Paris Journals

Half a month in Paris

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A travel journal to Paris by artslover

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: This trip by my husband, two adult daughters and me was slightly over two weeks in Paris living in a flat where we could dream we were locals. We did a lot of eating and a lot of walking around.

L' Arpege

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Restaurant | "The best thing I ate in Paris"

L' Arpege Photo, Paris, France
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L’Arpege is one of Paris three Michelin starred restaurants. It is a bit unusual because the chef emphasizes vegetables, although he also serves meat.The restaurant is located in its own space near the Rodin Museum and Les Invalides. While there are starched white linen table clothes and bath towel sized linen napkins on the tables set with crystal and silver, the overall feel is not too formal nor up tight.The service is very French formal with each course delivered with serious politeness but the servers were friendly and helped some of us along with our French language struggles.We were able to order both tasting menus and a la carte at our table which not every ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

L' Arpege
84 rue de Varenne, 7e
Paris, France
01-47-05-09-06

Le Chateaubriand

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Restaurant | "Top new style restaurant"

Le Chateaubriand Photo, Paris, France
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Le Chateaubriand is one of Paris’ top restaurants and yet it is relatively casual not formal and stuffy like some of the other famous top dining spots. Like some other new restaurants in Paris, the chef was once working at a big famous restaurant but decided to go out on his own. In order to keep the standards high but manage a more reasonably priced menu and more modest location, the menu is limited. At Chateaubriand, it is very limited. You do not get a menu because you do not get to choose what you will eat, you get the menu set by the chef for that day. The servers will ask about allergies but otherwise do not alter the dishes. In our case, we told them one of us was allergic to clams ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Le Chateaubriand
129 Avenue Parmentier
Paris, France 75011
01 43 57 45 95

Musée du Louvre

Attraction | "Repeat visits to the Louvre and still more to see"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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We had been to the Louvre on a previous visit to Paris, but no one visit will allow you to see everything so we made a return visit.A good tip, go into the museum through the Caroussel entrance, not the entrance at the glass pyramid. There are far few people trying to enter. You can also buy tickets in advance which will also reduce waiting time.We skipped the Mona Lisa because that is where the biggest crowds are. Even avoiding that wait, we still managed to look at only a small fraction of what is on display in the three wings of the Louvre. Definitely pick up the maps of the Louvre and figure out what you want to see because there are so many of the world best works but you ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

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

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides

Attraction | "Musée de l'Armée was a happy surprise"

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides Photo, Paris, France
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We had museum passes which we used at Hôtel des Invalides, Musée de L’Armée and Napoleon’s Tomb (129 rue de Grenelle Open: 10-6/6:30 Sun Cost: €9). If we had to pay, I would have thought Napoleon’s Tomb was a big disappointment but the Musée de L’Armée was incredible value. There was so much there and even though I’m not particularly interested in military history, it was nevertheless absorbing. Because there was so much to look at, we could not manage to see all or even most of the different historical periods, which start from pre-Roman times to the present. We focussed on the period from Louis XIV to Napoleon III. The displays gave detailed information about what happened an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Les Invalides/L'Hôtel National des Invalides
Esplanade Des Invalides
Paris, France 75007
+33 1 44 42 37 70

Context Travel Paris

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Attraction | "Medieval churches of Paris"

Context Travel Paris Photo, Paris, France
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We took a Context Travel walking tour called Medieval Churches of Paris, which began with the oldest church of the city, the former monastery church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with its mix of Romanesque and early Gothic styles. It ended at the most recent medieval church, Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, noted for the spectacular filigree and twisting stairs of the only surviving rood screen in Paris. Our walk took to us in a U-shaped circuit from the Left Bank to the Right Bank and include Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois (the parish church of the Louvre), and Saint-Severin, the city’s most splendid example of Flamboyant Gothic, famous for its unusual twisted pillar. Along the way, our docent also pointed out many ot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Context Travel Paris
14 Rue Charles V
Paris, Ile-de-France 75004
+1 215 609 4471