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things you did or saw in Paris when you've already been there many many times

things you did or saw in Paris when you've already been there many many times

May 5th, 2004, 06:56 PM
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19, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Maybe I'm wrong it may have been the stray doll for sale but he's the only repairer that I know of.
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May 5th, 2004, 07:08 PM
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Walk down Rue de la Fontaine in the 16th, where Hector Guimard (of Metro design fame) designed several art nouveau apartment buildings.

Go to the Musée de la Contrefaçon at 16, rue de la Faisanderie, 75116. Showcases authentic objects (like Vuitton luggage, cigars, fine wines, etc.) and their forgeries. Monday, Wednesday: 2-4.30 p.m. / Friday: 9.30 a.m.-12 noon. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
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May 5th, 2004, 07:12 PM
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One of my favorite trips to Paris centered around walks from the hotel to a different restaurant each day for lunch. My only rule was that I had to walk and I never set a schedule. If I came across something I wanted to see or do along the way, I did it. For example, wandering from the hotel (Grande Ecoles in the 5th) to Les Bookinistes in the 6th, I detoured through St. Severin. I found a Michigan children's choir that was singing music that ran from English carols to Black gospel songs. Against the background of Flamboyant Gothic, it was impressive.
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May 5th, 2004, 07:14 PM
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Attend an organ concert at St. Eustache at 2, rue du Jour in the 1st.
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May 5th, 2004, 07:35 PM
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Explore the 2nd. Le Peletier Metro, through the passages to the Place des Victoires [with the statue of Louis IV astride his horse] and then down Rue de Montorgueil, which is a Rue Cler type market street. Get a pastry or some macaroons at Strother. Then down Rue Pierre Lescot [he was one of the architects of the Louvre, I believe]. Have a coffee and do some people watching at Au Pere Tranquille. The big square with the fountain is Place Jaoquim du Bellay. Then perhaps to the Pompidou Center, which is close by.

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May 6th, 2004, 08:53 AM
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Hi flygirl, my 2 favorite things I did on my most recent, 5th trip to Paris was to go to Reims for a day and go through the champagne houses. Very easy by train. We left at 8:30 am and cam home at 6pm. Gorgeous!

The other was to find and visit Chez Robert Electron Libre, the art squat in the Marais which someone else mentioned here also.
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May 6th, 2004, 09:04 AM
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Afternoon cooking class at the Ritz Escoffier.

Paris Mosque and Hamman

Trip up the canal to Parc Villette

Pantheon with the pendulum and the crypts of famous literary and political figures

Parc Citroen

The new national library Biblioteque Francais

Viaduc des Arts.

La Defense.

Sorry for the brevity, i am at work.
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May 6th, 2004, 09:08 AM
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Hire Michael Osman for a day say say "suprise me" He is superb at the wonderful out-of-the-way things as well as making the standards come alive in new ways!
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May 6th, 2004, 09:22 AM
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Hi fly,

Take a hop on/off boat ride on the Batobus. www.batobus.com

Gelato at Amorino, better than Berthillon's ice cream.

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May 6th, 2004, 10:07 AM
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Oh yes, take sfowler's suggestion...hire Michael! You two would be a great team seeing Paris!
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May 6th, 2004, 10:09 AM
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I agree with the passages. This link has a walking itinerary that I wanted to try next solo trip that links up different ones together. The Cadogan Guide also has a great passages tour in the same area (2nd/9th).

Someone else mentioned on a thread a while back (and I might have found it on the Best 100 thread) is to look on a map for the green spaces and then go to them (the places, marches, squares, etc.) & discover & claim them as your own.

I love the Marche St-Catherine, if you haven't been there. It's in the Marais 5 minutes walk from Place des Vosges. It's fun to note the juxtaposition of the vast to the intimate.

I also love the Renaissance Fontaine des Innocents in Les Halles in or around Rue Berger (where I met StCirq last trip before we went to...)

Ile des Impressionistes - I 2nd that one.

Watch the sunset from Montmartre & watch each arrondissement light up consecutively - that sounds pretty cool.

Espace Dali in Montmartre

Follow the expats - if you have any particular favorites, let me know & I can fix you up an itinerary of places they lived, worked, dined (ex. F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso, Modigliani, Josephine Baker, James Joyce, TS Eliot, Anais Nin, Ezra Pound, Dorothy Parker) from this great book I have. I'd be happy to do it for you!

Cour du Rohan in the 6th

Mimi (CigaleChanta) mentioned to me the Maison du Chocolat (Champs Elysees?) to me & THAT sounds very intriguing & Ger mentioned Le Dokhan - a champagne bar in the 16th.

For the morbid/macabre: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Medaille Miraculeuse -140, r. du Bac to see uncorrupted remains of a nun they keep there. This is also very close to the Bon Marché.

And SOMEDAY the Musee de l'Orangerie will be open and we can ALL go see that!! By the time we get to see it'll be an off-the-beaten-path gem!

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May 6th, 2004, 10:51 AM
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< And SOMEDAY the Musee de l'Orangerie will be open and we can ALL go see that!! By the time we get to see it'll be an off-the-beaten-path gem>

Now that's FUNNY \/ \/
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May 6th, 2004, 11:00 AM
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I actually have been to l'Orangerie! it's true. I was a mere pup though.

is that 'dating' me???

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May 6th, 2004, 12:06 PM
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nope, nope, that just means you're lucky, pupgirl!!!

Thanks, Jojo!
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May 6th, 2004, 12:18 PM
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OOPS sorry, Beatchick, got my books mixed up...
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May 6th, 2004, 12:28 PM
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My last trip to Paris was in August 2001 just before the world changed. It was my upteeumth trip there.

I spent a solid day at The Louvre to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed in that place and saw a lot. That day was a feet acher.

I had lunch at the Pre Catalan in the Bois de Boulogne with my daughter. When I asked for the bill (not cheap, I am sure), I found out the elderly gentleman at the adjacent table had paid for us and given me the most wonderful Paris story of all. We had struck up a conversation during our lunch. Who expected that?

I had lunch at Maison La Fournaise (mentioned by others) and sat at Renoir's table with my daughter.

I saw my daughter off back to Germany at Gare du Nord and heard a suitcase being detonated.

A friend took me to lunch at Mariage Freres.

I went to the show at Lapin Agile (recommended only if you speak decent French).

I went to both the Jewish Musem and Picasso Museum and did a day trip to Bruxelles.

I saw a couple of plays. I speak enough French to be able to enjoy that activity. My tickets were bought at the kiosk at Gare Montparnasse (there is another at Opera).

I took the Eurostar to London for the day. In London I saw an exhibit on Catherine the Great, rode the London Eye and went to a play at The National Theatre.

The rest of my time was spent walking around and visiting with friends.

There are still plenty of great things mentioned by all of you that I have not done. There is never time to do it all.

You never exhaust Paris!
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May 6th, 2004, 03:33 PM
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Visit the science museum in Parc Villete. Catch a show at La Geode, the largest IMAX dome theatre ion the world. The introductory sequence is worth the price of admission. Tour L'Argonaut, an actual submarine they have on display there.
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May 6th, 2004, 04:08 PM
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We always go to the market at Place Maubert. It's good for veggies, fruit, food, flowers, cheese, pate, etc. Great fun!
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Metro : Maubert-Mutualite
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May 6th, 2004, 04:20 PM
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I third the suggestion for hiring Micheal, he is fabulous and most anyone would have a great time with him!
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May 26th, 2004, 08:02 AM
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An interesting day trip (actually you can do it in half a day) is the town of Poissy, which lies at the end of one branch of the RER 'A' about 30 mins. from the center of Paris. Overall, the town is pretty bland, but there are several things worth doing.
Here's suggested itinerary...
When the train arrives in Poissy, exit from the FRONT END of the platform (i.e. do not go into the train station), then cross the road, which brings you to the bank of the Seine, and start walking toward your left. You'll pass a lovely old stone bridge -- no longer in use, as it was bombed during WWII -- which figures in a number of Impressionist paintings. Right after this, is the historic restaurant l'Esturgeon (Monet used to dine here, among others). I highly recommend it for a Sat. or Sun. lunch -- excellent food, a beautiful view of the river, and there are actually tree trunks in the dining room! For dessert be sure to try crepes flambeed with Noyau de Poissy, a local liqueur made from apricot pits! Before leaving, take time to look through the scrapbook that the owners have put together on the history of the restaurant and its surroundings. Continue walking down the promenade along the river, until the street dead-ends...then turn left and walk up and across the main road. On the corner is the Collegiale Notre Dame, a beautiful 12th century church. From there you can continue ahead (i.e. with your back still to the Seine) and follow signs up the hill to the Villa Savoy, one of Le Corbusier's most famous buildings. It's open to the public, and if you've opted not to do lunch at L'Esturgeon, you can picnic on the grounds. One of my favorite things about the Villa is an exhibit of correspondence between Le Corbusier and the owners, which begins as an exchange of ideas about the house's design, and ends with the owners, having moved into the house, complaining bitterly about various leaks and other problems ... a reminder that even hiring a world-famous architect is no guarantee that you'll get a dream house! It's a 15-20 min walk up from the river to the Villa, so best to do this when the weather's reasonably good. There are a couple of other things to see in Poissy, including a toy museum and a visit to the distillery where they make Noyau de Poissy, but I've never done either.
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