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Five Days In Paris

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An August 2010 trip to Paris by wasa girl

Le Select Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: It seemed like Paris was the right place to start a few weeks in France, a few days of trying to understand the French way of life.

Be Metro Prepared

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Riding the Rails Photo, Paris, France
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The Paris metro is a great, it is inexpensive way to get around and very easy to use. With a little planning you can see the whole city, only traveling by Metro, but a few things to keep in mind.- If you are heading to Paris from the US, your credit card will not work in the ticket machines. (in fact US credit cards are a bit of a pain everywhere) The larger stations can have long lines to get a person who can swipe your card, so arrive in Paris with some change in hand to buy your tickets. - It also helps to arrive with a metro map, even if it is a quick print out so you can get from your arrival point to your hotel. The stations do have maps and are well labeled, but when we ...Read More

Not going to plan

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I am really bad at remembering where I ate, what the name of that great restaurant was and things like that when I travel so I try to grab a business card or (my favorite) a box of matches from each place I eat at. During long trips such as this one through France and Belgium the goal was to take a photograph of the outside of each place we ate at.... I failed and because of that failure I cannot tell you where exactly I had some of the BEST pastries ever. I also cannot tell you were - as an English speaker you can find a fellow English speaking Crepe stand owner - which makes for not only easier ordering, but for an interesting conversation and, I believe, a little more nutella than other stands. ...Read More

August 13, 2010

FIAP Jean Monnet

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Hotel | "Bring your earplugs."

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This was my first hostel stay, so I cannot compare it to other hostels. To start with the location was nice. It is located in the 13th arrondissement, a short walk from either the Saint-Jacques or Glacière metro stations making it very easy to get around the city. This is not a "tourist" area so there was not a ton of restaurants or stores near by, but it is five metro stops from Montparnasse (you can also walk to Montparnasse for dinner). The front desk was pleasant, I cannot say they were very helpful with finding things in the area. There were people of all ages staying there, while we were there a conference of some sort was going on and it appeared that there were a few fa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2010

FIAP Jean Monnet
30 rue Cabanis
Paris, Ile-de-France 75014

Le Select

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Restaurant | "Nice Welcome to Paris"

Le Select Photo, Paris, France
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It was our first night in Paris , we put a restaurant address into the GPS and went in search of food. Nearing the tick mark on the screen we realized that we could not remember the name and found ourselves at Le Select. We joined the locals enjoying dinner and wine while embarking on a meal that was the perfect introduction to dining in Paris.There were seats on the sidewalk in typical cafe style, however we were able to be seated directly inside, right off the sidewalk. The open "porch" area provided us the outside eating experience that we would become accustomed to during our stay, without being right in the path of the Friday night foot traffic. The location at Rue Vavin and Boulevar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 20, 2010

Le Select
28, Bd Haussmann
Paris, Ile-de-France
+33-01-45-48-38-

August 14, 2010

Musee d'Orsay

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Attraction | "Art, beyond the Louvre"

Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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Everyone goes to the Louvre when the are in Paris, but that is only a fraction of the story. As a "art nut" I encourage anyone visiting Paris to not over look the Musee d'Orsay, the museum continues the story that the Louvre starts. This is the museum where you are going to see Van Gogh, Cezanne and Seurat, along with furniture by Horta and Behrens. There is a wonderful Art Nouveau room reconstructed and Lalique jewelery on view as well. It felt as if all mediums were represented so that everyone could find something to be inspired by.The d'Orsay only has a few floors, starting the day at the museum, we were able to see everything in a relaxed manner and still have the majority...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2010

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

La Fregate

Restaurant | "Rain Break"

La Fregate Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
Our perfectly planned day in Paris was interrupted with the introduction of rain. Walking along the Seine from the Musee d'Orsay we found a table at La Fregate with a view of the Pont Royal Bridge. From our table we sat out much of the rain storm with a glass of red wine, Fig & Goat Cheese Salad, Onion Soup, Marrow Bones and when it was still raining coffee and the best creme brulee ever. Everything was perfect, the marrow bones being larger than imagined. The service was as good, if not slightly more attentive, as any restaurant we visited while in Paris. The manager checked with us a few times, and even with our poor French it was not difficult at all to get anything we requested. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2010

La Fregate
Rue du Bac
Paris, France

Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame

Attraction | "Why Did I Come Down Here?"

Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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So I thought I was going to the Catacombs of Paris when I walked down the stairs. Honestly I had not looked at the guide books or anything that day and there we stood looking for a restroom and a way out of the rain. Our museum pass gave us free entry and since I remembered reading that the catacombs was really interesting I figured why not? There is a BIG difference, not that I ever made it to the catacombs. What is on view is the remains of Roman walls, maps and diagrams of where the walls used to run compared to where they run now. Had I actually paid to get in, I would have been very upset.

Oh, for the record, they do not have a restroom available.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 14, 2011

Archeological Crypt of the Parvis of Notre-Dame
Place de Parvis, Ile de la Cite
Paris, Ile-de-France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Attraction | "The Lady and her butlers, I mean buttresses"

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Photo, Paris, France
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I am sure other reviewers and writers will tell you the best time to get to the plaza outside Notre-Dame in order to avoid crowds and to hear choirs performing inside. We were going with the flow so we did not take any of this into account and arrived mid-day with the plaza packed with other tourists. Even so the view of this landmark is beautiful, the sky and finally cleared and the towers against the blue was perfect. From every angle there are details not to be missed, the gargoyles, the buttresses and the stained glass. If you are going inside, keep in mind that there are different lines for ascending the towers and just visiting the cathedral. The lines for both were long, but the lin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2010

Cathédrale Notre-Dame
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10

Jardin du Luxembourg

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Attraction | "Step into the Painting"

Jardin du Luxembourg Photo, Paris, France
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There is nothing I enjoy more when traveling than to spend time in a garden, instantly I feel a part of the area, as if I were a local. It was however with no expectations beyond getting off our feet for a while we wandered into the Jardin du Luxembourg. I stepped out of the touristy, busy city streets of Paris into the paintings I love and at once felt at ease. We picked the chairs closest to us, looking at a beautiful burst of flowers to one side and on our other side perfectly spaced rows of trees with benches, tables and a stage positioned underneath. There is just something about the way the rows of trees are perfectly lined up that brought Renoir's Garden Party to my mind. We sat the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Jardin du Luxembourg
Boulevard Saint-Michel
Paris, France 75006
33 (1) 42 34 20 00

Le Bar à Huîtres

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Restaurant | "For the Love of Seafood"

Le Bar à Huîtres Photo, Paris, France
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Our first night in Paris we were stopped dead in our tracks in front of this restaurant looking at the towers of seafood that people were eating. We debated stopping but decided to continue on, the next night however passing by for the second time was a sign that we had to order a tower for ourselves.They have menus in at least five different languages available, and spoke with us in the right combination of English and French so that we understood what was going on. In the mindset of we are only here once we ordered the largest tower for two and it did not disappoint. It included tasty sea treats such as cockles that I had never tried before, several different oysters, muscles, crabs, shr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2011

Le Bar à Huîtres
33, rue Saint.Jacques
Paris, France
+33 01 44 07 27 37

August 15, 2010

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "When in Paris..."

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The only way you are going to see everything is if you arrive as they are opening the doors, you don't eat, drink or use the restrooms at all and exit when they kick you out at the end of the night. Oh, and you probably will want to not bring anyone with you because they will just slow you down - sounds like fun? Straight off I will state that I am an art nut, so going to the Louvre was going to happen while I was in Paris. Having read a number of reviews about how crowded the museum was, how large it was and how long the line can get I was prepared (one would possibly say over prepared) prior to going. I accepted the fact that I would only have a few hours to spend in the museum and I vis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2010

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

Escale a Saigon

Restaurant | "When in France Eat Vietnamese?"

Escale a Saigon Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
Have you ever looked to find a place to eat in a Paris, during a rain storm on Assumption day? We tried and I cannot say it was an easy task, maybe it was the area we were staying in but the few restaurants in the area were not open. The wandering the streets lead us to Escale a Saigon which was actual open - empty but open.

Once inside I had no complaints, the meal was slightly different than what I am used to in the US, but not in a bad way by any means. We warmed up with pho and beer, enjoyed the quiet after a busy day. If I returned to Paris I would not search the restaurant out, but at the same time, if I found myself on the same street I would stop in for another round.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2011

Escale a Saigon
41 rue de la tombe issoire
Paris, Ile-de-France 75014
0145652048

August 16, 2010

Cafe George V

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Restaurant | "Let it rain - pour me another beer."

Cafe George V Photo, Paris, France
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***If you are on a travel budget skip this review, unfortunately Cafe George V is not friendly on the wallet. Similarly if you are a go - go - go traveler, this is not the review for you ***My husband and I had walked from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe and as we reach the Arc the rain started again so we searched out a place to get something to eat while the rain passed through. Something We quickly learned while walking along the Ave Champs Elysees is that the waiters and restaurant staff will practically pull you into their cafes if you pause for even a moment in front of their door. As the rain was picking up we submitted to the pull and were seated under a large canopy with a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2011

Cafe George V
120 Avenue Champs Elysees
Paris, Ile-de-France 75008
01.45.62.33.51

Arc de Triomphe

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Attraction | "Frogger in Real Life"

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Paris, France
Quote:
We had a mission to visit the Eiffel Tour and then go to the Arc de Triomphe, which does make for a fair bit of walking but was worth it. I will say (if you did not read any other bits of my visit to France) that it was a rainy gray day. However, if you start at the Tour you can stroll across the bridge and up the Avenue d'Lena past many the Guimet Museum (Museum of Asian Art) and several embassies. It is a slight uphill walk, but the road is lined with trees and then when you reach the top the Arc suddenly appears in view - it was perfect. Now this is where the frogger comes into play – you can stand outside the road that circles the Arc and watch tourists dash across, weaving in and out ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2011

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

August 17, 2010