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Trip Report A weekend in Paris

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No great highlights, just some light shopping and a couple of museum visits, but I thought people might like to know:

Hotel: Bastille de Launay, a 2-star in Rue Amelot (11), not so far from the Jardins du Marais (a 4-star I've seen recommended here): booked as a package through Eurostar, at £78 a night, plus train fare. A single room at the Bastille de Launay really is just that (a single bed), but the hotel is quiet, comfortable, fairly recently re-decorated, and has free wifi. Breakfast is expensive (€11), but is a copious buffet (and can be served in the room). Local cafés are offering something at half that, but I suspect just a single portion of anything - and the nicer-looking places are asking almost as much as the hotel. The immediate surroundings don't abound in charm (the main business of the area seems to be motorcycles and scooter sales and supplies, but there doesn't seem to be much associated noise); it's conveniently located for access to public transport (direct bus to/from the Gare du Nord), the Marais, Oberkampf and Bastille areas.

Local restaurants: I'm not a great eater-out, usually contenting myself with the standard corner brasseries. I quite liked the Vache Acrobate and the Bistrot Amelot, just along the road from the hotel. The street also boasts an Uzbek restaurant, for the gastronomic adventurer, but I didn't try it.

Museums: Free ones this time - the Cognacq-Jay and the twin museums at Montparnasse dedicated to the Liberation of Paris, General Leclerc and Jean Moulin. The latter are stricly for WW2 buffs, and you won't get much out of them without good French. The Cognacq-Jay is an interesting collection of 18th-century art and decors, not as stuffily worthy or full of mimsy floweriness as I feared it might be (given that the collectors in question meant it for the editication of their employees at the Samaritaine). Some wonderful furniture and Meissen figurines - and I had to smile at the way a gallery of genre paintings was simply described as showing how furniture like the examples on display might have been used in domestic settings, when the paintings actually showed various shenanigans featuring gentlemen hurriedly hiding in ladies' wardrobes, a kitchen maid with an apron-full of eggs embraced by a scullion whose breeches are clearly round his ankles while the cat devours the fowl laid out for dinner, and similar scenes.

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