Perfect Week in Paris--Part I

Old Mar 29th, 2003, 05:37 PM
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Perfect Week in Paris--Part I

Ron�s Perfect Week in Paris--Part I<BR><BR>Sunday<BR><BR>Arrived CDG late am, hopped a cab. Sunny skies, 60�s, perfect and no rain in the forecast. We were thrilled, since we always seem to bring the rain. Drove along the Seine for a bit, lots of people out and about. Warm reception at our little hotel in the 2nd...lots of cheek kissing. After unpacking we set off and walked through the Passage Jouffroy, planning to have lunch at La Grange Bateliere. It was closed, so we went to Le Grand Cafe...wonderful escargot and a green salad. On the way back, stopped at Le Creperie [Passage de Panoramas] and had a Coupe Amarena [a �coupe� is basically an ice cream sundae]. Needing to gather strength for dinner, we took a nap. Dinner was down the street at Le Vaudeville with two dear friends we had met at the Jules Verne a while back. Arranged to see them for lunch on Thurs. at Chatou. Michel, our favorite waiter, was on duty and he treated us like royalty.<BR><BR>Monday<BR><BR>RER B to Sceaux for a visit to the Chateau and the park, then to St Sulplice via Metro. First time lunch at Chez Maitre Paul, which was outstanding...sausage with potatoes, filet of canette with a wonderful sauce, a kind of apple fritter with ice cream and caramel sauce. Staggering out of the resto, we had a pleasant walk down to the river and crossed at the Pont des Arts. Booksellers open...lots of people taking the sun...just delightful. Looked up at Samartaine, recalling the marvelous view from the roof. Walked through the back of the Louvre, up through the Palais Royale on the way back to the hotel. Dinner that night was at Gallopin. Attractive little place, but nothing to rave about, especially with Le Vaudeville around the corner.<BR><BR>Tuesday<BR><BR>Metro to the Place de l�Alma, walked down Avenue Montaigne...Rue du Faubourg St. Honore, another favorite...past the Madeline...saw an attractive gift in the Fauchon window, found out it cost $700...coffee on the Le Printemps roof deck. Back to the hotel to change for lunch at Le Grand Vefour. Warm welcome at the restaurant. Scallops with melon...fois gras ravoili...cold chicken prepared with coriander...filet of durade...selections from the cheese cart...a totally decadent chocolate mousse creation with caramel ice cream. Beautiful presentations on all of the dishes, attentive service. Made it back to the hotel and collapsed. Skipped dinner, but snuck out late for a Coupe Brazil. <BR><BR>
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Old Mar 29th, 2003, 06:25 PM
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A Coupe Brazil is maybe a coffee-flavored sundae then?<BR><BR>I'm wanting to stop in at Le Grand Cafe - have you tried the raspberry souffle they have there?<BR><BR>Good succinct report, RonZ. Thank you!!
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While it &quot;used to be&quot; (?) an unofficial part of &quot;etiquette&quot; here to stitch posts together so that additional posts (&quot;parts&quot of a trip report could be easily located, and read, in serial fashion - - it now suffices to say that there are two additional parts to this trip report, and that they should be easily locatable for a long time to come by just clicking here:<BR><BR>http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?screen_name=RonZ&amp;fid=2<BR><BR >...which is the same as clicking on RonZ's name.<BR><BR>Best wishes,<BR><BR>Rex<BR>[email protected]<BR>
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Hi Ronz<BR><BR>Love your reports.<BR><BR>What hotel did you stay at in the 2nd - what street was it in?<BR><BR>We are looking to stay in the 2nd, but I still need a little reassurance re the area. <BR><BR>Thanks<BR>Helen
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Helen...<BR><BR>We stay at the Hotel Vivienne, 40 r. Vivienne. Very simple little place. This is pretty much a business district, and there is not a lot of night life.<BR><BR>
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