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Trip Report Hikrchick & Hikrguy back from (cool & rainy but) fabulous Paris

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A quick note to thank everyone who helped and gave me great advice over the past few months as I dealt with details about our October week in Paris. This was Hikrguy's first visit, and I hadn't been there since 1986 when I was a university student. A more detailed trip report will come soon but here's the highlights:

1. Citadines Bastille-Marais looks great after construction. It was a perfect place to stay; and we would stay there again. I was happy to have a reception/concierge desk to help with any questions, a secure entrance, and Hikrguy was thrilled with the unending coffee in their breakfast area (we didn't eat there, only had coffee and fresh filtered water). It's a couple blocks down to the main Bastille metro stop, but a 5-minute walk over to Blvd Beaumarchais where there was a very nearby metro stop (Chemin Vert). Grocery store one block away, also pharmacie. Excellent boulangerie 2 blocks away. I think we went there twice some days .... ;-)
2. Hikrguy got the wedding present for his friend -- not a tablecloth but rather a large olive-wood cutting board/serving platter at the Bastille/Richard-Lenoir market. He is happy.
3. Bastille/Richard-Lenoir farmers' market is AMAZING. We went Sunday morning, which was fun and festive and crowded, and also on Thursday morning, which had fewer stalls and fewer people. Even more wonderful was being able to shop, not only take photos, since we had a kitchen at the Citadines. (yes, I cooked dinner twice)
4. I was successful in the adventure to go to a Parashop to get skin moisturizers and La Roche Posay Anthelios sunscreen. I am happy.
5. we both caught colds because of the chilly and rainy weather, which we didn't expect (though we were prepared). Hikrguy was so miserable we went to above-mentioned pharmacie to get him cold meds, which cleared him up in a couple days.
6. We kept saying to each other, "could you imagine this in July?" Even with the cold and drizzly weather, and our colds, we were so happy to be there off-season. Especially at Versailles, which still seemed crowded. Our guide at the "Behind the Scenes Eiffel Tower" tour (which Hikrguy loved) said tourism is off 40 percent this year. I can believe it.
7. We bought the 6-day museum pass, and the weekly Navigo metro pass. Both were worth it for us. We went to one and sometimes two museums a day.
8. Being there during the cultural season meant we were able to see 3 temporary exhibits. You MUST go to see the "Age of Anxiety -- American Painting in the 1930s" exhibit at Musee de l'Orangerie. Holy cow it was stunning! Also, "Picasso-Giacometti" at the Musee Picasso. That was also fascinating.

would we go again? Yes, but not in October because of the weather. Either May or September, though this is hard for us because of timing of the Jewish holidays.

Again, thanks to everyone for help and suggestions and advice. More to come!
best,
hikrchick

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