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Those were the days – Finland, Paris or wherever

Posted by dan on January 12, 2011

Probably it is a bit late, but I am just realizing it is he 21st century. Not that it really matters or that it was anything easier before 2001 – but I still love those days.

In memory of Allan who I was thinking of when making this post, without knowing he has just left while I was drinking alone and singing ‘those were the days…’

I know a guy – he’s not Finish though -who went all the way from Germany to Jordan with a donkey-cart. He was refused entry to Israel because of the donkey, so he took the ferry to Egypt and got stuck there in a small town. He built a house and lives happily. I will try to find his website and post it here, he makes amazing photos. Let there be free spirit.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations in Paris

Posted by dan on December 31, 2010


New Year's Eve in Paris, Seine, lit-up Eiffel Tower

New Year's Eve in Paris with a lit-up Eiffel Tower - no fireworks.

Paris is one of the most colorful and lively places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, whether you are spending it in a restaurant, a club, at a house party, out on the street – or, as often the case is, a combination of these. All of Paris is safe on NYE, just as as at any other time, although it is a loud and crowded experience at many places. The whole city is lively and full of partying people, but the most popular spot is the Champs Elysees area. Paris is one of those few cities which did not follow the mega-fireworks trend. There have been smaller displays at the Eiffel Tower and at other places such as Place de la Concorde in the past, but as far as I know nothing is planned this year. Fireworks is more on the spontaneous side – people setting off them all over the city, sometimes in crowded places. Montmartre is another popular neighborhood to spend the night. It is somewhat calmer and there are good views over the city – although not much of the Eiffel Tower itself. Wherever you are in Paris, it is party time and there are happy people wishing each other – Bonne Annee!

Further info:

Celebrating New Year’s in Paris:

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Paris – Christmas colors

Posted by dan on December 21, 2010

Paris, just as every city in the Western world, is preparing for Christmas. With its markets, Christmas lights and decorations, busy department stores, shopping and fun, Paris is one of the most colorful cities.

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Secluded oasis – Musée du quai Branly

Posted by dan on December 17, 2010

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

Just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower along the foot path there is a building covered with green vegetation. This is the vertical garden at the Musée du Quai Branly. Behind the sound-proofed glass wall that follows there is a secluded garden. The garden houses the Musée du quai Branly which displays indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The Cafe Branly, open air in the summer, is a good way to relax after a visit to the museum in the garden, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Musée du quai Branly official website in English:

About Musée du quai Branly:

About the vertical garden:

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Hotel de l’Alma – good choice near Rue Cler and ET

Posted by dan on December 7, 2010

Hotel de l’Alma is a moderatly priced 3-star hotel in a little street, close to Rue Cler, between the Invalides and Champs de Mars. The Eiffel Tower is only a few minutes from the hotel, and from the rooms on the 6th – I was told – you can actually see it. It is a moderately priced 3-star hotel. Nothing fancy – not too modern, not too antique. The double I stayed in was big enough, even with Parisian standards. Clean room with TV (sport in English, a German and a few French channels), mini bar, safe, heater (hot enough in the room without it), working WI-FI on the 4th floor (they said on every floor), clean and new looking bathroom. I had a room with a room looking out on the street – for me that was a bonus, but there are also rooms overlooking the little patio below. Staff friendly, helpful. It was relatively cheap, especially that I booked at short notice and only for one night. It was a good choice.

Hotel de l’Alma ***
32 rue de l’Exposition – 75007 Paris
Tel : +33(0)1 47 05 45 70
Official website:


See also blog post: Rue Cler


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Snapshots – Rue Cler

Posted by dan on December 5, 2010

Market in Rue Cler, Paris

Chestnuts - Market in Rue Cler

Favorite of Rick Steves, Rue Cler itself and the area around it is a very charming Parisian district. Located between the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides, it is a convenient area to stay and visit many of the sights in Paris, but there is also plenty to see and do right in the neighborhood. Following are some images on a not too busy winter day.

“The market is at its best:
Tue–Sat 8:30–13:00 or 15:00–19:30,
Sun 8:30–12:00,
dead on Mon.”

“Rue Cler: The Art of Parisian Living”, by Rick Steves:

Suggested hotel in the area:

Hotel de l’Alma ***
See blog post: Hotel de l’Alma – good choice near Rue Cler and ET
Official website:



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Snow in Paris

Posted by dan on December 2, 2010

Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

It doesn’t snow much in Paris, and if it snows, it doesn’t remain long. Although I had been to Paris a few winters before, never saw the city in white. Just recently on a forum talking about the chances to witness snow in Paris, I said hopefully this time I can see it, fingers crossed. Since I made it on time to St. Pancras railway station and my Eurostar train wasn’t canceled either, I managed to make it back to Paris again – and there it was; snow as I wished for. Not as much as there were in previous winters I heard, but in life you have to be grateful for what you get. Here are a few glimpses of this event.

I am a bit skeptical about the accuracy of longer forecasts, but I even forget what they said a day or two before, so I cannot be sure. Anyway, it is good to have a rough idea as what to expect.

Travel Tip 10 day weather forecast for Paris (temperatures in Celsius):

10 day weather forecast for Paris (temperatures in Fahrenheit):

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Budget hotel at the Eiffel Tower

Posted by dan on November 18, 2010

Parc du Champs de Mars, the green park where the Eiffel Tower is located, lies between two districts. While the 7th on the east offers quite a few hotels and is a nice neighborhood, the 15th district should not be over looked either. It is a diverse residential area with more of a laid-back local feel. There are restaurants, cafes, bars, so it is definitely not dead even late in the evening. There are some real good delicacy shops and even a little market under the metro bridge. And best of all, hotels tend to be cheaper here while still having good access to sights either on foot or by metro.
Hotel du Petit Louvre, located just off Boulevard Grenelle, is a simple but decent hotel. Do not expect A/C or anything luxurious, but the rooms are adequate and clean, there is lift and TV in the rooms, staff is friendly and helpful, there is a free WiFi service. The hotel’s biggest advantages are its location – being about 5-10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower and the Seine on foot and right on a metro stop – and the very attractive rates it offers. A good base to explore Paris from, a good neighborhood to chill out in the evening and a decent place to spend the night.

Hotel du Petit Louvre **
1 rue de Lourmel 75015 – Paris – France
Tel : 33(0)1 45 78 17 12
Official web site:

See also blog post: Secluded oasis – Musée du quai Branly

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Angles – the Eiffel Tower

Posted by dan on November 17, 2010

Although I am still here in the UK, both physically and in soul, Paris is always on my mind. Having just recently visited the city, the memories are still very vivid. Paris has a million faces, it would be impossible to show it in any single work – book, film or any other means. However, you can take an event or an object out and look at it from different perspectives. This time I explored the Eiffeil Tower a little bit, looking at it from different angles.

See also blog post: Reu Cler


Suggested hotels close to the Eiffel Tower:

Hotel de l’Alma ***
See blog post: Hotel de l’Alma – good choice near Rue Cler and ET
Official website:

Hotel du Petit Louvre **
Official website:
See blog post: Budget hotel at the Eiffel Tower

Hotel Baldi  **
Official website:

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