What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?
Too many to mention. The good thing about Paris is that there are many, many internet resources to find things of interest to do. - Aug 2015
There are volumes written on this See Rick Steve's Paris, or Rick Steve's France. - Feb 2015
You name it and you can do it here. - Jun 2013
It's Paris! Open a Rick Steves guidebook and start your bucket list. As a foodie, I LOVE all the open air markets and wonderful restaurants. It's a good thing that all the walking and stair climbing counteract the cream sauces. - Sep 2010
Multicultural smorgasbord of art, movies, French-language theater, other cultural events. Lots of interesting public programs, including the annual Museum Night, Music Festival, etc. Tons of French history and "patrimony."Good sporting events. Paris Rando Velo for even amateur cyclists!Wonderful travel opportunities throughout France and Europe (high-speed trains, low-cost airlines). - Apr 2009
Culture of all kinds. Or just walk around -- it's a great city for that. - Dec 2008
Paris is a beautiful city with tons of museums, exhibits, etc. I am so used to seeing beautiful buildings when I walk the streets of Paris that I take a second look when a building is not beautiful. The train system is wonderful and you can take the train to many cities in France and cities outside of France. - Jun 2008