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Dec 17th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Around Paris in three days (trip details)

For anyone traveling to Paris for a short duration, hope you can benefit from our trip details.
read at: http://www.travelplannersblog.blogsp...hree-days.html

P.S. I will be adding a few more details and pictures shortly,
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Dec 17th, 2013, 10:34 AM
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Thanks for sharing your trip report, travelplan.

You were lucky to have had a quick tour of Notre Dame--most posters say how crowded it is.
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Dec 17th, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Interesting to see what you did and did not do. It's a shame that you had to pay £95 each way for your Eurostar tickets. I took the Eurostar last week and am taking it again at the beginning of January, but since I booked ahead, all of my tickets only cost £30 each way.

With a little extra planning you could have stayed in the center of Paris (or a convenient outer arrondissement -- most are more convenient than the 16th in any case) for no more than you paid for being in the suburbs. I am probably one of the few people here who tend to prefer a chain hotel to the 'charm' of the smaller independent places, but I would have looked for a hotel of the French Accor group (which has hundreds of hotels in every category). My own favorite is the SuiteNovotel chain, but the only ones in Paris are on the outskirts (albeit closer than where you stayed), but even the much cheaper Ibis hotels have lots of good places -- there are no fewer than 48 Ibis hotels Inside the Paris city limits.

As for transportation, it's a shame that you had to pay for 3 zones rather than the usual 2 zones due to your location, but I'm glad that you made full use of the bus system. When the weather becomes awful, of course the metro becomes preferable to waiting longer in the cold (metros are much more frequent than buses), but everybody loves watching all of the street activity from a bus.
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Dec 19th, 2013, 03:46 AM
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Thanks for sharing this report. It is really worth and useful.
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Dec 19th, 2013, 07:01 AM
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Great report!

@kerouac: I agree with you regarding chain hotels. Most French stay there also, so why not us tourists ;-)
I personally always start looking at Mercure (also part of Accor) hotels in the Opera area.
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Dec 26th, 2013, 03:46 AM
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Best Western has really good value for money hotels in central Paris. Some are very design and beautifully decorated.

I think they are the best chain hotel in Paris.
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Dec 26th, 2013, 05:23 AM
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Through AmEx, we stayed in Mercure chain--most comfortable beds ever in both places we stayed (Paris and Aix).
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Dec 26th, 2013, 06:06 AM
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Best Western is not exactly a chain. It is a federation of independently owned establishments that have pooled their reservations and advertising.
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