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SemiMike Oct 4th, 2010 05:41 AM

Paris, once again
So, how many visits does this make – 12? 13? 14? Whatever the total, it’s not large compared to some Fodorites, but it’s big enough so that our visits take on a different character. So, less touring of the iconic sites of the city, and more rambling in other areas, or occasionally doing nothing at all, and just plunking ourselves down, and see what of the city comes to us. Our touring has been informed this trip by two excellent guides: Gilles Desmons’ “Walking Paris,” which we continue to work our way through; and Annabel Simms’ “An Hour From Paris,” which we used for the first time to see Provins. As is our style, it’s all in our phototravelogue at

avalon Oct 4th, 2010 06:09 AM

You sound exactly like us! I was trying to figure out how many times we've been to Paris by counting various hotels but stopped at 18 because I can't recall how many times we stayed at the Danube!

We have nothing big planned for this trip tomorrow except the big Monet exhibit and several dinners with friends. The rest of the time we'll just BE there. Well we are going to Chateau de Monte Christo, near St Germaine en Laye with Michael Osman. My other 2 friends haven't been to St Germain yet but it will be a return visit for us. There's lots to see there so we'll enjoy revisiting it.

Michel_Paris Oct 4th, 2010 06:26 AM

And like me too! 10-11 visits, still working on that pesky, never shrinking, site seeing list

I'm in that zone of "should I, can I, what would it cost, relatives sad if no gifts at xmas" and working on an updated restaurants spreadsheet.

gracejoan3 Oct 4th, 2010 06:40 AM


I stayed at the Danube..way back when, too!! I cannot count the trips, either..I get lost in counting.

Do have an enjoyable trip.

I am leaving 10/31 and will be there til 12/4. I have many people coming and going, so may be doing some tourist things that I do not normally do...which is OK!

I am in the process of making many reservations now. I have had my 3 (yes, 3)dinner reservations for Spring for awhile now. I have different guests to take there. Told Daniel he better be changing the menu for me!!

a bientot...


BeachGirl247 Oct 4th, 2010 06:56 AM

I like your style of travel as that's what we like to do as well -- plunking down and letting the city show herself to us. We are going on trip #3 for Christmas and New Year's. With our love of the city I know there will be many, many more over the coming years. I'm impressed with the number of visits for some of you.

avalon and joan, enjoy your trip!.

Florida1 Oct 4th, 2010 08:48 AM

Fantastic slide show, avalon! I am going to purchase the two books you have listed here so that we are prepared for our next trip to Paris!

The little fried fish looked delicious and the duck burger sounds so good too! (It's lunchtime, I haven't eaten and I'm starving now!)

What company did you use for the tour on the river? That looked like fun!

Florida1 Oct 4th, 2010 08:49 AM

Oh, sorry SemiMike! I was confused and thought avalon wrote this! Thanks again for posting this wonderful report!

kerouac Oct 4th, 2010 09:28 AM

I loved your photos, SemiMike, and most particularly those that I have not already seen 1000 times, to wit the trip on the Marne (which I have not done yet) and your trip to Provins.

And I liked the fact that you came and ate on my street in the 18th, just a few steps from my apartment.

nancy1652 Oct 4th, 2010 12:02 PM

SemiMike, I enjoyed your photos very much. I too was on my 12th or 13th trip at the same time you were there, and in many of the same places. I made some collages of my photos on Kodak but don't know how to post them on Fodors...could you tell me?



SemiMike Oct 4th, 2010 12:38 PM

Thanks all for the comments so far!

Florida1: we used Canauxrama

kerouac: I always enjoy your reports - wish I knew I was so close to home for you, as I would have bought you lunch if I could!

nancy1652: Once you make a Kodak album, click the share button, and send it to your own email. Then, you will receive a URL that you can then forwatd to others

denisea Oct 4th, 2010 01:31 PM

great photos and info...thanks for sharing...we leave 12/20!

seafox Oct 4th, 2010 02:04 PM

we have also lost track... lucky all of us!!!!

TPAYT Oct 4th, 2010 02:21 PM

So glad to see some new sights to add to our list. We're only at 7 so we have a ways to go to catch up.

No matter where else we go in the world, Paris is always on our minds. For me, I feel like I've come home when I'm there.

=D> Great photos!

Mara Oct 4th, 2010 03:51 PM

Great photos, thanks for sharing! I just got the 'Hour from Paris' book today - I think I have the other one somewhere around...
I'm going in less than two months - it will be my 9th trip. Yay!

jenmorg Oct 4th, 2010 04:13 PM

Ta for great photos. I think just walking around Paris is the best way to see the heart of this city though I did like the look of the cruise too. Maybe next time for us.

StCirq Oct 4th, 2010 04:20 PM

What lovely photos, SemiMike. I am enthralled. Thank you so much, and for a captivating narrative as well. It's always such a treat to read well-informed information, and I totally relate to the 15th trip to Paris mentality and loved the out-of-the-mainstream venues.

elsiejune Oct 4th, 2010 04:27 PM

Merci Mike. Very nice photos indeed.

latedaytraveler Oct 4th, 2010 04:38 PM

Merci buttercups,Mike. Great pics and such informative descriptions!

ParisAmsterdam Oct 4th, 2010 04:56 PM

Thanks for the photos Mike... you are a talented
photographer ... I wish I had your eye. I couldn't tear myself away until I'd seen every one.

Seamus Oct 4th, 2010 06:21 PM

Wow - thank you so much!
I am imagining the musician on the boat singing, with a French accent, "It started in Old Forge..."

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