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Trip Report Dordogne 10 days, Paris 4 days, June 2012 - trip report - Part 2b, Paris

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Okay, we magically arrive in Paris late on a Friday afternoon. We love our hotel, Le CItizen, and also like the area - in the 10th, along Canal St Martin. Toured the neighborhood and ate at an... okay place. We were pretty tired at that point.

Sunday is very quiet in much of Paris. We started in the Maris which is NOT quiet on Sunday. We had gorgeous weather which we greatly appreciated. We loved walking around, we were astonished at the incredibly long lines at the falafel stands. (We found a shorter line and shared a gargantuan, delicious schwarma).

We then headed to the Pompidou Centre. It was the next to last day of a special Matisse exhibit which was a real treat. We spent quite a bit of time in the museum, we hadn't been there before. We bought drinks and people watched right near the museum, it was lovely. Dinner Sunday night at Les Enfants Perdu, very good, my dessert was 3 miniature creme brulees, 3 different flavors. It was a wonderful day.

Monday, we went to Montmartre to start, it was a little chilly but good walking weather. I enjoyed checking out Sacre Coeur (my husband is not much for churches), there was a service going on, so even better. We walked around the streets on our way down - found a boulangerie that had won an award for best baguette in Paris in 2011, so we HAD to buy something there.

In the afternoon we went to a small, private museum, the Jacquemart Andre. It's a gorgeous house, whose owners were voracious collectors (with deep pockets). They bought everything - paintings, sculpture, furniture, rugs, tapestries.... there was a beautiful 'winter' garden, basically a sunlit conservatory that was gorgeous.

We had called ahead for reservations to a restaurant we had loved when we were last in Paris - in 2000, Le Florimond. We loved it then, ate there twice in a week, and have been recommending it to people ever since, even as recently as last year. It still gets good reviews. It's near the Tour Eiffel.

It did not disappoint - same couple runs it, he's in the dining room, she's in the kitchen. The whole meal was great, but the dessert was special - if you order ahead, you can get a platter with miniatures of all the desserts on the menu! It was beautiful to look at and devour - a little creme brulee, a little chocolate cake, a little sorbet, etc etc, maybe a dozen little desserts.

Tuesday was our last day, a short stay in Paris this time. We went to the Musee D'Orsay in the morning, it had been 12 years since our last visit, and we enjoyed it very much. We took a long walk, went to Bon Marche. I love the Epicerie, reminiscent of Harrod's. I had read about the notions department in the store, so went to check that out - it was fabulous (if you like that sort of thing). BUTTONS, millions of them, sewing boxes, Chinese thread, I could have stayed in that one department an hour. Next trip I''m devoting a day to that store.

Back to pack. Then a very nice dinner at Philou, close to the hotel, with a couple we'd met there. Food was delicious, I always seem to talk about the dessert - which was cherry clafouti which was perfect.

And that's all she wrote. Not NEARLY enough time in Paris, I will go for longer next time, but it really wasn't the focus of this trip, and we did have to go back to work at some point.

Alice

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