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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
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: http://www.parisinfo.com/.
The welcome service is also available at the following
Tourist Office – American 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].
Tourist Office – Espace Tourisme
Ile– de– France
Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00. In the Carrousel du Louvre,
99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro:
InfoTel.: 08 03 81 80 00.
Tourist Office – Gare 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].
Tourist Office – Gare 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].
Tourist Office – Montmartre
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
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
.' 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
- Volterre-Fr – has
English & French language resources – including
links to language Web sites. For both teachers and
- 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
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
Handy Paris Yellow Pages
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,
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
- 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
Parisien for finding things.
- Besides the Tour Eiffel, this Web Cam site offers more
- 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
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
Note:The Europolis site has useful information
– such as the
The French Explain
cultural program for Paris.
French Internet News from
- 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 Radio News
- Yahoo–France – features news updates from Agence– France
Presse and Reuters. Most reports are in
Links to Worldwide 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
- 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
European Study – Student
- 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.
Paris Newspapers Online
French Magazines Online
French Television Web
Voice – has info about European faculties,
exchanges, discussion forums, professional orientation
and European employment offers.
For Stamp Collectors
- TF1 –
2 – France 2, national, state TV
3 – France 3, state TV with regional news and
- Arte –
French–German – cultural TV
Cinquième – French TV for export –
includes France 2, France 3 and Arte broadcasts
- Canal J – for kids
- M6 – commercial TV
- Canal+ – pay TV
Michelin Guide & Trip
- '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
Web Travel Sites
- 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.
Your Paris URLs
- '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.
- 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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