Paris Journals

Paris from New Eyes

A June 2005 trip to Paris by pabrams52

Hotel Valadon Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: I have attempted to capture the joie de vivre of this beautiful city. Being my first visit, I tried to encapsulate my experience with as much detail and humor as possible. I hope my journal will provide helpful information and insight for other travelers as well.
Hotel Valadon Photo, Paris, France
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Hotel Valadon provides basic, comfortable, and friendly accommodations. Their room rate includes daily light breakfast of baguette, croissant, juice, and coffee. Their facility is wired for Internet access, and they provide one terminal at reasonable rates. The ensuite rooms, though small as most are in this price range, are well-maintained, clean, and sufficient. Though there is no air-conditioning, an adequate floor fan is provided. The guest has the option of utilizing the safe in their room if they so choose. The building has five stories, and a small elevator is provided. The beds are most comfortable, and adequate light is provided, along with cable TV reception.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Hotel Valadon
16 rue Valadon
Paris, France
33(0)1-47.53.89.85

Laduree

Restaurant

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Ladurre is the quintessential coffee and tea cafe, where tradition and fine service are strongly upheld. It almost hearkens back to another century, when one would start her day leisurely reading the paper and enjoying a fine pastry with her morning refreshment. It is one the most pleasant experiences that Paris has to offer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Laduree
75, Avenue Des Champs-elysées
Paris 75008
+33 1 40 75 08 75

Lasserre

Restaurant

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I had specifically chosen this restaurant for an anniversary. And my choice was perfect: for one evening, my husband and I felt like royalty while we had one of the most memorable dinners we've experienced. The sumptuous setting is tastefully old-world Paris, and the service is unsurpassed. For a special occasion, this is a place to celebrate. On warm summer evenings, they retract the beautifully painted ceiling to reveal the stars above - it's quite a sight.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Lasserre
17, av. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Paris, France 75008
(33) 01-43-59-53-43

Le Meurice

Restaurant

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During my first visit to Paris, I wanted to experience this famous landmark hotel's restaurant. After having browsed the web for a romantic and quintessential French fine-dining experience, this turned out to be an excellent choice. We were not disappointed. The decor is in the style of a mini Versailles. It is elegant and sophisticated. All of the lessons I learned in proper manners from my mother as a child immediately "kicked in" when I most needed them. I realized how much of a pleasure it is to have establishments such as these to retreat to, a respite from the mundane and the coarseness of our everyday lives...a haven for fine dining is truly a rare and special occasion and one most ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Le Meurice
228, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
01 44 58 10 50

Eglise de la Madeleine

Attraction | "Music Concert"

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On Saturday, June 18th, we attended a delightful concert at the beautiful church in the center of Place de La Madeleine. We had seen it advertised a couple days earlier when we peeked inside the church. Mozart's Requiem Mass was performed along with some works of Schubert and Verdi. My husband and I always like to take in the cultural offerings of the city we're visiting, as it goes a long way to break the "ice" of feeling new to a city. The added bonus was that we would bump (quite unplanned) into some other attendees that were also from Los Angeles. The couple that sat next to us were professors from the States and were on their sabbatical doing work in London. They had come to Paris fo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Eglise de la Madeleine
Place de la Madeleine
Paris, France 75008
+33 1 44 51 69 00

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At Fouquet's on the Champs Elysees Photo, Paris, France
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My husband, Peter, and I approached Paris on an American Airlines flight that had been comfortable and uneventful. By the time we reached French soil, it was early in the afternoon on a sunny June day, and I was eager to see this beautiful city, which was completely new to me. From the plane, I had seen much farmland and pretty green countryside, and now, I was eager to see the first signs of Paris. We landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport and made our way by taxi to our hotel. As we entered the city, we approached it at the Place Charles de Gaulle at the Arc de Triomphe. At the first site of that amazing structure, I knew I was really in Paris! I had dreamed of coming to this city many tim...Read More
Watching the preparation Photo, Paris, France
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A close friend had suggested to me that I attend a cooking demonstration at the famed Ritz School, located in the elegant Ritz Hotel. I had reserved my place ahead of time via online communications and was exhilarated at the prospect of observing French chefs "in action". It turned out to be an incredible and wonderful experience - one I highly recommend. The cost at the time of my purchase was equivalent to $56USD. The class runs for approximately 2.5 hours, and attendees get to watch the preparation of appetizer, entree, and dessert and hear commentary from the chef (through a translator), culminating in the grand tasting at the end. Each attendee gets his own plate with sample of each course. ...Read More