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Paris in November: A Thanksgiving Trip Report

Paris in November: A Thanksgiving Trip Report

Dec 21st, 2015, 12:36 PM
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It does sound like we were there at the same time. Maybe we passed each other on the street -- I think I recall someone singing, "aux Champs-Elysees....aux Champs-Elysees" Actually we didn't have such great weather the first 4-5 days-lots of rainy, sometimes hard, drizzly, gray weather. Friends said it had been really nice before we got therre. It got better as the days went by, so you got the good stuff!

The l'Orangerie is one of my favorite musuems. I could sit and look at the paintings forever. And yes, the collection downstairs ia quite something. Did you see the Woman Photographers? It was half of the exhbition with the other half at D'Orsay. The exhibit at the Grand Palais, Elisabeth Vigee le Brun was very interesting. Apparently it was the first time she hadher own exhibitiion. It was crowded with mostly french people, but we did not have to wait in line. When we left a little line had formed. Did you also check out Picasso mania there? Lots of paintngs I had never seen.
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Dec 21st, 2015, 06:33 PM
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Merci for reporting.
I am missing Paris a little less now that I am walking along side you.
The best way to be in Paris I think is without a big agenda.

I too will take note of the vegaterian restaurants.
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Dec 22nd, 2015, 02:45 AM
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You just described the seats I had at the Opera as a poor student many years ago! Too funny. And I probably would do it again if I was in serious frugality mode, except that my neck is now almost 30 years older. ;-)

Wonderful report.
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Dec 22nd, 2015, 04:04 AM
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Nice report.
We also probably saw each others, as I was there at the same time.
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Dec 22nd, 2015, 12:19 PM
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Am so enjoying Paris with you. Have never been, but this is how I'd like to experience it.
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Dec 22nd, 2015, 01:27 PM
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Very nice report, I'm enjoying following you around through Paris.
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Dec 22nd, 2015, 05:23 PM
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I, too, am enjoying your report and looking forward to more. I am now craving a millefeuille, one of my favorite patisseries!
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Dec 24th, 2015, 02:46 AM
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I love your report and don't even like pastries, macarons, teas, or hot chocolate!

Good writing!

But was your 5th floor apartment a walkup?
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Dec 31st, 2015, 06:42 AM
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Hello, sorry for the holiday absence!

Ackislander, the apartment was indeed a walk-up, I think on the 5th floor. I prefer walk-ups as an easy way to kill some calories, but it is a consideration for anyone with mobility issues.

Yestravel, I'm sure we crossed paths while there - and pariswat, too! Kerouac, I was in the center so probably not your neck of the woods. I actually find that information about Laduree very interesting - I was convinced it was a Belle Epoque creation. They did a wonderful job!

Yestravel, I am neither a photography nor Picasso fan, so I'm afraid I skipped both of those. But yes, that was the first solo exhibition of Vigee le Brun in France ever, and it was a good one.
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Dec 31st, 2015, 06:46 AM
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Day 4, Saturday

I didn’t take any notes or write a diary entry on Saturday. Oops! But from pics and memory, I can reconstruct what I did….

I visited the Jacquemart-Andre museum, for one thing, which was wonderful. It’s a mansion-turned-museum, and the period rooms are as spectacular as Versailles. The robber barons lived like royalty. The Jacquemart-Andres amassed a huge art collection to fill their beautiful house, including a spectacular fresco imported whole from Venice, and placed at the top of the house’s famous, stunning double-staircase: http://francedailyphoto.com/wp-conte...otographes.jpg I highly recommend visiting!

One tip – I found that for many museums in France (and the Netherlands too), you can download free audio tour apps onto your phone. Sometimes this saves money so you don’t have to rent an audio guide.

That day I also carried out my own chocolate-tasting tour. I put together a Google map to guide me to some of the most highly-rated chocolatiers on the left bank, and picked up a truffle from each one: https://goo.gl/maps/ppt6menjxzx (the rue Visconti address was where I stayed, so the map starts and ends there)

(That map doesn’t include the shop names but you can google the addresses to find out which is which [Pierre Herme, Patrick Roger, Pierre Marcolini, Jean-Paul Hevin, etc]. Unfortunately when I input the actual chocolaterie names, Google screws up the map [i.e. here: https://goo.gl/maps/anHsTpDheUp])

Saturday night, I went and saw “How to Become Parisian in One Hour,” Olivier Giraud’s comedy show that many on this forum have recommended. It was pretty funny! He did a great job picking on different nationalities and their differences, and was particularly hard (in a loving way) on Parisians! The show is in English and the audience was a mix of lots of foreigners and some French people.

One of the jokes that really got me was when he began to imitate what a tourist does vs. what a Parisian does when walking along the Champs Elysees…. And his exaggerated impersonation of the tourist was someone grinning like a fool and singing “aux Champs-Elysees” to themself as they strolled!
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Dec 31st, 2015, 06:49 AM
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Oh, one more thing - on Saturday I had lunch at Nest Paris, a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant in the 1st arrondissement. I had a classic banh mi sandwich, but vegetarian-style, with tofu, avocado, sprouts, etc etc - it was terrific and hearty.
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