Paris, as a pedestrian...

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  1. langloisandy

    langloisandy Been here awhile

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    Heading to Paris next month, other than the usual Tourista stuff, what else is awesome in the city? Any motorcycle/gear shops that I need to see?

    Mucho double dankes,

    Andy
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  2. Lone Rider

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    If you've never been there before, you would probably very much enjoy the 'Tourista' stuff. The tourist/vacation/holiday people tout them for a real reason.

    Are you more interested in dog figthing, titty bars, drug use, or something else? Maybe the sewers? The latest fashions?

    Do you even know what you seek there?

    Really, moto gear?
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  3. langloisandy

    langloisandy Been here awhile

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    Hitting many of the pastry shops and bakeries but need some other activities during the lulls in sugar/carbification. Yes. Moto Stuff...Heck I even want to see the cars that are offered there (and not here). Not my first trip, but first for my wife.

    Andy
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  4. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Moto-stuff is on rue de la Grande Armee, west of the Arch de Triomphe, metro Argentine.

    Other-stuff suggestions here.
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  5. RTLover

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    Get a good tourist guide book to the city. Walking is one of the, if not THE, best ways to see Paris. After eliminating certain areas that aren't interesting or are less than salubrious, which will be obvious, you can cover most of it on foot. July will be very busy, while in August Paris becomes half shut down when the Parisians leave on vacation and the city loses some of its flavor.

    Lone Rider mentioned the sewers and I don't know if he was kidding or not, but you can take a tour of the sewers. Entrance is near the Pont d'Alma. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_sewers Interesting in an odd kind of way.

    Moto gear? Head to the Avenue de la Grande Armee, which is a continuation of the Champs Elysees on the other side of the Arc de Triomphe. There are several shops from tiny to huge (not to US scale) on both sides of the road. To a lesser degree, on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir near the Bastille.
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  6. cottonwood

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    My wife and I rent a scooter for at least one day when we visit. Scary as shit but fun to cruise around and bolt out to smaller restaurants in the 6th. The Luxembourg gardens are great to walk around then up to the sewer tour - it'll take half day.
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  7. Lone Rider

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    Not kidding.
    Priority is moto gear shopping?...:)

    Unless you already know Paris well, it can offer you so much. A child in a candy store, if you're of that mindset.
    Rome is also a great candy store, imo.

    But, then are many more to see, experience, and to learn about.
    Fantastic history.
    But the major cities are not cheap.

    I find the unusual things very interesting.
    Some places offer that up in buffet style....
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  8. Lone Rider

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    Remove clothing, and dive right in...:deal
    Bus tours, and their like, will not get you the local feel.
    If you desire such...
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