Centre Pompidou Reviews
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It was a gray day with the Paris skies periodically crying on us. However, our guide Gil Soltz made the trip well worth the visit. We started at the Pompidou Center of Art (which looks like it's still under construction...with all it's 'insides' hanging out). We ended at the site of the Bastille. In between, we wandered the Paris streets, a warren of randomly connected neighborhoods. We lingered at the the Hotel de Ville, the city hall and heard of its many lives. We saw preservation efforts, sites saved, sites lost and replaced with character-less buildings, a church, a Kosher neighborhood, and an eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and architecture. Our guide lives not far from the end of our journey and his love for the area was evident. With our small group of four, it was easy to ask questions and have the tour adapted to our needs. We return to Paris in two week and plan to return to the Marais District to do further looking since we have been well oriented by our guide. Paris is so big, being able to take a 'small bite' like this is very helpful in appreciating why Paris is so well loved.
I bought the 6-day Paris Pass, and while it probably didn't actually save me any money, it did save a LOT of time being able to skip some very long lines and walk right into a lot of monuments and museums. You don't actually get a metro card, but enclosed metro tickets. Just pass them in and out of the validator every time you board the bus or metro, and you're good. Arc de Tromphe, Musee D'Orsay, and Centre Pompidou had quite a long line for tickets, so very convenient to bypass and just flash my pass. A trick for entrance to the Louvre - there are two stairwells to the right and left of the arch facing the Pyramid that leads you down into the Carousel du Louvre (shopping center) and you can literally walk right into the entrance. No lines!! Paris Pass pays for itself in its ease of use and convenience!
Well worth the money. The fact that you bypass the lines at the Louvre, D'Orsay, and Pompidou center is unbeatable.
Saved some time, but it was a slower season so lines were not long. It was very convenient and if there was time to do it all it would have great savings. We loved having it for many reasons: easy to use, moving ahead of the lines, and information on the maps. At the Pompidou, we were disappointed that we could not use it to get in to the shows. It was an extra cost.
In principle the Paris Pass is a very good idea, but the reality is a little different. There are literally a handful of places where you 'jump the queue', and usually that is purely to get tickets, not actual admission. One thing which left a particularly bad taste was in the book it says you get priority seating in the Hard Rock Cafe where you pick up the pack, only to be told that they've never done that and we could wait an hour like everyone else. Other disappointments included the additional charge for the crypt at Notre Dame and both galleries at the Pompidou - you only get into the museum section with the pass.
One unexpected bonus was that the Metro card just kept working on the third day - can't argue with that! Overall you have to route-march round everything to get good value for money, which can be tiring but also has its benefits - if you paid individually for each museum or gallery you'd feel compelled to stay there longer than maybe you would choose when you've got the pass. It's OK and good for ease of use, but it's not the massive money saving, skip all the queues pass that the sellers would have you believe.
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