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Fodorite Says Paris Anniversay Trip a Big Success

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--thanks to help from fellow posters . . .

Our 25th anniversary trip to Paris started off with the excitement of being delayed an hour and 45 minutes in Louisville because of heavy air traffic in Newark. We landed with five minutes to make our connection, which we did with the help of a little man with an electric cart; but, of course, the luggage didn’t. However, any true Fodorite knows to pack for this kind of emergency, so I was prepared with the basics in our carry-ons.

We flew on Continental. The flight was uneventful, and I actually got a little sleep. Customs was a breeze, baggage control already knew our bags weren’t there and only needed the name of our hotel, and we had no trouble getting into the city on the RER to St. Michel (€8 each), especially since we only had the carry-on luggage to deal with. I deeply appreciate your help with my transportation questions.

Our hotel was the Parc St. Severin on rue de la Parchemenerie quite close to the metro station. We had no trouble finding it, either; and thanks also to whoever mentioned the corner gelateria as a landmark. We checked it out several times. (Pina colada is the best flavor.) The street is short and so narrow that cars don’t use it.

The hotel room was a fair size with twin beds pushed together, a shelf above the beds, two small nightstands with lamps, two chairs, a decent size closet, and a small TV with only CNN in English. The décor was red and cream, quite pretty. The bath was plenty big enough with a tub and hand held shower but no shower curtain. Rate was €140 per night. We did have a room facing the street and needed to leave the windows open. There was a restaurant just under the windows and a couple more up the street, so it was pretty noisy with young people partying. We are probably too old for the Latin Quarter.

DH had not slept on the plane and hardly any the night before we left with pre-trip excitement, so after we went out to get a quick lunch we came back and had a nap. I never had done this, thinking it would make jet lag worse, but it worked for both of us in that after an early night we were pretty much okay for the rest of the trip.

During our stay we did a lot of the things and ate a lot of the food that Fodorites recommend. We ate our anniversary dinner at Perraudin, a Fodors recommendation, and a good one.

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