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An August 2004 trip to Paris by Ed Hahn

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Quote: We have two days in Paris and a lot of ground to cover. We stay in a dodgy neighborhood and do some expected things and some unexpected things. We don’t get a lot of rest. I return 9 days later and visit Auvers sur Oise with friends.

Ah, Paris!!!

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Overview

Paris Photo, Paris, France
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It is somewhat intimidating to write about Paris, because so much has been written about it. This isn’t false humility, it’s reality. We are here for only two days. Additionally, even though I’ve been here a number of times, it’s the first visit for my companion, Tom, so we will be hitting the already well-researched high points. We arrive in Paris at 6:30am, after an overnight train ride from Venice. The taxi driver isn’t sure where she is going. The ride is long and at the end of it, we discover our hotel, the Atlanta Frochot, is in the middle of the Pigalle Red Light District. I thought it was in Montmartre, but I was very wrong. Our location makes for some interesting encounters but m...Read More

Hotel Atlanta Frochot

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Hotel

Hotel Atlanta Frochot Photo, Paris, France
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After an overnight train ride from Venice we arrived at Bercy Station near Gare de Lyon and grabbed a taxi to head for our lodgings, the 52 room Hotel Atlanta Frochot. It was described as being ideally located between Montmartre and the Paris Opera House and within walking distance of a major Metro Station. Surprisingly, the taxi driver had some difficulty figuring out where Rue Frochot is but we finally got rolling. It was a long ride from the station. As we neared the hotel, the neighborhood became tackier and tackier. When we finally arrived, Tom and I realized we were in the center of the Pigalle red light district or, as it was lovingly referred to by WW II GIs, Pig Alley. Whoops!The ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2005

Hotel Atlanta Frochot
9, rue Frochot, Paris 75018, France
Paris, France
33 1 47 75 92 90

Eglise du Dôme

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Attraction | "Les Invalides, Eglise du Dome and Napoleon's Tomb"

Eglise du Dôme Photo, Paris, France
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We scope out how to ride the Metro to Les Invalides to see Napoleon’s Tomb. The tomb and its setting in the Eglise du Dome are awesome. Les Invalides covers a huge area and contains a complex of buildings, monuments, museums, churches and fifteen courtyards. The entire area is dedicated to France’s military history. King Louis XIV initiated the project in 1670 as a home and hospital for invalided and aged veterans, hôpital des invalids, from which comes the present shortened name. The Institution Nationale des Invalides is still headquartered here and includes a retirement home, a medical and surgical center and a center for external medical consultations. There is both a veteran...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2005

Eglise du Dôme
Hôtel National des Invalides
Paris, France
+33 1 44 42 37 67

Musee d'Armee

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Attraction

Musee d'Armee Photo, Paris, France
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We visit the Musee de L'Armee behind the Eglise du Dome. It’s a shame this museum is not better appreciated. It may be the most complete military museum in the world. While the focus is definitely on the French military, it is still a fascinating look at European military history especially for a couple of history buffs like Tom and me. It spans from medieval times to the end of WW II. In retrospect I wish we had budgeted more time for the museum. The entire east side of the complex is devoted to the French Army. Its exhibits cover the development of the French Army through its long history up to 1871 when the Prussians captured Paris in the Franco-Prussian War. Next to Napoleon’s retre...Read More

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Musee d'Armee
Pl. Les Invalides
Paris, France

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Musee du Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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We have budgeted one half-day for the Louvre, knowing it will not be nearly enough time.We enter the courtyard through a side entrance, the Passage Richilieu. We are impressed. The exterior of what was once the home of the Kings of France blows us away. We rush into the museum through the pyramid entrance without waiting in line, thanks to our Museum Pass. Since we have different agendas, we agree to meet in four hours. Four hours? Not enough time to see one-fifth of what’s available. I decide to do the three biggies first: Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothhrace, and Venus de Milo. I walk past more masterpieces on my way to the Mona Lisa than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Wh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 24, 2005

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

Musee Rodin

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Attraction

Musee Rodin Photo, Paris, France
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The Musee Rodin is within easy walking distance of Les Invalides. The museum is in what was once the Hotel Biron, where Rodin lived and had his studio the last 10 years of his life. Auguste Rodin may be the most famous sculptor of modern times, maybe of all time, excepting Michelangelo, of course. Some of his most famous works, all of which are on display here, are “The Thinker,” The Burghers of Calais,” “The Kiss,” and the unforgettable “Gates of Hell.”The Hotel Biron has a fascinating history of its own. It was built between 1728 and 1730. Designed by Jean Aubert, the beauty of the facade, is equaled by the internal decoration and skillfully carved paneling in the second-floo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2005

Musee Rodin
77, Rue De Varenne
Paris 75007
+33 (1) 44 18 61 10

Musee d'Orsay

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Attraction

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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The Musee d'Orsay, once the main train station serving Southwestern France, has been totally redone to house late 19th-century paintings and sculpture.Across the Seine from the Louvre and the Tuileries, the Orsay boasts an astounding collection devoted to the watershed years of French artistic dominance,1848 to 1914, with a collection of the big names plus lesser-known groups (the symbolists, pointillists, realists, and late romantics). The 80 galleries also include furniture, photographs, art objects, and architectural models.The building itself could be considered a work of art and is appropriate for housing its collections since so many of the artists used the train system t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2005

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

Auvers sur Oise

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Attraction

Auvers sur Oise Photo, Paris, France
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Disembarking from the Munich overnight train, I have a day in Paris on my way back to Hong Kong. I am fortunate to be able to spend it with my friends Greg and Kim. We hook up after a number of mobile phone exchanges. Greg’s rented a car so we are free to explore. We drive to Place de Vosges. Kim fills me in on its history, including pointing out the Palace of Henry IV and Victor Hugo’s house. We eat a delightful al fresco breakfast at one of the surrounding restaurants while deciding where to spend the rest of this beautiful day. We decide to drive to Auvers sur Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh spent his last three months and where he and his brother Theo are buried. W...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2005

Auvers sur Oise
Val de Oise Province North of Paris
Paris, France