Back from Paris

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Dec 8th, 2016, 01:16 PM
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Back from Paris

Hello Fodorites!

We are just back from our annual anniversary weekend in Paris. We spent 4 days eating, drinking and enjoying the city.

We did notice a huge decrease in the number of tourists!! We always go to Paris for our anniversary weekend and it was really noticeable!!

We had a great time relaxing and enjoying the food and wine.

This is my album if Paris, the first 20 or so photos are from this trip.

https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]

Happy travelling!
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Dec 8th, 2016, 01:42 PM
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Always lovely photos. I have never been to Paris (!) and it looks lovely even when gloomy.
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Dec 8th, 2016, 01:56 PM
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Absolutely gorgeous photos.

Can't wait to see you in Venezia!
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Dec 8th, 2016, 01:57 PM
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I've heard from others that tourist numbers are way down.

Lovely pics!
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Dec 8th, 2016, 02:26 PM
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Glad you had a great time; We'll be back in late February. Happy Anniversary!
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Dec 8th, 2016, 03:01 PM
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Wonderful pictures and Happy Anniversary.
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Dec 8th, 2016, 03:43 PM
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Wow your pictures are incredible... we are heading there Dec. 24-28 than London 29-jan 1..

do you recommend any Must see attractions or restaurants ?
and do you recommend we stay in Paris 25-59 than London 29-31 or 28-31 ? in other words an extra day in Paris?

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Dec 8th, 2016, 04:23 PM
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I agree that your photos are stunning. Your close up shots give me lots of ideas for next year. I must say though that the desolate, bare trees all lined up in a row is my favorite.

We were there in Sept. (Our usual time of year) and even though it was busy the tourists were definitely down from other years.
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Dec 8th, 2016, 06:03 PM
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I always love your photos but this set... WOW. Stupendo.

Thank you for taking the time to post.
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Dec 8th, 2016, 06:05 PM
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"I must say though that the desolate, bare trees all lined up in a row is my favorite."

I especially liked that the trees are carefully trimmed so as not to grow into the trees on the opposite side.
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Dec 8th, 2016, 08:49 PM
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Happy Anniversary, Jamie & Scott!

We have not visited Paris since 2013, the longest interval in many years, and are jonesing. Perhaps in the Spring..
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Dec 9th, 2016, 01:51 AM
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Beautiful pictures, as always! Thank you.

Where is the wall with the whimsical art located?
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Dec 9th, 2016, 03:37 AM
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Beautiful Photos, thanks for sharing.
Happy Anniversary!
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Dec 9th, 2016, 03:49 AM
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Nice report.
Was in paris on Tuesday going back this evening With the kids and the car.
Is it safe to drive the car into Paris ? (chuxkles).
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Dec 9th, 2016, 06:44 AM
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Lovely pictures! The foods made my mouth water!
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Dec 9th, 2016, 06:52 AM
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DH and I are just back from our annual trip to paris as well. the weather was gorgeous, just a bit cold. I agree that tourism seemed down. very few Americans there. our plane going over was completely packed, but when we landed at CDG, I would say 80% went to the EU immigration side. we breezed through the non EU side. coming home, plane was less than half full (ah the good old days), and most went to the non US immigration line at JFK. interesting.
Paris was beautiful all dressed up for Christmas. the most stunning display was along the Rue St Honore, individual Baccarat chandeliers suspended across the Rue.
security was noticeable in the department stores. There are security people going through bags, and wanding folks as they enter. there are designated entrance and exit doors, and a lot of the entrance doors are permanently closed. Galleries Lafayette had only 2 entrances and exits available.
a salesperson we spoke to said sales are up compared to last year, but still not where they usually are.
we had a great time, great food, and wine, and basically relaxed.
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Dec 9th, 2016, 06:59 AM
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i like the emphasis on shellfish, cheese, and pastries. That's a nice lens through which to view Paris.
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Dec 9th, 2016, 07:20 AM
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Thanks so much for the lovely words everyone!

The wall with the art was around the corner from Rue de Buci.

Lilly, I don't think you can go wrong with either choice. I would pick the most economical option.

St Cirq, the countdown is on for Venice!!! Can't wait!

Enjoy the season everyone!
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Dec 9th, 2016, 08:12 AM
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jamikins, your photos are gorgeous. May I ask what kind of camera you use? Fully realizing that it is not the camera but your eye and expertise. Thank you so much for posting them.
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Dec 9th, 2016, 08:18 AM
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Thanks gomiki for the kind words

My camera is a D5200 from Nikon, I love it! Although some were taken on my iPhone!
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