Eating and Drinking in Paris.

Mar 8th, 2008, 02:56 AM
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when the weather is fine, having a piquenique is a great idea.

for the corkscrew, the glasses and even the cutlery, do what parisans do: they buy these things in stores.

there are small ironware and household need stores in the neigborhood, where you can get these items for some euros. maybe you find them also at grocery chain stores as ed lī epicerie or monoprix, where you get maybe the wine (and more of your daily needs as soft drinks, food, fruit, beer, liquor; also soap, toothpaste, shampooning). some years ago, there were two sort of shops to be found: grocery chain stores, offering your daily needs for a comparable modest price, closing at 18:00 hrs and convenience stores, opening after 18:00 hrs, open until 22:00, offering fruit, food, drinks, but for a much higher prize.

how to find them in the area you are? just ask at your hotelīs desk for these shops.

your hotelīs desk is useful in many ways: you get there, amongst other folders or prospectus, these small paris city maps, issued for free by samaritane or gallerie lafayette department stores. you can keep them in your pocket, they fold up to rhe size of a 3 and contain all the basic informations you need (as metro stations). They make even excellent souvenirs.

if you dontīt want to take these household utensils back home as a souvenir, just leave them at your hotel with a note pour le service or for the chambermaid.

oh, and have a nice trip and enjoy yourself.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 04:06 AM
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Thank you all again. I have sent for a pack of tourist information for Paris that includes maps. I will mark the places/spots you all have suggested. I am telling Brenda tonight about going to Paris. It will be a dream come true for her.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 05:49 AM
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What a wonderful birthday present!

The view of the Eiffel Tower is indeed very nice from the Trocadero. Watch out there for gypsies and hucksters. They are very aggressive, especially at night.

We found nice places to picnic in Luxembourg Gardens. Parc Montsouris is lovely and you won't be bothered by gypsies there.

Since you are on a budget, I recommend Carte Orange for Metro/Bus transportation. Learn the transportation system. We used Metro. We actually found buses clean and easy to get around Paris, plus you can see where you are going. google Paris Metro.

Take adantage of your local library in Fort Smith and check out all the guides to Paris. Go to your local Borders or Barnes/Noble, and browse the guidebooks there. Bring a pen & notebook and take notes.

You will find grocery stores like Monoprix, Franprix, and Monop in Paris. Shop in the pedestrian streets for fresh food. They are mentioned in guidebooks. I loved getting fresh fruit, bread, cheese, & pate and making a meal of it outdoors. Great tip about the backpack, & corkscrew.

Do your budget research ahead of time - you can get in the Louvre free, 1st Sunday of the month.

google "Paris Map" and link to a variety of maps. Know where the monuments are, & which park is nearby and plan accordingly.

Most importantly - have a wonderful time in Paris.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 05:56 AM
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Dare I suggest besides corkscrews, glasses, paper plates etc., you pack some really thin cheap facecloths which when moistened and a little antiseptic sprayed on (even hotel soap) make short work of all those millions of germs on your hands that one picks up all over the show. Hand rails in particular.
I can't eat without washing my hands first and on a picnic there may not be a facility near by.
PS. There are toilets under the staircase leading up from the fountains in front of the Trocadero.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 06:17 AM
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Thank you for the tips and kind words. Tonight I am taking Brenda to dinner and dancing. After dinner over a nice desert. I will hand her an envelope with a passport application and our Paris itinerary in it. I am so happy right I am about to bust out in song. I have to maintain until tonight when I give her that envelope.
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Mar 8th, 2008, 06:28 AM
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Get some Kleenex ready Luther!!!
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Mar 8th, 2008, 06:35 AM
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Ji L,

If you by a one-day ticket for you can take a hop on/off ride around the Seine and see the Eiffel tower at night.

Wine and food are permitted on board.

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Mar 8th, 2008, 06:36 AM
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Luther: I am so excited for you. Your words show just how much you are looking forward to giving this gift to your wife. Please report back so we can all share in her surprise. Lucky girl! J
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Mar 8th, 2008, 06:53 AM
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sorry about the typos - I was driving home...

See also "Do you know anyone killed in a car"
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Robespierre - I thought something similar! What? This person can type & drive at the same time! Now, I want to know this. Where you also talking on your mobile/cellphone as well??? L O L!
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Mar 8th, 2008, 12:31 PM
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Well if you live in Atlanta... I often respond to emails from the car. I figure if the car is not even in gear (I drive a manual transmission) I am safe.

Our traffic is so bad that you can and do spend a lot of time at a full stop LOL!

I will say that that as bad as my typing is on here, it's worse on my Treo in the car.... I don't do that great with the TINY keyboard!
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Mar 8th, 2008, 01:17 PM
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Has anyone considered that Luther maybe too good to be true?
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Mar 8th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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When I was in Paris in September, I saw people having picnics on the cement backs of the Seine complete with glassware and even CANDLES...

I swear by my Riedel O glasses - they come two in a box, and they don't fall over in the grass.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 06:47 PM
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The views of Trcadero are nice, but that isn't exactly the place I would pick to go to with a bottle of wine.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 07:20 PM
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Technically it is not legal to drink alcohol in public places, but police do not intervene if you are discreet, quiet, and not annoying anyone.
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Mar 9th, 2008, 08:03 PM
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I also wonder if Luther is too good to be true!

But just in case this is favorite picnic spot is at Les Halles. We love to eat lunch while watching the men play boules. Completely entertaining. Maybe not as romantic, but very Parisian.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 01:02 AM
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Hi Tod, you are making very hard work out of washing your hands. Last time we travelled we took a little bottle of handwash that doesn't require any water. The brand we have is Ego, and the product is called Aqium Gel, antibacterial hand gel. "No rinse, no fuss". Other than that you can buy little packs of wipes, not unlike baby wipes. They will fit easily in a purse and can be thrown away once used. I agree that it is nice to freshen up before eating!
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Mar 10th, 2008, 03:47 AM
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There are also some parks where you can sit on the grass but not have picnics. My colleagues and I were herded out of the park near La Muette in the 16th arr and had to decamp to the Bois de Boulogne.
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Mar 10th, 2008, 04:50 AM
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As a back-up "wine-glass" (not really) substitute, in case he can't locate the fine stemware advocated here -- last year, we carried 4 little plastic cups that worked just swell for an impromptu sip on a hill in Greece ...

Where did we get these little cups? We got those 6-packs of mini-Jello from the grocery, dumped the Jello (hate it), ran the cups thru the dishwssher and voila!
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Mar 10th, 2008, 05:33 AM
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Thank you all again for the kinds words and suggestions.
Everything went as planned. I gave Brenda the envelope in the restaurant and she screamed! The waiter came over to our table to ask if everything was OK? I explained the situation to him and he congratulated us.
The manager came over with our bill then told us of his recent visit to Paris and ask if he could buy us a glass of wine. Brenda is not old enough to drink yet so he took the price of our Pepsis off the check. Today Brenda is going to the library to find us travel books.
To the people that have asked if I am real... Believe it or not, there are real men that truly love their wives, including me! We have been together since she was in 7TH grade and me in 8TH.
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