Need some advice for Paris

Nov 24th, 2006, 07:02 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4
Need some advice for Paris

My 17 yr. old son, 25 yr. old son and daughter-in-law are coming with me to Paris and Rome for the holidays. We arrive in Paris at CDG around 10:00 am and leave at Orly around 5o pm. With so little time, I was thinking of hiring a shuttle to pick us (and our luggage) up at the airport, show us a little of the city and dropping us off at Orly. Any suggestions for shuttle or private tour services?

Then we return to Paris for Dec. 30 & 31. Any suggestions for New Years Eve in Paris?
terrilb is offline  
Nov 25th, 2006, 04:31 AM
  #2  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,166
Hi T,

>Any suggestions for shuttle or private tour services?

Try www.beeshuttle.com, www.paris-blue-airport-shuttle.fr and www.parishuttle.com

>Any suggestions for New Years Eve in Paris?<

You do have your hotel reservations, yes?

ira is offline  
Nov 25th, 2006, 06:51 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 74
Depending on what it was you wanted to see, another idea would be to take the Metro/RER from CDG to Chatelet/Les Halles. This would put you directly at the city center. There are a few hotels right in this area, and I bet one of them might let you 'check-in' your bags in their storage area, even though you aren't staying there - for free, or a small charge (I would call ahead to make sure - the Novatel Les Halles was a very nice hotel near this station that seemed like they would accommodate this).

From this station, you are in fairly short walking distance to Notre Dame, or hop back on the Metro to many other places quickly. When you're ready to leave, just get your bags and head back to the same train station to get to Orly.

Just a thought to consider if a private transfer ends up being too expensive.
KrunkoDallas is offline  
Nov 25th, 2006, 08:02 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4
Thanks. And yes, we are staying at the Abbatial Saint Germain.
terrilb is offline  
Nov 26th, 2006, 04:58 AM
  #5  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,166
Hi T,

For restaurants near your hotel, try

Brasserie Lipp 151 Bld St.Germain

Restaurant Vagenende 142 Boulevard St. Germain (331) 43 26 68 18 Métro: Odéon Open 12 noon ‘til 1 a.m.

(One of my Lady Wife's favorites)

ira is offline  
Nov 26th, 2006, 11:04 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,995
Ira, I've never heard of restaurant Vagenende; can you tell a bit about it? Is it east of Boul' Mich?

Forgive if I'm highjacking this post but my question doesn't seem to warrant a post of its own. Merci!
grandmere is offline  
Nov 26th, 2006, 11:25 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,357
www.vagenende.fr
142, db St-Germain
gracejoan3 is offline  
Nov 26th, 2006, 08:59 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4
Thanks for the recommendation Ira. I called and made New Year's Eve reservations at Restaurant Vagenende. They were very accommodating. We arrive at Paris around 10 a.m. and don't need to check in until after 4 p.m. I know that doesn't leave a lot of time, but too much to hang out at an airport. My younger son and I have been to Paris about almost two years ago. He and I really enjoyed our time. We had a week and it was not enough to see all of Paris. I only want to make one or two stops that day and did not want to spend a lot of time lugging luggage around.
terrilb is offline  
Nov 27th, 2006, 04:41 AM
  #9  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,166
You are welcome, T.

Hi grandmere

>Ira, I've never heard of restaurant Vagenende; can you tell a bit about it? Is it east of Boul' Mich?<

You can locate it and see pix at www.pagesjaunes.fr as well as at it's website.

It is very Belle Epoque.

You might want to be in the back room with the stained glass ceiling.

ira is offline  
Nov 27th, 2006, 05:03 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,127
Grandmere, I don't know if it was a bad night, but two of us ordered Vagenende's prix fixe dinner menus, and I hated my meal. The chicken I ordered consisted of the bony pieces without much meat on them. For myself, eating at Vagenende was unmemorable for the meal but the restaurant itself was pretty as it still has the Belle Epoque decor.
francophile03 is offline  
Nov 27th, 2006, 05:06 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 21,940
That restaurant has been mentioned here before; it gets very poor food ratings from the Zagat guide..if that means anything to you.
ekscrunchy is offline  
Nov 27th, 2006, 05:44 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 317
Sorry for butting in on this post also but does anyone have restaurant suggestion with good reviews for Christmas day near hotel Brighton.
jelane is offline  
Nov 27th, 2006, 03:01 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,995
I've walked by this restaurant every trip to Paris and didn't realize what it was called or if it was considered to be good, etc. Merci!
grandmere is offline  
Nov 27th, 2006, 03:48 PM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,247
We've walked by Vagenede for the last 20 years and always had a laugh at the name...dirty minds! But we tried it a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised..the food, service,atmosphere and price were very good. My DH had the salmon and I had the daily special of lamb, nothing over the top but very tasty.!

Whatever you do ..skip Leon of Brussels..the worst mussels we've ever had ..anywhere!
jody is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:01 AM.