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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 Jun 12th, 2014, 08:22 AM
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Oh I am glad you posted that link kerouac - I thought you might have done one of your photo-essays on this area, but wasn't sure how to find it.

la Mouzaia is just as enchanting as I recall!

I went there with Fodorite schnauzer on a hot and sunny Bastille Day so there were lots of people at home in their courtyards. I'm sure it was Cafe Parisien where we had cold drinks and wine on exiting le Metro - it looks very familiar in your photo.
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 11:40 AM
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what a lovely area, Julia. yet another part of Paris that I need to explore.
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 12:14 PM
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This little neighborhood is so pleasant. After seeing kerouac's first photo report, we made a point of going there a couple of years ago. We combined a visit to the Mouzaia with one to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, both of which are on the 75 bus line that starts at the Pont Neuf. Here's a link to the RATP map of the line. For the Mouzaia, you want the Rhin et Danube stop. For the Parc, the Armand Carrel-Mairie du 19e stop.

http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orie...fr&partenaire=
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 12:51 PM
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For people just walking around, La Mouzaïa starts at the upper left corner of the Buttes Chaumont. Yes, if you enter the park at the bottom across from the city hall of the 19th arrondissement, it can be a pretty arduous climb up to the top.

Bus line 60 which climbs rue de Crimée on the left side of the park can spare you all effort.
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Old Jun 12th, 2014, 07:54 PM
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I'm joining the party a little (OK, unfashionably) late, but let me add my congrats to Tom and Tracy!

Let me second the recommendations for a concert at Ste. Chapelle (incomparable, IME!) and for a day-trip to Chartres to see its magnificent cathedral (no need to cycle there!), as well as its market and canal. Have you been to Giverny? September might not be the BEST time to visit Monet's gardens, but perhaps not the worst, either.

Consider stopping for a kir (or kir royale!) at the Place des Vosges and for a glass of wine or dessert or meal at Willi’s Wine Bar. (And if you do so, please raise a glass to me, just as I raised a glass to you at the Buza Bar! )

If I recall, you two only visit museums that gain special commendation. FWIW, I thought the Musee National du Moyen Age (aka Thermes de Cluny) outstanding and seriously underrated.

Enjoy!
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Old Jun 13th, 2014, 09:12 AM
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Thanks all for the new ideas. I was in rainy Chicago on a business trip and just saw all these. Counting down to Paris!

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Old Jun 13th, 2014, 10:16 AM
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Maitaitom, we're counting down to Paris, too, a welcome finale to our trip the the Alps that we're now in the midst of planning. Funny thing, our hotel in Paris was the first thing we locked in! Still hoping to meet for vin rouge!

Sorry you had rain in Chicago! We usually enjoy our trips there; but, on business, not sure how much time you have to enjoy.
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Old Jun 13th, 2014, 10:18 AM
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I remember being in Paris when they were running vintage buses on several lines, possibly during heritage days. One ran from the Opera toward the Bourse. Great fun, open platform on the back. Keep an eye out for them, sorry I don't have more detail, several years ago.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2014, 08:55 AM
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a second for L'Ange 20, i guess the secret is out! It is down a small street across from the Pompidou Center. There are 10 tables, 1 waiter, and the chef owner is in the open kitchen in the back. the food is absolutely amazing, and inexpensive. you must make a reservation and he is very, very strict about it. if you are late, tough out of luck! well worth it, cant wait to go back end of November. Cant wait to read your trip report!
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 12:30 PM
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Hi maitaitom,

Finally. . .we have our trip details in place and are getting serious about final preparations. Our flight leaves for Munich on Tuesday, August 20th. . .ready or not.

Paris excitement looms closer and closer!!! We're still up for a vin rouge toast to celebrate your anniversary. Like you described in an earlier post, your first day in Paris is our last day. Let us know if you think you'll be up for touching base. Since you'll be arriving after that flight on AF380, we'll understand if you think you won't feel like meeting. But if it works, it would be great fun!

You're staying in the Marais? If a meeting works out, we'll be glad to adjust to your "schedule" and choice of place. Maybe you know a place close to your hotel? Only qualification: good vin rouge!

Our lodgings are mostly in mountainous areas, in smallish, family-run places, which may or may not have reliable Wi-Fi. So we'd appreciate it if we could make some plans before we leave. (BTW, we were able to book Hotel Gletschergarten in Grindelwald, a suggestion we received from your TR. Merci! We hope we don't arrive in Paris looking too bedraggled after so many days in the mountains)!

We'll await your response re: Paris! Right now, a vin rouge sounds wonderful.
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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tomarkot…I'll look for a wine bar where we can meet late that afternoon for a vin rouge…or two. Hope you get nice weather in Switzerland…beautiful country..bring lots of money

I'll be in touch.

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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 06:58 PM
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Great, maitaitom! Thanks! We'll await your response.

We're hoping we get some decent weather in Switzerland. Hope we don't leave bankrupt!
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Old Aug 9th, 2014, 04:55 PM
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maitaitom,
I have followed this and the Paris forum for several years. In the last 40 years I have been to Paris over 30 times but this is the first time I have made a rec. Two years a go we were in Paris on Heritage Days. We went to Ecole Militaire. No crowd and very interesting. We have an apartment reserved for 8 days starting on Oct. 17. For great wine bar go to O Chateau.
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Old Aug 9th, 2014, 06:26 PM
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Maitaitom, if you don't mind, please share the name of your apartment and the url please. We'll be in Paris 1st week of Oct. Thank you.
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nina - this is where we are staying in December:

http://www.vacationinparis.com/listing/305/0
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Old Aug 9th, 2014, 09:16 PM
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mtTom and Tracy: Belated best wishes on your anniversary!
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Congrats, Tracy and Tom. 20 more at least please and many more TRs to come.

JR and I visited the pedestrian Rue Daguerre (google below if you are interested--google map shows immediate area) based upon a Fodorite recommendation. There were some Daguerre prints at Musee D'Orsay so we thought it would be interesting to coordinate "his" area. We enjoyed the short street and thought it looked like an affordable spot for a little Paris flat. Sigh.

rue daguerre paris

I can't remember from your past TRs but, we "lived" near Gare Montparnasse; on Rue de la Gaite; and Rue du Cherch-Midi on three separate trips and loved that entire area. Fun to pretend we were pals of Papa and Hedley. Daughter of a friend was at Sorbonne one year so we met her for lunch and pretended we were students.

If I owned dogs, they would say 'bone voyage'!
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Old Aug 10th, 2014, 11:50 AM
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I was in Paris again last month. Had some excellent meals if you want any recommendations. As for sightseeing, mostly just bopped around as I didn't feel like fighting the crowds. Revisited a few faves. Paris is always fun.

Congratulations and enjoy!
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Old Aug 16th, 2014, 02:56 PM
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tomarkot…a couple of options…

We have dinner reservations at 7:30 at Le Trumilou, 84 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville. If you'd like to join us…I can change it to four people. It's nothing fancy, but prices seem reasonable, and it gets pretty good reviews.

If not, we could meet at 5or 5:30 at Les Philosophes, 28 Rue Vieille du Temple. I think we could sit outside there and have a glass of wine or two.

Unless anyone knows a wine bar in the Marais that would be a good place to go in late afternoon?

See you in Paris!

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