Paris Journals

Paris Honeymoon

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A May 2004 trip to Paris by Louisa W. Hansen

Du Commerce Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Being a hopeless romantic and a francophile, I finally came to the City of Light with my husband for our delayed honeymoon. So beautifully built and so charming with the Seine flowing through its heart, Paris surpassed my expectations in every single way.

Paris Honeymoon

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Overview

St Michel Photo, Paris, France
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This was my first time in Paris--the city of my dream, and it was also our honeymoon, so I was doubly excited when everything turned out to be better than my expectations. Even for my husband, who had been to Paris four times prior to this trip, was pleasantly surprised by the new experience this time. The best part of our trip was staying in the Latin Quarter. Every day, we strolled on the Left Bank along the romantic River Seine, or took leisurely walks on Boulevard Saint Germain as well as the little lanes in the area. The air is simply filled with a great sense of intellectual and artistic beauty. We also were very satisfied with the "cultural lessons" we got during our visits...Read More

Du Commerce

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Hotel | "Hôtel du Commerce"

Du Commerce Photo, Paris, France
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This budget hotel, though minimalistic in facilities, is located right in the heart of the Latin Quarter and has a most charming atmosphere. Its owner and receptionists (on duty around the clock) are warm and friendly, always welcoming you with genuine and cordial greetings. If you can speak French, you are sure to have many opportunities for a great conversation. If not, you will still find great service from the hotel staff, who are fluent in English and many other languages. The location is great. Many famous sights are within easy walking distance: the River Seine, Notre Dame, île de la Cité, île de St. Louis (5 minutes), Pantheon and Sorbonne University (2 minutes), Saint-Germain-...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Du Commerce
14 rue de la Montagne Sainte Genevieve
Paris, France 75005
1.43.54.89.69

Auberge Bressane

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Restaurant

Auberge Bressane Photo, Paris, France
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Auberge Bressane is a well-hidden treasure in the area of l'Ecole Militaire. It is a bit farther away from the main tourist-type bistros and restaurants, and it opens only after 8 p.m. So it took us some effort to finally get a meal there. But the effort was definitely not wasted. The exterior of the restaurant looks rustic and rather humble in style. But as soon as you walk into the restaurant, you are greeted warmly by a head waiter named Paul. Don't be intimated if he acts a bit theatrical. After a while you will discover his great charm and humor. He recommended chicken dishes to us, since the restaurant's specialities are chicken. In fact, the name "Bressane" comes from the region ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Auberge Bressane
16 Avenue de la Motte Picquet
Paris, France
+33 1 47 05 98 37

Le Relais Odeon

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Restaurant

Le Relais Odeon Photo, Paris, France
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On Boulevard Saint Germain, near the crowded meeting hub Odéan, is this popular and charming café Relais Odéon. The café´s interior is decorated with Art Deco style and the waiters are lively and love to dance to music while they balance their trays. It was our favorite café during our stay in Paris, and we stopped for coffee and dessert many times--both during the day and the evening. They serve all kinds of food from fries to onion soup as well as different kinds of entrés. Their coffee is of superb quality, and its café viennoise is just the best you can have. Once we ordered a crême brulé for dessert after a very disappointing meal nearby, and it saved our evening! ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2004

Le Relais Odeon
132 Blvd St Germain
Paris, France
+33 01 43 29 81 80

Le Bar à Huîtres

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Restaurant

Le Bar à Huîtres Photo, Paris, France
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Le Bar à Huîtres, the Oyster Bar, is a delightful place to go for sumptuous seafood and convivial atmosphere. We were there twice during our trip. The first time, we were invited by a friend, a local. Even though we didn't have a reservation, we got a wonderful table right away. The waiters there are extremely friendly, unlike many Parisian restaurants where friendly service is not something to be expected. There is a smoking and non-smoking section, which was a great convenience because I am allergic to smoke. The menu has a great number of choices of appetizers, entrées and desserts. They also have a long wine list. For seafood aficion...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2004

Le Bar à Huîtres
33, rue Saint.Jacques
Paris, France
+33 01 44 07 27 37

Literary Paris

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Album Photo, Paris, France
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In the Latin Quarter, you don't have to make much effort to find worthy bookstores. They are just everywhere. The best one with most character is Shakespeare and Company, on the Left Bank just across the Seine from Notre Dame (37, rue de la Boucherie). For virtual tours of the bookstore, click here. This bookstore, often confused with the one founded by Sylvia Beach 30 on Rue de l'Odéon and frequented by Hemingway, opened its doors to booklovers and emerging writers such as Allen Ginsberg and the Beats 30...Read More

Boulangerie Eric Kayser

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Story/Tip

Eric Kayser Boulangerie Photo, Paris, France
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The Eric Kayser Boulangerie is the crème de la crème of all bakeries in Paris, and probably the best in the world. But when we first settled in our hotel in the Latin Quarter, we had no idea that we were only five minutes away from this bakery heaven. It was purely by chance, that we walked passed this bakery on Rue Monge and noticed the strong aroma of bread drifting out of the store. The next thing we noticed was the constantly long line of customers spilling over to the sidewalk. We couldn't resist the smell of freshly baked bread and bought a croissant and a pain choc...Read More
Painter Photo, Paris, France
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Sunday mornings on île St Louis is the best time and place to enjoy performances of "artists du rue." We were just taking a random walk around Notre Dame and we came upon the bridge leading to île St Louis--Pont St Louis. First we saw a painter sketching Notre Dame from the bridge. Then we suddenly heard jazz music from an American band. We stayed there to listen to a song and it was a fantastic performance. As we approached the island itself, we found a juggler riding a unicycle and juggling a knife, a torch and an apple at the same time. He bit the apple every time it came near his mouth. In the end, he threw the last bit of apple under his right leg and into his mouth. This ...Read More