Visiting Gay Paris

Published Date Author: , October 6th, 2011
by Keith Richmond, Kooomi Paris B&B, Paris, France
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Visiting Gay Paris

The famous Italian-French actor Yves Montand once sang, “On a clear day you can see forever”. Well, Montand was not referring to Paris, France, but if visiting Paris with eyes wide open, you will definitely see a city forever classic, cultural, and historically beautiful.

Gay ParisThis includes a variety of Paris geographic vantage points that will provide you with amazing views of the city and skyline. One of those views is from the Kooomi Paris B&B apartment listed in Purple Roofs, but more about that later.

Paris is a metropolis bustling and relaxed at the same time. The city offers many choices for the traveler to organize their own special agenda. Mentioning them all would require writing a guidebook. Here is an interesting glimpse of only a few, including those close to the Kooomi B&B apartment and neighborhood.

Gay Paris - The LouvreThe Musee de Louvre is a museum housing some of the greatest artwork collections in the world, including the Mona Lisa. The size of the Louvre makes it almost impossible to cover in one visit. So pick your favorite genres and historic time periods and enjoy. Advice: Due to the sometimes-long line of visitors, it is easier to enter the museum from the side street instead of at the pyramid entrance.

The Eiffel Tower, of course, is not to be missed. See it during the day or when it illuminates at night. Enjoy restaurant experiences on each of its levels, with spectacular 360-degree views of the city. We have tried restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel.

The service was excellent, the food very good, and not overly expensive considering the packaged menu. Reservations are required. Advice: During peak seasons, it is sometimes better to buy tickets to enter the Eiffel Tower ahead of time. They provide a separate faster line for pre-purchased ticket holders.

For modern art, the Pompidou Museum is the choice of many visitors. The building structure itself is a piece of colorful modern art highlighting its attraction. The Pompidou sits in a popular location of the city that includes La Marais, Les Halles, Hotel de Ville, and a short walk to Notre Dame.

Using the Velib bike system is a great way to explore Paris. The Velib bike kiosks are located throughout the city. Rental payment is made via credit card, but only with cards having a chip on them. Bikes can be rented for half hour intervals or for an entire day. Parisians love this way of getting around Paris.

Paris Gay Travel - The SeineStroll along La Seine. Pause in the relaxation of musicians, picnics of French wine and baguettes, passing tour boats, beautiful bridges, and romantic couples.

Off the beaten path, there is also the Canal Saint-Martin. The canal is located in the 10th arrondissement near Gare du Nord and Republique, and feeds into the Seine River in the South and the Bassin de la Villete and Canal de l’Ourq in the North.

People love to relax along the banks of Canal Saint-Martin to lounge, picnic, enjoy the cafes on each side, or watch the tour boats navigate their way through the canal. On Sundays, two streets running parallel to the canal, Quais Valmy and Jemmapes, are blocked off from traffic for pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters / bladders. You see and feel the relaxation of people of all types and ages here. The Kooomi Paris B&B is located on the border of the 10th arrondissement and the 19th so you are in walking distance of Canal Saint-Martin.

Canal Saint-Martin flows into the Bassin de la Villete that is also part of the 19th arrondissement. Bike riders will enjoy this area. It begins with the newly opened rotunda restaurant standing in front of a water fountain. Right next to the fountain is a great outdoor cafe sitting right on the canal called 25 Degres Est. You can even see a movie at the two M2K cinemas facing each other on opposite sides of the canal.

Gay Paris, FranceOne is for French speaking films and the other is for English speaking films. Stroll further down the Bassin de la Villette and canal to arrive at Parc de la Villette. It is a modern park landscape including park, science museum, exhibit and concert halls, bamboo park, cafes, and other seasonal outdoor activities.

Once finished with the basin and parc de la Villette, walk through the multi-cultural and diverse Buttes Chaumont neighborhood. Nicknamed Bobo, it is a mixture of bohemian meets bourgeoisie (middle class).

Don’t leave the neighborhood without visiting Parc des Buttes Chaumont, located right by next to the Kooomi Paris B&B listed in Purple Roofs. Off the main tourist radar, this is one of the most beautiful parks in the city of Paris. The park consists of various hills, cliffs, bridges (including suspension bridge), grotto with a 20-meter high waterfall, a lake, and English and Chinese gardens. The park also hosts a lesbian owned cafe called Rosa Bonheur. It’s a favorite park spot.

Sundays at Rosa Bonheur is the weekly hangout highlight, attracting a large part of the neighborhood’s diverse residents – gay, straight, hip, trendy, cosmopolitan, and international. Advice: During warmer days arrive at Rosa’s between 5 and 6pm to avoid waiting to long in the line to get in. Free admission, cheap good beer, nibbly-bits, and a good DJ.

Before leaving the 19th arrondissement walk to Parc de Belleville. From here you have another amazing view of the city, Eiffel Tower included. The Belleville neighborhood itself is a cross-cultural mix of French, Chinese, African, and Middle Eastern. It’s a great neighborhood to experience a variety of cuisines and cultures.

Kooomi Paris B&BAll of what you’ve read and more can be experienced in Paris with the added pleasure and comfort of knowing you will be in close proximity by staying at the Kooomi Paris B&B. The apartment offers guests a cozy, relaxed, cool environment in a clean, spacious home with the hosts and their sweet friendly dog.

Enjoy your own view of the Paris skyline as the apartment has its on balcony terrace overlooking the city center. Kooomi Paris B&B is conveniently located at metro stations: Belleville – M2, M11 lines, Pyrenees – M11 line, and Bolivar – M7 line. It is a 10-minute bus ride to Gare de Nord and Gare de L’est.

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[…] The famous Italian-French actor Yves Montand once sang, “On a clear day you can see forever”. Well, Montand was not referring to Paris, France, but if visiting Paris with eyes wide open, you will definitely see a city forever classic, cultural, and historically beautiful. This includes a variety of Paris geographic vantage points that will provide you with amazing views of the city and skyline. One of those views is from the Kooomi Paris B&B apartment listed in Purple Roofs, but more about that later. http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2011/10/visiting-gay-paris.html […]

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Cecelia Casey said on October 17, 2011, 2:42 pm:

I have stayed at this lovely B&B and was guided and entertained by two wonderful good-natured hosts. If you are looking for more than a hotel experience, this is it (and the neighborhood is enchanting). You will have a true experience of living in Paris!

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Tom said on October 17, 2011, 3:04 pm:

The photo of our Kooomi guestroom was taken by and is courtesy of Cecelia Casey of New york City!!!

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