A wonderful week in Paris

Nov 16th, 2011, 04:08 PM
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A wonderful week in Paris

I wanted to leave a note of thanks and a trip report for all of the folks on here who helped in the planning and answered all of my questions. We had a fabulous time and I’m already planning the next trip.


“A Moveable Feast”

Let me start by saying that we had fabulous weather with daytime highs from 60- 64 and lows at night in the 40s. We did get rained on once in a sudden downpour but only for a minute or so and just in front of our hotel, it rained that night as well but we were prepared and dined in.

We had a great little room in a Paris hotel in the 12th with the Metro right outside our door which provides access to all of Paris within just a few minutes. The room was small by American standards, but the bed was comfy, the shower hot, and the lift worked so we were a couple of happy campers. There was a little Bistro in the hotel which we discovered had great traditional French food.

Paris is just amazing as it actually outdoes its reputation for splendor. We spent all of our time in the city except for a half day trip to Versailles which is only 11 miles out of town and a quick train ride. A typical day was breakfast buffet at the hotel then off to a couple of great museums, up to the Grand Blvds or Montmartre for a light lunch or a glass of wine or cappuccino in an outdoor café. Later on we would hit the Trocadero for sunset and watch the amateur musical or dance shows while waiting for the Eiffel tower lights after dark.

I cannot really explain the splendor of Paris as it literally is all around you while you’re there. The sculptures and gardens are placed just so, and accessible to everyone, and the lighting of the city at night is just incredible. The Louvre alone is worth the 3000 mile trip.

We managed to go to the museums Orangerie, Rodin, Louvre, Grevin, Opera Garnier and Versailles. We also went to the D’Orsay but they were on strike so c’est la vie as they say. Notre Dame and La Sainte Chapelle were amazingly preserved and felt like time machines! The steps of Sacre Cour are a great place to spend some time and take in the view.
My 2 cents worth of recommendations would be to get the museum pass and skip the lines, don’t worry about directions or scams too much, and take as much time as needed for each experience!

Thanks again for all of the advice!

mike
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Nov 16th, 2011, 04:31 PM
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Welcome to the fraternity of Paris lovers!! It is an amazing place. Glad you had a good time.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 05:02 PM
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Thanks for the report, Mike. Good recommendations. Do you want to share the name of hotel or bistro?
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Nov 16th, 2011, 05:54 PM
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Glad you enjoyed your trip! Ditto on the museum pass...time is just as precious as money in Paris! I leave on Sunday for trip #5...can't wait.
J'aime Paris!
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Nov 16th, 2011, 06:04 PM
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I like your enthusiasm!
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Nov 16th, 2011, 06:14 PM
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Good idea to stay in the 12th, close enough to tourist areas yet with the flavour of a Parisian neighbourhood absorbing multicultural influences.
I too would like to know the name and, if possible, an Internet link for your hotel.
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Nov 16th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Stokebailey/Southam,

Here's the link. Metro lines 6 & 14 are right outside the hotel.

http://gb.hotel-claret.com/

My wife had a veal chop dish and I had Duck confit both were very good!
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Nov 18th, 2011, 05:12 AM
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and as my favorite line goes "there is always next time".... LOL
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Nov 19th, 2011, 09:32 AM
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I very much enjoy enthusiastic capsule reports. Even though they leave us wondering about the details, that's fine because everybody's details are (and should be) different -- no need to follow someone else's trail.
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Nov 19th, 2011, 08:33 PM
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Nice hotel, thanks! I love your statement about the splendor of Paris being all around you. If you've not seen the segment about the 14th arrondissement from the film Paris Je T'Aime, you should check it out. The film is uneven, but that particular section is superb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIwval66mbI
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