Brittany is beautiful in November. Be sure to enjoy lots of calvados and oysters.
November in Paris is my favorite month - calm, tourist-free, generally agreeable weather. Check out the marche on the Rue Monge then stroll up to place de la Contrescarpe and down Avenue de Mouftards, then down through the Luxembourg to La Closerie Des Lilas for coffee. It’s my Hemmingway walk.
Père Lachaise cemetery is stunning in the autumn, especially the holocaust memorials, never mind the Proust and Piaf graves - and Victor Noir of course; but forget the Jim Morrison one as it’s covered in bad poetry graffiti.
Montmartre is also quite lovely, with or without the hordes of tourists, and even with the hundreds of silhouettists who will cut out a likeness of you as soon as you can blink.
The French are very competitive when it comes to food. So, when you get to Paris, look online for a current list of the best croissant in Paris, or the best baguette, or the best patisserie - hike to one of the top 5 - test to see if the listing is correct - repeat. You get to see very different sections of Paris and taste the best that the French have to offer.
Yes. You cannot push them over no matter how hard you try. Also boring. There are so many beautiful sights in Brittany and Normandy better than them. Visit Quiberon and Quimper on the Brittany coast and buy some faience pottery! Visit the American cemetery on the Normandy beaches! Watch Tony Bourdain talk about the region! Drink Normandy cidre! Visit Mont St. Michel!
Also, don’t use too many exclamation points like I just did.
I understand the desire to warn people about how the Louvre is kind of problematic tourist wise because of how packed it is, and if all you want is to see La Joconde and La Venus de Milo then definitely don’t go there. But if you love art / museums, I would never advise anyone on earth to skip the Louvre, it’s probably one of the most wonderful museums in the world, I’ve been there I don’t know how many times and I still have hundreds of things to see so I’ll go there again for sure, many times.
What I would say though, is to not make the mistake to consider the Louvre as “one thing”, but more like an agregate of dozens of museums in one crazy place. So just decide to visit one space that fits your taste or your curiosity, and dedicate an afternoon or even a day to it and that’s that, don’t fall into the trap of wanting to see everything, you end up in a horse’s race that’s both exhausting and utterly pointless. This Museum has 35 000 pieces of art on display, around 600 000 in stocks which means it’s constantly renewed, it can’t be missed if you like museums, it’s just an endless maze of art history that you can get lost into for weeks.
So maybe skip the shiny superstar paintings / sculpture, erase the tourists rushing through the corridors from your mental picture of the place, but then, do go to the louvre, and take your time, it’s like a city inside the city, you just have to accept you won’t get to see / feel it all in the short amount of time of a day. And when you feel you’ve seen enough, be it after an hour, a day, a week, just leave, but that’s an advice I’d give for any museum, sometimes my desire for completion gets the better of me and I forget it’s not about that and I get too tired to enjoy anything.
the best weirdo comic stores are aaapoum bapoum (two locations, real close to each other), un regard moderne, arts factory, and bdnet !
le champo is a cool place to see a movie - even cooler is le louxor, a stunningly beautiful egyptian-inspired theater. has a nice little rooftop terrace to enjoy an espresso on : )
parc des buttes-chaumont is my favorite park. and you can walk a few blocks to my other favorite, park de belleville, to have some beers and snacks while you enjoy the sunset. the surrounding neighborhood is lovely to walk around, too.