Paris Journals

Third Time's The Charm

A May 2004 trip to Paris by dj_canela

Santal Opéra (Le) Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: On my third visit to Paris, I was anxious to see what I had missed on previous trips, but I was also traveling with my dad who had never been.

Third Time's The Charm

Overview

Paris Photo, Paris, France
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My favorites of Paris include taking in a sunset along the Seine, Vietnamese cuisine at Le Santal, and the Musee D'Orsay (skip the Louvre),

Quick Tips:

Hotels near the NATION metro are less expensive and accessible by the yellow metro line, and have plenty of Indian restaurants nearby to choose from.

Best Way To Get Around:

Le Métro, n'est pas? But Paris was meant to be seen on foot. I believe in coming back from vacation a few pounds lighter than when I departed, and Paris is one of the best cities to stroll.
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With clean double rooms (most with recently renovated baths) this bargain of a hotel is located next to Metro: NATION, which makes for easy access to all Metro stations. Paris was our home base for this two-month trip and each time we returned, we were welcomed by the front desk hostess Patricia in both English AND Spanish. A double room will run about 69 euros per night. We also found ourselves within walking distance of Pere Lachaise and some fine Indian restaurants.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2004

Grand Hotel du Bel Air
102, bd de Picpus
Paris, France 75012
01 43 45 30 51

Grand Hotel Haussmann

Hotel | "Hotel Haussman"

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Located near L'Opera Garnier, this budget hotel offers continental breakfast. Our room had a double bed, desk, TV mounted on the wall, and a shower and sink. A toilet was located down the dark hallway. No elevators, so prepare to haul your luggage up the mini flight of stairs. I stayed here during my first backpacking trip through Europe with my brother. The bedspreads are a bit aged. I would recommend this hotel only to students on a budget or people who just need a place to sleep.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Grand Hotel Haussmann
6 Rue de Helder
Paris, France 75009
+33 482 47610

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Friendly service combined with clean and basic rooms make this hotel a great home base if you plan to stay in the Latin Quarter. The effort to tastefully decorate the rooms can be noted. The hotel is quiet and away from any major tourist site, allowing you to explore a true Parisian neighborhood. Outside of the hotel is Rue Mouffetard, a great street market offering fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, wine, and ice cream. Like most Parisian budget hotels, the rooms and bathrooms are small but modern and efficient. Two Métro stations (CENSIER-DAUBENTON, GOBELINS) are within close proximity.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Hotel de L'Esperance
1, Rue De Grancey
Paris, France 75014
01 43 21 41 04

Santal Opéra (Le)

Restaurant

Santal Opéra (Le) Photo, Paris, France
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The French influence on Vietnamese cuisine makes for tasty meals. I'm lucky to have many Vietnamese restaurants in my hometown, so I was anxious to sample some Vietnamese food in Paris. I found this place on my way to the Opera Garnier. It's not street-front (you'll have to walk down a small flower-lined alley to find it), but it's a true gem. For every dish our server brought to our table, he said, "It's good for you. It's good for you." And it was, with beef with vermicelli, mango salad, and pho. It has a dark wood decor that is intimate. Francis Ford Coppola has dined here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Santal Opéra (Le)
8, rue Halevy
Paris, France 75009
01 47 42 24 69

Le Palais d'Archana

Restaurant | "Palais d'Archana"

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With authentic decor inside and a fabulous patio with dim red romantic lighting, this restaurant is a few blocks from the Nation metro. My father had never experienced Indian food, but after dining here, he now enjoys the cuisine. We left Paris for a few weeks in Spain and came back to a closed restaurant. Apparently there was a fire, but they seemed to be in the process of remodeling it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Le Palais d'Archana
110, Boulevard De Charonne
Paris, France 75020
01 44 64 99 92

La Bodeguita del Medio Photo, Paris, France
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This Cuban restaurant/bar is decorated with photos of Che, Compay Segundo, and Castro and images of Havana. The dinner was kind of pricey and forgettable, but the atmosphere is lively, as musicians play salsa. There is no dance floor, so couples will dance between tables, in front of the stage... anywhere there is space for a twirl. Enjoy a mojito and some fried plantains and brush up on your Spanish.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

La Bodeguita del Medio
10, rue des Lombards
Paris, France 75004
01 44 59 66 90

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Attraction | "Pere Lachaise"

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Photo, Paris, France
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This is the final resting place of many a famous name from the last 200 years. With over 70,000 plots, you'll need a map, available at the main entrance. Look for Georges Bizet, Edith Piaf, Frederic Chopin, Maurice Ravel, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Jane Avril... the list continues with various French poets, actors, philosophers, etc. Scouting out the gravesites will depend on who you came to see. I was never interested in Jim Morrison's grave, but was surprised to find the headstone missing and a security guard keeping watch. Oscar Wilde's grave is covered in lipstick smooches from female and gay fans.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Pere Lachaise Cemetery
16, Rue Du Repos
Paris, France 75020
33 1 55 25 82 10

Musee d'Orsay

Attraction

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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Skip the Louvre. It will scare off anyone you've spent the last hour convincing to accompany you to a museum. Instead, walk over to the left bank for a railway station converted into a gorgeous museum of French art dating from 1848 to 1914. Impress your friends when you tell them you viewed original works from Monet, Renoir, Rodin, and Van Gogh. Visit on the first Sunday of the month for free admission.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994

Ile de la Cité/Ile Saint-Louis

Attraction | "Ile de la Cite/Ile St Louis"

Ile de la Cité/Ile Saint-Louis Photo, Paris, France
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Everyone goes to Ile de la Cite to see Notre Dame. But few wander over to Ile St Louis, and it's a shame really. Did you know that 6,000 residents live on this isle? The unique architecture speaks old world, because many of the buildings were built around the mid-1600s. Here you will find specialty shops and upscale art galleries, upscale bistros, and even a Venetian mask shop.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Ile de la Cité/Ile Saint-Louis
Centre of Paris in the Seine
Paris, France