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Paris Four-day Plan

We’ll have four nights in Paris at the beginning of a one-month trip to France,
two at the end.

Arriving in the late AM at CDG, we’ll hop a cab to the Hotel Vivienne, in the 2nd, where we have stayed for years, and where the staff is like family. They always give us one of the very large and quiet rooms in the back of the hotel, overlooking the Passage des Panoramas.

Quickly unpacking [and we have this carefully timed] we’ll head down rue Vivienne for lunch at Le Vaudeville--a dozen escargots, a green salad and a light dessert. This is a very attractive restaurant with terrific atmosphere, particularly in the evening when it is usually packed.

Normally after lunch we walk down to the Pont des Arts and beyond, passing through Galerie Vivienne, the Palais Royale and the Louvre.

However, this time I think we’ll walk across the street and do at least part of my city bus tour starting with the 29:

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/rons-self-guided-paris-city-bus-tour.cfm

Back at the hotel, while DW heads upstairs for a nap, deprived of calories by that light dessert, I’ll walk around the corner and inside the passage to La Creperie, which serves delicious coupes [ice cream sundaes and parfaits]. I’ll have a Coupe Brazil or a Coupe Amarena.

Dinner that night at Bistro Melrose on the Place de Clichy. They have raised the all-inclusive menu to €42, but with all you get that is still a good deal.

The hotel serves a very nice breakfast, and if the line is not to long we may make a return visit to the Musee Grevin, the wax museum. Sounds like a tourist trap, but is extraordinarily well done. We must have walked by it a hundred times before finally going in.

Metro to Gare St Lazare for our day-trip tickets, and then a cab to the Chalet des Iles, a marvelous place located on an island in the Bois de Boulogne:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xanmte_le-chalet-des-iles-restaurant-paris_travel

Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Then a cab to the nearby Musee Marmottan, and a couple of city buses back to the hotel. No coupe.

That evening our much anticipated annual dinner at Le Soufflé. For sure the plat will be the duck with peaches and the dessert a peach and apricot soufflé, the entree a choice between the escargots, the scallops or a tomato and basil soufflé. And those marvelous rolls they serve.

Atter-dinner walk to Opera passing through Place Vendome. Nothing like a coffee or hot chocolate sitting at an outside table at the Cafe de la Paix, admiring the Opera Garnier, so beautifully lit in the evening.

Next morning a visit to the Chateau de Chantilly and lunch in Senlis with again the light dessert.

Dinner at Le Florimond. Our 8PM reservation will allow us adequate time to enjoy our meal and make it to the Eiffel Tower in time to see the twinkling lights at 10PM. Walk to Trocadero, Metro to Etoile and down the Champs Elysses.

Next day a trip to Auvers sur Oise, walking through town, a light lunch and again enjoying the very artful and clever “Voyage Back to the Time of the Impressionists” at the Auvers Chateau.

http://www.chateau-auvers.fr/

Dinner at Suffren, right down the street from Le Florimond, another favorite of ours, the convivial atmosphere [like Le Vaudeville] something we very much enjoy along with the fine cuisine. Another video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T_58i750tA

In the morning its au revoir to “our beloved” Paris and on the train to St-Jean-de-Luz.

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