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Jinky Nov 16th, 2012 10:32 AM

I think it would be nice if there was a section here where we could privately exchange info, and meet up for drinks, etc., if we're going to be in the same city. That would really be great.

StCirq Nov 16th, 2012 10:51 AM

Jinky, people here organize GTGs (get-togethers) all over the world, all the time. It doesn't have to be private - heck, if you're going to meet up it won't be anyway.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 16th, 2012 03:39 PM

Who's going to be in Paris at the end of December? Or in early January?

Keiran76 Nov 17th, 2012 09:59 AM

I would just like to chime in to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this link. I am heading to Paris for the first time next week and have learned a vast amount of information. I've also enjoyed the nostalgia...I'm in my mid-thirties and a seasoned traveler by now but I still remember the excitement of taking my first trip abroad (to Peru) in my early twenties..
I am very much looking forward got a trip report from you passionfruit! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures. Enjoy!

janisj Nov 17th, 2012 01:02 PM

passionfruitdrink37: "<i>Who's going to be in Paris at the end of December? Or in early January?</i>"

let me make a suggestion - this thread is approaching 350 posts. Many (most) people won't bother reading the whole thing. If you want to try organizing a GTG(s) - definitely start a new thread. Titled something like "<i><blue>Paris GTG around New Years - any takers?</blue></i>" - or maybe "<i><blue>In Paris Dec. 27 - Jan. 4. GTG?</i></blue>"

Or any wording you want to try. Then Fodorites visiting Paris at that time and those who live there will see your request.

menachem Nov 17th, 2012 02:06 PM

I'll be in Paris much of the second half of december, first half of january.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 18th, 2012 12:56 PM

Oh, another thing, what if I forget my toothbrush or something? I imagine there aren't any "dépanneurs" at every street corner. Are pharmacies the places to go if I need toothpaste and deodorant?
Is alcohol readily available?

Also, the hotel asked for our credit card numbers in case we take anything out of the mini fridge. They have bottles of water, and I don't think I want to pay for that. I assume tap water is fine?

Also when I go to restaurents and cafés, what do I order to eat and drink? I'm not much of a wine connoisseur, so any recommendations?

StCirq Nov 18th, 2012 01:11 PM

There are alimentaires all over Paris (though they're probably scarce in the neighborhood of your hotel). You can always go to Monoprix or Franprix or some other small supermarket. I guess you could find toothpaste and deodorant at a pharmacie, but it would like be more expensive than at some smaller local place.

Tap water is wonderful in Paris. And if you do want bottled water, don't get it from the hotel minibar; get it from a Monoprix or place like that.

I don't think anyone can tell you what to order to eat and drink. We don't know what your tastes are, and there are millions of choices.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 19th, 2012 10:12 AM

There are too many choices, and that's why I'd like some suggestions!
I wouldn't know what to order, I'm quite indecisive. And with a menu totally unfamiliar to me would be a nightmare. What are some of your favorite dishes? Drinks?

kerouac Nov 19th, 2012 11:16 AM

Avenue des Ternes and the surrounding streets present no problem at all for buying forgotten necessities (alcohol & toothbrushes!).

gardendiva Nov 19th, 2012 11:24 AM

Learn the french words for a few items that you like and especially the items that you do not like. You will be fine. When in doubt ask. I found the service staff in all restaurants to be very helpful but knowing the basic french is both helpful and shows that you, at the least, made an effort.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 19th, 2012 11:39 AM

I am not used to French cuisine. There is nothing that I like or do not like. I'm willing to try anything, I'm just looking for some recommendations.

FrenchMystiqueTours Nov 19th, 2012 12:05 PM

You might find this helpful:

kerouac Nov 19th, 2012 12:08 PM

Nah! -- just order at random! Much more exciting!

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 19th, 2012 02:24 PM

Alright then. I guess I'll be ordering randomly!

Jinky Nov 19th, 2012 03:54 PM

Passionfruit - Tell us -

Do you like chicken? - - Poulet

Do you like beef? - - Boeuf

Do you like fish? - - Poisson

Do you like cheese? - - Fromage

This may help as well -

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 19th, 2012 04:14 PM

I keep getting misunderstood, I feel. I'm not asking for how to order, I know how to order a meal. I am asking about what to order. I know what I like, what I don't like.
I'm just asking what have been some french dishes you have enjoyed? Any recommendations as to what I should try? Any particular dishes in particular restaurents you have enjoyed?

StCirq Nov 19th, 2012 06:20 PM

The problem with your request, pfd, is that there a million and one things to order in a French café or restaurant (not to mention all the ethnic pages in Paris, and you haven't stated any preferences at all, so who wants to list things THEY've enjoyed and waste time if maybe you won't like them?) The question is so open-ended as to be impossible to answer.

I like ris de veau, rognons de veau, foie gras, rillettes,escargots, moules, cassoulet, gigot d'agneau, pot au feu, all kinds of charcuterie including oreilles de cochon and saucisson d'any kind, bouillabaise, croques monsieurs and croques madames, galettes, soufflés, pavettes de saumon et autres poissons, tartiflette, choucroute royale, lapéraux, tellines, confits, pommes de terre sarladaises, pissaladière, magret de canard, daube de boeuf, jambon de Bayonne, tomme, cabécou, chèvre, a million other cheeses, huitres, potage St-German, potage à l'onion, blanc mange, macarons, île flottante, tarte à whatever.......

Is this a help? I thought not. And it's only a very small slice of what Paris will offer you. Just go and order something. It doesn't matter what I like to eat - this is your vacation.

And I've only just touched the surface of the possibilities. You're not being misunderstood. Your request is unanswerable.

May I suggest that you stop obsessing? I know it's hard not to when making a first trip to Paris at such a young age, and on a budget, but perhaps the best approach to take is to just go and figure things out as you go. You've got the logistics nailed down - now take a deep breath and relax and enjoy every moment of this exciting journey - don't focus on "what should I order at a café?" We can't have a clue as to how that will turn out, anyway.

menachem Nov 19th, 2012 09:54 PM

There's no shame in going to MacDo either. You can eat anything, on every street corner, and then some.
I always like to eat Vietnamese food though, while I'm in Paris. Of course it was a french colony once, so there are lots of Vietnamese places about. Same goes for Moroccan food and African cuisine.

Monoprix is your friend, also for things to buy for a lunch picknick.

denisea Nov 20th, 2012 03:59 AM's Paris not Pluto. Of course you can find a toothbrush or anything you need.

It's not that you keep getting misunderstood, it doesn't seem like you are doing any research of your own for your trip! Yes, Fodorites are glad to help and make some suggestions but you can't expect Fodorites ti snswer every lquestion for you.

Order what sounds good to you! Ask the server what they recommend, order the delicious looking thing the guy next to you has. Order the special and don't even ask what it is....

It will be fine. You can't and don't want to plan every little thing! Now, relax and go have fun in Paris!

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