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MaiTaiTom's Paris When It Sizzles; Paris When It Fizzles Anniversary Trip

MaiTaiTom's Paris When It Sizzles; Paris When It Fizzles Anniversary Trip

Old Jan 31st, 2015, 01:32 PM
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I knew there was a reason I recognized Parc Monceau when we were there----thanks cigalechanta!
It's such a lovely spot and Tom's photos took me back.
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Old Jan 31st, 2015, 01:39 PM
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Enjoying your narrative along with the photos!

We must have overlapped days in Paris this September. I recall some very hot days with the exception on the day my husband & I went to Saint Denis when it was overcast & cool. It was down right frigid in the crypt! Glad it was sunny for you to enjoy the magnificent colours in the stained glass windows which you captured so beautifully in your photos!
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Old Jan 31st, 2015, 03:37 PM
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38Euro for a bottle of wine PLUS a corkage fee? Something new for me.

I have paid a corkage fee when we brought our own wine, but this seems gouging.
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Old Jan 31st, 2015, 03:45 PM
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Cheryl, we were a bit perplexed at first, also. Supposedly, since it is like a wine store, they sell their wines for substantially less than a restaurant, so afterward you pay the restaurant corkage fee. This supposedly makes the total less than if you actually bought it at a restaurant. It is an interesting concept and perhaps a local Parisian could check it out to see how true that is. Maybe be a job for own Inspector kerouac...

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Old Jan 31st, 2015, 09:15 PM
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Ha ha, no thanks, I am an "eat-and-drink at home" Parisian. ;-)
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Old Jan 31st, 2015, 09:26 PM
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This is what they say :
"A wide selection of “terroir” wines : Petrus, Beaujolais, Languedoc... Sold at cost, enjoyable at the restaurant or to go. 7 euros for corkage."
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Old Feb 1st, 2015, 07:26 AM
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Only a "show" for Les Papilles? Can't wait to hear more - that cauliflower soup had me drooling all over my tablet.
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That's not unusual for a wine store/restaurant. I've been to a couple in the U.S where they sell the wine at retail in their store and let you bring it into the restaurant for a corkage fee. Still a steal when one considers wine mark-ups at restaurants.

Patiently awaiting Day 3, Mssr. Tom.
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Old Feb 1st, 2015, 11:42 AM
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Maitai, we were in Paris something like the 3rd week of September and fell over a Gascony Food Fest on the banks of the Seine somewhere between the Isle de la Cite and the Bastille. Stuffed our faces with delicious cheeses and poured some of Gascony's finest down ourselves. There was an oompah band to help things along. Were you there too??
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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 11:05 AM
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Yes, I was there, but by the third week of September, things were going downhill health-wise. Better get back to writing this thing after work today.

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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 01:12 PM
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Signing on to enjoy your report
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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 07:49 PM
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Maitai.. maybe you should do like Amazon and Netflix and post your entire "series" at once.
Then we fans could binge. -
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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 09:15 PM
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No, we don't want him to do that, Grandma. If I had binged on his earlier trip reports I am sure I would have been high, just from reading about all the Mai Tais, wine, beer, and other alcohol Tom and his friend drank on his trips. He seems to have cut back a bit since his health issues -- which is a shame.

Also, I like having some time in between his posts so we can all talk among ourselves, ask questions, go off topic, and bicker, as many of us do. Makes for a more fun read.

None the less, get busy Tom; I want another episode!
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Old Feb 2nd, 2015, 10:07 PM
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What if it turns out that maitaitom has become allergic to Europe?
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Yes, that would be an allergy heard round the world.

Your Les Papilles photos bring me closer than ever before to thinking I'd spend that kind of € on a meal with my tastebud-challenged spouse. (BTW, what's a "slight" tip? I ask without irony.) Or at least trying to reproduce that soup at home.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2015, 06:05 AM
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Enjoying this so far, despite the hiccups!

>>Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris (and now also the Patron Saint of Paris), was beheaded on a hill in Montmarte (supposedly he had bad things to say about the Moulin Rouge show one night), but he wasn’t going to let a little thing like a beheading get him down. He picked up his severed head (quite a feat, since it would have been very hard to see without your head) and took it northward until he finally died exactly where he wanted to be buried. Now that’s taking things into your own hands.<<

I think there is a statue of St. Denis over one of the doors of Notre Dame; he's holding his head under his arm like he's rushing for the end zone. I can go through photos to confirm, but I'm fairly certain I've seen this.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2015, 06:19 AM
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Thank you so much for your good information...
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Omg. Enjoying every syllable. What were the dates of your visit? Can't wait to read more.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2015, 09:48 AM
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stokebailey, if I remember correctly (and there was wine involved in my memory so forgive me), the actual bill came to 145 euros, and we gave her 10 euros. Our server was very charming and funny. She kept trying to tell me how to say amazing/awesome in French. All I remember of the word is it sounds something like Huell Howser (the late TV host here in California). We were all laughing pretty hard by the end of the evening as I made my feeble attempts at pronouncing it.

Photobear, we left on September 14.

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Old Feb 3rd, 2015, 11:07 AM
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Awesome. Can't wait to hear more.
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