First Time in Paris

Apr 21st, 1999, 03:58 PM
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Robin:

I too will be leaving for Paris in 2 short weeks and would love your 35 page guide..please e-mail me...I would be most appreciative
Sue
 
Apr 21st, 1999, 04:47 PM
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Robin -

While you're at it, could you e-mail me too? I'm always collecting tidbits for my Paris file.

Thanks in advance.
 
Apr 22nd, 1999, 07:00 AM
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If you don't like the hotel, find the hotel 'desk' at one of the main train stations (Gares); for a few francs they can locate a room for you, especially in that price range. The tourist offices used to have street maps of Paris produced by McDonalds. Sounds dumb, but McDonalds could be an easy-to-spot 'landmark' if you're lost (not to mention a good place to find a restroom). When you tire of Paris' hustle and bustle, consider a day trip to Giverny or Epernay (chamagne country). The French countryside is a welcome relief from the traffic, noise, and tourists. It's already been said, but do NOT attempt to drive in the city. Take the Metro (it's maps are color coded) and walk everywhere.
 
Apr 22nd, 1999, 08:57 AM
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Hi Alex and all,

Some restaurants I found to be nice:

Angelina's: Right Bank, Rue Rivoli, near Louvre, "tea room", fabulous deserts, and a hot chocolate , the "africain" that is death by chocolate...

Reine Blanche: Ile St Louis, family restaurant, small, great food, friendly lady running the show...now listed in National Geographic guide to Paris

Au Gourmet de L'Ile: Ile St Louis,very nice, stone-and-beam decor

Berthillon: on Ile St Louis, some people say this is the best ice cream in the world...they have a street outlet here

Ruche Gourmande: Left Bank, Rue dauphine, when we were there they had just opened , service was therefore little spotty, but they were so nice and trying to please, and the food good. Already had the typical french grandma eating diner in the corner..2 minute walk to Pont Neuf boats

Le Montebello: Left Bank, along Seine, east of Quai St Michel, outdoor patio with view of Notre Dame

Rotisserie du Beaujolais: near above restaurant, lots of locals, great chicken/duck, same owner as the nearby **** Tour D'argent....

Atlas: Left Bank,#12 Blvd St Germain (east end), Moroccan food, my friend says it was very good, and servings are plentiful

Chez Rene: Blvd St Germain, right across street from above, bistro, lots of locals, Catherine Deneuve once in a while...

Moulin de Vent/Chez Henri: left bank, Rue des Fosses St Bernard, bistro, locals, and as with the above ,good/great food


All restaurants post their menu outside so you can read, translate, and price. Recommend buying from "menu", most places will have one or more fixed price set menus that are good value.

Enjoy!
 
Apr 22nd, 1999, 03:52 PM
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Robin: I would dearly love a copy of your article as well. We are planning a return to Paris, our favorite city, and want to accumulate as much information as we can.
Does anyone know of a good hotel near the Luxumborg Gardens in the Latin Quarter?
 
Apr 23rd, 1999, 04:03 AM
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Joy, I leave for Paris tomorrow night. We're staying at the Hotel des Jardins du Luxembourg. If I read my map correctly, it's about a 1/2 block from the Luxembourg gardens and very convenient to the Luxembourg RER station. I haven't stayed there before, but it's received good reviews both here and from other travel guides. If you email me in a week or so, I'll let you know how it was. -bmh
 
May 1st, 1999, 05:57 AM
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Robin:
Please e-mail your info on Paris...we are going for the first time in two weeks. thanks
[email protected]
 
May 2nd, 1999, 06:00 PM
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To whoever asked about the opera scene in Paris. It is marvelous. We heard two opera at the Basille Opera and a symphony concert at the Chatelet. I got all the fax numbers (and perhaps by now they have e-mail addresses) from the Paris pages so was able to order my tickets prior to arriving in Paris.
 
May 3rd, 1999, 02:30 PM
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I too would love a copy of Robin's Paris file - my first trip is in July.

I'd also love to hear from those of you who have travelled there recently. What surpassed expectations? What fell short?
 
May 3rd, 1999, 02:31 PM
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I too would love a copy of Robin's Paris file - my first trip is in July.

I'd also love to hear from those of you who have travelled there recently. What surpassed expectations? What fell short?
 
May 5th, 1999, 10:50 AM
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I would love a copy of that 35 page paper on Paris. I'm tring to find a good 3 star hotel on the Left Bank not too far from the Seine. Any Suggestions?

Thanks.
 
May 6th, 1999, 08:21 AM
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Robin - would appreciate receiving a copy of your documentation as we are planning our first trip to Paris.
 
May 6th, 1999, 09:28 AM
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The first time we went to Paris, we took out our Michelin Guide and did it "one Arrondisse at a time". It is a perfect way if you have the time. We have been back several times. Once we stayed at a little hotel called The Aramis in the area you are describing. We booked a tiny room that had 3 beds and a bath. I had to sit on the balcony while my husband dressed because of logistics! We had to load our bags into the tiny elevator and run up the stairs because of the coffin sized elevator! But we loved it because we were in San Germain and it was a change. By comparison, we stayed in a Chateau in the Loire (Chissay en Tourraine) for the same $$ and had a huge suite with a marble bath and a view and fresh roses on the dining room table. One nice thing about that Aramis Hotel's location was that there were many cirrus machines in the BulMiche and we weren't afraid of pickpockets getting lots of $ at once. Fortunately, we never experienced them at all on that trip. Once,when coming upstairs from a bar'r restroom, I felt a hand go in my pocket( on a previous trip. ) I turned around and gave the so&so a piece of my mind and he was more scared than I was.( So the combination of carrying small amounts and money belts are good ideas.)

Another good resource for you is the Food Lovers Guide to Paris. I still read it just to relive those trips!
 
May 6th, 1999, 09:08 PM
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Robin, I would really appreciate it if you would send me a copy of your Paris file. Leaving next week for Paris for our honeymoon so we need all the info we could get. Thanks.
 
May 10th, 1999, 01:58 AM
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Robin, I would love a copy of your paper. I will be in Paris in August with 2 teenagers. Thanks!
 
May 10th, 1999, 12:10 PM
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John Zadnick
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Robin,

If you see this, I would like a copy the 35-page Paris document. Thanks
 
May 10th, 1999, 12:26 PM
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When I was in Paris a few years ago my favorite reasonably-priced restaurant was a small place called Amanguier. I remember it was on the Left Bank in an "untouristy" neighborhood on a relatively quiet residential street about a 15-20 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, but I can't remember which arrondisement so you'd have to look it up when you get there. Anyway, it had a great prix fixe lunch menu and the most wonderful pesto ravioli -- so good I went back the next day. I recently recommended it to a friend who was going to Paris with her husband on their honeymoon and she said they also have another location on the Right Bank and that they loved it and ended up eating there twice as well.
Another thing -- aside from all the bigger museums and tourist attractions (Musee D'Orsay, Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Versailles, Notre Dame, etc.), I would highly recommend a visit to the Picasso museum. It is one of my favorite small museums in Europe. If I remember correctly it is in or near the Marais district which is a wonderful neighborhood to walk around in and had great restaurants and shopping as well. The museum has a delightful collection, shown in the most beautiful space. Paris can be overwhelming if you stick to the main attractions so do yourself a favor and spend an afternoon in someplace less crowded and a little off the usual beaten path. If you enjoy Picasso's work at all, you shouldn't miss it!
If anyone tries either of these recommendations and likes them, please post a message to this board and let me/others know -- thanks!
 
May 10th, 1999, 12:36 PM
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Alex,
We are going to Paris for our honeymoon.
We will be there the middle of June.
We will be staying in Le Belmont 30,rue
de Bassano;75016 has anyone heard of this hotel? Any information? We are also planning to go to Disneyland. Do
you know how far this is, and what the
best way to get there? Can you please
send your 35 page guide too? Thank you so much!
 
May 10th, 1999, 12:52 PM
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Robin, I would appreciate if you could send me a copy of your Paris file. Or, if anyone could forward it to me, I'd be greatful. I'm headed over to Europe in June and still need lots of help with my plans. Thanks a million!!
 
May 10th, 1999, 05:16 PM
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michael
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robin, leaving next week for paris with my daughter., would realy appreciate a copy of your paris file. thanks.
 

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