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Well as we're gearing up to head back to Australia next month we took the opportunity of the latest August Bank Holiday to have a break in Paris with our friends Dave and Lou Oliver.

Rules we live by when visiting a large European city:

  • Arrange accomodation as close to the city centre as possible - and then walk everywhere
  • You'll be amazed at what you might discover?
  • Don't worry too much about where you're headed, just wander off the beaten track
  • It really is the best way of appreciating what these cities have to offer
  • And it'll help keep the weight off from those lunches? ;-) (see below)
  • If it's full of Tourists, this is bad. If it's full of Locals, this is good, although it's sometimes hard to spot the difference?
  • Only use restaurants with menus that have no pictures of the food
  • No laminated menus!
  • If they offer a menu in English before you ask, consider giving it a miss?
  • Menus written simply (and in hard to read handwriting?) are a good sign
  • Menus on a Blackboard are generally a very good sign

Paris in particular:

  • Versaille is huge, and well worth the visit, you could seriously spend the whole day there
  • The Eiffell Tower was quite something, and only 11 Euro to the top. (Try and pick a good day? ;-)
  • Keep your missus(s) away from the Kookai shop in the Garment Districit around the Sebastapol Metro?
    We didn't ;-((    This is specifically on
    Rue Réaumur
  • Whilst on the subject of shopping, don't while away your time on the Rue de Ravoli, try a couple of blocks to the north but in parallel? Just follow the foot traffic and explore?
  • Try "La Perla" a small Italian Trattoria right on the corner of Rue de Turbigo and Rue Montorgueil
    The Gorgonzola Pizza was superb and the total for 4 including a bottle and a half of Chianti Classico was 90Euro
  • Also a top tip was a lovely little Bistro on the Rue des Deux Ponts just opposite the Post Office
  • And when you're finished go for a wander down the Rue Saint-Louis Enciente I'lle for the shopping?

I hope you all had as good a weekend as we did?  ;-)))

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 7:26 PM Real Cool Stuff | Back to top

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