Lilaki's Trip Report - 7 Days in Paris

Oct 15th, 2008, 05:53 AM
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lilaki - I really enjoyed your trip report! Thanks for posting.
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Oct 15th, 2008, 07:57 AM
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hey everyone,

thanks for reading my trip report! i hope you find it helpful!

i've posted the provence trip report in a new thread ... "Lilaki's Trip Report - 7 Days in Provence"
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Oct 19th, 2008, 07:15 PM
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lilaki--I just read your report and I really loved it! Sounds like your style of travel is close to mine.
The Rodin is one of my favorite museums, but we didn't go this time, too many other things to do.

Be sure to checkout the Musee Marmottan on your next trip, if you haven't already. A great Monet experience, plus other interesting things to divert your DH.

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Oct 19th, 2008, 07:22 PM
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hi barb,

i'm definitely taking notes off your trip report ... wondering if i can make a trip to paris annually! thanks!!
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Oct 19th, 2008, 08:21 PM
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Hi, lilaki, really enjoyed your report. We'll be back in Paris next month and it never gets old, so I'm sure you'll be back to see what you missed!

The Rodin is a favorite of mine, as well, by the way.

You ended up doing a lot of what we do because we rent apartments also. That is, picking up fresh wonderful food and not eating out quite as much as we thought we would. At home, a bottle of white with assorted cheeses, breads and simple pates (inexpensive at Monoprix) isn't something we think of making into a meal very often, but in Paris it is just fabulous!
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Oct 20th, 2008, 04:08 AM
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lilaki, thank you for writing this up. I always get a huge smile on my face when I read about someone else enjoying Paris so much.

I'm now heading over to your Provence report, and just to make it easier for future "internauts" trying to find it, here is the link to lilaki's Provence report:

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hi melj,

have an awesome trip! i'm jealous!!

hi anselm,

thanks for reading. and THANKS for all of your help with the provence-lyon journey ... you'll read it in my provence thread.
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Nov 5th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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here's the review of our apartment:
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Really enjoyed reading your trip report lilaki. So glad you had a great time.

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hi schnauzer - thanks so much! i'm glad you liked the report. it was so much fun to do ...

i'm actually trying to figure out a way to get back to paris next year!! i totally 'get it' now ... wonder if we could start making an annual pilgrimage!!!
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I loved reading your report!! I got majorly jealous about all the Berthillon ice cream you ate... you'll read in my report soon what happened when I went there
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I noticed on your slow travel report pictures when they walk around the surroundings of your apartment, the restaurant "Au Bougnat" is promenently pictured. Did you eat there? We discovered it a couple of years ago. It is one of our favorites in Paris, and really quite reasonable.

We were there the beginning of Sept., so I really enjoyed your report. It took me back to some wonderful places again.
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Hi lilaki, just booked Crazyview for July next year and can hardly wait. Is the view really that good? Do you have any handy hints regarding the apartment. Would a boulangerie on Ile St Louis be closer than the Latin Quarter for breakfast supplies? Where was the closest supermarket? A lot of questions, I know. Paris is just a magic place.
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I hope lilaki doesn't mind me answering your question, but we stayed right on Ile Saint Louis last year in a apartment.

I think there are at least 2 boulangeries/patisseries on the Island, that are good. But we found what we thought was by far the best patisserie next to the Maubert Market in the 5th. It's the only patisserie in the market area(it's next to a wine shop) and I'm pretty sure it's called R.Lorhezic - we tasted lots of pastries on our trip and they had the best tarts, cookies, and sandwiches...not to mention the bread.

We like Monoprix, and the closest one is in the 3rd on Rue Saint Antoine - it's about a 10-15 minute walk from the Ile Saint Louis.

Don't worry - you'll love the area! Since you're so close to the Ile Saint Louis, you can choose between Berthillion or Amorino, and get crepes to go at a creperie on the Island!
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tpayt - we walked by au bougnat a lot but never ate there ... although, really, we only ate dinner out twice in our week b/c we got lured by the markets/ supermarkets!

toni - lots of questions ... here are my answers:

1. yep, the view really is that good.

2. hmmm - handy hints - i guess it depends what you're looking for. could you be more specific? do you mean hints for the apartment itself? or hints for the area/neighbourhood? also, did you take a look at my review on slowtrav (i posted the link a few posts above)?

a few hints that come to mind ...

- pack light - there's a combo washer/dryer in the apartment - it's small and the dryer doesn't totally dry everything (we hung everything around the apartment) but it's functional and allows you to pack less than you normally would.
- the stairs REALLY were not a problem. although, i guess DH and i are pretty active. we were a LITTLE apprehensive about the 4th floor walk-up ... especially since we figured we'd be super tired at the end of every day ... but we never had a problem
- bring a laptop - the high-speed internet was awesome - allowed us to stay connected with friends/family back home AND to do research WHILE we were traveling - i.e. opening times, grocery store locations, metro schedules, etc.
- if you're traveling via metro on the right bank via the main tourist line (can't remember the name - but the yellow line), don't bother taking the metro from cite and then transfering @ chatelet ... just walk out the apartment, cross over the bridge and catch the metro @ hotel de ville. we used the cite metro stop fairly infrequently, actually. OH ... and if you're using the cite metro stop, DO NOT head for the stairs. this stop is WAY underground (seeing as the line has to go under the river) ... there's an elevator at one end of the platform (all the locals seemed to know about this elevator ... as we were the ONLY people walking up the stairs!)

3. there was actually a boulangerie right on ile de la cite - just around the corner from the apartment on rue d'arcole. but we never actually went there. we usually just picked up breakfast supplies from whatever supermarket/ fresh market/boulangerie we happened to be passing by. we brought re-usable shopping bags with us -- the ones that shrink down to practically nothing and tuck into their own little 'sac'. similar ones were sold @ monoprix. we just carried our bags tucked in our jacket pockets or side-bags and used that whenever we were out and about and saw food that caught our eye (which happened a lot).

4. i love monoprix so we went there a lot - sometimes just to browse. we went to three different monoprix locations - the closest is at st. germain and st. michel. which isn't ALL that close to the apartment - maybe a 10 min walk? however, there is also a franprix quite a bit closer on the left bank - i can't remember the exact street ... but you can look it up online. this franprix is open on sundays which is quite handy. also, as anna said, the maubert marche is fantastic and located close by. trust me, you won't go hungry! there's lots of places to get food/supplies ... maybe too many!

let me know if you have any more questions!
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Nov 18th, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Lilaki, you're a gem. You answered all my questions beautifully. I was wondering about the washing situation. The position of the boulangerie will be very handy. Eating in and having picnics is all part of the experience, especially with the way the economy is going now. The Maubert market sounds interesting. Merci.
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Nov 18th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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hi toni,

i'm glad i was able to help. i hope you have a wonderful trip ... i'd go back in a heartbeat!!
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