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Trip Report 10 Pastry filled days in Paris: Trip report

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Here’s a trip report of our 10 days in Paris. It’ll take me a few installments but I hope you enjoy it! This was our 5th time to Paris and were mostly there to wander and to eat. I particularly wanted to track down some of the most serious pastry in Paris.

Where we lived: We rented an apartment in the 14th http://www.vrbo.com/78870 This was a great apartment in a wonderful neighborhood. It was well outside the city center and added 10-15 minutes to most metro trips to get to more central destinations but we loved living in a real neighborhood with no tourists. There was a fantastic boulangerie (Le Grenier a Pain http://www.legrenierapain.com) 3 minutes from the house and many wonderful shops in the vicinity as well as a great street market twice a week (Convention.)

Transportation: We flew Air France in and out of Boston and brought everything we needed in our 2 carry on cases. It was so great not to have to wait for checked luggage! We filled our Pass Navigos and bought RT RER tickets at the airport. Arriving on a Monday morning allowed us to use the Navigos to the full advantage. On the following Monday, because the weather was rainy and we lived far out of town, we bought Mobilis passes for the day. Then on Tuesday we bought a carnet which got us through until we left on Wednesday. Metro stops were 5-10 minutes to walk to and 2 good buses were 2-3 minutes away.

Day 1- Monday: Got to the apartment around 11:00 AM after being up all night. This was the only totally clear and sunny day of our whole trip. We dropped our things and took the metro to St. Michel. Wandered the area, stopped and had a coffee at sidewalk café, enjoying the scene that is Paris! Then we headed to our usual first meal haunt: La Rotunde Montparnasse (105, Boul. Montparnasse – 75006 Tél : 01 43 26 48 26 – Brassiere open continuously til 2:00AM) for a late afternoon supper of croques and salads.

After a quick stop into the Monoprix for staples, we headed home, stopping at our fantastic neighborhood bakery, Le Grenier a Pain, for a Paris Brest. After devouring the pastry (excellent, but a little too light on the hazelnut flavor) we unpacked and pushed ourselves to stay up until we were falling over and finally crashed at about 9:00 PM and slept like logs.

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