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Trip Report Eighteen Cold Gray Days in Paris & How We Loved it

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Paris was the 3rd stop on GT and my month long trip in France. We started in Lyon http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/live-from-lyon.cfm and continued in Dijon http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/live-from-dijon.cfm before taking the TGV to Paris on February 10. We had rented an apt for 18 days. http://www.vrbo.com/323992
This would be the longest we had ever stayed in Paris. We eagerly anticipated being able to leisurely stroll the streets and enjoy the museums and galleries and, of course, enjoy the food and wine.

We have always been single digit apartment dwellers in Paris. This time we decided to branch out and stay in a double-digit arrondisement—the 11th. We rented an apartment on Bd . Richard Lenoir nicely positioned between Place Bastille and rue Oberkampf and a ten minute walk from the 3rd arrondissement. The building was in sort of a dead zone or perhaps I should call it a plumbing zone. We seemed to have had a plethora of plumbing supply stores surrounding us. The big market was just 5 minutes down the boulevard. We were about 5 minutes from 2 Metro lines, the 5 & the 9 and another 5 minutes to line 8. I point this out because we used the Metro a lot – a whole lot. The apt was about 10-20 minutes beyond our past apartments in the Marais and, perhaps due to the freezing temperatures, we frequently turned to the Metro for a warm, quick way to get home after a day out sightseeing or an evening eating out beyond the 11th. (Not to say we didn't do a lot of walking - this was Paris after all.) Overall we liked the 11th and in warmer weather probably would have enjoyed our stay there a lot more.

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