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Trip Report Not Your Usual week in PARIS, or Michelangelo at the Police Station??

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We skipped a lot of the usual places that tourists visit in Paris. We had been before: (me: 5 times, DH: twice.) And we wanted to experience Paris NOT from a hotel stay, but with a soupcon of living there. As usual, there were a few things we couldn’t resist seeing again. (who could?)

Our week started fairly easily, with the drop-off our rental at Europcar, where a very nice young lady came to our rescue, refunded that “full tank of gas” cost, (which had turned out NOT to have happened!!) took the car off our hands, and signaled a taxi driver in a big Mercedes to turn around in mid street to stow our luggage and us. (I guess she could see we had had enough driving, especially that last part, directly through the city from the south to the Seine!)

Next we returned with great anticipation to the Ile St. Louis, and to Guest Apartment Services, where Christophe and Phillippe awaited us! We stowed our luggage there, and went around the corner to our first of several meals at Les Fous de L’Ile. www.lesfousdelile.com

This is a very casual place, which we had spurned on our earlier few days at Hotel de Lutece on the Ile, thinking it was just a breakfast place. It became a home away from home, as the servers knew us upon our second appearance, and we learned we could get good wine by the glass, plus small or large meals at almost any time of day. A fun place with a young vibe, and delicious salads, etc.

After that we were escorted to our apartment on the Quai d’Anjou, by one of these great guys who run Guest Apartment Services, and were shown our home for a week.
We really enjoyed having our own place, which made us a bit lazy, but after all, we’re getting a bit long in the tooth, and need to rest more than we did 15 years ago, on our last trip!

The apartment, a one bedroom called Marguerita, has every convenience. The kitchen was larege enough, looked brand new, and though I was not planning to cook much, I certainly could have done so.

Our only problem was one that was brought on by my choice of an apartment on the ground floor to save DH from having to walk up stairs. Thus it was a bit dark, esp. in the bedroom. DH solved the problem of the low lights by going to BHV (what a good excuse!) to pick up higher wattage bulbs. The staff would have done it, but DH had such a good time with his errand that we couldn’t quibble at all! They were nothing but helpful about restaurants and reservations and where to buy food etc.

Location was super, just over a block across the Pont Marie to the Pont Marie metro station, and we very easily re-learned the fine metro system. We ended up using carnets of tickets for the metro, purchased very easily at our local tabac, also just a block away!

I would not hesitate to rent from this group again. They have excellent apartments, but I think all who rent need to get some experience behind them, to be sure about what are the most important attributes in an apartment, for THEM. Next time, I would have an apt. on the First floor, not the rez de chausee, even if we had to walk one flight, and I realize I would like a view, and more light. OK, now I know that, so lesson learned. Meanwhile, we were always in good hands, even tho’ G.A.S. was moving its office that week. (we did get to see their new and improved digs on rue de St. Louis en l’Ile, which was ever so nice, where all the staff were finally together in one place.)


Two of our friends from home were in Paris, so we went by Metro to meet them at Hotel de Varenne, where they were staying in the 7th. www.varenne-hotel-paris.com
We had drinks with them in the nice outdoor passageway, and the hotel looked very nice indeed. They were loving it, and thought the staff especially accommodating.

They had made a reservation nearby at a restaurant that they had tried called Le Basilic, www.lebasilic.fr I had a delicious roast lamb there, at this very popular restaurant, tho’ my friends were disappointed that we could not sit outside on their very pretty terrace.

We splurged on a cab ride ‘home’ and got to see the elegant enchanting sparkling Eiffel Tower on the way!

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