Paris Trip Report: Mom & Me

May 29th, 2004, 05:48 AM
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Isn't Fannie great at Catherine's! I was just there in March and my sister and I took a picture with her. Her parents and sister are very nice. They have been in business a long time. Fannie has a great nose for what kind of perfume is good on your skin. I have been going back to her for the past 2 years.

As for Angelina's, isn't the hot chocolate awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Glad you and your Mom had a great time. I enjoyed reading what you saw.
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May 29th, 2004, 09:16 AM
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Thanks very much for your detailed trip report. We are planning our first ever trip to Europe (2 40 something parents, our 15 year old daughter and 17 year old son) and are starting our trip in Paris. Your trip report was very helpful!!
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May 29th, 2004, 09:44 AM
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Enjoyed your report, Wifeybug. What a wonderful gift for your mom!
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May 29th, 2004, 10:19 AM
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It sounds like your travel style is very similar to mine. When I'm visiting a city for a week, I like to make one hotel my home base, and take a day trip or two. Its much less hectic than rushing around from hotel to hotel every other day, packing and unpacking, losing valuable time. You also get to know the neighborhood in which you've based, you tend to see the same shopkeepers day to day and it all makes for pleasant memories.
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May 30th, 2004, 12:21 PM
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Loved the report. We leave in a few days and will be staying at the Muguet also. One question regarding breakfasting each day in the room - I read that Hotel Muguet does not allow eating in the room. Was this a problem?
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Jun 1st, 2004, 02:32 PM
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not allow eating in the room? Yikers!
THAT would be a problem for me...
To many Americans at the Muguet for me anyway...
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Jun 5th, 2004, 10:12 PM
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I loved reading your report! How much money did you spend in this trip with your mom? I'm going to Paris for the first time in July.
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Jun 18th, 2004, 11:40 AM
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Jun 18th, 2004, 12:09 PM
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We did not have any problems with breakfasting in our room. In fact, I told the front desk that we had done so when they tried to (erroneously) charge me for 2 breakfasts at the hotel at check out time. One of the ladies on the Muguet staff insisted that she had delivered breakfast to our room at the hotel, which I refuted. Either it was another room, or the people in our room before us. And we certainly had not breakfasted in their patio area downstairs. Ultimately, they apologized and didn't charge me. And they really didn't make a big deal about the fact that I had brought breakfast back to the room for the entire week. Go figure.

If you review my trip report, I think you'll find lots of references to how much I spent for the trip, including airfare, hotel, transportation, and activities. The only things that I wasn't super detailed about were meals and shopping. That's going to depend on your personal preferences. Guidebooks and these message boards may help you to finetune your budget. I think that I took $50US and 200E cash, and only hit the ATM once. I used my credit card whenever possible too. Hope this helps.
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Jul 28th, 2005, 02:03 PM
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 05:29 AM
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H2Babe.......I agree that the inquery as to the total cost of your trip doesnt serve a purpose since most people dont have the same standards and one's total cost can be misleading to another . I find it very useful to know the cost of a restaurant in terms of the cost of dinners (Le Menu) so I would know if restaurants recommended are in my ballpark.Once I get the cost of recommended hotel rooms and restaurants it is easy to get a rough cost of what my trip would be and if it pays to go by the recommendations made.
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 01:02 PM
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Hello Wifeybug:

I absolutely loved hearing your trip report. What a nice vacation for both of you to remember. You put a lot of work and care into making it a very speical time for your mother. I'm sure this is something she will never forget - nor you.

I'm planning on a visit to Paris with my family (husband and 20 yr old daughter). We have reservations at the Hotel Muguet and a couple of other options in the 5th and 6th. I'm still obsessing as to our hotel!

I'm wondering about the area of the hotel. As a 20 year old, do you think the area around the Muguet will seem to quiet for a 20 year old? You walked a lot around the 5th and 6th - do you think that would be more fun for a 20 year old. Is it walkable to the areas in the 5th and 6th from the hotel, or is public transportation necessary

I know this is only your opinion, but would love to hear it.

Thank you
Aug 3rd, 2005, 05:39 PM
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I think your 20 yr. old would like the 5th and 6th better if she is a night owl.
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That's what I've been thinking too. Thanks for your input.
Aug 4th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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The 7th, where the Muguet is located, is a
quieter area. We used the Metro and taxis
to get to the 5th and 6th for meals and shopping. It was very easy to get around. We thought our area was a very charming homebase, and we slept well at night.

The 5th and 6th districts will be livelier for your 20yr old. They're great locations with plenty to do and see. Maybe you compromise by putting your 20 year old where there's more action; but you spend a bit more for a nicer, cozier room for you to retreat to at the end of the day. Hope this helps.
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Aug 4th, 2005, 08:22 PM
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Thank you for your reply. This does pretty much confirm what I was thinking. Now to decide if I change our hotel - or just plan on late nights in the 6th and 7th.
Again, thanks for your trip report.
Aug 9th, 2005, 02:12 PM
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With the advice, we did decide to stay in the 5th at the Hotel Minerve based on recommendations from this site.
Thanks again.

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