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Trip Report Paris - Just Back

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Hello all - We're just back from 8 days in France, and I'll attempt to get out a trip report. I'm sure I'll have to do this in several steps, but if I don't get started I'll lose all the details!

Overview: We spent most of our time in Paris, with one side trip to Strasbourg. We've traveled to France several times before (including Paris) and were looking forward to a relaxing trip, exploring and getting a little off-the-beaten path.

High-level:
Friday: Paris
Saturday: Train to Strasbourg
Sunday: Return to Paris
Monday: visit the sewers, then the Orangerie
Tuesday: Visit Musee de la Resistance (Jean Moulin), Cartier-Bresson
Wednesday: Walk the Promenade Plantee
Thursday: Bastille market in the morning, walk the Canal St. Martin in the afternoon
Friday: wander around, shop in the Marais

Arrived Friday, May 18th
Happily we saved enough miles to fly business class on Delta. What a huge difference this makes - I think I slept the entire trip (except for when I was drinking champagne on take-off!) We were on one of the new Airbus A380s - just a gorgeous plane, and so big it seems like it will never really take off, but take off it does. RER from CDG to Chatelet, then metro to Arts et Metiers. After getting a little turned around in our jetlagged state, we got headed in the right direction to our apartment (through Vacation in Paris). Our apartment is in the 3rd, on a street that we come to realize is full of wholesale purse stores (and is generally unlovely, but in a good location). The apartment is also on the 4th floor of a building with no elevator - so lots of exercise this vacation!

We decide to just wander around, soaking in some sun and hoping to get ourselves on Paris time. We wander over toward Dehilleran, to scope out any favorite cooking utensils that may have to go home with us this trip. This evening, we have arranged a wine-tasting dinner through O Chateau. A number of years ago, we did a tasting with Olivier through O Chateau. He was lovely, the wine was very good, and since then, he's opened a wine bar in the 1st (or maybe the 2nd), published a book about the French (tongue in cheek) and seems to be making quite a go of it.

After just a bit of a nap, we head off to our wine tasting. Our wine guide is charming and knowledgeable, we stay awake, and enjoy several lovely wines: a champagne from Monmarthe, a Sancerre from Domaine de la Garenne, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru from Tauzinat L'Hermitage, and a Saint-Chinian from Mas Champart. The food is good if simple: a cold cucumber-buttermilk soup, roast chicken with pasta & a chocolate cake. The rest of the group hails from all over: US (Oregon, WI, PA, TX), Ireland (just over from Dublin for the weekend), South Africa. Nice conversation & all in all a great first evening.

More late!

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