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Maitaitom & Tracy's Romantic 20th Anniversary Paris 2014 Trip In September

Maitaitom & Tracy's Romantic 20th Anniversary Paris 2014 Trip In September

Old May 12th, 2014, 12:11 PM
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Hey, wonderful!!! Yes, we'll stay in touch. We'll be staying in the 6th, but with metro and taxis, no problem. Since you'll be just arriving, we'll plan around your schedule. Looking forward to it! That vin rouge should be interesting for all of us!
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Old May 12th, 2014, 12:21 PM
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You might find this interesting http://theculturetrip.com/europe/fra...80514parisfood
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Old May 12th, 2014, 12:43 PM
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Thanks Belinda. With as much time as we are spending there, I think that Italian place, Baffo, might get a shot.

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Old May 12th, 2014, 12:51 PM
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Just tagging along for the great ideas.
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If you should by chance do a concert at Sainte Chapelle, spring for the more expensive tickets and arrive a little early to be in the front of the line.

The price delineation means you'll be in the front section; the early arrival means you will be in the second or third row. It's like having the musicians play just for you and only you.

We also go to the first show so we can still see the marvelous stained glass, and it gets us out just in time to go have a romantic dinner.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 01:23 PM
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Thanks klondike. Sainte Chapelle is one of our favorite places to visit in Paris, yet we've never been to a concert there. Thanks for the tip.

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Old May 15th, 2014, 05:44 PM
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Hi Maitaitom,

Just want to catch you up on our Paris plans. "Putting the cart before the horse", so to speak, we booked our hotel at the end of the trip first. Our hotel in Paris is: Hotel Le Regent, 61 Rue Dauphine. . .just down from Pont Neuf. (Arrival late PM: Sept 15, departure early AM: Sept. 18.) We stayed there over Christmas week in 2011, and since we're only there for three nights, thought we'd just stick with it and focus our research time on the remainder of our trip. September seems to be quite busy in Paris.

Looking forward to working things out for a get-together!
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Old May 15th, 2014, 11:07 PM
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Hi maitaitom,

How is your health these days?

If you can cycle for about 20 miles, I highly recommend a bike tour with French Mystique! I believe he can tailor your tour to a shorter one through interesting small towns, if you'd like that.

I took the tour to Chartres with some friends, and it was the highlight of my trip to Paris. If you want to do something unusual and see some of the countryside, this would do it!

Have fun as you plan!

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Old May 16th, 2014, 09:16 AM
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"How is your health these days? If you can cycle for about 20 miles..."

Thanks for asking. I don't think I could cycle 20 miles when I was healthy
Actually I'm feeling great.

The bike tour sounds like fun (French Mystique seems like a good Spokes man), but I'm afraid I'll have to pass on that one. If I drop dead on vacation, I'd rather it be in a wine bar.

I'm having fun planning. Hoping to hit some spots we've never been before, and we will be there during European Heritage Days, which might yield some interesting visits as well.

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Old May 16th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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Since of course most of the people going to the heritage events in Paris are French, you can probably scratch two places off your list unless you like waiting in line for 4 or 5 hours: the Elysée Palace (the presidential palace) and the Hôtel Matignon (the prime minister's office and residence).
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Old May 16th, 2014, 09:54 AM
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kerouac, have you gone to heritage sites? If so, any pointers or places that might not have incredibly long lines? How early do people start lining up? Much to Tracy's consternation, we can get up early. Thanks.
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We will be in Paris in September also celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary arriving on the 15th also. Have not decided where to have our celebratory dinner yet.
Looks like September will be a busy month in Paris.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 02:49 PM
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60th?

felicitations, mes braves!
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Old May 17th, 2014, 10:25 AM
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Merci
Celebrated in Paris for our 50th also but I am not sure about our 70th!
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Old May 17th, 2014, 10:34 AM
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Congrats Cornelius!! My goal is to now celebrate my 60th anniversary in Paris…then we can celebrate my 104th birthday the next day. Have a wonderful anniversary trip.

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Old May 17th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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My favorite meal in Paris last year was lunch at L'Ecailler du Bistrot on Rue Paul Bert, where we seemed to be the only Americans in the restaurant. My husband and I shared the seafood plateaux that put all others to shame (at least any that I've had in Los Angeles). It included three types of oysters, three types of raw clams, tiny, tiny shrimp that were flash fried and eaten whole, dungeness crab, langostinos, and so much more.

We also enjoyed dinner at Robert et Louise in the Marais. Great steak, reasonable prices.
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Old May 18th, 2014, 07:49 PM
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Hi Maitaitom,

Our post isn't about Paris. . .but about you Californians who are planning their trip. We've been thinking about you and hope that the serious drought conditions and wildfires aren't having too negative of an effect on you. We wish could could send you some of our rain!
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Old May 19th, 2014, 08:24 AM
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"If I drop dead on vacation, I'd rather it be in a wine bar."

Totally my travel philosophy, along with if there is going to be a plane crash, let it happen on the way home.
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 06:29 AM
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I don't think anyone else has posted this...

http://www.messynessychic.com/2014/0...g-on-a-bridge/

I've been up to the little vineyard at no 7 on this list - one of those off-the-beaten path arrondissements you mention, worth it for the spectacular view.

Another charming little area is le Quartier de la Mouzaia in the 19th, which is filled with a maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with pretty little houses and courtyard gardens. A delightful place to spend a couple of hours exploring - have a quick look on google images to get an idea of what it's like.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=qu...ih=705&dpr=0.9
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 07:44 AM
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Here's an old report I did about the Mouzaïa: http://tinyurl.com/pq86xpo

And I even returned to see it in a different season:
http://tinyurl.com/qdkrahy
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