Paris Journals

Paris Vacation

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A November 2003 trip to Paris by MikeInTown

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: I flew to London to join my wife, Traci, who had been there for a week of business meetings. After a day of sightseeing in London, we took the Chunnel to Paris. We spent 5 days in Paris visiting marvelous attractions, eating great meals, and meeting some remarkable people.

Paris Vacation

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Overview

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Percy's Place: We went to this restaurant on our first evening in Paris. We met very nice people, ate good food, and partied. It was a fantastic way to start a Paris vacation.Jules Verne: We ate lunch at this world-class restaurant located at the second stage of the Eiffel Tower. People make reservations here months in advance. This was the best meal we had in Paris.Metro Station Musicians: These were the most talented street musicians I've ever heard. I normally heard them during rush hour. Sometimes they were on the metro. Other times they were in the metro station.Evening River Cruise: This was a tranquil ride on the Seine River that g...Read More

Le Faubourg Sofitel Demeure

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Hotel | "Le Faubourg"

Le Faubourg Sofitel Demeure Photo, Paris, France
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When we arrived at our hotel, I was surprised to find the street barricaded and patrolled by armed guards wearing bulletproof vests over their uniforms. Our hotel was on a small one-lane street and seemed to be the only one in the area that was blocked and being patrolled. The bellman had to walk down the street to pick up our luggage and lead us to the hotel. I later found out from the front desk of the hotel that the reason for the heavy security is because the U.S. Embassy is around the corner from the hotel. With all the controversy over the Iraq war and U.S. policies at that time, security had been beefed up in an effort deter any terrorist acts. Our street remained guarded around the clock for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Le Faubourg Sofitel Demeure
15 RUE BOISSY DANGLAS
Paris, France
33-33-44941414

Percy's Place

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Restaurant

Percy's Place Photo, Paris, France
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Percy's Place is small and probably seats no more than 30 people. The restaurant has a really warm and inviting feel to it. I felt like Percy had invited us over to his house for dinner. He greeted us at the door and seated us at a table with six other guests. Percy was born and raised in the U.S. in Norfolk, Virginia. He has studied at culinary schools and practiced his craft all over the world. He now lives in Paris where he operates his restaurant. Percy combines down-home, southern U.S. cooking with exotic flavors and techniques from all over the world. Our meal was very good. I had seasoned wings as an appetizer, barbequed spare ribs, and mashed potatoes as my main course, and an ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Percy's Place
15, rue d'Auteil (16e)
Paris, France 75016
01 42 88 14 44

Kamukera

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Restaurant

Kamukera Photo, Paris, France
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Kamukera specializes in African and Antilles cuisine. I had made a dinner reservation for 8:30pm. The lady who answered the phone did not speak English so I was proud when I was able to speak enough French to make the reservation. Well, that pride was short-lived once we got to the restaurant. Traci and I were the only patrons of the restaurant that evening. The only other people there were the lady who owns the restaurant and a cook. Neither one of them spoke English, and my French was extremely limited. The interior of Kamukera was nicely decorated with an orange, red, and yellow color scheme. There were African and Caribbean paintings on the walls. There was club and dance music pla...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Kamukera
113, rue du Chevaleret
Paris, France 75013
01 53 61 25 05

Jules Verne

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Restaurant | "Jules Verne Restaurant"

Jules Verne Photo, Paris, France
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This world-class establishment is located in the Eiffel tower and generally requires guests to make reservations months in advanced. I had already tried my luck on Sunday by walking up and asking the host for a reservation, without any success. Therefore, Traci suggested I ask the concierge at our hotel to see if they could get us reservation. The concierge told us dinner or lunch reservations would be next to impossible on this short notice, but he said he'd give it a try. I'm not sure what he said when he called the restaurant, but he managed to get us a same-day lunch reservation - awesome! We took the metro to the Eiffel Tower for our Jules Verne lunch. We were crammed into a little elevator...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Jules Verne
2e étage de la Tour Eiffel (sud)
Paris, France 75007
+33 1 45 55 61 44

Eiffel Tower

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Attraction

Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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I'm not sure if we were still suffering from jet lag or if we were just plain tired, but we didn't wake up until noon on Sunday. It was a chilly, rainy, November day, so maybe that had something to do with it. Traci and I did not have any concrete plans for the day. We grabbed our umbrellas and began to walk in the direction of the Eiffel Tower. It was about a 25-minute walk from our hotel. The Eiffel Tower is impressive to look at up close. I enjoyed standing under it and looking straight up at its web of iron. There are four elevators, one in each leg, that ascend and descend the tower; although, not all of them go to the top. We bought tickets for the elevator that goes to the top. It makes s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Eiffel Tower
Champ De Mars
Paris 75007

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "Versailles"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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Monday morning, we decided to make the journey to Versaille. It was a half-hour journey by train to the Paris suburbs. Our metro pass got us there, but we had to pay one Euro per person to get back to the city since Versaille is outside the zone that our three-day metro pass covered. I was interested in seeing Versaille because I remember sitting in my high school French class while my teacher told us about this lavish palace. It was originally a hunting lodge for Louis XIII, but became the official royal palace of Louis XIV after his father's death in the late 1600s. The palace has remained and is now open for tourists to see how the French royalty lived during the 17th and 18th centuries. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

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

Seine Boat Tours / Dinner Cruise

Attraction | "Seine Boat Tour"

Seine Boat Tours / Dinner Cruise Photo, Paris, France
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After spending all day walking around Versaille, Traci and I decided to do something that did not require any walking. We decided to cruise the Seine River in one of the tour boats docked near the Eiffel Tower. This was a one-hour boat ride narrated in French and English. This trip was absolutely beautiful. We were cruising the river just as the sun was setting, and the city lights were beginning to shine. We saw Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, La Sarbonne University, Invalides, and many other historical buildings. The inside of the boat was heated and had large windows while the outside was subjected to the chilly air as the boat moved along the river. Despite the chilly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Seine Boat Tours / Dinner Cruise
Seine River
Paris, France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Attraction | "Notre Dame"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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After lunch at Jules Verne, we headed to Notre Dame Cathedral. This cathedral has been around since 1163 and its construction took over 200 years to complete. Looking at the fine artistry of the church, I could understand why. There were detailed sculptures and carvings all over this church. We walked up all the stairs to get yet another view of the city and to see one of the huge bells. My advice to anyone who decides to climb this spiral staircase is to make sure you do this on a day when you have some stamina. It is a long way to the top. We laughed and joked with a couple from Boston, who were huffing and puffing behind us, as we tackled all the steps. By the time we left Notre Dame, it was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

Black Paris Tour

Attraction

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We met our tour guide (Ricki Stevenson) and the tour group at Chez Clément Cafe for lunch. There were eight of us in all. Ricki is a former newscaster from the U.S. and has been living and working in Paris for six years as a journalist and tour guide. She ran down the names of some famous blacks that made Paris their home or visited often. Some of the people she told us about were Josephine Baker, Sally Hemings, Sidney Bechet, W.E.B. Dubois, and Langston Hughes. The information Ricki gave us at lunch was pretty much the bulk of our black history lesson for the day. The rest of the tour was dedicated to shopping, sightseeing, and insights into Parisian culture today. We began our tour at t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Black Paris Tour

Paris, France
+33 1 46 37 03 96

Musée du Louvre

Attraction | "Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The Louvre used to be a royal palace before Versaille was built. Today, the Louvre is one of the largest art museums in the world. Traci and I knew there was no way we could see the Louvre in a day. In fact, the Louvre is so large it would take a person several months to see all the artwork in this museum. We decided our strategy would be to see the Mona Lisa painting and then wander until we got tired. The interior of the Louvre is beautiful. It still looks like a palace. We saw ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. We saw huge Renaissance paintings, and, eventually, the Mona Lisa. It was encased in glass. There were a lot of people in front of it taking photos. After looking at the Mona Lisa and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 26, 2004

Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51