the entrance fee to Louvre..? (my first stop)
and all other places I want to see and probably pay for in order to do so..
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Old 04.10.2010, 14:10
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Yeah, it makes sense.. Iīm just keen on these one-day trips, mainly because I wish to leave as early as 4am, and return well after 8 pm, so we can sleep a little on the train, and still come home the next day.
The hostels may not be expensive, but we will be way out of our price range just by buying the return tickets, and where is the entrance fee to Louvre..? (my first stop)
and all other places I want to see and probably pay for in order to do so..
Just with the Louvre it can take you easily 1/2 of the day. We went there for 4 nights and 5 days and we didn't manage to see all!
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Yeah, it makes sense.. Iīm just keen on these one-day trips, mainly because I wish to leave as early as 4am, and return well after 8 pm, so we can sleep a little on the train, and still come home the next day.
The hostels may not be expensive, but we will be way out of our price range just by buying the return tickets, and where is the entrance fee to Louvre..? (my first stop)
and all other places I want to see and probably pay for in order to do so..
If you're really set on doing a day trip, try connections from towns over the border in France (of course you'll need to drive there). Mulhouse has a departure about 5am, change at Strasbourg and arrive in Paris about 9.00 I think.
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Re: *One-day trip to Paris*

If you are willing to leave at 4 am - you could drive 2 hours to another major train station on route to Paris, park there (no crazy city parking) and get the first train from that station (still probably 6am). That way you are 2 hours ahead of schedule. And you may get a later train from Paris to your chosen 'central' station.
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Just with the Louvre it can take you easily 1/2 of the day. We went there for 4 nights and 5 days and we didn't manage to see all!
Unfortunately, that is true.. However I have a plan, and if we stick to it and see only what we truly want to see than this day trip is possible and very much happening.
(However, if ya all continue to make perfect sense, I may as well plan a day trip to the local farm.)
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Old 04.10.2010, 14:15
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If you're really set on doing a day trip, try connections from towns over the border in France (of course you'll need to drive there). Mulhouse has a departure about 5am, change at Strasbourg and arrive in Paris about 9.00 I think.
Good idea!
Plus I really wanna see Strassbourg as well..
Iīll check it out, thanks.
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I would love to, but then we would have to take our two cats with us (Iīm slightly paranoid and overprotected when it comes to them )
and my hubby doesnīt really fancy the idea of driving there, says the parking will kill him, literally.
Did you drive or fly?
The first time I left my 2 cats alone for one evening I was really worried. Upon my return the next day I was really nervous to see how they would be. I was expecting them to be afraid, anxious and nervous wrecks.. HA! Whatever! They just ignored me and went about their usual business when I opened the door. So on the odd occasion when I am away for a night I don't even worry. I'd just keep the kitchen and bathroom doors shut so that they do not have access to the faucets. I have a friend who's cats turned the water on while she was away and flooded the apartment

So, don't fret dear, as long as they have food, water and their baskets (or your bed ) to sleep on they will be fine for one night

I would also suggest that you rather stay over at least one night. I went with a couple of girlfriends and we managed to see quite a lot in 2 days but were completely buggered at the end of it. We stayed in a real dingy flea bag hotel and had a complete blast

You have to go! You will love it there!
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The first time I left my 2 cats alone for one evening I was really worried. Upon my return the next day I was really nervous to see how they would be. I was expecting them to be afraid, anxious and nervous wrecks.. HA! Whatever! They just ignored me and went about their usual business when I opened the door. So on the odd occasion when I am away for a night I don't even worry. I'd just keep the kitchen and bathroom doors shut so that they do not have access to the faucets. I have a friend who's cats turned the water on while she was away and flooded the apartment

So, don't fret dear, as long as they have food, water and their baskets (or your bed ) to sleep on they will be fine for one night

I would also suggest that you rather stay over at least one night. I went with a couple of girlfriends and we managed to see quite a lot in 2 days but were completely buggered at the end of it. We stayed in a real dingy flea bag hotel and had a complete blast

You have to go! You will love it there!

Well, then, I thought my kitties were smart and witty, but this is just too much..
I would still have to ask a friend to come over twice a day just to make sure, but I guess that is the smartest thing to do..
Any hotel recommendations? (cheap ones, weīre not picky, just stranded with cash and want to experience Paris as much as possible)
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Re: *One-day trip to Paris*

thinking that even with a week in Paris, there is still too much too see and one leave with the feeling of missing out... I could not IMAGINE making it as a day-trip.
My cat isn't happy, but stays alone for a night if required. One night will not break the bank. find a nice place smack in the center - how about in MontMartre? So you can walk around at night, enjoy some nightlife, then stroll out for croissants and coffee on sunday morning. If you act fast, you can even book yourself for a theatre on the sat night - that could be fun.
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I would love to, but then we would have to take our two cats with us (Iīm slightly paranoid and overprotected when it comes to them )
and my hubby doesnīt really fancy the idea of driving there, says the parking will kill him, literally.
Did you drive or fly?
I took the train from Basel. I'd say skip the Louvre for when you have time...also, i'm sure someone can look over your kitties for ya.
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Re: *One-day trip to Paris*

Your cats will be fine overnight. Either way, you have to go to the Louvre if only to zip through and see how tiny the Mona Lisa is. Make a walking trip between your station, Louvre, and Eiffel tower, stopping in cafes all along to drink wine and coffee and people watch. That's about the best you can do in a day.
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ONE day in Paris ? I hope you're kidding.

Took me almost 3 days to tour Geneva with my friend to show her the interesting parts and Paris is WAY bigger than Geneva....
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Took me almost 3 days.....with my friend to show her the interesting parts....
....I would have taken her to my place...but that's just what I would have done.
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Re: *One-day trip to Paris*

I agree with all the posters, one day (from the sounds of it, just around 12 hours) in Paris is not even near enough time to do much.
The metro is brilliant and works well, but the city is so big that you will still be on the metro between sites for a big enough chunk of the day.

I would definitely recommend staying the night, if only to experience the night life!!
As for hotels, I am afraid everything I have ever seen is expensive, besides hostels. I'm a bit past the hostel phase of my life, so I didn't really look into that to be honest. Hotels will run at least 100 euros for the night (double occupancy). If you stay in a suburb that will help reduce costs, or maybe check with a university, sometimes they offer their dorms as hotels and they can be reasonably priced.

ETA: I definitely recommend bringing your own audio tours (podcasts) for the museums and even for some walk arounds of the city. They tend to be more interesting than the ones you can rent, and they generally highlight the most important pieces, if you are wanting to get in and out. (Rick Steeves is well known and has a pretty interesting way of explaining things).
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Unfortunately, that is true.. However I have a plan, and if we stick to it and see only what we truly want to see than this day trip is possible and very much happening.
(However, if ya all continue to make perfect sense, I may as well plan a day trip to the local farm.)
No it's not, you'll see nothing in a day apart from a quick blur. Paris is not doable in a day, stop beiong silly and stay over night.

The cats will be more thsn happy to have a rest from you, they are very independant despite whatever you may think.
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....I would have taken her to my place...but that's just what I would have done.
She visited also my place, but not for what you think, you perv....
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