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Arrival in Paris

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Paris, crossing the Pont Royal

Paris, crossing the Pont Royal


Long, noisy trip. The airplane food can’t be described in polite language. It was beyond horrible. But . . . we did arrive safely and slightly early. We met the Claytons, whom we had met in the Detroit airport waiting room, at baggage, got all our bags and we left them waiting for their friends. The France Telcom phone we were supposed to use didn’t work so I used my own cell phone and got the shuttle people easily, They picked us up at door 6 and drove us into town through a massive traffic jam . . . portent of things to come but we didn’t know that then. There were police lined up at the Assemblée Nationale but we don’t know why. By eleven o’clock we were at the AirBnB apartment and Aiko, the manager, showed up shortly and let us in. The apartment is not nearly as nice as the photos but it will do. The location is perfect. We're five minutes from the Tuileries Gardens and a few blocks from the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay. Life doesn't get any better!

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Café L’Empire

Café L’Empire

Aiko showed us a few things but speaking English and giving directions are not her strong points. We’ll figure it out. We walked around checking restaurants and ended up at the neighborhood bistro a block away, It was excellent . . . great ambience, excellent confit de canard and very low prices. [Café L’Empire, 17 rue de Bac, 75007 Paris; +33 (0)1 4015 9118] We’ll be back!

We stopped at the neighborhood pharmacy for a couple things and Claire, the pharmacist, welcomed us to the neighborhood. Shopped for groceries, met our local wine merchant and checked the Eric Kayser Boulangerie. It is a very friendly neighborhood. [Eric Kayser, 18 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris; Eric Kayser web site]

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The Tuileries Gardens

The Tuileries Gardens


Walked over to the Tuileries, my favorite place in Paris, and explored the north side where we discovered several great playgrounds and a carousel and bouncy playground. It’s very kid-oriented. We were delighted to follow our ears to a band concert by the Triumphal Arch near the Pei Pyramid at the Louvre. It was the Prefecture of Police Band and they were not only good; they were fun. Ed did his service in the USCG Band so we love military bands and to find one to greet us in Paris was icing on the cake.

Prefecture of Police Band in the Tuileries

Prefecture of Police Band in the Tuileries

Pei Pyramid at the Louvre Museum

Pei Pyramid at the Louvre Museum

Place du Carrousel at the Louvre Museum

Place du Carrousel at the Louvre Museum

Sculptures in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris or Pigeons in the Park

Sculptures in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris or Pigeons in the Park

Our chairs in the Tuileries Gardens

Our chairs in the Tuileries Gardens

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Got home early, put photos on the computer and tried to clean the mold from around the bathtub. I had to wash the wine glasses before we could use them. Pealing paint on all windows. Electrical outlets are all in hard-to-reach places except the kitchen but we’re managing. I'm a little annoyed that all the beautiful paintings in the AirBnB photos of the place have been removed and cheesy prints have been put up where anything is up. The photos must have been taken ten years ago because the paint was not pealing in the photos. The television is not working and there is no breadboard . . . in a French apartment! Still, the location is absolutely perfect. Don't think we'll use AirBnB again though.

Dinner was Eric Kayser bread, a fresh apple and a lovely Cantal cheese with our Bordeaux. Perfect! I think it’s early to bed tonight!

Posted by Beausoleil 15:39 Archived in France Tagged gardens paris bands tuileries tuileries_gardens

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Shame about your accommodation

by ADAMYAMEY

It was, but we chose it for the location more than anything and the fact that it was really attractive was icing on the cake. It turned out not to be that attractive but it was still in the same location which was absolutely perfect for us so we were okay with it. The other apartment owners were not happy that someone was renting to Airbnb and we noticed it was no longer rented after we left. The Airbnb phenom is driving up rental prices in Paris (and undoubtedly other places) to the point that natives can't afford to live in their own city . . . not to mention the fact that not all vacationers are as quiet as we are.

by Beausoleil

A shame about the accommodation but an extended stay in Paris has to be a wonderful way to celebrate a special anniversary!

by ToonSarah

The city of Paris has been in a clinch with Airbnb off and on for several years now. I don't know what the current situation is. I have never used Airbnb myself. Once I rented a studio through an outfit called Homelidays, which was inexpensive but a bit complicated to arrange, so I usually just stay in hotels.

by Nemorino

I understand both sides of the story and tend to agree with Paris. The AirBnB thing is raising rents in the city and thus making housing too expensive for people who work in the city. It probably isn't doing the hotel business any good either. I much prefer staying in a hotel because the staff is usually useful in many ways. We used the AirBnB on this trip because we were staying a month and needed space. A hotel room for a month would be tight.

I'm adding to this blog at the end with my old VT Paris tips updated. It kind of goes with my other blog Questions About France where I'm putting useful information answering questions people used to constantly ask about visiting France. The biggest challenge is coming up with titles that can be found in a search.

by Beausoleil

We arrived in Paris close to the end of your stay, on the 20th. I was worried about the D-D celebrations making it crowded, but I think at the time we were there it was more the World Cup. (We did our 60th anniversary on a short cruise with our four children and two of our grandchildren)

I would have liked to stay somewhere other than a hotel, but I wouldn't like to have to clean mold or cook. One of the reasons I like to travel is so someone else cooks for me

by greatgrandmaR

This particular entry was for 2014, our 50th anniversary trip. We returned for our 55th in 2019 and rented a different apartment in a completely different area.

I don't like to clean mold either and I don't cook. We have cereal for breakfast, eat dinner out at noon wherever we are sightseeing and then have baguette, cheese, fruit and wine for supper at home. Ed cleans up so it is really a vacation for me. The cleanup is minimal so I don't think he minds at all. I honestly couldn't spend a month in a hotel. I need room to move and we also need a washing machine. Spending an afternoon at the laundromat is not my idea of a vacation.

We've been there on D-Day for the 2014 and 2019 anniversaries. There were more tourists than we've ever seen before but I don't know if it's because of that or just because more people are traveling.

by Beausoleil

Sorry - I got confused on the dates. Apparently D-Day is always very crowded in Paris. At least that is what I have been told.

We do not eat cold cereal because Bob thinks he is lactose intolerant and so does not get milk. But we do more or less the same He will have hot cereal (from a packet), and hot chocolate (ditto) or tea and I will have a banana or a bagel for breakfast. Then we eat lunch out (it is cheaper) and bring what we can't eat home for supper. In the US there is always something left over that we can't eat (and I order with that in mind)

by greatgrandmaR

That's funny. One of our dauaghters and I are both lactose intolerant. We simply get lactose-free milk. It's available nearly everywhere and does the job. There are also pills if you don't mind taking pills. I'm not fond of them.

In France they used to manage portions so there was nothing left to take home. The past couple of trips we've noticed portions getting larger here too. We ate at one place in Alsace the other day where I could only eat half of the meal. I have a hearty appetite so you know it was a huge portion. The owner came over and asked if it was all right. I assured her it was delicious but too much food for one person. She then offered to box it for us to take home. Of course we were traveling so thanked her and refused. Not sure I'd want it reheated in a microwave anyway. It just seemed really odd to be offered a "doggy bag" in France. She didn't call if that in French but the idea was the same . . . take out.

by Beausoleil

He has tried the lactose free milk but some of it increases your estrogen and he doesn't want that. He takes the pills for ice cream. Otherwise he just doesn't eat cheese or drink milk.

by greatgrandmaR

That's funny. I can't imagine the 1/4 cup or so of milk in a bowl of cereal would raise anyone's estrogen level a measurable amount. Nice he's figured a way to eat ice cream. Personally, I would prefer ice cream to cereal . . . but perhaps not for breakfast. 8^)

by Beausoleil

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