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A weekend in Paris

A May 2004 trip to Paris by bobthequiz

Quote: I spent three nights in the centre of Paris during a long weekend by Eurostar from the UK.

A weekend in Paris


Excellent food, interesting architecture and Parisian attitude. Don't let the Parisians or the prices put you off, there's plenty to see.

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The metro is quick, clean and inexpensive, but the map is impenetrable. We used the Metro a few times, but the taxis are inexpensive. Taxis don't tend to stop if hailed, but they pull up at ranks, and there's a rank on most major intersections.

Don't be decived by the guidebook maps, most places are too far apart to walk comfortably.

A well-placed hotel about 100 yards from the Place D'Etoile (Arc de Triomphe). The Cecilia has a fairly grim reception area, with a bar that we never saw open to serve. Reasonably friendly reception staff and adequate if uninspired breakfasts.

Room was on the cramped side of cozy, but clean, with linen changed every day.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 1, 2004

Hotel Cecilia
11, Avenue Mac-Mahon
Paris, France 75017

Hard Rock Café

Restaurant | "Hard Rock Cafe"

If you're American, you'll probably do better than we did. Our waitress was new (it was her first day) and I overheard her telling another customer that while she was okay at speaking French and living in Paris, she hadn't quite got a handle on waiting tables. That was evident by the level of service we received, only being Brits.

Nevertheless, the food was good, and the drinks reasonably priced (by Parisian standards). This is the 25th Hard Rock I've visted over the years and, barring substandard witing staff, you know what you're going to get at a Hard Rock. Good food, clean restaurant and good music.

Oh, and a cute Parisian Teddy Bear for the collection!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2004

Hard Rock Café
14, Boulevard Montmartre
Paris, France 75009
+33 (1) 53 24 60 00

Chez Clement

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Chez Clement is a chain of about twelve restaurants around Paris; this one is about a quarter mile from the Arc de Triomphe. We spotted this place on our first night, with huge trays of fresh oysters being shucked in view of the street. We arrived for dinner on our second night and, while we hadn't made a reservation, they found space for us (at 9pm on a warm Saturday evening). The decor is homely, if bizarre, with picture frames lines with spoons and copper saucepans as lampshades. My wife had a wonderful dish of scallops with Chorizo sausage on a bed of saffron rice, while I went for one of the 'assiettes' - a mixed platter of seafood. I order the 2nd size, 'the explorer' and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2004

Chez Clement
47, Ave de Wagram
Paris, France
01 53 81 97 00

Tour with Lunch


We booked this tour before we left the UK, and were told to be at our hotel reception for 9am. The guide (Rosetta) arrived promptly in a comfortable VW People Carrier. There were six adults on this tour and Rosetta explained where we were and some of the history of the various sights as she drove us round. We 'did' the left bank, the Louvre, Champs Elysees... and so on. There were a few opportunities to stop for photographs, but to 'do' the whole city in a couple of hours there were no opportunities to stop. Having got a handle on the place it shouldn't be difficult to go back. The tour finished at midday at the base of the Eiffel Tower, where we joined a glass roofed cruise boat for the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2004



If you're planning to travel from London to Paris (or vice versa) then I can highly recommend the Eurostar train service.

We picked the train up from Ashford in Kent, the check-in was efficient, the staff courteous and the train was on time.

The train owes more to aircraft technology than most railways, the seats, buffet and toilets were clean and comfortable. We whizzed through the channel tunnel in under thirty minutes, and the whole journey from Ashford took just two hours to the Gare du Nord in central Paris.

No airport delays, no baggage carousels, no problems.

Highly recommended.