Metropole's Paris

New In 2012
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Current Paris Information
The central 'L'Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris' – has left the location that it occupied on the Champs-Elysées.

Not quite official yet, the new HQ of the Paris Tourist Office seems to be now open at 25. Rue des Pyramides, Paris 1. Métro: Pyramides. Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00, and on Sunday and holidays from 11:00 to 19:00. Closed on 1. May. Also try this new URL:

The welcome service is also available at the following locations:

Paris Tourist OfficeAmerican Express
Open from 9:00 to 18:30, Monday to Saturday. At 11. Rue Scribe, Paris 9. Métro: Opéra and RER 'A' Auber. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 30 00 [0.34€/minute].

Paris Tourist OfficeEspace Tourisme Ile– de– France
Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. In the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais–Royal–Louvre. Ile–de–France InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.

Paris Tourist OfficeGare de Lyon
Open from 8:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday. At 20. Boulevard Didot, Paris 12. Métro: Gare de Lyon. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 30 00 [0.34€/minute].

Paris Tourist OfficeGare du Nord
Open daily from 12:30 to 20:00, except 25. December and 1. May. At 18. Rue de Dunkerque, Paris 10. Métro: Gare du Nord. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 30 00 [0.34€/minute].

Paris Tourist OfficeMontmartre
Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. In the office of the Syndicat d'Initiative, at 21. Place du Tertre, Paris 18. Métro: Abbesses or Lamarck–Caulaincourt. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 30 00 [0.34€/minute].

Paris Tourist Office – To Come
A new space, somewhat smaller than the Champs–Elysées office, will function as the headquarters of the new Paris Tourist Office. Currently under construction, the new focal point for visitor information is expected to open in 2004. It will be located at 25–27. Rue des Pyramides, Paris 1. Métro: Pyramides, Tuileries or Palais–Royal.

  • The City of Paris' own 'Ville de Paris' official site is mostly for residents of the city – but may also be of interest to visitors. Bilingual.
Paris Area Public Transport
  • The RATP is the name of Paris' regional transit authority. The site contains all métro lines, stops and destinations. These are the people sell the green Métro tickets.
  • The SNCF – France's national railway system, has a Web site which tells you all you need to know about travel within the Ile– de– France and thoughout its national rail network.
Metropole's Paris Friends
Metropole Paris is associated with the 'WebFrance International Community of Sites.' Visit these Web sites to find useful information, and services in France. Metropole Paris has no commercial relationships with these sites – I use their services personnally. Subjects included are listed below.
  • Volterre-Fr – has English & French language resources – including links to language Web sites. For both teachers and students.
  • The Paris In Sites Newsletter has *news* about the WFI Community of Sites and Metropole Paris.

You can subscribe to this *free* email newsletter to get timely updates. It' easy to do so through the Web site. If you write to Linda Thalman, tell her you heard about it here. She'll buy me a café for every new sub. To date, I have a credit for 149 double–thimble–sized cups, all of them cold.

Café Metropole Club member Josef Schomburg walks around Paris in much more detail than 'Ed.' If you want to 'get closer to being here,' just give Josef's Paris–Promenades a trial.

Paris Weather Info
  • If you think Metropole's weekly analysis of coming weather may be dubious, you can go directly to Météo–France for the official word – which also includes timely warnings concerning extreme weather conditions throughout France.
Handy Paris Yellow Pages
  • France Télécom's 'Yellow Pages' – 'Les Pages Jaunes' – are not what they used to be in print, but are pretty jazzy online. Can't remember the name of a place you are seeking? If you know the street, Les Pages Jaunes probably have a photo of it – which could lead you to a name, address, phone number and maybe even a Web site URL. Nifty.
Handy Paris White Pages
  • France's 'La Poste' doesn't share revenues with France Télécom anymore, so it has its own directory for finding people, busineses and things with street addresses in France. They call theirs L'@nnuaire with the @ standing for 'A.'
The Eiffel Tower Has Views for You
  • Paris' famous iron lady was saved from the demolition brigade by becoming a radio tower and now it has its Web site too. Have a virtual visit to the Tour Eiffel in French, or Eiffel Tower in English. Find out more facts about it than you thought existed, plus see today's Webcam shots and 360–degree views of Paris.
Other Paris Web Sites
  • For a wider look around than than the Yellow Pages gives, try ShareLook Paris which has had a featured link here for a dern long time.
  • For gettng to know Montmartre you can hardly do better than Paris 18 Net, except if you want to try –
  • Montmartre Net, which has the Butte covered too – in English.
  • For another guide to life in Paris, try the Annuaire Parisien for finding things.
  • Besides the Tour Eiffel, this Web Cam site offers more of them.
  • If you are into deep 'meta' searching, ApocalX can be narrowed down just for France.
Web News – mainly – From Europe

Parisian and European Events – in German

  • Europolis– Online hat für Sie ausgewählt: die besten Restaurants, rund 450 Shoppingadressen, das Angebot der deutschsprachigen Paris– Spaziergänge, einige der originellsten und zuweilen unglaublich preiswerten Hotels, Ausstellungsvorschau auf die nächsten Monate, usw.
Note:The Europolis site has useful information – such as the
cultural program for Paris.
The French Explain France
  • The Toqueville Connection - Well– known French commentators dissect events in France and explain how they relate to the rest of the world. New editions appear every Friday.
French Internet News from Yahoo
  • Yahoo–France – features news updates from Agence– France Presse and Reuters. Most reports are in French.
French Radio News
  • France–Info - non– stop news. Note: reports are in French, and requires a RealAudio plug– in. This site also has information about all other Radio France services.
Links to Worldwide News UNESCO's 'WebWorld'
  • WebWorld – is your direct connection to news of cultural and scientific activities by UNESCO throughout the world. UNESCO has been acting as the world's official cultural exchange agent – long before there was a WorldWideWeb.
The BnF
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France – has articles about the BnF's exhibitions. This site is the gateway to France's 'official' library of record. Here you can search and here you shall find. This site also has details about how to order materials from the BnF.
European Study – Student Exchange
  • Campus Voice – has info about European faculties, exchanges, discussion forums, professional orientation and European employment offers.
Paris Newspapers Online French Regional Newspapers French Magazines Online French Television Web Sites
  • TF1 – commercial TV
  • France 2 – France 2, national, state TV
  • France 3 – France 3, state TV with regional news and features
  • Arte – French–German – cultural TV
  • La Cinquième – French TV for export – includes France 2, France 3 and Arte broadcasts
  • Canal J – for kids
  • M6 – commercial TV
  • Canal+ – pay TV
For Stamp Collectors
  • 'La Poste' has increased its activities for philatelists. Although it is not explicit that La Poste takes foreign orders, it does offer information about its subscription service in English, German, Spanish and Italian – or it used to. La Poste also accepts payments made with Visa or Mastercard.
Michelin Guide & Trip Planning
  • Michelin Maps & Guides – Plan your trip in France with Michelin. Includes list of over 70,000 hotels and restaurants from Michelin Guides. Fees are charged for custom detailed guides.
Web Travel Sites
  • 'European Visits' – exists in a Web as well as a print version. The site has a short but potent set of links to the major travel sites – handy if you have destinations in France other than Paris in mind.
Your Paris URLs
  • Will be more than welcome if sent to 'Ed' at this email address. In fact you may even get a public 'thankyou' in the 'Au Bistro' column for a vital URL that 'must' be here. Corrections to existing URLs will also be welcome.

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