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Mar 1st, 2007, 12:50 PM
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we like Miss Manon, 87 rue st. antoine at rue de turenne. it's a boulangerie/patisserie which has great sandwiches and little quiches which you can eat there or take home. there is also a Paul (chain boulangerie) nearby which is good for breads and sandwiches. the marais is full of good cafes, so you shouldn't have a hard time eating on a budget - esp. with an apartment.

have fun!
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Mar 1st, 2007, 01:18 PM
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One of the places I like and stopped by regularly is one of the Oldest wine bars.
La Tartine, named after the open-faces sandwiches they serve on Poilaine bread. There are two entrances. One on the Rue de Rivoli and the otherRue de Sicile. It's filled with locals who all seem to know eachother.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 01:31 PM
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Guy listed a couple of very reasonable dining options in one of the folders in his apartment -- one of them might be the little Italian place in the Marche Les Enfants Rouge market around the corner (for lunch). It's a very small covered market so the seating area is easy to find. There was also a Morrocan food vendor which I didn't try.

Down the street from the apt is a cute little place that I think is called Chez Nenesse. This place is in your budget and is charming -- and it's right outside your door at the end of the block (towards the Seine). You may wish to make reservations since the place looked small but crowded with older people.

There's a pretty good chicken rotisserie down the street on Bretagne -- keep an eye out for when they're not overdone. I don't like white meat so I always get leg quarters which were pretty good. I wasn't thrilled with the roast potatoes so I'd recommend seeing what the locals are getting for their sides. There was usually a short line in the evenings as people got off work. The guy who works there doesn't speak English so it will take some hand gestures if he doesn't understand your French. He was even nice enough to suppress that classic grimace while helping me.

Don't hesitate to get falafels or a chicken/lamb shawerma (6 E) at least one night or afternoon in the Jewish quarter -- open very late through the night. These are huge so if you're not too hungry share one and get something else to try on the menu. There's no "atmosphere" in the conventional sense, but it's fun. These are stands but they are attached to restaurants where you can sit down inside. Rue du Rossiers is quite close to the apartment -- I'm guessing a 10 min walk.

One suggestion to consider is to avoid eating at the many mediocre brasseries you'll walk by every single night. The food usually isn't memorable and you'll easily pay 30 E/pp. I feel like it's better to eat very cheaply with good take out food and then you can double up your savings and eat at good restaurants where you'll be paying 60-70 E/pp. If you work it right, you won't go over your budget and will have enjoyed very good food throughout.

happy anniversary and bon voyage.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 03:02 PM
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ErlindaB, I just returned from Paris yesterday evening and I did stay a week in the apartment on rue de Saintonge. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I get our trip report cobbled together, but I would like to reassure you that you will love the apartment and the immediate area.

A couple of things to add to fishee's comments:

- if you decide to eat a couple of meals in the apartment itself, there are two grocery stores on rue de Bretagne, as well as the small Marché des Enfants Rouge. There are also butchers, bakers, wine shops, green grocers, a fish store, and a cheese shop along that street. If you like oysters, pick up a dozen at the fish store; Guy has thoughtfully included an oyster knife in one of the kitchen drawers.

- I agree with Jody about the market on boulevard Richard-Lenoir; it's a wonderful experience and an easy walk from the apartment.

- your nearest Metro stop is Filles du Calvaire; it's a five minute walk from the apartment. Bear in mind that the ticket window isn't staffed at that station. No worries, though, as there is a handy machine that takes bills. You can feed a 20€ note into it to buy a carnet and it will give you back your change.

- rue de Saintonge is very quiet at night.

Enjoy your trip.

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Mar 1st, 2007, 03:41 PM
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welcome back Anselm. I'm sure your comments are very reassuring as several posters seem to be renting the same studio in coming months.

OK -- details of your trip, please?
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Mar 1st, 2007, 04:04 PM
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I love the marais and stay there on every visit to Paris. We have rented 4 different apartments and soon will rent a 5th. Last visit we ate at Baracane, 48 rue des Tournelles in the 4th. We arrived late without a reservation and they welcomed us without any problems. We had a delicious meal and house wine. It a pleasant evening at a reasonable price. I do recommend it. I also recommend L'as du falafel on rue des Rosiers; delicious and cheap. The Victor Hugo Museum in the Place des Vosges is free and you get a great view of the Places des Vosges from the drawing room window. Just walking around and getting lost and seeing new places and always ending up on a familiar street is a great way to enjoy the marais.
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 06:18 AM
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You might want to print this out and plan a couple of Paris Walks...


They are 10 euros per person and each lasts about 2 hours with a bi-lingual guide. IMO they are one of the best ways to begin to get aquainted with an area of Paris, its history, geography and what is there. There are two walks for the Marais, I and II and both are interesting. They do not do every walk every day so if any of them looks interesting you must plan ahead for the appropriate day and morning or afternoon. I usually bring a pad and pencil to jot down interesting places that I might want to return to, and if I see a nice cafe, I grab one of their cards as we pass by. The walk in Hemingway's Paris is also very good.

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Mar 2nd, 2007, 07:26 AM
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can someone give me the address of this apt. on Rue Saintonge. Thanks.
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 09:16 AM
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Hi fishee,

I'm working away on the trip report and have a lot of photos to go edit. I'll try to post the report in the next couple of weeks.

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Mar 2nd, 2007, 01:47 PM
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just teasing, anselm!

i'm not usually a trip report writer --i'm too wordy. welcome home, sure your family had a lovely time.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 04:41 AM
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A million thanx to all-this thread is printed and in my carry on to reread during the flight. Thanx Fishee and Anselm for the familiar details and the reassurance since you both stayed in same apartment/area. Guy emailed- they will be going to Gran Canarie the week we are there, Ilana will be our host. Anselm, yes! we love oysters and mussells, and I really love fresh seafood markets (like back home,(Philippines). I wish your trip report was ready.
Peter- the apartment is vrbo 28993, 25 rue de Saintonge 75003. Fishee has a very nice trip report and pix of the apartment and the area.
Thanx all, we are packed, ready (I think), Delta flight leaves tomorrow at 6PM.
Willee anad Erlinda
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 04:48 AM
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Anselm, What was the weather like? 10 day forecast says showers/50s daily. Do we need cold and warm weather clothes?
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 05:50 AM
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Erlinda, Ilana met me when I arrived and showed me around the apartment. She is very, very kind. (By the way, when she buzzes you into the lobby, she has to call the elevator to her floor and then send it back down for you, so be patient, it will come down to the ground floor.)

The weather was all over the place. I was in Paris from the 7th of February to the 24th and then again on the evening of the 27th. There were days when it went down as low as 4 or 5 Celsius and one day when it went up to 18 Celsius. I'd say about 10 Celsius would be about the average and that is about 50F. I usually wore my woolen pea coat and a light cotton sweater. There were days when I wished I had brought a light jacket instead of the pea coat. Lots of rain for the first eight days and then mostly sun and broken cloud for the rest of it. I suspect you'll encounter even warmer weather.

I hope you and Willee have a wonderful trip. Safe travels.

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Mar 3rd, 2007, 05:53 AM
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Oh, one other thing, in case you are concerned about it: I walked back to the apartment as late as 1 am and felt very comfortable in that neighbourhood.

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Mar 3rd, 2007, 02:56 PM
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Anselm,You are very kind to share all these important info. Thank you.
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