How to spend the arrival day in Paris?

Jan 30th, 2006, 05:49 AM
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I pop over to paris once a year for a mini break, am in london, my routine is drop my bags and then wander to the nearest busy street, plop myself in a cafe and watch people, taking in parisian hustle bustle over a cup or two of coffee....

after that any combination of the afore mentioned ideas can be followed
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Jan 31st, 2006, 03:39 PM
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I went to Paris for the first time last April. After dropping our bags, my boyfriend and I went wandering looking for ham on baguette sandwiches, a favorite of his. (He is a vegetarian but makes exceptions for Europe.) With our sandwiches in hand, we wandered over to the Luxembourg Gardens, very close to our hotel, and so beautifully green and in bloom, while in New York spring had hardly arrived at all. We found chairs and watched Paris go by in the sunshine until we realized we were falling asleep, then went back to our room for a nap. I woke up while he was still sleeping but couldn't bear the idea of hanging around in the hotel room while Paris was outside, so slipped out by myself (I have rarely been by myself in Europe) and a few blocks away, there was the Seine and Notre Dame in beautiful late afternoon sunlight--magical and it felt so private and special because I had slipped out on my own. I then wandered back to the Latin Quarter and walked through backstreets a bit--then all the church bells in the city started ringing. I thought how lucky that I happened to be outside at 5 or 6, when I assumed they must ring everyday, but when I got back to my room turned on CNN and learned the new pope had just been named. That night we went to Perraudin--the perfect low impact first Parisian meal. Except my boyfriend, heady with renounced vegetarianism, boldly ordered tete de veau. It turned out that this was just the thing to make him convert back.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 04:08 PM
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We just did one of the simple walks in Rick Steve's book. I think it was (roughly) the Historic Paris walk. We stayed in the 5th arr, so it was close. It was leisurely, a nice intro to the place, and it felt good to be outside. We had an early dinner and went to bed early and woke up the next morning ready to go.

Just curious - what hotel are you staying at?
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Jan 31st, 2006, 05:58 PM
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Note that there's a big difference between coming over from London and coming over from the States. A day trip on the Eurostar is very practical and fun and involves no issues of jet lag or fatigue, but coming over from the other side of the Atlantic is very tiring and involves many time zones (from six to nine).

Tête de veau isn't a good idea for people thinking of giving up vegetarian ways. It translates to “head of veal,” and it means exactly what it says.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 06:03 AM
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Anthony: I do get your irony. One can always fly into London, recover from one's jet lag or ship lag (if doing it the old way) and then catch a Eurostar to Paris and then wander around and have a cup of coffee watching Parisians on your arrival day into Paris. I stand corrected!
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Feb 1st, 2006, 09:15 AM
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We save the Seine boat (like vedettes du Pont-Neuf) for night 2 or 3 when our feet are starting to need a break.

We do like a lot of others...drop bags, long lunch, walk in neighborhood, nap, walk, dinner, bed.

Sometimes on this schedule we do wake up the next morning early (5:30), but we just take an early walk in this case. Some of our greatest memories are of Paris as she wakes. It has a magic like no other time of day.
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