5 things i'd recommend about Paris

Apr 27th, 2002, 08:51 AM
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5 things i'd recommend about Paris

Just got back & these are the five things ( services ) that get my vote for excellency :

1: Hotel La Bourdonnais , superb hotel with really pleasant staff particularly Estelle who was marvellous.

2 : Restaurant Alexandre on rue de la parchemerie I think i spelt that correctly.
Lovely place specialising in fondu & pierrade , cooking on hot stones
Fantastic , cosy &nicely hidden place

3 : Cafe du Prés , in St Germain near Mabillon.
Perfect for people watching & they have some great cocktails

4 : The Paris Metro - fast , clean & yes very safe

5 : Parishuttle , the bus from the airport.Lovely drivers & phone friendly office staff
Apr 27th, 2002, 09:30 AM
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I can't pass up a list! My 5 things--

1) Ma Bourgogne, 19 Place des Vosges - Frisse aux Lardons, Boeuf Bourgogne, Creme Brulee. Need I say more?

2) The Paris Metro - Best way to zip around town

3) rue de Rivoli - BHV, WE, Celio. Great shopping, good prices!

4) The Eiffel Tower - No matter how many times I see it it is still grand.

5) La Fountaine de Mars, 129 rue St-Dominique - Great service, nice people and the best Oeufs en Meurette in town!

Thats my list!

(Jamie, I think Parishuttle is a good service but I wouldn't call the drivers "lovely")
Apr 27th, 2002, 09:39 AM
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Richard , you cheated you named 2 restaurants - what was your favourite bar/ cafe ?

Definitely agree with BHV , a shop for everything

I had 2 different drivers , both were very chatty & friendly but then I Talk to evryone so the poor guys must have been glad when they dropped me off.

Apr 27th, 2002, 09:54 AM
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Sorry I didn't go to any cafes! Would a patisserie count? I love La Maison Cleret @ 4 rue des Lavandieres. I went there every morning for 2 pastries and a cafe creme. It was right near my hotel, The Hotel Britannique.

Ok, One of my Parishuttle drivers was grumpy and didn't talk and drove like a maniac. The second was a nice guy, I think he was Latin or some sort of a Mediterranian. He was chatty, but not lovely.
Apr 27th, 2002, 01:43 PM
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1) Tea and finger sandwiches at Mariage Freres on rue des Grands Augustins

2) Spring in the Jardin de Luxembourg

3) Shopping in the Marais

4) Buying a picnic lunch/dinner at a street market.

5) Walking on the banks of the Seine
Apr 27th, 2002, 09:50 PM
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1. Dinner at Le Vaudeville

2. Paris Story

3. Opera Garnier

4. Musee Jacquemart Andre

5.A "Coupe Amarena" at Le Creperie in the Passage de Panoramas
Apr 27th, 2002, 09:59 PM
Uncle Sam
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Top five

1. Muse D'Orsay...Impressionists!!

2. St Chappelle....amazing stained glass

3. Rodin Museum...more than just the Thinker

4. The Louvre...OK, just had to say it!

5. Cathedral Notre Dame...amazing!
Apr 27th, 2002, 10:25 PM
san dy c
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hi all,

so we are listing 5 things:

1. hotel du bois-great location, great rooms, great service.

2. view from the bottom terrace of the sacre couer in montmarte on a clear day. view from the top looking over paris.

3. walking up and down the champ elysees at night...stopping at one of the outside cafes for drinks or coffee and people watching.

4. the cheese dogs and bagette bread....nothing better for lunch on the go. take one and sit in the tulleries...

5. the louve...i could spend hours and days there..

so much more....ahhh paris!
Apr 27th, 2002, 10:27 PM
sandy c
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ps....i crave those dogs and bagettes when i get home for weeks after. a lady from france opened a french bakery about 2 years ago in my local town. I finally got up enough nerve to ask her to make me a long one that I could freeze. almost the same....but i think the parisian air gives it a somewhat different taste...

Apr 28th, 2002, 09:26 AM
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Chez Julian, a bistro near l'Hotel de Ville.

Any sort of pastry or croissant at Lauduree on rue Royale.

Chocolate bars and such from La Fontaine de Chocolat on rue St Honore, very pretty, very delicious, and not too dear to bring home as gifts

The Musee Jacquemart-Andre, full of furnishings and art by the masters, including Donatello and Titian, in a preserved private mansion. Not too taxing, not too long, good for the soul.

The decorative objects d'art tucked away on the sides of the ground floor of the Musee d'Orsay.

Apr 28th, 2002, 09:40 AM
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1) Mont Blanc and Pink champagne at Angelina's!!
2) People-watching on the Metro
3) All the romantic couples throughout Paris walking arm-in-arm or holding hands no matter what age (teens thru older people)
4) Chez Ribe
5) Gargoyles at Notre Dame
Apr 28th, 2002, 02:37 PM
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The food, the parks .. and for the museums .. the tapestries - Lady and the Unicorn. I think that's in Cluny but not exactly sure.

Loved chocolate crepes in luxemburg gardens in autumn.
Apr 28th, 2002, 04:15 PM
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for a free aerial view, go to the top of samaritaine department store on the seine near pont neuf..good photo opportunity and avoids the expense of tour mantparnasse. the daily market at place d' aligre is marvelous...open all morning. and among small museums the camondo , near the jacquemart andre, is full of lovely inlaid funniture and other stuf to die for!!!if you are interested in music you will be floored by the cite de la musique ..a huge exhibit of instruments thru the ages with headphones of narrative and music..currently has an additional exhibit of art/music connections with headphones..for good cheap breakfasts seek out a branch of quotidien;many preserves on the tables to go with the swell baskets of bread and rolls..we hit the one near the bourse just off blvd italiens but there are many around. is that 5 things???
Apr 29th, 2002, 01:04 PM
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Apr 29th, 2002, 01:38 PM
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1) Sunset, anywhere

2) Notre Dame at sunrise

3) Watching the children play with the toy boats at the Tuileries

4) The view of the Eiffel Tower from the Passy Cemetery

5) Le Corbusier and Mallet-Stevens buildings, yours for the looking

Apr 29th, 2002, 01:52 PM
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Elvira, where is the Passy Cemetary?
Apr 29th, 2002, 02:16 PM
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The Passy cemetary is right next to the Trocadero on the west side.
Apr 29th, 2002, 04:21 PM
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1. Sunset at a window table in Le Jules Verne

2. Sunrise at Sacre Cour (sp?)

3. Walking, aimlessly, and discovering new streets, cafes and museums

4. A boat ride on the Seine at dusk with a bagette sandwich

5. Anything at Michel Rostang
Apr 29th, 2002, 09:46 PM
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1 - Pain Chocolat

2 - Creme Brulee

3 - Baguettes wih french butter and jam

4 - Croissants

5 - Tarte tartin
Apr 30th, 2002, 02:54 PM
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1. Notre-Dame for the Sunday organ recital and Vespers, the interior east windows in the morning, and the east exterior any time.
2. La Ste-Chapelle for its incredible stained glass.
3. Musee National du Moyen-Age (Cluny) for an excellent museum of medieval Paris.
4. A day trip to Chartres.
5. An Ile St-Louis walk (stopping for an ice cream at Berthillon, of course).
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