Long before the popularity of the internet, one used a travel agent and for this trip to Paris, our agent booked us into the Hotel du pont de Longchamp which was located half a kilometre from the Trocadero. It was a lovely hotel with a large bathroom but I don’t believe it is in operation anymore. It wasn’t a particularly touristy area in comparison to St. Michel and Blvd. Saint Germain.
Highlights during a (short) one week trip to Paris:
- Visiting: the Louvre museum, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Champs Elysee, Arc de Triumph, Place de la Concorde
- Took a tour of Versailles and Giverny which included transportation and lunch
- It was August and both were very crowded
- Attended a Vivaldi concert at Sainte-Chapelle
- August was incredibly hot, so I often enjoyed having a “Citron Fizz”—-a lemon popsicle.
- Best purchase ever? My baguette knife. It’s a bread knife “disguised” as a baguette. Since this trip I have not seen one anywhere. Sorry, I can’t remember where I bought it and I do use it and love it!
- Lunch on the terrace at Galeries Lafayette—-excellent views (Note: there is still a cafe on the top of this department store and if you don’t want to have a meal, you can still visit to get a view of Paris)
- I see in my notes that I really “detested” Les Halles. A salesman wouldn’t let go of my hand. I had to tell him to leave me alone!
Drinking a Kir at Ma Bourgogne overlooking Place des Vosges in the Marais district.
Dining at some excellent restaurants (which are still in operation in Paris):
Thoumieux (Rue St. Dominique): cassoulet, duck with olives and potatoes
Le Sergent Recruteur, (rue St. Louis-en-l’Isle)—all you can eat and drink
Polidor Restaurant (41, rue Monsieur Le Prince)-escargots, salad, wine, and a lemon tart