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A Crashing Bore

A May 1990 trip to Paris by Wasatch

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France More Photos
Quote: The Arc de Triumph is a dull pile of stones with a road through it--who cares? Time is better spent on just about anything. Paris is no London or Vienna either, don't spend too much time here.

A Crashing Bore

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Place de Vosges Photo, Paris, France
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We spent a weeks in Paris 30-35 years ago, and counting two subsequent visits to Versailles and this trip, we have spent 13 days in Paris. Our original impression from 35 years ago remains unchanged-- skip it. There are so many better places to spend time in Europe that is a shame to waste time and money going to Paris. But you won't listen, will you? So here are some highlights of Paris, things you should not miss, if there are more famous sights not on my list.First, there is one very good reason to go to Paris-- it is the closest airport to Versailles. Plan 1-3 days. You can rearch Versailles from the city via the RER. There are some grand cityscapes from the quais ...Read More

L'Europeen

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Restaurant | "Great Food, Great Setting, not too Bad a Price"

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L'Europeen is a rather large place for a brasserie. We saw four dinning rooms. It was obvious from the seafood stand L'Europeen operated out front that seafood was the speciality, but we had chicken and Choucroute Garni. The dinning room we were in was richly decorated with dark red wallpaper, dark wood, red leather chairs, and bright chandeliers. The Maitre de wore the traditional black tuxedo. In keeping with tradition, there was a separate Maitre de for each dinning room. A proper French Maitre de has a different job than one in America. In addition to taking us to our table and handing us a menu in English after asking, in English, "Would you like the English menu?", he dished up our foo...Read More

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L'Europeen
21 Boulevard Diderot
Paris, France 75012
+33 1 4343 9970

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "The Best Reason to Visit Paris"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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The Palace at Versailles is one of the world’s greatest buildings. Begun in 1624 as a modest hunting lodge by King Louis XII, the present grand palace took shape under Louis XIV between 1661-1689. Versailles has five parts: the Palace, the Trinanons, Le Hameau, the gardens, and the fountains. Allow 2-3 days to see it all.1] There are several tours through the Palace, one home to 10,000 people, to see the grandly furnished public rooms glorifying the Sun King and the art galleries. If you can’t take them all, don’t miss the King’s Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors.2] Queen Marie Antoinette got it into her head that peasant farming was a noble pastime, and had a little farm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2008

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)
20 Km Sw Of Paris
Versailles, France
01 30 83 78 00