4.20.2009

Paris

Wow.

It's beautiful. The entire city looks like a museum. Parisians must be sorely disappointed when they come here.

We spent 4 days in Paris, 6 days in Marrakech, and returned to Paris for 1 day.

Here are a few highlight pics from our time in Paris.

Eiffel Tower


Pantheon


Notre Dame


Louvre


Louvre


Knitting outside Palace of Versailles


Gardens at Versailles


Apollo fountain in gardens of Versailles

Street in Paris

Where we stayed:

Hôtel Jardin Le Bréa located in the St. Germain neighborhood, very close to the Luxembourg Gardens. Very cute place, only 23 rooms and the staff was very nice and helpful. A recommendations from Brandon and Shotz(Thanks!)

Hotel du Louvre located next to the Louvre Museum. A Concorde hotel, very big and nice. Staff nice and professional. We had a great veiw too. The Louvre and tip of the Eiffel Tower on the left and the Opera on the right.

Restruarants:

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We ate our first meal at L'Arcade Cafe. It was a little place tucked in an alcove on a side street. The food was great, and the staff was very nice to us. It made our first night in Paris really special.

La Coupole, a 'classic, old school bistro' recommended by Michelle (Thanks!). The steak was yummy, but the wait was kind of long. We were warned that we should make a reservation, but had neglected to do so.

Creperie. It's a cute little place across from Hotel Le Brea. I wouldn't make a special trip to go there, but if you are in the neighborhood they have good food.

A couple recommendations:

First timers should definately see the Eiffel Tower. Its huge and pictures just don't do it justice. I can't say whether the view from the top is worth it, we didn't go up - I'm afraid of heights :)

The gardens of Versaille are amazing, but I wouldn't go inside the Palace/Museum. The line is looong and it wasn't very good. The gardens are very expansive (800 hectares, over 3 square miles) and they have music playing. If you're a student there is a discount.

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Look up to hours for the sites you'd like to see before you get there :) see below.

Things I wish I'd seen:
Trianon, Marie Antoinette's estate at Versaille. We didn't have time. I don't know if it's any good, but I'm interested.

The catacombs: showed up on Monday (the day we were leaving for Morocco) to discover that it isn't open on Mondays. And we wouldn't be able to get back there until the following Monday, so we were out of luck.

Musee d'Orsay: same issue not open on Mondays, we thought we might get there on the following Sunday, but no dice.

Paris was a wonderful city and I definately plan on going back.

If you're interested more photos of our trip can be seen here.

If you have any questions about Paris leave a comment or send an e-mail to yarnymarn@gmail.com

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