Thursday, October 20, 2011
2. While I loved walking around Paris, our feet would usually start protesting 3/4 through the day. As a result, I definitely recommend walking away from your hotel all day and then just taking the Metro back. The Paris Metro is phenomenal and easy to use. There are stops virtually everywhere.
4. Speaking of museums, the Louvre is the most famous, and also the most heinous. You might need to go because you are in Paris, but it will likely be overcrowded and very hot in some rooms (it was hotter in the Louvre than outside for us). Maybe go in, see the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory and call it a day unless you are very interested in more ancient art.
E. Dehilleron (old-fashioned cookware store shopped at by Julia Child and Ina Garten) and Hediard (fine ingredient store selling teas, spices, chocolates, and more). Patrick Roger was our favorite chocolate shop.
12. The books we used and relied upon heavily were Rick Steves' Guide to Paris and Hungry for Paris. Rick Steves' book has walking tours of many museums and sites, and also has walking tours of some of the exceptional neighborhoods in Paris. I highly recommend this book and carried it with us everywhere. All the restaurants we visited from Hungry for Paris were exceptional - much better than the random lunch spots we popped into. If you are interested in planning out your meals in Paris and going to restaurants with a purpose, this book is perfect. (We actually didn't get a reservation until we got there, and once we did we relied upon our concierge to make them for us at the restaurants I picked out. We couldn't get into some of my choices, but we got into most.)
my map of Paris, with a detailed key of all the color-coding up top. I will try to update it sometime to put my personal notes in there now that we've visited everything. (HFP = Hungry for Paris and DL = David Lebovitz.)
I hope you have the opportunity to go to Paris soon. And if you have any recommendations for how I can manage to move there, I'm all ears.