10 Days in Paris in June

Jul 29th, 2012, 05:38 AM
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Well, am feeling so much better that I have never made it to Entrecôte (I also thought you had a choice of sauces there, as weel).

I guess the French, would be appalled by the use of ketchup on fries...but I am with you mustard just doesn't sound right. (although, I have a ridiculous French fry hierarchy that determines whether I so salt only or with ketchup, so what does that say about me?)!

I am impressed with the ability to even consider a shot first thing on an empty stomach! But, I do think a little buzz at church, might encourage more of us sinners to attend services more often!

Looking forward to more and really beginning to struggle with no Paris this year!
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Jul 29th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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Loving your report! I too go to Paris just to be in Paris, love that line!
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Jul 29th, 2012, 07:27 AM
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For the philistines:
We enjoyed our lunch at Entrecote, the one on the left bank, when we stumbled upon it last trip in 2009. Great service. Love the green sauce with the steak and fries cooked in lard. Don't remember mustard on them but I will eat most anything with mustard.
Zagat gives it a good review as well,with a good rating for both food and service.
We are going back in a month.
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Jul 29th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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OK, RJD, I'll admit that we enjoyed Entrecote also, although MDH has his steak with no sauce. It's sort of our "we got in late, we're tired, and we just want a quick meal" place. They've been serving the same dish for 150 years and there is always a line to get in, so obviously someone is eating there.

ruedebuci----I laughed out loud at your morning vodka story. I would imagine that your adventuresome spirit allows for an interesting life. Can't wait for the next installment.
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Jul 30th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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I'm really liking your report - not having an agenda in Paris is a beautiful thing.

A shot of vodka before mass - you know, that's not a bad idea. ;-)
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Jul 30th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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I light a candle for my grandmother in churches even though she died more than 20 years ago and I don't believe in any of that stuff. One of the best lessons that she taught me was that I am allowed to put only half of the posted price in the collection box for the candle.
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Jul 30th, 2012, 01:32 PM
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Lol kerouac. You are going to hell!
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kerouac, love you and your grandmother!
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Jul 30th, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Kerouac, perhaps, after all of these years, your grandmother is only receiving half the benefit (whatever that is!)
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Jul 30th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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I love the trip report, a little Hunter Thomson in your style

I was just checking reviews on the Hotel i booked for next April and it says:

On our arrival, the Philippe at reception was friendly and funny to joke with (though some jetlagged visitors don't get his humour!). He was helpful and helped us out with a lunch recommendation for best steak frites (go to L'Entrecote just around the corner: it's delicious!).

To each their own I suppose, looking forward to more.
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Jul 31st, 2012, 09:59 PM
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Thanks for reading everyone!


I woke up quite early for me, especially for being on vacation. I went across the street again to Le Buci for coffee, but my friend Jean was not there so no shot of vodka for breakfast. I remembered a cafe from a couple years back that serves American style breakfast, Cafe Parisian on rue Princesse, so I headed over there and it was closed! Too early? So then I went to Cafe Mairie across from ST Sulpice but the service was extremely slow (and the place was not at all busy) so I left and went to the Flore. At the Flore I ordered more coffee, OJ, and a ham and cheese omlette.

After my satisfying breakfast I went to LV across from the St Germain church and bought a fabulous pair of sunglasses. Yes I splurged, but I'm worth it.

And then yeah my first metro ride of the trip! I have hella fun riding the metro, I know that is strange. I like being underground and I like tunnels. I always buy carnets and I had seven left over from my last trip. Got on at Odeon and got off at Champs Elysees Clemenceau. Destination the Grand Palais. Would you believe I've never been inside? I went to the Helmut Newton exhibition. It was very well done, and there was a fascinating movie playing with standing room only. I was there for a couple hours.

After the exhibition I wandered around, walked by the flagship LV store, very glad not to be standing in that long line to get in. I hate standing in lines. Like really, smart move going to the other store. I did admire the very artistic window displays.

I like hanging out in hotels that I can't afford to stay in because I buy expensive sunglasses, so I went to the George V for a snack and champagne. I totally scored an excellent table in the bar with a view of the street. I ordered finger sandwiches with foie gras, cucumber, and salmon. Not all on the same sandwich, different ones. Freakin fabulous I tell you. And then I ordered more champagne, and dessert, and dessert wine. But I don't remember what dessert I ordered, probably something chocolate. Great service, great ambiance, I need to come here more often.

Then I took the metro to the Tuileries, yeah I know I could have walked but that would have been too taxing after my refreshments. Plus I wanted to use up my metro tickets.

So I hung out in the Tuileries for awhile. Then I walked back to my hood, stopping at the Cafe Mabillon for another glass of champagne. Then I called it a night.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 01:46 AM
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more please - how about days 4-10....
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Aug 1st, 2012, 02:03 AM
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Enjoying this report so much. I too go to Paris alone and not to sight see but to enjoy the city.
Glad to see how many others go to Mass in Paris and never at home.
By the way mustard on a baked potato is fabulous.Just mustard no butter or sour cream.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 09:01 AM
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I love a good, swanky hotel bar.

I like the way you travel - I'm feeling relaxed just reading your report.
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I love the metro too. I remember the thrill of riding the metro at16 in Moscow for the first time...
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Aug 20th, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Sorry for the delay in writing my report! So if anyone is still interested...


I woke up early again, very strange for me. A pleasant day, walked to Breakfast in America, and enjoyed the market at Place Monge along the way. And I was there before opening! But I only had to wait 10 minutes. Me and four other people, all mouths watering, I'm sure, for a hearty American breakfast. I ordered the 2x2x2.

After a long, leisurely breakfast, I metroed to Odeon, and walked into my long-standing hair salon on rue de Buci. I always get my hair done in Paris.

With my hair looking much better, I went to Cafe de Flore for champagne. After another one for the road, I went to Pizza de Papa (also on rue de Buci)for pizza and red wine.

Then I took the metro to Cité, walked to the Lizard Lounge in the Marais for a Franglish meet-up. There were 34 of us, 17 native English speakers, and 17 native French speakers. For merely 12 euro you get one drink and two hours to practice your French (or English). How it works is you spend 7 minutes speaking in English, and 7 minutes speaking in French. It was nerve racking I tell you! My "tourist" French is quite good, but trying to speak about any number of topics, well I felt rather dumb. Yes, I will be doing this again, it will probably be on my to-do list for every trip.

Oh no it's raining! And I left my umbrella in my hotel room. #$%^&@#$%^^%^ Normally I wouldn't care, but I just got my hair done. Merde.

Metroing back to my hood, I stop in Le Buci for onion soup and Chinon. Thankfully it stopped raining eventually, and I strolled the streets before heading to bed.
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Aug 20th, 2012, 04:33 AM
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Ruedebuci, glad you returned to continue describing your adventure.

Really enjoying your report. Very interesting about your visit to the Lizard Lounge to practice your French. How did you find out about this group?

How did the hair do hold up? Look forward to more...
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Aug 20th, 2012, 07:15 AM
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"Yes I splurged, but I'm worth it."

LOVE it.

You are making me laugh, I'm really enjoying this report.
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Aug 20th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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I'm so glad you continued writing, thanks!

The Franglish group sounds really interesting. Wish I could find something like that where I live. Sounds like a fun way to practice and sharpen your language skills.
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Aug 20th, 2012, 10:50 AM
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Great fun!

I'm interested in the Franglish group. Can anybody go? Do you have to sign up ahead? Is there a web site? How did you find out about it?
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