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What are some of the things you like to buy in Paris?

What are some of the things you like to buy in Paris?

Mar 28th, 2009, 07:21 AM
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But Thin, you told me that the Bd. St. Germain area is more interesting than the Champs! And I found some things to see like the Abbey of St. Germain des Pres, Les Deux Magots, the St. Michel fountain, Notre Dame from a distance, etc. Any other suggestions? Besides, I would like to eat first then sight see. But I really like the suggestion about walking up to see the Eiffel Tower all lit up. Thanks!
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Mar 28th, 2009, 07:37 AM
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The food at Gare du Nord is crap--don't count on buying macaroons there. Frankly, chasing macaroons is the last thing I would do with a 1/2 day in Paris.

If during your explorations you are at the corner of St. Germain and St. Michel Blvds, the lighted Roman ruins at the Cluny are interesting. If it's a pretty night, keep walking south on St. Germain and in a distance of a few blocks you can see one of the entrances to the Sorbonne, then the Pantheon (both on your left) and one of the entrances to the Luxembourg Gardens on your right.

To maximize your time in Paris, I would take the batobus(12 euros) to see many of the illuminated sights along the river. You can board at Notre Dame and ride to the Eiffel Tower and back, or a bit beyond Notre Dame, on the same ticket. Fare is for all day, on and off at any point, I believe 8 stops in all.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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ira on Mar 26, 09 at 04:06 PM

>In particular, things from Monoprix,.....<

There is nothing special about Monprix. It is just a large store with everyday food and other household stuff.


I too walked thru Monoprix in a trance like state, lovingly fondling jars of mustard and jellies.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 01:24 PM
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do you mind elaborating on "the lighted Roman ruins at the Cluny"?

also, i love your batobus in the evening idea -- do you know how late the batobus runs? (summer hours)
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Mar 28th, 2009, 01:28 PM
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Ladies, stop pulling each other's hair. It will be possible to come across a number of interesting things to purchase, just at random and in any neighborhood.
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Starting 29 May the batobus runs until 9:30 pm. Full details on www.batobus.com

The Cluny (National Museum of the Middle Ages) is housed in the former Cluny Abbey and over excavated Roman baths. At night you can see some of the excavation from the sidewalk alongside the museum, both on St. Michel and St. Germain. The Cluny is on the SE corner of the intersection of the two boulevards. From the website:

"The Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two exceptional Parisian monuments: the Gallo-Roman thermes (1st - 3rd centuries) and Cluny Abbey (late 15th century)."

Your "taste" of Paris, whether or not it includes macaroons, will make you want to return! Good travels.
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Mar 28th, 2009, 03:10 PM
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Macarons don't keep well, anyway, do they? or what, no one has had any last long enough to 'take home'..?
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Mar 29th, 2009, 04:46 AM
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I agree that anywhere one wanders it is wonderful, but I am getting the feeling that ClaudiaBR had a limited amount of time and is trying to fill it in the best way possible. Claudia, take the advice and what ever way you choose will end up being best for you. Macaroons are a yummy treat, and I have brought some home they last a day or do, but their quality begins to drop off sharply after the second day. I too am a Monoprix, fan, I guess they are nothing to rant about, but I really can only window shop in the big stores and I can bring home goodies, sometimes even clothes, to remember my trip. I have not shared this on a board up to this point but one of my favorite things to bring back is the mini pads, they are so thin that you don't even know you are wearing them! My family makes all kind of fun of me because my suitcase if stuffed with them. I ma personally in mourning because I am going to run out before I return! LOl
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Mar 29th, 2009, 04:51 AM
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hehehe... good one rosiecaro!
actually it is fun to go supermarketing, esp in a totally different country...
i always make it a point to visit one wherever i go for holiday
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Mar 29th, 2009, 05:35 AM
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There's an inexpensive orange scented body splash at monoprix that I love.
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Among my favorite Monoprix purchases: The terry cloth bath "gloves" with a loop sewn into the end so you can hang them up. They cost about 2 euro each and come in various colors.

You can also find inexpensive"Marseiliies" olive oil soaps.
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As a parent, it is fun to buy clothes for little ones - trust me, no one else has them! I've had really good luck in Monoprix - it is all 100% cotton and some cute things.

I also like Pylones for fun kitschy things. Just cute trinkets - hair brushes, bike bells, paper clip holders. There is one on Ile St. Louis and I don't know where else.
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Mar 29th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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I have never been in a monoprix, but after reading these posts (and others) -- are they sort of like TARGET in the U.S.?
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Yes, Target is a good comparison. There are many European brands we do not have here in the US that are not too expensive (and some beautifully packaged) that make fun gifts and souvenirs. I was surprised what nice quality children's clothing and cotton underwear for women there. We bought some fun costume jewelry also.
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Mar 29th, 2009, 02:39 PM
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That's great. I do love Target, and think i'll love monoprix as well!
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Mar 29th, 2009, 03:00 PM
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I don't know why, but I love to go to supermarkets in different countries. I think one can get a glimpse of how those people live their day-to-day lives that way; it's fun. And what other store closes at midnight? That's the only one I know about.
I loved your suggestions and I thank you all.
I really liked the batobus idea, but I'm going end of April and it stops running still too early for me. Too bad
Well, I'm excited, and I do hope I'll enjoy all that I can, all that I have planned.
My anxiety is not knowing enough in order to do all that I can do in such a limited amount of time. Going to Paris is a dream of mine, and who knows whether I'll ever be able to go back! I hope I will, but for now, I'll take all that I can get. If you have any more suggestions about what to see around St. Germain, please post your ideas.
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There are tons of things I like to buy there, but with only one evening (and the first time no less), I wouldn't spend the time shopping. Just walk and walk and walk, and ride a boat. Look at everything and bring home memories.
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