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Some unusual suggestions

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A travel journal to Paris by food&fun

A fanciful Metro station entrance Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: You don't want to stay at the usual tourist hotel, eat at the usual tourist bistros or see the usual tourist museums. Here are some hints.

Some unusual suggestions

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Overview

The Eiffel Tower Photo, Paris, France
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Okay, you've gotta see the Eiffel Tower (it really is magical, especially after dark) and you've gotta visit the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and Notre Dame. But after that, what? We like to search out the spots that the tourists don't swarm to. On our last visit, we discovered a new museum, Arts & Metiers. The Arts & Metiers metro station features a display of models from the museum, and more than a year ago we tried to visit it. After wandering around where the museum was supposed to be, we finaly learned that it was closed for renovation, and would remain so for several more of our visits. Finally, it is open, and we paid a much-postponed visit to it. We have also become convinced that going to...Read More

Ramada Paris Tour Eiffel

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Garden Court Tour Eiffel"

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Holiday Inn has a group of hotels with the designation "Garden Court," which are privately owned but are allowed to use the Holiday Inn name. They provide a level of comfort that Americans desire, but without any frills. We''ve stayed at this Garden Court at least five times and have always been satisfied. The rooms are not spacious, but they have comfortable queen-sized beds, table and chairs, tv with CNN International, an electric hot pot with instant coffee and tea, and a mini-bar. The bathrooms, too, are not large, but they are certainly adequate, and they have hair dryers. Non-smoking rooms are available. The best thing about this hotel (other than the great price-to-comfort ratio) i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

Ramada Paris Tour Eiffel
102 Boulevard De Grenelle
Paris, France
33-140-599090

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Our travel plans made it most convenient for us to stay near the Charles DeGaulle airport for a night instead of staying in Paris itself. Although we had had a very nice stay at the Copthorne (see my journal Copthorne Hotel), we got a very good rate at the Holiday Inn Charles DeGaulle. We arrived fairly early in the day but the reception desk said a room was ready for us. He checked in and went up to our room. It was a small, rather tired room with a queen-sized bed. We had reserved a king room, so we went back to the desk. We were told firmly that they could not release any king rooms for a one-night stay. Whe...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 28, 2001

Holiday Inn Charles DeGaulle Airport
1 Allee du Verger
Paris, France 95700
1-800-HOLIDAY

La Cave de l'Os a Moelle

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Restaurant

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When the chef/owner of L'Os a Moelle (L'Os a Moelle) found success, he decided to open up a wine bar across the street. What an unusual eatery! When was the last time you had to bus your own dishes at a restaurant? Yet everyone joins in the fun, and it is like dinner at your French aunt's home, if you happened to have a French aunt. It is table d'hotel style, which means everyone sits together at three large tables. There are several terrines of pate on the tables, along with a bowl or two of other appetizers. You help yourself, even grabbing some from another table if it's different from your tabl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

La Cave de l'Os a Moelle
181 rue de Lourmel
Paris, France
01 45 57 28 28

Astier

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Restaurant

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This crowded bistro seems very popular with the locals. We were the only Americans, other than the couple who were seated next to us. When I offered help with the French menu, we started talking and it turned out they lived 40 miles from us! The cooking is not fancy, but it was excellent. My husband started with a cold terrine of oxtail and leeks in a vinaigrette aspic, which he is still talking about a month later. Next he had a large portion of calf's liver with raspberry vinegar, which was cooked exactly to his liking. His dessert was orange and grapefruit slices molded onto a thin slice of spongecake. I started with delicate little ravioli filled with cheese and herbs in saffron sauce, then...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

Astier
44 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
Paris, France
01 43 57 16 35

L'Ardoise

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Restaurant

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This is an example of a restaurant that has been spoiled by too much good publicity. It has been featured in Gourmet and Bon Appetit, so it should have been no surprise that it had been totally invaded by Americans. The upstairs portion was extremely crowded; the people next to us had to get up, and their table had to be moved so I could squeeze into my chair. Also, I wonder if the cooking has declined because the chef is resting on his laurels; we were satisfied but not thrilled with our meal. My husband started with anchovies with tomato confit. The anchovies were preserved, not the fresh ones we usually find in such a dish. I had a very good appetizer of herring with herring mou...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

L'Ardoise
28 rue du Mont Thabor 1st Arr.
Paris, France
01 42 96 28 18

Douceurs et Patisseries Photo, Paris, France
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A charming pastry shop and tea salon, this is our favorite place for breakfast when we stay at the Holiday Inn Garden Court Tour Eiffel (see separate journal entry). The display cases are full of beautiful pastries; tell the woman behind the counter which you want and take a seat. I am partial to the pain raisin, a moist raisin snail of croissant dough. If you want tea, you will be given a tea menu with about 10 different choices. Tea is served in a heavy, metal, Japanese-style pot. Coffee, decaf, espresso, and cafe au lait are all available as well. Although we have never tried them, nice looking salads and baguette sandwiches, all packaged to go, are also on display.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

Douceurs et Patisseries
24 rue Commerce
Paris, France
01 45 75 11 62

Musée des Arts et Métiers

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Attraction | "Musee des Arts et Metiers"

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This is France's Museum of Industry. It has recently re-opened after extensive remodeling. The museum showcases the development of scientific instruments, materials (like the making of glass, steel, fabric, plastic), communication, energy and transportation. The signs are primarily in French, but everything is labeled in English, albeit with less detail. Throughout the museum, you will find LED displays that explain various exhibits in French and English, for example, how a microscope works, what you can see through a scanning electron microscope, and how a spinning jenny works. There is a large version of an interactive FAX machine. Like the Smithsonian, it has a huge collection of historical o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

Musée des Arts et Métiers
60 rue Réaumur
Paris, France 75003
+33 1 53 01 82 00