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How to Take Paris

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A June 2005 trip to Paris by joellevand

Gare du Nord Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: This is the story of what happens when you take one clinically mad American writer and her English comic artist and writer boyfriend, hand them three-hundred euros, and throw them in Paris for a three day holiday while waiting for a new UK visa.

How to Take Paris

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Overview

Gare du Nord Photo, Paris, France
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As one of my friends once observed, the French have a strange reputation with the English-speaking countries of the world as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys," which seems a bit unjust, if only because during the two trips to Paris I’ve made, I’ve never once witnessed a Frenchman waiving a white flag or cramming his mouth full of cheese. That said, I have seen women in heels dressed better to go to the supermarket than I’ve been to go out to dinner. I’ve seen Parisians with long French baguettes tucked carefully under their arms. I’ve seen a little African boy in line at Champion supermarche buying only a wedge of watermelon as big as he was, and I had to fight every urge in my body to grab him...Read More

Hotel Amarys Simart

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Hotel | "Amarys Simart"

Hotel Amarys Simart Photo, Paris, France
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Looking down the long, winding six flights of stairs leading from our room to the ground floor of the Hotel Amarys Simart is enough to give anyone vertigo. An ancient, Victorian-styled six-story hotel in the heart of the artist district Monmartre, only a few minute stroll from Sacre Coure basilica, the Hotel Amarys Simart is a beautiful accommodation with more style than comfort. It is located between two easily accessible Métro stops, near several convenience stores and a Champion supermarche, and within walking distance of Paris’ famed Red Light District and the Gare du Nord (North Station) train stop, which is your point of entry if you enter Paris from London via the EuroStar....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

Hotel Amarys Simart
7 Rue Simart
Paris, France 75018
+33 (0)1 46 06 83 87

American Dream Diner

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Restaurant

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Hunter Thompson said he found the main nerve of the American dream in the Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas. Had he only followed that nerve four thousand miles East, he’d have found the American dream itself, in the least likely of places: France. The American Dream Diner is a strange anachronism of kitch and neon lighting just down the street from the historical Parisian landmark Harry’s Bar, a garish dinner that, like The Doctor’s TARDIS is bigger on the inside than exterior. From the street it looks like another red-brick café with signs denoting it as "Charlie’s American Cafe" and boasting family-friendly meals like spaghetti and meatballs or grilled cheese sandwiches. However, woe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2005

American Dream Diner
21 rue Daunou
Paris, France 75009
+33 42 60 99 89

Harry's New York Bar

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Attraction

Harry's New York Bar Photo, Paris, France
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There are blisters on blisters and my legs are ready to cave backwards, broken like a veal calf, when we stumble down the rue Daunou and into Harry’s New York Bar. Like Rick’s American Cafe in Casablanca, this place is the sort of watering hole in the who’s who of American ex-pats. Hemmingway, the Fitzgerald’s, and that whole jazz-era crew used to congregate here, and it retains a strange, comforting old-new Ameri-Euro charm that the American Dream Diner two shops down seriously lacks. The entire place screams classic old world, from the dark mahogany tables to the dark wood-panelled walls and red-leather booths. The bar itself is styled more on old ‘40s soda shops, and even the bart...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Harry's New York Bar
5 rue Daunou
Paris, France 75002
+33 1 42 61 71 14

Notre Dame Photo, Paris, France
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There are some things you know intuitively in life, things that have to be learned through experience, and lessons that can only be taught by one-on-one, hands-on experience. And then there are the things that can only be learned by watching movies, specifically horror films, things like never leave a campfire alone, not even to piss, or don't say things cannot possibly get worse. However, of all the things I've learned, in all the ways and places I've learned them, I never thought I'd learn much -- other than how to defeat the undead -- from zombie movies, especially not how to survive a surprise thunderstorm in a major metropolitan city.I was proved wrong.We were in Paris, wa...Read More