Paris trip report

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Mar 7th, 2003, 06:55 PM
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In a way the last few days of our trip were the most enlightening in many ways. We had just about “museumed”out. The weather was beautiful. A light weight over shirt or a light jacket was plenty adequate and a blazer for evenings. We planned a trip for some shopping in a few stores while we were there and we had done them all except for one furniture – interiors store the wife wanted to visit. While finding it on the map I realized that we could get within about 4 blocks by taking the metro from near our hotel to Concorde and then changing lines (in some stations this is a lot of walking and see my earlier comment about the stairs). Looking at the map I realized that walking the shortest route we were probably only 8-9 blocks from the store. So we had the most pleasant walk you could imagine to the store only to find it we it’s closed day. We consoled ourselves by going to Bon Marche again where the wife found the wool scarf she had wanted as a souvenir. We then walked on and found another church to visit, a quiet park in the middle of a business district and a quiet lunch on a back-street where we were obviously the only tourist around. The day continued on this vein with us walking, looking at architecture and exploring parks, ice cream shops and stores at random. All in all when we finally ended up back on the other side of the river and too tired to go on we caught the metro home and ate our last evening dinner at the Two Papa’s where we ate the first night and a few other nights as well.
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Mar 7th, 2003, 07:12 PM
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Please stop using the phrase "the wife." It is really quite common.
 
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Mar 7th, 2003, 07:18 PM
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oilrag, your reply is pretty common.
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Mar 7th, 2003, 10:29 PM
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Hi Mike
Thanks for your report its fantastic. I only have a week to spend in France
What would you suggest as being the must sees?
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Mar 8th, 2003, 05:07 AM
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Reading this trip report, makes me wish I were on my way to Paris again!
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Oct 3rd, 2003, 07:16 PM
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These replies are to really old messages but when it tops maybe some of the readers will see it
short one --oilrag I refered to my spouse as the wife becasue she did not want her name used on the internet in case some dipwad wanted to make an issue of some inconsequental comment or remark.
Kadisia -- By all means the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the D'Orsay. Notre Dame (and if you have the energy do not miss the climb to the top of the bell towers, the Sainte Chappell all are the most important to me. However, after that (and the Musee Marmottan if you are an impressionist fan) it will really depend upon your likes and wants. While I enjoyed the sewer tour it would gross out some people and the catacombs might give someone the willies but I loved it. You just have to get a guide book (get several) and read and take notes. My wife and I both made a list of all the places we wanted to see(our top 7 or so were nearly identical) I put them all in a spreadsheet along with things like price, length of time to visit and location. Then, planning on doing a favorite every day, we planned the entire trip around it and printed them out sorted in several ways.
Kate2 and all -- thanks for all of the positive comments.
Also topping for Rene.
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