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Nick

Paris?

Anyone here in or close to Paris?

I have a day to spend there, and am looking for things to do...
Chez

Last time I went to Paris (see how cosmopolitan I am?! See!) we walked from the Sacre Coer in Montmarte all the way down to the centre of the city, stopping regularly for coffee and cake and those fantastic pancake things. And then we wandered along the river and looked at all the artists and postcard stalls, ditto coffee/cake/pancakes.

It was great - I really felt that I'd experienced the city, rather than picking a tourist attraction or two and just going for those.
dougal

Re: Paris?

Nick Howe wrote:
Anyone here in or close to Paris?

I have a day to spend there, and am looking for things to do...

Roughly when? And what day of the week? (Quite a lot closes Sunday, and some places Monday).
And how well do you know the place? (Are you looking for seriously off-the-beaten-track places?) And do you have any preferences or dislikes?


One could (but few would) spend many days and still not cover the Louvre...
The Musee d'Orsay shows how to convert a railway station unbelievably (the good impressionist stuff is way upstairs - as is the cafe behind the clockface) and its got a very elegant indeed (but affordable) restaurant.
However the better Monets (inc "Sunrise, an impression") are in the Musee Marmottan http://www.paris.org/Musees/Marmottan/marmottan.e.html
If you want a day out of Paris, Monet's garden at Giverny is fabulous at this time of year. (Possible, but not easy without wheels.)

And if you don't want to go up Eiffel's tower, you can go down the sewers... http://www.paris.org/Musees/Egouts/info.html

You might want to search out (Rue de Cherche Midi) the home of Poilane's bread http://www.poilane.fr/index.php?index_module=listings&index_theme=english&index_template=en_histoire.htm, or Gosselin's baguette a l'ancienne (Faubourg St Honoré, a little further East than the Louvre) or some other speciality... Chaqu' un a son gout.
Have you been to Chartier? Its silly cheap, the food ain't special, but the place (and staff) have been fossilised for a hundred years. And its completely real, not restored...
If you're down in the 15th near the big exhibition halls, you might wish to know about the Os à Moelle, and also the existance of the charcuterie buffet (& etc) in its "Cave" (*tiny* wine bar) across the road.

Things I *still* haven't done include visiting the science museum http://www.paris.org/Musees/Cite/
touring the vast Rungis market in the early am http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0803/p13s02-lifo.html
or even seeing the Pere Lachaise cemetary http://www.paris.org/Expos/PereLachaise/ Rolling Eyes
And I have recommendations for the Terminus Nord brasserie opposite Eurostar's Gare du Nord, but I've never had the time to fill.
Behemoth

I like the Eifell tower, meccano for the insane.
Nick

June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places, although all gratefully received. Smile

I shall enjoy it walking, nibbling and looking, if the weather holds. Tourist stuff on the Saturday (by force), and culture on Friday night, work on Monday, but Sunday is Mine.
Northern_Lad

Nick Howe wrote:
June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places, although all gratefully received. Smile

I shall enjoy it walking, nibbling and looking, if the weather holds. Tourist stuff on the Saturday (by force), and culture on Friday night, work on Monday, but Sunday is Mine.


There's a windmill on a hill if company's all your after.
Behemoth

Nick Howe wrote:
to be honest, I was after company


Aaaahh, I'll send the number of an agency I know.
Nick

You two are sick.


(Le Moulin isn't showing anything great at the moment, and Friday we're off to something to do with horses, apparently.)
dougal

The brother with a flat in the 17eme isn't really Downsizer material.
However, should you really want a lightly-used executive jet, I'm sure he'd return your call...

Paris is relatively quiet (shut) on Sunday. Brother frequently goes out to the Guinguettes on the Marne for Sunday lunch. Its a sort of partial escape from the city, but not from accordions...
MarkS

Nick Howe wrote:
June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places, although all gratefully received. Smile


that would be Pigalle then ?
Nick

dougal wrote:
Its a sort of partial escape from the city, but not from accordions...


Gervase goes to Paris?

Does he know Le Dougal? Smile
Nick

Hm. Private jet. I don't think so. It appears to be the Paris Airshow, so I may find the skies a wee bit crowded...
LynneA

Sainte Chapelle - the other end of the island to Notre Dame.
Lower storey is a Byzantine influenced chapel - richly coloured mosaic tiles. The upper storey is fantastic, near floor to ceiling stained glass. Like standing in the middle of a kaleidascope.

Also - Berthillon, round the back of Notre Dame over the bridge to the smaller island. Countless flavours of sorbet. I highly recommend the Pear, Mango and especially Chocolat Noir.
dougal

Re: Paris?

dougal wrote:
And if you don't want to go up Eiffel's tower, you can go down the sewers... http://www.paris.org/Musees/Egouts/info.html

BBC2 tonight at 9

Seems they had the same idea !!
Quote:
Sandrine Voillet tells the story of how Paris rose up from the blood-stained streets of the French revolution to become the worlds first great modern city in just 100 years. From restaurants to Rodin, from boulevards to bistros and from photography to the Impressionist painters, Paris led the way in transforming the way people lived, worked and played in cities.
Art historian Voillet reveals why Parisians loved their sewers and courtesans, but hated the Basilica of Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower.
*link*
Jonnyboy

Nick Howe wrote:
June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places,


What's your budget?
sean

Jonnyboy wrote:
Nick Howe wrote:
June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places,


What's your budget?


Er, he's back now. Try to keep up.
Nick

Jonnyboy wrote:
Nick Howe wrote:
June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places,


What's your budget?


Had about £3,000 to spend. Smile
MarkS

Nick Howe wrote:
Jonnyboy wrote:
Nick Howe wrote:
June 18th. And, to be honest, I was after company rather than a list of places,


What's your budget?


Had about £3,000 to spend. Smile


for the day?

That's a lot of blonds.
Nick

Yeah, it was. Smile

And no, not for the day. Three and a half. And there were 16 of us.
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