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Trip Report Taking a reluctant traveller to Paris trip report

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It all started with a low airfare to Paris email alert, I asked DH if he could go, he said no, but I should ask my friend to go with me, knowing she would say no. Wouldn't you know, after years and years of asking her to go places and getting no for an answer, she said yes this time. She had just renewed her passport, her last one expired without use. Her and her husband have been talking about going places for years but never do. I don't know why the sudden change, but I was not going to miss this opportunity to get her out of the US. I took care of all the details and within 2 weeks we were landing in Paris. I should note, she has never taken any interest in Paris what so ever, I had no idea what she would want to see or do, she didn't even glance at a guide book before going. The one thing I knew she was not going to do, was to spend excess money on food, so I planned our activities but left out food. I knew that if I was going to be in charge of all the activities, I was going to need a break once in a while, so I did something I have never done before, booked planned tours. Below is a brief description of our trip. Did she end up enjoying Paris? you'll have to read to find out.

The Apartment:
On such short notice, most hotels were booked, I must have sent out 200 emails for apartments before finding an available apartment. We ended up with this one. http://www.paristay.com/index.php?menu=fiche&id=1076 . We found it through Paris Stay, but it's listed with the agency www.aslom.com . If you are interested in it I would try to book through aslom first because ParisStay add's an additional agency charge, ours was around 200 euros. However I was not put in contact with aslom until after I paid the fee.

The apartment is located right behind Notre Dame, on qaui aux fleurs, facing the Ile St. Louis. It is on the fourth floor, with a small lift. The apartment is small but pristine. It had the sleeping alcove with a queen sized bed and a sofa bed in the main room. I took the sofa bed. The trick to making the sofa bed comfortable is to put the sofa cushions under the pull out mattress. But to be honest, its' Paris I would have slept on the floor. I felt the view from the apartment was amazing, I spent all my free time just looking out the open window listening to the sounds and sights of Paris. I love it. My friend however spent her time in her sleeping alcove reading. My DH asked her what she thought of the apartment and she said it was ok, but the washer/dryer took a long time. I however could care less about the washer/dryer, it's Paris after all. Our perspectives may be just a little different.

Hamman:
Our first night, I thought it would be fun to visit a hamman, I told her of our experiences in Turkey and she seemed a little interested. I didn't really research too much, but just came up with this one, it was a close walk from the apartment.

http://www.la-mosquee.com/htmluk/entreeuk.htm , Oddly enough she enjoyed this more than I did. I found it to be a little dirty, a little confusing, and not too much like Turkey. But did ever feel nice to have a short massage after a long flight, and the mint tea in the courtyard was very enjoyable. Afterwards we walked through the Latin Quartier picked up a pizza to go, a bottle of wine, and ate looking out the window of the apartment. Heaven.

more to come.

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