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Definitely smart getting your Metro tickets ahead of time! Seemed like an easy trip on both the train and then the Metro to the Bastille.
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Beautiful! Such a though about the monument though. Ack! I mean, I am glad there is a monument remembering them, but sad.
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Those beggars are on the trains every day. Sometimes they carry puppies, sometimes they have a small child who really should be in school with them and I even saw one with a really sick child. I'm not sure they are real beggers either though as they all have the same script. I think they are brought in by gangs who "employ" them to do this. I always wonder if they ar not followed by pickpockets who act while the beggers distrct your attention. In fact it makes me really sad that this is how some poeple and particularly some children "have" to live that I actually hate taking the trains which is why i drive to work.
You could be right about the gangs employing them. I know there have been cases of that over here.
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Sounded like a smooth transition to the Metro at Gare du Nord. Aside from the beggars.
I don't know why, but I loved the Bastille area! When I was there, I didn't find it too touristy, maybe that's why.
It certainly wasn't touristy at all - I think we were about the only people taking photos!
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Finally joining back in after a couple of days away-- You've made it to Paris! It's a good thing the train was running on schedule and you saved time with the Metro tickets. Wouldn't do to waste much time on a short trip like this one!
not at all! If we'd have had a couple of hours' delay, then the whole day really would've been shot to pieces.
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Definitely smart getting your Metro tickets ahead of time! Seemed like an easy trip on both the train and then the Metro to the Bastille.
It was. I always find Paris easy to get around, but then again, I find London and many other cities easy to get around. I always think if you do your research beforehand (and heck, we're Disney planners, so we do, right? ) and you know where you want to go, how you're going to get there and what you're looking for, that makes things so much simpler.
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Beautiful! Such a though about the monument though. Ack! I mean, I am glad there is a monument remembering them, but sad.
It is. I had mixed feelings about it as well.
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Sorry about the beggars on the train. Great pictures of the city. I didn't realize that the Bastille no longer stands, that there is only a monument. Very interesting piece of history.
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Sorry about the beggars on the train. Great pictures of the city. I didn't realize that the Bastille no longer stands, that there is only a monument. Very interesting piece of history.
I must admit I didn't until I read about in my guidebook.
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Love all the photos....makes me "homesick" a bit! . I think once people realize how Paris is organized spiraling out from the center, it is a pretty easy city to get around....so long as the metro isn't on strike! (At least they announce their planned strikes so people can attempt to plan accordingly)

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Nice update and glad you made it into Paris without any problems!

Good that you got your Metro tix before arriving into Paris with the lines at the machines! Although, those particular ones may may been for standard train travel (RER) and not for the Metro! When, I arrived at CDG airport back in May and had to get a train ticket into Paris in my morning arrival, I opted to go to the ticket office, where they were so helpful and got you what you wanted, instead of using a menu driven system and being not familiar with it and suffering from severe jet lag! I made the right choice!

I noticed a lot of these beggars on the Metro in my two days in Paris this year. Just out for a buck. The music can be good sometime, but just ignore them on approach as you're better off!

Nice pix of the Bastille! Visited there a number of years ago. I think in 1998. Some good ones in Place de Vosges as well. Great area of Paris here in the Marais! (Arr. 3) . Such a pretty area. Sort of equivalent in NYC to Greenwich Village or Covent Garden in London to an extent.
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