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Such a thing as a "Man's Man" enjoying Paris?

Such a thing as a "Man's Man" enjoying Paris?

Mar 3rd, 2007, 08:08 AM
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Take him up to the bar at the top of the Montparnasse tower for a drink. I don't think anyone could fail to be amazed at the sight of tout Paris spread out before you.

Take him to the Jacquemart-André museum for Sunday brunch and then go for a brisk walk in the Parc Monceau.

Take the RER out to Chatou and the Ile des Impressionistes and have lunch at the Maison Fournaise, where Renoir painted Luncheon of the boating Party. Take a hike around the island.

Go to Auvers-sur-Oise with him (also on the RER) and hike all over town exploring the various Van Gogh sites. Visit the wonderful museum in the Château there and learn about the Impressionist movement and how to drink absinthe.

And yes, give him a guidebook and find out what HE'd like to do, then do it.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 08:32 AM
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If all else fails and he isn't impressed with Paris after a few days, you may want to break up the trip and take a day tour.
I have done numerous day tours via TGV/train and been back in Paris by late evening. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Tours or elsewhere in the Loire Valley. Take in a Chateau or a wine tour. You can book them right at a booth in the Tours train station.
2. La Rochelle is a nice town along the coast.
3. Mt. St. Michele and Brittany Coast.
4. Normandy and the U.S. Cemetary
5. Epernay or Reims for a bubbly tour.
6. Alsace region(if the new TGV line is open when you go) I have done this in a day but via the regular train that takes 4 hours one way. Can't wait for the TGV line to open.
7. One of numerous small villages that have been well preserved for centuries.
I prefer to do it on my own via train but there are a few tour companies in Paris offering one day trips.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 09:14 AM
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Wehearttravel, I completely understand your situation. If my husband had his way, we would be staying here:

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Mar 3rd, 2007, 09:29 AM
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Oh this makes me chuckle. My husband is also NOT a city person...and I guess he could be called a "Man's Man". Since Paris was my choice for our 25th anniversary trip, I was a little concerned but he LOVED Paris. Good suggestions on Napoleon's tomb and the War museum. It was a hit. The other thing that intrigued him were the riot police squads out in full force during last March's demonstrations. A line of about 30 police in full riot gear lined up as we were walking along the street. He was sure if we just stayed and watched we would see some action. I'm like...excuse me but can we get the HECK out of here? We're going back in April.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 09:48 AM
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Well- Hemingway seemed to - even thouth there was nothing for him to shoot.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 09:54 AM
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Hold it now. Let me get this straight. Is the implication of all this that if I love Paris, enjoy museums, covet walks through parks with my wife, enjoy romantic dinners with the one I love, look forward spending time shopping, share a glass of wine in a cafe... then I am not a man's man????
There is something wrong with this picture.
So you mean I've got to burp, swear,spit, fart and be a complete ignoramous and impatient and not enjoy anything cultural.
So now you tell me. No wonder I never got to date the cheerleaders in high school or invited to join the fraternities.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 10:05 AM
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But Robjame (commenting entirely theoretically, of course, not suggesting action), I'll bet if you called those cheerleaders now, from Paris, and asked for a date you'd have MUCH more luck.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 10:51 AM
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I've had several friends like this. And not only about Paris, but also any other destination that involves a long flight and a bit of the unknown.

They just don't know what they don't know.

Most now plan a European trip or two every year now. Don't be surprised if your husband suggests going back after you return home.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 11:19 AM
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"So you mean I've got to burp, swear,spit, fart and be ...."
I don't know if that is a a description of a man' man or just a jerk.
Some people just love the outdoors ;
it does not mean the don't read, enjoy art, architecture, good restaurants and
beautiful sights.
Mar 3rd, 2007, 11:32 AM
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My first trip to Paris was about 10 years ago and I was not all that excited to see the city, but after about 10 minutes being there, "Je suis fou de Paris!" I have been back 6 times.

I did the boat trip on the river, glad it did it but would not do it again. I think I liked it the day I did because my feet were tired from walking.

There is just so much to do in that city. Let him help with the planning.

Bon Voyage!
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 01:49 PM
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I second the suggestion of walking along the Canal St. Martin. I can see my not loving cities husband chatting up those fellows!
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 05:33 PM
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Paris Walks http://tinyurl.com/dn6fo
offers a Sunday guided walk about Paris During the Occupation. I am thinking of taking it myself, even though I enjoy being a girl.
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I don't even really understand the premise here. Somehow not liking city and liking beaches is translated into being a "man's man". I don't get the connection, some women don't like big cities and enjoy the outdoors and beaches, also. And then being a "man's man" is related to liking war and the military. This is such sexism , I can't believe it, and such a weird train of thought. I know many very masculine men who like cities.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 07:09 PM
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I always assumed a "man's man" was one who preferred other men. NO?
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 07:15 PM
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LOl, Patrick D'Accord!
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 07:15 PM
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Well, that was certainly my first thought, Patrick.

Though I re-read it a couple of times and I GUESS what she was saying was that her husband is an "outdoors type" and not a lover of art and culture. öutdoorsy" somehow being equated with "a man's man," and Paris somehow being equated with things feminine.

This is too much like the Dressing for Dinner in Italy thread in some ways, with stereotypes galore.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 07:22 PM
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wehearttravel. Before I was married, I had a boyfriend who was straight. I designed my clothes and he sewed them.
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wehearttravel, I have the perfect solution: I will be your traveling companion to Paris. While you and I are crusing the Seine, enjoying wine, cheese, and crusty bread, we'll send the guys on a fishing trip together.


Actually my fisherman husband liked Paris once he gave it a chance. Good luck.
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Mar 3rd, 2007, 07:38 PM
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I told my husband about your post during our walk today since I had written about his visit to Paris.

His reaction was that the honeymoon is for both of you, not for one to win what she wanted and the other to have to go along. But he then said that he might be old fashioned, but as long as the trip included enough time in the hotel every day, he would have enjoyed our honeymoon anywhere!

He suggested that you combine what you want to do (what you think is romantic in Paris) with what he would like to do (ask him). Otherwise, don't expect him to enjoy it as much as you will because it isn't what he wants to do.

His reminders to me about Paris last May/June--

He enjoyed the parks during the week, but found them too crowded on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Good people watching, though.

He didn't know about the Eiffel Tower lights--I just told him I wanted to see the tower lit at night, so we took the Metro over and I chose a bench to sit awhile to the top of the hour. It was a great surprise and we both enjoyed it.

He didn't like the crowds and aimless wandering along the Champs Elysees, but he did like sitting at the Arc watching the traffic and the traffic cops. Quite a show.

He wanted to avoid the artists and tourist near Montmartre, so we walked up the "back way". He hasn't wanted to see a red light district since his time in the Army.

One thing I can't help you with is if you husband doesn't like museums. My husband knows a lot more than I about music and art, so he wanted to spend lots of time in museums--I was the one who had to limit the number and length of visits to save my poor feet.

Congratulations on your wedding.
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There's the beach by the Seine set up every summer.
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