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I Love Paris in the Summer Time

A June 2005 trip to Paris by hobogirl923

Petit Bateau Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: I love Paris in the spring time....er, make that summer time. Last summer, I was lucky enough to spend July in Paris as a graduation present. Keep reading to learn more about my trip!

Berthillon

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Restaurant | "Berthillon Ice Cream Shop"

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When I stayed in Paris, my apartment was quite close to Ile St Louis, so Berthillon was often on the way back from our outings. Getting ice-cream from the counter is something anyone in Paris for the summer should do. The ice-cream is a frozen custard style ice-cream, made with egg yolks as well as cream and sugar. It is truly the best ice-cream I have ever had. All the flavors I tried had a depth and richness of fresh flavor unlike any store bought ice-cream. The wild strawberry (Fraise du Bois) is intense and bright, paired perfectly with the super creamy vanilla. Ice-cream in France, or at least in Paris, is served in funny cones. If you want two scoops, you get a cone that holds the scoops separat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Berthillon
31 Rue Saint-louis-en-l'ile
Paris, France
01 43 54 31 61

Petit Bateau

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Petit Bateau Photo, Paris, France
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I first heard about Petit Bateau (which means Little Boat, for you non-Francophiles) in a guide book. I knew I had to go from the moment I read the short snippet about the retailer. I wasn't interested in the affordable baby or children's clothes, but I love T-shirts, Petit Bateau's best offering for women. Lured by the promise of cheap, high quality T-shirts, I visited one of the many Paris locations the next day. I was in heaven! Shirts for between €7 and €14! Tons of great colors were on sale (I guess they have a summer sale in early July) so I bought several. They are sized in a way that takes some getting used to: all the clothes are sold by the age the store thinks you ought to be to fit in them...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Petit Bateau
116 Avenue Des Champs-elysées
Paris, France
01 40 74 02 03

Musée des Egouts de Paris

Attraction | "Egouts (Sewers) of Paris"

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When I was little, I always wanted to pry open a man hole cover and go down into the sewer or water drainage systems. In Paris, you can visit the sewer in a far more sanitary fashion. From above ground, the only sign that there is a museum below is a ticket booth with a staircase that spirals downward. Once you wind your way to the bottom, you are greeted by an oh-so-pleasant sewer smell. It is smelly, but it's not terrible. The friend I was travelling with had a little trouble with it at first (see the picture). The "sewer" you see is treated already, so you aren't going to catch any strange diseases or anything. The exhibits themselves are educational. From reading them, it is clear that Paris must ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Musée des Egouts de Paris
face 93, quai d'Orsay
Paris, France 75007
+33 1 53 68 27 81

Paris-Plages

Attraction | "Paris Plage (beach)"

Paris-Plages Photo, Paris, France
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No, it isn't actually a beach (plage=beach), but it is about as close as you are going to get in Paris. Every year, tons of sand are brought in along the Seine. Cafes and ice cream stands pop up, sun bathers lounge about, people stroll with their children. It is kind of like a boardwalk, except the sand is in a huge long sandbox rather than on a real beach next to the ocean. All of this is paid for by the city; their is no entrance fee or fee to use the lounge chairs. If you are walking back to your hotel and the Plage is along your route, walk down the steps or ramp and enjoy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Paris-Plages
Rive Droite and Rive Gauche
Paris, France
08 92 68 30 00

Villa Savoye

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Villa Savoye Photo, Paris, France
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If you are a fan of modern architecture, you must visit Villa Savoye. Villa Savoye is one of Le Corbusier's architectural masterpieces; a single family, extremely modern (even by today's standards) 1920s house now open for you to mosey around. The day I went, the house was almost empty. There were only three or four other people there, quite different than Versailles. Villa Savoye, at least when it is empty, is immensely relaxing. In some rooms there is antique furniture by Le Corbuisier that you can actually sit in! How often do you get to sit in the furniture at a museum house? My friend fell asleep in one especially comfortable lounge chair. The house felt so welcoming, and might even c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2006

Villa Savoye
82 rue de Villiers
Paris, France