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Trip Report Paris Trip Report April 8 -17, 2001

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A short and mostly linked report on my last week trip to Paris with my daughter. This is our third trip together and we each had our individual and collective list of things to do. I think we hit most of our targets and found a few surprises.

I'll re-post the link to my photos that will give you a more in depth view of our trip.
http://www.worldisround.com/articles/364783/index.html

NITTY GRITTY
http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-GB/Passagers/Access-maps-car-park/Paris-CDG/Access/public-transport/paris-cdg-car-air-france.htm
This is the best way to get to and from the airport...imho.

We stayed in this lovely apartment again and enjoyed it. Although this time no BBC on the television so I am now hooked on Glee and Al Jazeera English. http://www.perfectlyparis.com/Magnifique%20Monceau.html

We purchased the week transit pass Navigo.
http://parisbytrain.com/paris-train-metro-week-pass-navigo-decouverte/

DISCOVERIES
A subway advertisement for the Romanov Collection sent us to the Pinacotheque de Paris. I'd never heard of it and then in the permanent collection I saw two Monets that I had not heard of either... a twofer I think that is called. http://www.pinacotheque.com/en.html

Then although we didn't make it to the L'Egout (sewer) tour we did make it underground for the Crypt of Notre Dame. http://www.parispass.com/paris-attractions/Archaeological-Crypt-of-Notre-Dame.html

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Many places and experienced were on our collective lists and happily we experienced these places and things.
Monet's Garden at Giverny, mid-week we caught the earliest train and shuttle and found ourselves in this lovely place before most of the other tourists arrived.
http://giverny.org/

Naomi prefers sculpture and we hadn't been here yet. Musee Rodin was lovely on a cloudy afternoon. Walk into the garden and there on your right is THE Thinker...
http://www.musee-rodin.fr/welcome.htm

Deyrolle has been on my list forever... and it did not disappoint! http://www.deyrolle.com/magazine/

We spent a lovely morning in the Jardin des Plantes. The subterranean Alpine Garden is really a treasure. We sat munching jambon/fromage/baguette sandwich with an orangina and this was also on our list. Took the trail to the top of the Labyrinth and a good time was had by all. http://www.jardindesplantes.net/

The Mosque of Paris is a lovely quiet place. The courtyard is meant to look like paradise. Works for me!
http://mosquee-de-paris.org/

We thought to check out the exhibits at the the Institute Du Monde Arab but instead just had some baklava and wine on the top floor and got very nice photos of the Seine. The restaurant looks like a place one should plan for.
http://www.imarabe.org/

I had found this on an earlier trip, but Naomi and I wandered by here between the Mosque and the Institute du Monde Arab. The Arena Lutece was on the outside of Paris when the Romans last ran the place.
http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Parks_Gardens/Arenes_de_Lutece.shtml

We both had this chapel on our lists and on a sunny afternoon our plan worked. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/paris-sainte-chapelle

My cousin gave me a small book of "Quiet Corners of Paris" by Jean Christophe Napias before our last trip. This time we we actually searched out sites or came across them in our wanderings. I highly recommend it. http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Corners-Paris-Jean-Christophe-Napias/dp/1892145502 Included in this are the two neighborhoods near to Parc Butte Chaumont the Butte Bergeyre and La Mouzaia in the 19th. We also checked out the Cite de Fleurs in the 17th.

FOOD and WINE
As always this is the focus of my day and trip. We had a few destinations in mind but mostly ate around our neighborhood. We enjoyed having an apartment and had dinner at home after buying frozen foods at Picard and then again just picking up prepared foods off market street Rue Levis. But, we had a few goals.

Naomi wanted to check out some wine bars with small plates. Mission accomplished at da Rosa which specializes in Spanish hams and foods. http://restaurant-da-rosa.com/ It's funny Naomi doesn't like ham here in the USA, but likes the ham from France and Spain. I bought some butter there I was looking for and only when we got back to the apartment did I realize it had seaweed in it. LOL

Then after bypassing a long line for an Impressionists Exhibit at the Hotel de Ville we headed toward tourist central and had a smackeral of something at the L'Avant Comptoir. http://megzimbeck.com/2009/11/was-there-life-before-the-counter/ It was tiny and wonderful.

On my list of things to do included having a crepe. Third visit, this should happen. Around the corner from our apartment was a lovely small restaurant where we had a lovely meal.http://crepesandco.fr/

On our last afternoon we came to L'Ourcine on 92 r. Broca in the 13. I don't know why this was penciled onto the margin of my map. It will be fun to come across whatever resource prompted this. It is a very nice upscale bistro with very good food. A very good way to almost end a trip.

Last but not least I wanted to have Moules and Frites and Naomi pointed out that our neighborhood tavern had this listed on their awning as available all the time! So some biere, moules and frites completed our tour.

Early in the morning we got a taxi near the Villiers metro stop. We caught the Les Cars bus near the Etoile and were headed to CDG as the sun came up over Paris.

To quote an earlier Minnesotan... "A good time was had by all."

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