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Going Places 4Le Dooble Deckaire' Shows Sights of Most Seeahle City By SHIRLEY and BOB SLOANE PARIS The best guided bus tour in Paris costs $4, has a guide who speak eight languages perfectly, and doesn't smell of garlic in any of them. He is also untippable and invisible. "He" sometimes interspersed with a mellifluous-sounding "she" is a tape recording, a scholarly but colorful commentary on the world's most seeable city. You tune it in via earphones by pressing a button on your armrest marked for Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, German, French, English or Russian. The bus, operated by Cityrama from its office at 2 Rue de 29 Juillet, is a two-story glass-enclosed job commonly known as "le dooble deckaire." Le dooble deckaire starts its hourly run along the arches of the Rue de Rivoli, emerging on the vast and magnificent expanse of the Place de la Concorde, once known as Louis XV Square. Hundreds were guillotined here after the Revolution, and thousands of others were trampled to death in a riotous royal celebration some years later. The name of the square then was changed to its present more auspicious one, but today's traffic is almost as dangerous as the guillotine. The "guide" orchestrates selections such as "April in Paris" and "Mademoiselle de Paris" between comments. The bus turns by the lazy curves of the Seine, its panorama of spires and palaces and chimney-pot roofs, and into the baroque enclave of the Place du Louvre, once a series of royal palaces and gardens, now the world's greatest art museum. Where the complex now opens on to the Tuileries Gardens stood the Tuileries Palace, destroyed by a mob in 1781. Once the Plaza was known as the Place du Carrousel in memory of the mass celebration that took place here on the occasion of a royal birth. Originally, the Louvre Museum was the King's art gallery. The graceful arches of the Pont des Arts and the dome of La Coupole glide by as the bus crosses the Seine's best known bridge, Pont Neuf. It has always been Paris' most used bridge, and it was here that Moliere first learned the dramatic arts by watching itinerant street performers. Past the Palace of Justice and soaring towers of Sainte Chapelle, where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned, is the He de la Cite, that medieval country village in the heart of Paris. On it stands Notre Dame, the work of an unknown architect, through which has passed most of France's history for centuries. On this spot Romans worshipped pagan gods 2.000 years ago, and 18 centuries later revolutionaries performed the strange rites of the Goddess of Reason. Here Napoleon crowned himself before the Pope, and royal weddings, births, and funerals were commemorated. Notre Dame is fine of the most perfect Gothic cathedrals in the world, its features copied in all other French cathedrals. The towers of the Conciergerie, through which 2,600 persons passed on their way to the guillotine, rise on the Right Bank. In the Marais district beyond. Mozart once lived. Earlier, 16-year-old Louis XVI here housed his first mistress, a one-eyed 40-year-old chambermaid. Among the arcaded pavilions of Henri IV's royal square, now the Place des Vosges, many of France's great lived, among them Victor Hugo and Richelieu. Off the Boulevard Beaumarchais is the site of one of the first buildings tourists look for, but one that hasn't existed since the Revolution the Bastille. A luxury prison where the political incarcerees often had servants and threw parties, it was little used by the time it became the symbol of mob hate. When they raided it they found only seven inmates, two of whom were lunatics and five of whom were imprisoned elsewhere after they were carried around as heroes for a few days. The prison was torn down brick by brick the following year. Pont Sully emerges on to slow-paced He St. Louis, the Seine's second major island, where artists and writers now live in the apartments of the nth-Century rich. Back on the Left Bank is the Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne, the Boulevard St. Michel and St. Germain de Pres, still full of bookshops, raucous students, and memories of the enigmatic Francois Villon. In the Pantheon the "cold storage house" Mirabeau, Voltaire, Zola, Rousseau and others of France's great are buried. Nearby are the vast gardens and Palace of Luxembourg, where Napoleon first meet Josephine at a glittering party. At tables of St. Germain's Aux Deux Magots Cafe, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir scribbled all day until their disciples deprived them of privacy, and at the nearby art school, the original wild Beaux Arts Ball Around the World goes on all night once a year. Across the riotously baroque Alexander III bridge lies what is perhaps Paris' most impressive piece of architecture, the 640-foot sweep of Les Invalides' facade, where Napoleon's tomb is. Nearby are the gardens surrounding the 1.000-foot steel lace of the Eiffel Tower, condemned as a monstrosity when it was built but now the most trenchant symbol of Paris. Up Chaillot Hill and down the Avenue Foch, through the Bois de Boulogne to the Arc de Triomphe, the bus wheels along the vast sweep of the world's most famous street, the Champs d'Elysees, then up fashionable Rue Faubourg St. Honore, by Rue Royale, the Madeleine Church and the great department stores, to the heights of Montmartre. In this country village made famous by impecunious artists, the bus stops briefly so you can buy souvenirs or be offered feelthy peectures by street peddlers. In famous Montmartre cemetery Camille is buried. From bawdy Place Pigalle and Toulouse-Lautrec's Moulin Rouge, the streets descend to the heart of Paris, the ornate Opera House with its elegant staircase and 13 curtains, and the Rue de la Paix with its couturiers, galleries, perfumers and jewelers. But it is only a Paris sampler. It all has to be done again on foot, street by street, for a lifetime, to really know Paris. Beach Sites Available For Camping in Hawaii By STAN DELAPLANE For people trying to make that cheap vacation to Hawaii, this ought to be the answer: Camp on a warm beach. I saw a beautiful camp ground on the island of Kauai, near the end of the Hanalei road. Good white sand beach. The camp ground on grass alongside the beach. Installed toilets. A river with deep fresh water pool for bathing. A nearby plantation with a general store for shopping. Air fare to Honolulu is $200 round trip from the West Coast. Kauai is 30 minutes from Honolulu. I saw camping gear for rent in the yellow section of the Honolulu phone book. ' Better write and have it waiting). A bus runs to the end of the island, but not often. Getting to the village for food might be a problem. But you should be able to rent a bicycle in Honolulu. Get one of the fold-up kind you carry like a suitcase if vou can. 'You can buy them for" $89.50). And write Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Honolulu, Hawaii, for a list of camp sites in all the islands and registration rules. When I was there at the top of the season there was only one couple camped. Q. "We are going to Mexico but I am worried about mosquitoes. I am bothered a great deal bv their bites." A. On the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, the boatmen spray themselves with "Off." Works for mosquitoes but doesn't bother the little "no-see-ums" you find near the beach. So stay away from beach cottage they go right through screens. In Puerto Rico, doctors give shots that take some of the itch out of the bites. And there's a prescription spray-on medicine that does the same thing. In both Puerto Rico and Hawaii, local people say Vick's Vap-o-rub is the best thing to take the itch out of the bites. Mexico has a national spraying program against mosquitoes. Even so, I take the once-a-week pill against malaria. Q. "Is is true that April is the best month to be in England?" A. If you don't mind wearing an overcoat. May's the better month. It snowed at Easter one year when I was in London. Average in April runs 45 to 55 degrees. The English, however, don't look at the weather. They look at the calendar. When it says April, they get into shorts and bike around in blizzards. In rating English weather, you must remember that they keep their houses and pubs at about 60 degrees in winter. Our average 70 degree housing feels like the tropics to them. Q. "I heard there are odd closing hours in cocktail lounges in Australia . . ." A. That's changed. Used to be they closed at 6 p.m. allowing Australians their beloved "5 o'clock swill." They got in a bar and drank beer as fast as possible between 5 and 6. Sydney changed some years ago to a 10 o'clock closing. And Melbourne has now done the same. No closing time if you're in a restaurant. And hotel guests could get a drink anytime. Same as England and Ireland where food and drink for horse and man is supposed to be on tap for all travelers at all hours. Majestic MOTH I AfH VOU CAN BUDGET 7 FULl DAYS TO INCLUDE A KOOM ANO 6 THERMAL BATHS ,,u for d.Uill r Phone... "' MA 5-5511) 40 DDCCTHMC nLti i viib Kl 59 iL2i Gal. To Go 33 STATIONS Shreveporr-Bouier AIR SEA TICKETS W tell tickets for oil major sea and air lines at official rates. MiMMI m COCHRAN-BATES ; TRAVEL AGENCY J 734 Aiolta Drive Phone J65-1409 P.O. Box 6043 1 WHERE'S CHARLEY? wzs CHARLEY WINN Where the Action Is . . . 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