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Trip Report: Normandy and Paris

Old Jul 6th, 2007, 04:27 AM
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The Cafe du Trocadero is right there! If you are at the Trocadero, and your back is to the Eifel Tower, it would be at about the 1:00 on a clock. There are lots of cafes on the square. I am unsure if it is Cafe Trocadero or de or du Trocadero. But it is GOOD! I had a salad and ricotta ravioli with pesto and basil sauce. C and MS had veal and pasta. P had steak and frites. Everyone's was excellent. And we had only good restaurants to compare it to. With wine and dessert, P and my share came to 78 euros. This was my third time there, always good. My daughter had been there with her family (5 kids ages 9 to 19) several years ago. Everyone that time gave it a big thumbs up, too.
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Old Jul 6th, 2007, 09:08 AM
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We found Regis and Nicole to be charming. Regis has produced a book his father wrote re: WWII it is quite fascinating. If interested e-mail Nicole for details. Our stay at the chateau was great.

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Old Jul 6th, 2007, 09:10 AM
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 02:45 AM
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Enjoying your travel tales. So what is aloe vera good for then? I'm curious. Was Victor Hugo's place worth the visit? Just got back from Europe last week. Second time trying to find his house but still no success.
We too had a reservation at Le Florimond but I cancelled it that day - we felt like something lighter and closer to our hotel as it was a horrible night. I knew I'd regret it!!
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 06:05 AM
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Aloe Vera- One of the ladies was trying to explain with her hands that it was used for a weight loss program. I do not know if it is put in some sort of drink or what. But she was using her hands to show a very svelte figure! I was not getting it...I only knew aloe vera for cuts and burns. So, she kept doing it over and over. Too, too funny! Of course, they were also pantomiming the cuts and burns part, too. The man was holding an imaginary lighter under his forearm, etc, etc. The whole night was just too much fun!

Sorry you missed Le Florimond. I did not say in the report that when we first went in, sat down, and looked at the menu, we all had the same thought..."Oh, no, what in the world will I ever find to order here?" I do not recall exactly why....maybe we first saw the dreaded words "rognons de veau." And, of course, as I mentioned earlier, I have to order for my husband, too. Not only is he celiac, he is a picky eater. Not a good combination!! But everything we ordered was truly amazing!

Another thing I did not mention earlier....most everywhere we went, we saw very few Americans. I think we were the only Americans at Le Florimond the night we went. This happened more often than not. Just what we wanted out of the trip. The only time we actually saw and visited with other Americans was at our hotel.
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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Really enjoyed reading this as we just arrived home today from our trip.

We also did the full day tour with Battlebus and had a great guide. We went to that church that TravelRibbon mentioned and it left quite an impression on us. We had heavy wind and rain on our tour as well, but it just helped us imagine what those men went through.

We too had a fantastic dinner at La Fringale! Our hotel recommended it and we were very pleased.
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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I am enjoying your report. I will put it in my favorites file as I want to do a similar trip some time. Why did want to bypass Rouen? Was it not on your itinerary? Also, I was thinking from the airport it would be good to take the train to Rouen and pick up a car there? Was it better to just go on and get the car at the airport? How is the traffic leaving the airport?
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Old Jul 8th, 2007, 03:00 PM
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MMS - I am glad you enjoyed reading my trip report. I hope you will write one, too! It is fun to hear about others' travels.

Mimipam - We only bypassed Rouen on the way to the Abbey Route and Honfleur. We had toured Rouen the day before - after we had gone to Giverney in the morning. We saw The Grand Horloge, the Place du Vieux-Marche, the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, the Cathedral Notre Dame de Rouen, Eglise St. Ouen. It was an enjoyable afternoon.

I do not think there are trains from CDG to Rouen. You would have to go into Paris to do so. We had heard so much about La Chaine d'Or in Les Andelys, that is why we decided to head straight out from CDG. The traffic was not bad at all. Hope this helps.
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Old Jul 8th, 2007, 07:31 PM
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Thanks for the info on the cafe - you mentioned that there were other cafes nearby, but I'm guessing that the one you visited was the only one with trocadero in it?

I'm glad the food is good! Is it pricey? I'm already trying to get a list together for my next trip!
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Old Jul 9th, 2007, 06:39 PM
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I do believe Cafe de Trocadero is the only restaurant with Trocadero in its name on the square. You will not miss it. With the exception of Le Petit Columbiere, every dinner we had in Paris was between $100-$110 US dollars for two. We had wine at each dinner. And we always ordered dessert. Oh, and my husband always had to have at least one coca lite!! Believe me, they do not give those away!! If they had a set menu, I think we usually stuck to that. Cafe Trocadero could have been done for much less, I am sure. I do like the fact that you can check out the menu outside before making the decision to eat somewhere! Le Petit Columbiere was about $150 for two people. Hope this helps!
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Old Jun 22nd, 2008, 06:15 PM
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Old Jun 25th, 2008, 05:31 PM
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Hi Kansas,
I finally found your report. I printed it out and will enjoy reading tonight before I turn the lights out.
Sounds like a great trip and you have wet my appetite for travveling to Normandy.
Thanks again to everyone for their help and suggestions.
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Old Jun 25th, 2008, 11:18 PM
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An oldie but a goodie trip report!
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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Thank you for the lovely trip report, and detail info.
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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thanks for posting Kansas! I was in Paris, Normandy, and MSM in mid-May and your trip report brought me back!

Sounds like you had a fabulous time!
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 07:03 AM
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I laughed at the description of the conversation with your new 'best friends' in Paris. "Password"? Oh, my, that game show goes back to my 60s childhood. Glad to find someone who can still remember it!

I also laughed about your experiences near Rouen. We wound up taking an alternate route to Honfleur (one that went further inland) because we misinterpreted a road sign. Turned out that once we got off the (toll) highway upon which we found ourselves, the route was quite charming.

A word about the CC magnetic strip thingey. Your CC cards can also mess up each other if the cards are stored back to back. You can find little plastic Ziplock-style bags (the 3 by 5 inch size is good) in dollar stores in which to keep them. Also even smaller bags that are good for storing metro tix.

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