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Feb 20th, 2008, 10:52 AM
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Feb 20th, 2008, 10:53 AM
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I love the way, when we asked for salt & pepper for a deli salad, the clerk said "NON, eet's een thayre" but then when my husband boards the bus w/ his walking stick, people practically push him into their seat rather than leave him standing.
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Feb 20th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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1.the Eiffel Tower and the Seine at night
2. the architecture - particularly the Louvre and the bridges.
3. the restaurants where a meal lasts for hours -- from the amuse bouche and the aperitif to the gourmandises with coffee
4. the cheese - eat all you can!!
5. Sainte Chappelle - breathtakingly beautiful
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Feb 20th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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I went to Paris for the first time last April...I fell in love from the minute we stepped out of the airport. All of these lovely thoughts have made me even more determined to spend my 30th birthday there next year!
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Feb 20th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Balletgirl reminded me of another..... mass at Sacre Couer. Friday afternoon at 3pm, we just happened to wander in as mass began. Doesn't matter if you are Catholic or not, it was beautiful, with nuns in full length white habits singing the responses.
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Feb 20th, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Hot Chocolate on a cold night at Cafe Flore!!!

Crepe fromage from a street vendor stall

Crepe Nutell from a street vendor

Jogging/strolling in the Luxembourg gardens

The way the city takes my breath away EVERY time I visit !!!
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Feb 21st, 2008, 01:00 AM
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1. I love the mornings. Standing by the windows of our 5th floor apartment and watching everything come to life.
2.Walking anywhere without a major plan.Following the Seine from the Eiffel Tower down to the Notre Dame.
3. All the Museums,Churches and Galleries,especially the Musee d'Orsay(those magnificent Monets) and the Musee Rodin.The Sacre Coeur and Sainte Chapelle.
4. The food,wine and cheese.
5. The architecture,facades,roof lines,colours of buildings,statues,
beautiful gates and fencing,window designs..everything really!
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Feb 21st, 2008, 03:10 AM
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Pain au chocolat evere morning from a different boulangerie-pâtisserie.

Buying some other pastry to try during the day - macarons, tarts, cakes. Or a chocolate bar.

Roaming the streets, preferably of out of the way, untouristy neighbourhoods.

Le Musée National du Moyen-Age

Parks - Bercy, André Citröen, Sainte-Perrine, La promenade plantée
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Feb 21st, 2008, 05:15 AM
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Thanks, everyone, for a beautiful thread. I live in Paris. Sometimes we all need to be reminded not to take things for granted.

Again, merci mille fois.
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Feb 21st, 2008, 09:04 AM
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FIVE!!!
That's like asking a mother to choose of her many children!!!
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Feb 21st, 2008, 10:33 AM
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cigale -

Beautiful! That's sort of what I was thinking when I first read it. I love reading this thread. It's like hearing the neighbors talk about how wonderful your children are.
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Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:05 AM
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I recently read Paul LaFarge's novel "Haussmann or The Distinction", and am following it with a big biography of Georges-Eugene Haussmann, Napoleon III's Prefect of the Seine, who executed the huge public works projects of the 1850s-60s. I will never see Paris through the same eyes. So next time I imagine my top Parisian pleasure may be re-knowing her ...
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Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:20 AM
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To all of you who mentioned St. Chappelle------we were there in Sept.'07 and the main front windows were out for restoration kind of a letdown). Are they back?
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Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:27 AM
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Only been there once; returning in a month. Looking forward to (among so many other things!):

Picnic on the lawn in front of Sacre Coeur (avec tout Paris, il me semble)

Real croissants

Wandering around Montmarte, the Seine, the Latin Quarter, and wherever my feet lead me

Being able to rely on the Metro to get me where I want to go quickly and easily

Being able to see something really beautiful, no matter where I am.

Can't wait!

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Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Browsing in the bookstalls along the Seine.

The overall ambiance.

The architecture.

The Marche aux Fleurs and Sunday bird market on the Ile de la Cite.

Just being there.
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Feb 22nd, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Love this thread...I'll be in Paris in September. I haven't been in 20 years, so I am looking forward to experiencing many of the pleasures listed here!
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 02:04 AM
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Bookmarking.

I've a long weekend in April for a wedding.
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:15 AM
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I cannot wait to return 10 April. Reading this makes me "homesick" for Paris.

1. The smells. A great mix of perfume, people, cigarette smoke, bread baking, fromage and flowers.

2. Strolling the streets, just turning corners. I absolutely love just walking around, espcially in crowds.

3. Cafe creme at great leisure to start my day.

4. Shop windows. The very great variety of "things" to see there. I never ever get bored looking in shop windows in Paris.

5. People watching. Amazing.

I was in Paris during the last transport strike. My son asked me if I wanted to just come to Maui early due to the strike. He just cannot comprehend I need nothing "to do" in Paris. I am happy happy just walking from my apartment to Monoprix.




















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Feb 23rd, 2008, 05:31 AM
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