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Paris Trip Report - Monet, Mittens and Mulled Wine

Paris Trip Report - Monet, Mittens and Mulled Wine

Dec 16th, 2010, 01:56 PM
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Thank you for the great trip report, enjoyed it so much. I may have to borrow your report the next time someone asks me about the Monet exhibit I saw in October....promise to give you full credit for it.

I live in Chicago and have taken several 3 day trips to Paris. Sleep during the 7/8 hour flight there, run around for 3 days, watch a bunch of movies and nap on the 8/9 hour return flight and get home in time to do laundry and get to bed early. No jet lag and I'm never up that early in Paris anyway, especially after red wine!
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Dec 16th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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Enjoyed your report Amy!

Pat in chicago - I am midwest also - I should try your method!! Sounds doable and fantastic!
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Dec 16th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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Enjoyed your report Amy!

Pat in chicago - I am midwest also - I should try your method!! Sounds doable and fantastic!
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Dec 17th, 2010, 09:46 AM
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great report - we too were part of the "Monet marathon" in Grand palais.... it was worth every moment of the "race"!!!!
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Dec 17th, 2010, 08:27 PM
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I'm a white wine drinker and it still sounds too frantic for me---but 3 days----YIKES! you must be on more than just wine.
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Dec 18th, 2010, 11:11 AM
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As a fellow admirer of Monet and of Christmas markets - especially the mulled wine - I enjoyed reading your report very much. A pity I missed seeing this exhibition...
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Dec 18th, 2010, 12:54 PM
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thanks Amy for your comments. I think that we may concentrate on the grand palais, as we are hoping to have lunch at le cinq afterwards, and it might be a bit much to fit a visit out to the marmottan as well as all that.

one thing we've never seen is les invalides so we might wander across the seine to look at that, after lunch.
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Dec 18th, 2010, 02:16 PM
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Ann, probably a good idea. You will enjoy it if you're not rushed and just soak it all in! ;-)

TPAYT, interesting you feel 4 exhibitions (2 very small) over three days is frantic. We found it relaxing! I'd take 3 days in Paris over none at all any day!

Photos are here...hopefully there are some you hadn't seen from others yet! http://tinyurl.com/2cf3lzw
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Dec 18th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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I didn't mean the 4 exhibits, I meant traveling that far for just 3 days as being frantic including jet lag. More power to you that you can do it.

Great photos---loved the Louis V. window and your underneath the Eiffel Tower photos.
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Dec 18th, 2010, 05:26 PM
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Amy...

Great pictures...makes me want to buy a plane ticket right now and see the city decorated for Christmas.
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Dec 19th, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Thanks for an interesting and well-organized report.

I saw the Monet exhibit in September and it wow'ed me. But now you've made me want to return to the Marmottan! It's such a different experience than the large museums.

I salute your bravery for attempting the "grand magasins" during holiday season. I hope the pics were worth the crush of the crowds.

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Dec 20th, 2010, 09:42 PM
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I would suggest that if you are visiting the Marmottan, you allow time to wander a bit in the lovely residential area surrounding it.
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Dec 21st, 2010, 03:05 AM
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Glad to hear about your trip. Thanks for this wonderful trip report Amy.
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Dec 21st, 2010, 05:55 AM
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For those who haven't made it to the Grand Palais and think it's sold out, keep an eye open. My DS just read that they got a permit to be open 24 hours for the last 4 days or so, so more tickets for overnight visits will be on sale (if they haven't already)!
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Dec 21st, 2010, 11:56 AM
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Nice pix and report...makes we want to go back...as soon as possible...but I'm really jealous of the $500 air fare. If they had that fare from Philadelphia, we'd go in a second.

We got a $404 fare back in May 2009 (nonstop from PHL), and like you, had to go as soon as we spotted it, but, unfortunately, haven't seen anything close to that since -- mostly $750 or so. (The dollar is pretty strong now, though.)

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Dec 21st, 2010, 02:36 PM
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Dec 21st, 2010, 03:19 PM
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Thank you for such a wonderful report and timely as well as my boarding pass is printed and soon we shall be in Paris!

I'm glad to hear of the lines at the Grand Palais moving quickly as we weren't able to score tickets. Unfortunately, I think the holidays will prove to be more difficult.
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Dec 22nd, 2010, 06:26 AM
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Good luck, BeachGirl, I look forward to hearing about your trip!
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Jan 1st, 2011, 12:49 PM
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hi again, amy,

just making the final researches for our trip next weekend, and see that they are now selling advance tickets for the Marmottan too, implying that that too may sell out. do you think that it likely?

My current plan is to go to the Marmottan on sunday am, have lunch, [any idea where? - anywhere good near the Marmottan or shoudl we had back into central paris?] then go to the grand palais in the afternoon/evening - it's open until 10pm, so we should have long enough to do both!

incidentally, they are now showing that "sesame" tickets for the grand palais are unavailable, as well as the ordinary ones. thank goodness i bought ours before Christmas! presumably they will issue more after the monet exhibition has closed.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:08 PM
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Hi ann, I think in your situation I would buy ahead for the Marmottan. We got there for the opening on Saturday morning and there was no line and when we left there was no line but the museum was quite full, but who knows what will happen a month later. My preference is to be safe not sorry.

We ate at one of the cafes at Trocadero, but it was on our way to our next stop at Pont Alma down the street. There were some restaurants near the Grand Palais itself (the entrance to the Monet exhibit is on the "back", not the front of the palace, and there were some near there) and there are some cafes and restaurants near the La Muette metro stop near the Marmottan, but I haven't eaten at any of them, but they did not appear to be full in any event.

I still haven't heard for sure but my sister read that they were going to open Monet 24 hours a day for the last week of the exhibition, which will probably catch any stragglers who hadn't made it yet. Very interesting that they stopped selling the sesame tickets; that ended up being a big money maker for them!
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