• Posted:Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Ride the 69 bus in Paris
Many people neglect the joys of overland travel while holidaying in an unfamiliar country. I get it, subways are cheap and efficient and something of a novel experience (unless you live in London - this city's residents appear to hate the tube) but taking buses and trams can offer up a whole new world of excitement, particularly if you're staying in a hostel in Paris.

The Baltimore Sun's Rick Steves, a man who loves his travel apparently, has recommended people jump aboard bus number 69, which takes a route from the Eiffel Tower to Pere Lachaise Cemetery, through a number of Paris's interesting quarters.

Sights to be seen along the way include Notre-Dame, the Orsay and Pompidou museums, Sainte-Chapell and Les Invalides, with its monument to Napoleon. The Louvre is also one of the pit stops and, if you're lucky and happen to be staring out the window at the right moment, you might get to see some Parisians playing one of their favourite pastimes - boules (or lawn bowling to you and me). As the good Mr Steves says, by gadding about on buses and trams, "you get amazing views and the chance to really cosy up to a city. And it still gets you where you want to go, for cheap". What more could anyone possibly ask for?

And if you're in the city right this second and are wondering what to do today, head to the Palais de Tokyo as it's hosting a rather cool art exhibition called Metamorphoses, featuring work by Gerard Rancinan. According to the Associated Press, it incorporates masterpieces from years gone by with a modern satirical twist and a kick.

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