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Killing Time 'Til the Next Escargot - Paris Our Way

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A September 2007 trip to Paris by jaybroek

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Quote: Things to do in Paris when the sun shines and the stomach rumbles. Our mantra: 'Everything is a pretext for a good dinner'.

Killing Time 'Til the Next Escargot - Paris Our Way

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Overview

Author taking the sun Photo, Paris, France
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'To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.' - Victor HugoSo this was the Blonde’s weekend – I was at her bidding. There would be no tantrums or sulks on my part; there would be no museums, galleries or wandering round crusty old stuff. We would eat well, as is clearly illustrated in this journal, but after that…well, we would just wander. Cities like Paris can cope with this sort of plan; its native elegance, the surfeit of dramatic architecture, the central thread that is the Seine binding it all together, it is a wanderer’s dream. Since the Tomato arrived we haven’t really had the luxury to do just that and we were looking forward to the aimlessness of it all, combined with the odd li...Read More

Hotel Langlois

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Hotel

Hotel Langlois Photo, Paris, France
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As this was a birthday treat for the Blonde, a laissez faire attitude to booking the hotel was not an option. I erred on the side of caution and plumped for a personal recommendation; good friends of ours (the sort with impeccable taste – old friends of the Blonde as you might expect) spoke very highly of the Hotel Langlois and, while it cost a little more than seemingly comparable places, there is a time and a place for 'making do' and taking a chance - and celebratory weekends are not it.Situated within a minute or two of the Place de la Trinité (Trinité Métro), the Langlois is housed in one of those elegant 19th century terraces that line many of Baron Haussmann’s boulevard...Read More

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Hotel Langlois
63 Rue Saint
Paris, France 75009
+33 (1) 4874-7824

Le Procope

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Restaurant

Le Procope Photo, Paris, France
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So there we are, on the Paris Métro, heading for St. Germain. The Blonde muses over the well-thumbed guidebook that I’d given her as part of her ‘Paris Birthday Pack’ and casually glances through the entries that are near Odéon, our destination.‘This one sounds OK’ she says, holding out the guide for me to read the one line entry.‘Excellent, let’s go there’And so we stumbled across the oldest café in Paris. Anyone who has pretensions to being a ‘foodie’ worth their salt would know that ‘Le Procope’ was steeped in history and have it high on their list of worthy Paris dining choices; they would know that Voltaire and his Enlightened companions had debated the evening...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2007

Le Procope
13 Rue De L’ancienne Comédie
Paris 75006
+33 01 40 46 79 00

La Taverne

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Restaurant

La Taverne Photo, Paris, France
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We knew La Taverne was a successful choice from the moment we walked through the door. The decor of the large, multi-levelled dining room reflects the Alsatian orientation of the menu (that is, many of the dishes are native to Alsace rather than being made from large angry dogs). From the ceiling hang auberge signs displaying the region’s Germanic past with flugelhorn motifs and hunting trophies suggestive of a country tavern. Polished clocks are everywhere, as are chandeliers. The result could easily have been a confusing mess but is, in reality, quite theatrical and fun. It just makes you smile.La Taverne worked some sort of magic on us. We may have been primed for a good time anyway; a ...Read More

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La Taverne
24 Boulevard des Italiens
Paris, France
01 55 33 10 00

Bistro des Deux Théâtres

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Restaurant

Bistro des Deux Théâtres Photo, Paris, France
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By way of my extensive preparation for the weekend (ahem), I had made a speculative click or two on t’interweb thingy and found a bistro close to our hotel that came with a recommendation or two. The suggestion that we go for Le Bistro des Deux Théâtres was met with the appropriate level of appreciation for my foresight, rapidly qualified with ‘as long as it has snails…and steak’.Fear of failing my beloved tainted the short stroll to the restaurant - I could have picked the only bistro in Paris that had thrown centuries of convention out of the window - but the tension disappeared with one glance at the menu posted outside - escargots and bifteck were present and correct. My ...Read More

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Bistro des Deux Théâtres
18, rue Blanche
Paris, France 75009
01 45 26 41 43

A Morning Portrait-dodging in Montmartre

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Story/Tip

Abbesses Metropolitain Photo, Paris, France
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Given the view we had from our hotel room window, there was never any doubt over our first destination on Saturday morning. The Blonde wanted to breakfast somewhere vibrant and colourful so we took a turn north off the rue Saint-Lazare and began the initially gentle ascent towards the artist enclave and village-in-the-city that is Montmartre. The walk took us through the mildly sleazy entertainment district around the Boulevard de Clichy and Place Pigalle, home of the renowned Moulin Rouge. Before ten in the morning feather boas, louche artists, and scantily clad cancan dancers are a bit thin on the ground, mores the pity, and we made it to the first of the steep flights of steps that are ...Read More
Looking for a new Eiffel angle Photo, Paris, France
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Having satisfied our ‘Montmartre Itch’ (a fairly common affliction suffered by repeat visitors to Paris), we headed Seine-wards from Abbesses Métro. A semblance of a plan formed while we were underground; we would surface close to the river and head, in as casual a fashion as we could muster, for the Eiffel Tower.We emerged, blinking and a little disoriented, in the Place de la Concorde. It is a surprisingly affecting way to arrive at one of the most well known and impressive sights in Europe. No anticipatory approach, you’re just there. The historic square sprawls out in all directions, its arterial roads reaching out into the rest of the city and in doing so, drawing you into the city’s ...Read More