This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Falling for Paris

The Musee d'Orsay is another essential stop.

The airy building, a former train station, is filled with light and easy to navigate -- a refreshing break from the at-times labyrinthine Louvre. The museum's collection of Impressionist and other modern paintings and sculpture is stunning.

And be sure to keep in mind, the d'Orsay and other museums have instituted relatively strict security measures in the last few years. Expect to run your bags through an X-ray machine and be subjected to a search if you set off the metal detector.

The Eiffel Tower , by the way, is one attraction that remains crowded no matter what the season.

Not only is it high on every tourist's must-see list, it only has three elevators -- in the legs -- to accommodate the crowds. Still, the view from the top is breathtaking; it's 324 meters high, and there's little to block the vista.

Completed in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is well worth exploring. The elevator ride to the top will cost you 11 euros, or about $14; if you're feeling ambitious, you can walk up to the second level for just 3.80 euros, or $5.

There's even two restaurants on the lower levels of the Eiffel Tower -- Altitude 95, and the prestigious and expensive Le Jules Verne (reservations are essential).

Bon Appetit

Beyond those delicious petit dejeuners, most of the food in Paris is superb. Try Charlot (12 place de Clichy), roi des coquillages (the king of shellfish) in Clichy, a vibrant neighborhood not far from Montmartre.

The gigantic platters of shellfish are truly works of art, but more than any one diner can consume -- get one to share and sample some of the side dishes to round out your meal. Main courses run about 19 euros to 38 euros ($25 to $48).

Another excellent pick is Chez Nenesse (17 rue de Saintonge), in the Marais district.

Here you'll find unpretentious food made with the freshest ingredients, and the atmosphere of a classic Parisian cafe. The mixed green salad with duck fois gras is terrific; prices here range from about 12 euros to 15 euros ($15 to $19).

Montmartre is where you'll find the storied Moulin Rouge nightclub. It still has the famous windmill sign facing the street, but has apparently gone through major renovations. Be prepared to pay for the privilege, as a multicourse dinner and a show on weekday evenings is 140 euros (about $180).

Dancers on rue Mouffetard
Photo: B. Stormshak

Finally, the weather. In mid-October, it was still rather warm in the city, but it will be cooler in November, of course, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-50s; it can rain frequently in this season.

But bring an umbrella, stout walking shoes -- and don't forget a power adapter -- and I guarantee, you'll love Paris in the fall.


Flights from the U.S. to Europe are now off their peak summer rates, which should make finding a good ticket tres facile.

Intra-Europe air fares are lower this time of year as well, so if you can't find a decent fare from the States to Paris, you might consider flying to London and booking a separate roundtrip to Paris. Try BMI , Ebookers or Easy Jet to help you find flights from London to the continent.

If you do want to take the " Chunnel " train, book well in advance to get the best rates -- it's a Eurostar train that zips between London and Paris, right under the English Channel, in under three hours. Bon voyage!

2 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,387.21 -291.49 -1.65%
S&P 500 2,029.55 -27.54 -1.34%
NASDAQ 4,681.4970 -90.2660 -1.89%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs