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Trip Report Yet another Paris and Amsterdam trip report

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I am starting my trip report about our 2 week adventure to Paris and Amsterdam in early August. I was reading santamonica's trip report in the Lounge and someone else commented that to find boring trip reports, one should just look in the Europe forum for any Paris trip report. Well, I am adding to the collection.

The reason for my trip report is that so many people were so helpful to me. sometimes, just knowing what not to do is helpful. We traveled with a 5 year old child, so it may be helpful to some here.

We stayed in an apartment that we found on AirBnB. Originally, we reserved a studio in 6th arrondissement, right outside of the playground on Rue d'Assass. However, we subsequently learned that my family is coming to Paris from a former Soviet Union republic and we decided to stay together with my aunt and 2 cousins to avoid running around trying to find each other in this big and beautiful city. I also thought it would be nice for my son to get to know his extended family that we don't see because of the distance. So we found a 2 bedroom apartment in the 13th arrondissement that wouldn't break the bank.

I have to say I didn't do enough research into what the 13th has to offer. I liked the photos of the apartment and the price and went ahead with the reservation because we were a month away from traveling. The apartment was right in the middle of the main Parisian Chinatown, the other is in the 20th arrondissement/Belleville (and more elsewhere). I am certainly not an expert, so please feel free to correct me.

We flew in to CDG on Delta. not a great experience because the equipment was quite outdated. I think it was a Boeing 767-300 and it didn't have screens in the seat ahead of you but just one big screen in the front with a couple of screens to the sides. Delta was showing the Avengers, which is pretty violent for 5 year olds. It is rated PG-13 and it was being shown to the whole airplane audience so definitely a huge minus for Delta, who will be getting a detailed email from me outlining my concerns and objections so such an approach to their entertainment program.

We took a taxi from CDG based on Fodorites' advice and it was wise. the ride was pretty unremarkable on the Peripherique, but quick and convenient.

Now, the location was definitely different from the rest of Paris. You see many Asian immigrants on the streets, milling around with shopping wheelie bags. Lots of chinese restaurants and vendors selling fruit on the streets. We had a great playground (it was actually 4 different playgrounds connected with each other) near our apartment on Avenue de Choisy, which was important for us with a 5 and 11 year olds in the group. Notre-Dame de Chinatown was also right outside of our building.

The experience of finding the apartment and picking up the key was pretty unremarkable. This is my second time using AirBnb and although I am not endorsing it here and I understand the concerns around it, my experience so far has been positive.

The apartment was on a 3rd floor without elevators in a typical Hausmann building although we were looking at a huge multistory apartment building that looked like it was build in the 1960-1970s. I don't know if it is Parisian projects or just inexpensive housing, but it was not totally offensive esthetically. We had a great Chinese restaurant downstairs, Imperial de Choisy, where we didn't eat because we couldn't manage to get a table the whole 6 days we were there.

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