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Paris Trip Report - Monet, Mittens and Mulled Wine

Paris Trip Report - Monet, Mittens and Mulled Wine

Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:29 PM
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thanks amy.

the question is, do i keep my reservation at le cinq [for 1pm] or jetison it?

decisions, decisions.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:07 PM
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Marmottan doesn't open until 11. That'd be tough to see that and make it to le cinq, unless it is very nearby the Marmottan. Does that help? ;-)
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 09:33 AM
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yes, and no, amy.

le cinq [the restaurant of the George V] is back near the grand palais. I'd love to go there, but I don't think that it works with the time-scales we've got. Rats!
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 10:48 AM
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Bugger. Will they take you as late as 2:00? That'd give you wiggle room.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:04 PM
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possibly. I will have to e-mail them to find out.

part of the problem is that I am not familiar with that part of the metro and how long it'll take to get back to the centre. also, do I want possibly to spoil our enjoyment of the exhibition by keeping an eye on my watch?

thanks for your thoughts, Amy!
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:12 PM
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annhig; Le Cinq is such an experience...photos are in my TR (Christmas in Paris was fantastic)of the restaurant and the food! We went Christmas Day and it was decadent with incredible service. It is really not far from the Grand Palais use the George V metro stop right on the Champs Elysee...walk a few blocks and the Four Seasons is on the right.
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:26 PM
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hi denise - thanks. your was one of the threads that encouraged my to give it a go.

if we decided against it, was there anywhere else comparable in the same area that would take us later on - I think that you mentioned having brunch somewhere?
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Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Ann, I know, it's a tough call. I agree on not wanting to feel rushed. The big difference about the Marmottan is the little details, which I wanted to stand and absorb, not breeze by like you could some of the larger works. I'm not sure where exactly the restaurant is, but maybe you could take a taxi to save time?
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Jan 4th, 2011, 06:38 AM
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Wonderful report! Makes me want to jump on a plane.
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Jan 4th, 2011, 03:14 PM
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amyb, I've looked at the metro map, and it's actually just a few stops back on line 9 with no changes from la muette to the FR Roosevelt station and an easy walk from there.

so I have e-mailed the restaurant to ask to change the reservation to 1.30. hopefully if we're a bit late it won't matter very much.

now I've got to do the most difficult thing of all - get DH into a jacket!
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Jan 4th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Sounds like a plan, ann! I hope the jacket is the hardest part! Please let me know how you make out, I'll be looking for a TR or something!
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Jan 5th, 2011, 09:52 AM
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I'll try, Amy.
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Jan 5th, 2011, 09:58 AM
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ps - if we manage to cram all things monet into the sunday, any suggestions for what to do on the monday morning? we have to be back at the gare du nord by about 3pm.

monday is not a great day for museums - I suppose we could go shopping!
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Jan 5th, 2011, 10:31 AM
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Annhig: The Jacquemart-André Museum is open Mondays and delightfully "up-close and personal". You could visit and even have lunch in its tea salon and still make it to the Gare du Nord sans soucis. (Can you tell I'm not much of a shopper?!)
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Jan 5th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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klondike, thanks for the recommendation. it looks good.

i have also discovered that, continuing the impressionist theme, the Orangerie is open on a Monday. it may depend how energetic we are feeling!

I'm not much of a shopper either, in fact I like it less and less the older I get, but les grands magasins are terrific for window shopping.
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Jan 5th, 2011, 05:24 PM
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I am soooo sorry I opened this thread and read about the Monet exhibit. I would love to go but it is just not in the cards for this month. Thanks for the detailed review.
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Jan 6th, 2011, 09:26 AM
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Ann, I highly suggest that Hockney exhibit at the Pierre Berge/Yves St. Laurent Foundation. It is right off the Alma metro stop. It was truly fascinating (and I'm not a fan of contemporary art)! It's running through the end of January.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 03:08 PM
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amy - sadly i missed your last reply so we missed the hockney. we did get to see the monet at the grand palais [terrific] and the marmottan [also very good] AND to have lunch at le cinq. [beyond description].

monday we finally visited la sainte-chapelle, and then walked over to les invalides and back, which helped to walk off that lunch.

FYI folks - if you are desperate to get to see some Monet, go to the Marmottan - there is loads there and far fewer people, so when we arrived at about 4pm on sunday afternoon, we just walked straight in. many, many pictures, especially of water-lillies, some painted when Monet was suffering from the aftermath of cataracts, so his colour perception had changed, giving his paintings a much brighter less "monet-like" look.

if you are still determined to see the grand palais exhibition, you can queue with the "sans cullottes" for the 30 or so tickets they sell on the door every hour. they are threatening to open the doors 24 hours a day towards the end of the run, but I don't know when/if that will start.

if you do go for this, take a book and/or a shooting stick!

amy et al - thanks for all your help and encouragement. TR coming up soon.
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Jan 12th, 2011, 03:17 PM
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Jan 12th, 2011, 05:00 PM
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Ann, so glad you had a nice time and that all the things you had planned for Sunday worked out. I anxiously await your TR, don't forget the food details!!!

The only way I can explain it when comparing the two exhibitions is like this: the Grand Palais gave me the "wow" of Monet, the Marmottan made him human. His palettes, his glasses and the one completed sketch and sketch books along with the photographs all put a man to the work. Like I said, the Marmottan emptied their attic for this; I'd been several times before and saw things I never had.
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