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Paris for a weekend? In JANUARY?!?

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A January 2002 trip to Paris by hitara

Quote: A weekend getaway to Paris sounded wonderfully romantic, and the bargains were great. Turns out there are special challenges to such a short trip, but still much to be enjoyed.

Paris for a weekend? In JANUARY?!?

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Overview

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This was my second trip to Paris, and on both occasions the real "highlight" was just walking around, sitting in cafes, soaking up the culture.... The cold January weather made that more difficult than usual, though. On a previous three-day trip during balmy late spring, we saw most of the major sights by just wandering from place to place. On this three-day trip, we saw almost nothing. Rather than an enchanting stroll from discovery to discovery, getting around was more a difficult consideration of subway stops and taxi stands, and avoiding time outdoors. Don't get me wrong, the city can still be enjoyed in winter, but it's best to arrive with realistic expectations of the trip. This is ...Read More

Hotel De La Place Du Louvre

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Hotel

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Paris budget hotels can be questionable, but this was a wonderful choice for the price. It's located steps away from the Louvre, the Pont Neuf, and major shopping areas, and yet tucked away on a quiet side street with almost no traffic. The room was basic and quite comfortable, with a king-sized bed (two twins pushed together), small refrigerator/honor bar, TV with about 10 channels (including CNN), and its own bathroom with tub and handheld shower. The staff was helpful (at least by French standards). Although the hotel is quite small, we barely saw and never heard the other guests. We did have a love/hate relationship with the elevator -- it arrived on its own (slow) schedule and barely ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Hotel De La Place Du Louvre
21 RUE DES PRETRES ST GERMAIN
Paris, France 75001
33-1-42-337868

Yasube

Restaurant

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Rue Sainte-Anne is the "Japantown" of Paris, and in fact we stumbled across Yasube while looking for a different Japanese restaurant at a nearby address. (A "recommended restaurant" at 7 rue Sainte-Anne turned out to be a beauty parlor -- boo, Time Out guide!) It's your basic Japanese restaurant, with an atmosphere that's simple but not cold and food that's fresh, fairly inexpensive, and very tasty. (Most of the other diners were Japanese locals, which is always a good sign.) Our meal was a refreshing change of pace after two days of heavily sauced French meals, and actually I think it was my best meal in Paris. Open Sundays.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Yasube
9 rue Sainte-Anne
Paris, France 75001
01 47 03 96 37

Lescure

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Restaurant

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I found Lescure based on a great recommendation in Frommer's and decided to give it a try despite much less enthusiastic Zagat's reviews. Like the reviews, our own experience was quite mixed. We showed up early, just as the restaurant opened at 7 pm, and we were only the second or third customers in the place. Things didn't get off to a great start, since the empty dining room felt cold and barren and the waiters had nothing to do but stare at us as we ate. With that inauspicious beginning, I was amazed at how much the place changed over the course of the next hour. More customers arrived quickly, and the whole place seemed to warm as people entered. We were seated in the non-smoking section,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Lescure
7 rue de Mondovi
Paris, France
01 42 60 18 91

Le Soleil en Cave

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Restaurant

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Like Yasube, this is another restaurant chosen through incorrect information in our Time Out guide. This time we found the correct restaurant at the correct address, but the name and menu had changed. I'm not quite sure how to explain the menu. There were only a few choices, heavy on salads and tartine (bread with various toppings -- we had one, and it's kind of a comfort food, if you can consider anything incorporating blood sausage to be "comforting") and offering a few daily specials for main dishes. We had curry lamb, and it was tasty. My problem with the restaurant isn't with the food as much as the apparent lack of any cohesive theme or plan. The place is also a wine cellar and seemed to h...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Le Soleil en Cave
21, rue Rambuteau
Paris, France
01 42 72 26 25

7 Lézards

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Attraction | "Sept Lezards"

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Located in the trendy Marais section of Paris, Sept Lezards is just what you expect from a small jazz club. It's located in a dark, cozy basement, with a deep red color scheme and a few dozen famous musicians painted on the ceiling. (Some of the paintings are hard to match with the real-life version, so the paintings provided their own form of entertainment for the evening. "OK, I know that's Miles, and I think that's Mingus, and there's no question that's Elvis, but that one, uh, Michael Jackson...?") There's seating for maybe 50 people, and we were about four feet from the stage, so the setting was about as intimate as it gets. Unfortunately, the intimate setting turned out to be a mixed bag...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

7 Lézards
10, rue des Rosiers
Paris, France 75004
+33 1 48 87 08 97

Go-Today.com and Voyages a Paris

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Story/Tip

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We purchased our trip through "Go-Today.com," a Web vendor of relatively last-minute, deeply discounted Europoean travel. I was a bit nervous because you never quite know what you're getting off the Web, but it turned out to be a great budget travel experience. Our package offered a round-trip flight from Newark on Continental, a three-night hotel stay, airport transfers, and tickets for a boat trip on the Bateaux Mouches, all for $399. (The rock-bottom trip price was $379, but you could upgrade your hotel for reasonable sums.) The one unpleasant surprise was that approximately $70 in taxes and fees was added to each person's fare when we ordered. $469 is still a decent price for what we recei...Read More