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Oct 3rd, 2005, 09:01 PM
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Last few details

Arriving Paris at 7:00 a.m. 1 suitcase each, going to Rue Grande Chaumiere, taxi, train, metro or Parisshuttle??? Do I need both a converter and a plug to use my curling iron??A weekly metro pass or just book of passes???
and finally, for 8-day stay will a 3 day Museum card be enough???
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Oct 4th, 2005, 07:09 AM
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Hi C,

>...taxi, train, metro or Parisshuttle??? <

Depends on your age and your pocketbook.

>Do I need both a converter and a plug to use my curling iron??<

Get a dual voltage curling iron and a plug adapter.

>A weekly metro pass ...

A carnet of 10 tickets.

>..will a 3 day Museum card be enough?<

How many museums do you expect to visit in 3 days?

Have a nice visit.

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Oct 4th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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Leave the curling iron at home.
A carnet of 10.
Yes.

Those are the answers for my trip.
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Oct 4th, 2005, 07:21 AM
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You could take the Air France bus to Gare Montparnasse, and then walk about 1000 meters (15-20 minutes, or a bit over 1/2 a mile) or take a taxi from the dropoff to hotel (driver might not be happy about such a short distance).

Be advised that the Vavin metro is out of service until Dec 2; other nearby stations are Montparnasse, Raspail and Notre-Dame-des-Champs.

Is the curling iron 'dual voltage'? If 'yes', then you might need a plug adaptor. Many people recommend buying these small appliances in Europe, if your own is not dual-volt.

There is no 'book of passes'. There is a carnet, which is a handful of loose tickets (10), each for a single use. The Carte Orange id card and weekly ticket (good for multiple uses) works from Monday-Sunday; if that fits your schedule, it is usually the most economical and convenient item.

Only you can determine the cost/benefit of the museum passes. Which museums are you planning to see, and over what period of time? How many of them are city-owned, and thus free anyway? A pass might be recommended if you want to spread your visit to the Louvre over several entries/days (since it is so overwhelming HUGE), as their entrance fee is about 10€.
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Oct 4th, 2005, 07:35 AM
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Airport transfers:

http://67.72.88.51/cdg

Métro passes:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34630342
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Oct 4th, 2005, 01:06 PM
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taxi
convertor + adaptor
depends how much you will take the metro or go to museums the answer to the last 2?'s
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Oct 4th, 2005, 03:20 PM
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If your curling iron is marked "120-240V" or something similar, all you need is a plug adapter to connect it to a French outlet (be sure to add "Switch Iron to 240" to your packing check list). If it isn't 120/240, you should buy a new one when you get to Paris. A converter may not work and may blow out the hotel's wiring.
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Oct 4th, 2005, 03:49 PM
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Travelnut. Thanks for info on Vavin metro being closed. If I took RER from CDG and got off at Port Royal, is this direct and would I be in the rue Grande Cahumiere area? Curling iron settled, I'll just buy one. Any recommendations on a few restaurants? We are not heavy eaters, so 5 course meals are probably out. Thanks! J
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Oct 4th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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My mistake... obviously I don't travel with a hair dryer (and should stick to answering posts I am certain about). I thought this was a universally correct answer, but clearly it isn't.
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Oct 4th, 2005, 04:03 PM
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Here is a "mappy.com" map of your walk from RER-Port Royal:
http://linktrim.com/3a1

Here is a recent thread of restaurants in your area:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34685551

You don't have to eat 5-course meals.. find some decent restaurants, order 2 courses and a drink (one orders entree/plat, and the other orders plat/dessert, then sneak bites!). Have a picnic in your room... Try some 'emporter' places, baguette sandwiches, little quiches, Asian deli...
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Oct 4th, 2005, 06:33 PM
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On Boulevard de Port Royal, there is a #91 bus stop outside the RER station just across Rue Henri Barbusse. The correct one says "Direction Montparnasse 2 Gare TGV" and will take you the half-mile to Vavin.

Here is the detail map of the neighborhood:

http://www.ratp.info/orienter/f_plan.php?fm=pdf&nompdf=port_royal&loc=quartiers
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