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Trip Report Champagne, Chocolates and Christmas, but no Chanel - Paris and Alsace

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This is an overdue Trip Report. My husband and I were in Paris and the Alsace area for two weeks from December 10th thru the 25th. This was a food oriented trip and I have an extra few pounds to show for it that I'm working off now in spin class!
Our flight over was uneventful. We have flown Premium Economy with Air France on our past few flights and feel it is worth the additional cost. The extra cost is about $200 each way, but the seats are wider and more leg room. It doesn't feel so much like being in a cattle car!

We were picked up by Victor's Cab Service when we arrived at CDG. I know several others have mentioned this service. They are excellent. Very professional and punctual.
We spent 7 nights at a Paris Perfect apartment in the 7th (Clairette). It was right off Rue St. Dominique and Rue Bordonnais and a stones throw from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mar. It was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The kitchen was very small, but not an issue. There was a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower if you were right up at the window and looked to the left. The view was a bit oversold in the write up, but it was a great location that my husband loved because he could always find his way back to the apartment by looking for the Eiffel Tower! I liked the residential feel of the 7th, but not sure if I would stay there again for two reasons: it is more remote for the metro and the rates are much higher. Buses were VERY easy to get on from this apartment (just across the street), but getting back was a problem on several occasions. Bus stops going in the opposite direction aren't always by the stop you got off at. I highly recommend using www.ratp.fr website. It will tell you what bus to get on and where to catch it and how long it will take. All you do is enter in an address of where you are and where you want to go. The Paris Perfect people told us about this site. Very useful!!!

As this was a more food focused trip, I will give you the prices of all the places we ate and other purchases we made. We didn't go to a lot of museums on this trip. We have been to Paris on numerous occasions and, being the holidays, just wanted to enjoy the city all decked out and all the great food this time of year. We did go on a Paris by Mouth Tour of St Germain and my husband spent one day at Le Cordon Bleu, which he really enjoyed. I spent a lot of time at Chowhound, John Talbott's Paris blog and Paris by Mouth researching restaurants.

Our first night, we walked to Le Casse Noix (15th). It was an unpretentious, warm and friendly place. We really enjoyed our meal and would go back without question. I can't seem to find the check from this meal, but think it was under $100 for two with wine. I usually had a glass of champagne as an aperitif and we always had wine, so those would obviously add to the tab.
The next day, we had reservations at La Table D'Aki (7th). It is a one-man show. The food was fabulous but VERY expensive. This is the only other place that I can't find a receipt for. My husband paid cash a lot early on in the trip and we must not have kept the receipt. I had a sole with very intricate seasonings. I think my husband had scallops. The restaurant is small and bit austere for my taste, but I'm glad we were able to experience his talent.

I will continue tomorrow.

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