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Trip Report Long Weekend in Paris

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This is a long overdue trip report of a long weekend that my husband and I spent in Paris last November. We had each only been to Paris once, and both wanted to go back, so we bought the plane tickets and off we went!

Day 1
We arrived at the airport, with only roll-aboard carry-on bags, and purchased 3 day travel cards (I think it was 3 days) for the Metro and took the RER B train into town, changed from the RER to the Metro, got off at the Maubert-Mutualite stop and walked to our hotel, the Residence Henri IV in the Latin Quarter. They told us our room would be ready in about 10 minutes, so we waited in the lobby and then went up to the room. It was a nice sized room on the top floor, with a large bed, sitting area, small balcony and good sized bathroom. It even had a little kitchenette area, with a small fridge and microwave. We were very impressed, since I believe it was about 150 Euros a night. The staff person on duty was very friendly when we checked in. We put our bags down, took showers, changed clothes and headed off to look around.

We walked around for about half an hour and wound up by the Pantheon. We decided we were ready for lunch, and set off to find a restaurant. We stopped at a place called Le Berthoud on rue Valette. I had a gateau de champignons with oeuf poche, & jus au cepes (like a mushroom flavored quiche with a poached egg on top) and dorade fish dish. My husband had the dorade and a pot au creme vanille et chocolat. We each had a glass of wine. All was very good and cost 43 Euros.

We then walked over to Saint Germain and wandered around. We went into St. Germain de Pres church. The painted ceilings there were very beautiful. We stopped and bought some pastries for breakfast the next morning and walked back to the hotel to rest and look at our notes to try to decide where to go for dinner. We went down to the front desk at the hotel and they kindly called to make a reservation for us at Petit Pontoise. We went back upstairs and took a brief nap. We headed out for dinner, which was maybe a 5 minute walk away. I had a rack of lamb and my husband had the filet mignon with bordelaise sauce. We had a bottle of the new Beaujolais, at the suggestion of the waitress/owner? I believe she was the only person working in the front of the restaurant. The food was excellent -meat was extremely tender and flavorful-and it was warm, cozy place. After dinner, we were revived and wanted to take advantage of our time, so instead of heading straight to bed, we took a little walk along the Seine and looked at Notre Dame all lighted up and reflected in the Seine. Very, very beautiful!! Finally, we headed back to sleep in what was a very comfortable bed.

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