palais royal area in paris?

Aug 15th, 2005, 03:40 PM
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palais royal area in paris?

i may be booking an apartment in the palais royal gardens area. can anyone give me information about what that area is like to stay in? is it neighborhoody, safe, friendly? is it perhaps like an area in NYC
(upper east side, upper west side, greenwhich village, financial area)?? please describe what it's like. thanks!!
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Aug 15th, 2005, 03:56 PM
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francophile, i know you can answer this one! help!
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Aug 15th, 2005, 04:50 PM
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bailey, how about you? can you help me with this one? tx!
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Aug 15th, 2005, 04:55 PM
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It's one of the nicest residential areas I've seen -- with plenty of eating options -- assuming you are between the palais royal and the opera are.
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Aug 15th, 2005, 05:27 PM
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Well - it doesn;t look like anything in NYC. but in tone - the better areas of the upper east side would be somewhat similar.
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Aug 15th, 2005, 05:34 PM
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You will be close o the Louvre , Mdeline , Opera area..what more could you want! And you are not that far from St Germain ,Cite, St Louis...comparing to NYC ..upper East side !
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Aug 15th, 2005, 05:56 PM
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I stayed in an apartment in the Palais Royale two years ago and you really couldn't find a better location. I have stayed elsewhere before then and since, but wanted to be ideally located for my 10 y.o. daughter's first visit to Paris. Mind you, it is not a budget location, but you can get just about anywhere with the greatest of ease.

There are many little stores to purchase provisions nearby and the absolutely splendid traiteur Gargantua is a short walk away. The gardens are a lovely place to return home to, but beware the noise of cafes along the interior porticos. Our place was situated very close to a cafe and the lively chatter of diners made sleeping difficult. At midnight, the staff would roll a large cart of silverware and supplies back inside and land it just past the door with a mighty crash. Our solution was to not go to bed 'til the ruckus was over. When in Rome...er...Paris.
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Aug 15th, 2005, 06:56 PM
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This is not really a residental area; mostly commercial and definitely upscale. NYC has nothing like it exactly; upper eastside w/o the "community" feel, if you like. Certainly safe, and near lots of restaurants, bars etc. Go for it! JP
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Aug 16th, 2005, 12:02 AM
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The area around Palais Royal is very nice and chic; the Palais Royal is right next to the Louvre, and very centrally located for transport.

Why do people ask if areas are safe? Of course it's safe. Paris is not a dangerous city. Have U.S. cities become that dangerous?
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Aug 16th, 2005, 08:16 AM
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Hi nr,

Enter the address at www.pagesjane.fr and take a walk around the neighborhood.

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Aug 16th, 2005, 08:29 AM
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"Have U.S. cities become that dangerous?"...
You're kidding, right?...In Jacksonville, we averaged a murder a week last year.

This 2001 article indicates that crime in France is on the rise...
http://www.mcsm.org/french1.html

It's a reasonable question for a first-time visitor to ask.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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thank you travelnut! i thought so too.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 09:36 AM
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Most areas in Central Paris struck me as very safe.

I second Ira's reccommendation of checking our your address and the surrounding neighborhood via the French Yellow Pages:

http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/

Look at the right side of the Home Page where it says, "Photos des ville"

Using that link, you can see a photo of the building your apartment is located in, and take a virtual tour of the neighborhood. It will make you feel a lot more at home when you actually get there if you know what to expect.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 09:43 AM
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I don't think if it as super residential, but it should be nice enough. I wonder if an apt. can be in there (there are antique stores and boutiques).

I think if one is renting an apartment in a very large city that one doesn't know, it is a pretty good idea to find out if the area is safe. All large cities I know have areas that are less safe than others. I don't think Europe is Disneyland exactly with no crime and no bad areas of cities.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 10:51 AM
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it's apparently in a 16th ectury building. anyone know about it?
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Aug 16th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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What is the exact address of the apartment?
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Aug 16th, 2005, 02:06 PM
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i meant 16th century apartment. i don't know the address. perhaps i should get it. tx!
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Aug 17th, 2005, 05:08 AM
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the address is 30 rue de montpensier. i looked on pagesjaunes.fr and i was wondering if the area were safe? didn't look particularly appealing but maybe the pix are deceiving? help please!
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Aug 17th, 2005, 05:15 AM
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It looks fine to me...
1. no graffiti and boarded-up windows
2. small side street, much quieter than busy boulevard
3. looks like it has a theater and some restaurants on it, so won't be deserted
4. close proximity to all the things discussed above
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Aug 17th, 2005, 05:47 AM
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Well, one Martin Margiela boutique is located at 25 bis r. de Montpensier. He's a reclusive Belgian designer. (Supposedly he has never granted a press interview.)

You'll be very close to the Louvre.

I think that this will be pretty quiet at night, but it shouldn't be unsafe. And it's very central, as people have pointed out.
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