A September 2002 trip
to Paris by romaunt
Quote: I had envisioned rude French turning their noses up at stupid American tourist but was delighted to find that I was very wrong. The trip was great.....the food was superb, the art was amazing, the people very friendly, and the city was just like every romantic movie had protrayed it.
The Pompidou was refreshing and unique with many open space rooms, less crowds, loads of scupltures, and plenty of odd modern art.
Another diamond in the rough for art was the Orsay museum with rooms and rooms of great art all on the top floor of this spectacular building.
But all the sights and all the art didn't bring the most smiles to my face that was produced during the moments that my mom and I shared eating French pastries and drinking espresso or weaving among the alleyways getting lost throughout Paris or witnessing my mom trying to speak French.
Wake up in the morning and walk through the streets to witness the begining of the day. Then find a perfect cafe was a small table and a view of the passing street. Enjoy your atmosphere, absorb the experience, sip your coffee, munch on a croissant, and write postcards to your loved ones who sit at home with their cereal.
Hotel | "Hotel Muguet"
From the airport we hopped into a shuttle van that had a little trouble finding the place but dropped us right at the front door. Rue Chevert is a small street that many would miss which means that there was little noise and much privacy. We had read that Rue Cler was a good place for food and great for the morning market...and to our delight we discovered that this was only two blocks away from our hotel. Every morning, we would wake up and have coffee in Rue Cler.
The hotel was very comfortable yet small as everything is in Paris. The bathroom was clean and new and every time I walked into our room it smelled of grapefruits. The hotel provided a safe place to stay and a very friendly staff. Mom and I were very proud of ourselves for finding such a wonderful place.
Close to the subway, close to the Eiffel tower, close to Invalides, and now close to our hearts. I would highly recommend this place.
TIP: They say that some rooms have a view of the Eiffel tower so you might want to ask for a room with a view. Our room overlooked some wonderful, plain grey buildings so we didn't spend a lot of time looking out the window.
They served breakfast in the morning in the front lobby/restaurant room or in the garden when the weather is nice. Mom and I never had breakfast there because she wanted to try all the pastry shops around the neighborhood. But their breakfast had coffee/tea, bread, croissant, and cereal.
It doesn't seem like there is much around the hotel but at the end of the alleyway you will find a laundry mat and a small grocery store. If you want to get to Rue Cler then walk out of the hotel and to your left. Take a right at the first small alleyway. That will get you to a main street, cross that street and walk to your next available street on your right...that will be Rue Cler.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2002
11, rue Chevert
Paris, France 75007
01 47 05 05 93
63 Avenue Bosquet
01 45 51 75 01
Escaping from the dark, bleak underground subway we were greeted by a troupe of performers in the middle of a play for the general public. For a small amount of time, we enjoyed the merry show but did have trouble understanding the show due to it being in French. The streets are filled with cute, knick-knack shops, and pleasing for a short while. The bars looked like trendy places to be and the restaurants looked a little expensive. But the view was incredible from the top of the Sacre-Coeur and well worth the stair climb up.
Now my mom didn't want to take the hike up so she used one of her subways tickets for the funicular train to the top. Whatever fits your fancy.....as long as you get to the top and see the view of the city.
We caught the end of evening mass and sight for a brief while to soak up the view. From there we walked and walked so more because that is really what we enjoy to do. Of course we ended up at the Moulin Rouge and the XXX shops and quite surprised my mom was ready to head home at that point. I would have liked to sit a one of the local bars by the church, I could hear the jazz music and the crowds looked friendly. But since my mom isn't into the bar scene, I think that I will save that for another trip.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2002
Attraction | "Pompidou"
Start at the 4th floor to see all the modern works and contemporary current artists. The pieces that made me laugh were the sardine can bed, the room filled with used clothing, and the room with ear phones and plastic balls to sit on. Some of the work is a little disturbing and I wouldn't bring small children.
Then after all those great pieces you climb up to the 5th level for the famous artists like Picasso, Dali, and more of all their work from 1905 until 1960. I did want to check out the top floor and the current exhibit but didn't have the extra money to pay for another admission.
*Small hint.....if you are an art student then you can get into any of the museums of Paris for free. All you have to show is a letter from your university/college stating that you are a studying art student.*
The place is a little confusing when you first enter the building. Buy your ticket at one of the machines or stand in line for a real person. If you have a musuem pass for Paris, then you can avoid all this. Take the elevator to your left and show your pass; then continue up the elevators on the outer edge of the building.
Place Georges Pompidou
+33 (1) 44 78 12 33
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