#6: Paris……Again…..Naturally

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.

    Addicted France Baguette Knife

    Baguette Knife

  • 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.

Place des Vosges in the Marais district, Paris France.

Place des Vosges in the Marais district, Paris France. Photo: J. Chung

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

Having a drink on the boat, “Kiosques Flottants” listening to musician  (violin and guitar) play jazz.

Boat on Seine, Paris France.

Boat on Seine, Paris France. Photo: J. Chung

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