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Paris- Beyond the Obvious

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A January 2002 trip to Paris by zabelle

View from DOrsey Museum Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Paris is a city that begs to be walked. Its neighborhoods invite the casual stroll. This is the best way to find some of the less traveled paths.

Paris- Beyond the Obvious

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Overview

View from D'Orsey Museum Photo, Paris, France
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My main focus of this trip to Paris was genealogy. Many of my roots are to be found deep within the neighborhoods of this city. Combine this with my daughter's first visit and it made for a nice mix of the familiar and the new. We visited the parishes that held our past, St Germaine Auxerrois, St Eustache, St Nicholas des Champs, St Gilles and St Leu but we also spent a day at the Louvre, at the D'Orsey and at Versailles. In search of the remnants of the Monarchy we visited the Chappelle de Expetoire. I had hoped to visit the restored cell at the Concergerie but time did not allow it. We attended Mass on Saturday evening at Notre Dame and had a wonderful supper of crepes on the left bank. ...Read More

Hotel Queen Mary

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Hotel

Hotel Queen Mary Photo, Paris, France
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This is a fantastic hotel in a great location. The service is friendly and everyone we met at the hotel spoke excellent English. It probably helps that the owners are British. Everything is first class from the pretty blue and yellow public rooms to the cheery breakfast room. Everyone went way beyond what was necessary to please us. You know your visit is going to be special as soon as you enter your room and are greeted by a crystal decanter of complimentary brandy and a note of welcome from the management. Our room was on the 3rd floor and overlooked the street. The other two groups with us had rooms on the main level, off the lobby. Our room was larger than theirs and we had a good size doubl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Hotel Queen Mary
9 rue de Greffulhe
Paris, France 75008
+33 (0)1 42 66 40 50

Buffalo Grill

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Restaurant

Buffalo Grill Photo, Paris, France
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This was getting to be a joke with us. Everywhere we went as we zoomed along on the highway, we saw Buffalo Grills and we were determined to try to eat at one. When we found one right next to the train station in Versailles, it seemed like fate. This was funny. It was what the French see as the American West. There were wooden Indians, and there was a children's birthday party going on, and they were all dressed like cowboys and Indians. The decor was pretty much like Fridays or Chili's at home. The menu was pretty much the same, too. I ordered buffalo wings and fries. They were wings, but not what we call buffalo--no hot sauce or blue cheese. The chili was made with hunks of beef and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Buffalo Grill
7 Avenue de Sceaux
Paris, France
01 30 21 32 03

La Cour aux Crepes

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Restaurant | "La Cour au Crepes"

La Cour aux Crepes Photo, Paris, France
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This creperie is right around the corner from Notre Dame and a great stop after attending 6:30pm Mass. We got there at 7:45, and even though there were six of us, we were able to get a great table. Our waitress didn't speak English, so I had to act as interpreter. The decor is simple, with wood tables and chairs and checked tablecloths. The cooking area is in the rear and open to view if you walk back to the restroom or need to ask for milk with your tea, as I did. That was one thing I found unusual in France--giving you milk for your tea was not automatically done. You get exactly what you order, so if you say tea, you get tea, and you need to ask for milk, lemon, or sugar. I started my meal wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

La Cour aux Crepes
27 Rue Galande
Paris, France
01 43 25 45 00

Patong Thai Food

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Restaurant

Patong Thai Food Photo, Paris, France
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This restaurant is right around the corner from our hotel and one of the few open on Sunday night. Even though we went there by default it became on of our most memorable meals. The man who was on duty at the restaurant was very friendly and made the whole evening fun for us. We learned he had been in Paris for 6 years but had visited the west coast of the US and loved it, he spoke very good English which always makes it easier for us. We started out with plates full of round chips that look like styrofoam but taste really good, we ate about 5 plates between the 6 of us. I had fried crab balls as an appetizer. They came piled high in a bowl with a sweet and spicy sauce. They were delicious, the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Patong Thai Food
1 Rue de Castellane
Paris, France

Chapelle Expiatoire

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Attraction | "Chappelle Expiatoire"

Chapelle Expiatoire Photo, Paris, France
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This grey Neo Classical Chapel marks the spot where King Louis XVI and his Queen Marie Antoinette were buried after their death. It was originally a cemetery attached to a convent and ironically the 133 people who died at the fireworks celebrating the marriage of Louis and Marie Antoinette were buried here earlier. Luckily for royalists everywhere, there was a lawyer with royalist sympathies who had a house overlooking the cemetery. When the terror was over and the cemetery was no longer used he was able to buy it. He had noted where all the important burials had been made and on the restoration of the monarchy was able to point out the graves of the former king and queen. Their bodies were rem...Read More

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Chapelle Expiatoire
Rue Pasquier
Paris, France

Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois

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Attraction | "St Germain L'Auxerrois"

Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois Photo, Paris, France
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This great Gothic gem is located right around the corner from the Louvre. For me, it was like coming home. This is the home parish of several of my ancestors, including the one who carries my mother's family name, Jacques Bernier. There really isn't any of the 17th-century neighborhood he would have lived in left, so going to this church where generations of his family worshipped was of particular interest to me. I got quite emotional. There has been a church on this site since the 5th century. The church is dedicated to St. Germanus of Auxerre (Burgundy), and since it was the parish church of the Louvre palace, I imagine that is why the rois was added to the name. It has played an important rol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois
2 Place du Louvre
Paris, France

Eglise Saint-Eustache

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Attraction | "Eglise St Eustache"

Eglise Saint-Eustache Photo, Paris, France
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I came to this beautiful Gothic church not because of its historical connections, though it has many, nor for its beautiful architecture and Renaissance glory, which it has in abundance. I came here because my ancestress Anne Pineau de la Vieville was baptized here before coming to Canada as a fille du roi, basically what we would now call a mail-order bride, albeit one with a dowery supplemented by the King. I had hoped to find some trace of her here, but there was none. For my own interest, I found the baptismal font and took a photo in the hopes that it was the one she was baptised in. She shares the sacrament with some illustrious company, Cardinal Richelieu, Moliere and Jeanne Antoinette Poisson,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Eglise Saint-Eustache
2 impasse Saint-Eustache
Paris, France

Musée Jacquemart-André

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Attraction | "Musee Jacquemart Andre"

Musée Jacquemart-André Photo, Paris, France
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This museum was certainly one of the highlights of our visit to Paris. It is a family home turned into a first class museum. Edouard Andre was the son of a wealthy, Protestant banking family and Nelie Jacquemart was a young Catholic painter from a modest family. Their mutual love of art is very evident in their magnificent collection. Not having any children they agreed to leave their collection to the people of France. He had a sure eye for acquisitions and she had a flare for the proper display of the works. You will be wowed by this museum.Part of your entrance fee includes a headphone tour and this helps to enhance your appreciation of the works and the setting....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Musée Jacquemart-André
158, boulevard Haussmann
Paris, France 75008
+33 1 45 62 11 59

Petit Trianon

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Attraction

Petit Trianon Photo, Paris, France
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The Petit Trianon is located in the park at Versailles. It can be reached by walking or by a tram that runs about every 30 minutes. It cost 5.1 euros to take the tram, this is a day ticket. While you are traveling around the park there is a running commentary in several languages, one after the other. The Petit Trianon was built between 1762 and 1768 for the use of Louis XV and his mistress Madam de Pompadour, Unfortunately she died in 1764 and it was her successor Madam de Berry who got to enjoy it. Here they could come to get away from the suffocating formality of the French Court. In 1774 Louis XVI gave it to his wife Marie Antoinette and it became her favorite residence. It was turn...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Petit Trianon
Versailles-Château
Paris, France
+33 (0)1 30 83 75 05

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)

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Attraction | "Grand Trianon"

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) Photo, Versailles, France
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We got a great deal, we paid 13.60 euros for our train ticket and entrance to the State Apartments and the 2 Trianons at Versailles. This made the 39 cents we had to pay to use the really inferior bathrooms (sandpaper tp and no toilet seats) at Versailles easier to take. The Grand Trianon has been the home to many illustrious people. First Louis XIV who used it for short summer visits, then Queen Maria Leszczinska and later Napoleon I and his 2nd wife Empress Marie Louise. Even Louis Philippe made visits here, but it was President De Gaulle who saved the Grand Trianon by having it restored as a meeting place for the President of the Republic and other heads of state on official visits. The orig...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 12, 2002

Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles)
20 Km Sw Of Paris
Versailles, France
01 30 83 78 00