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White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

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White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

We started our 3 rd day with a nice walk to St.Sulpice. Rue St. Sulpice made us stop in

pretty shops: Les Olivades at corner to Rue Tournon

and Comptoir de Famille (found a great little souvenir: a enamel plaque saying "Bienvenue" which will add a pretty touch to my kitchen door).

St. Sulpice is under major

construction at the outside but o.k. to visit inside.

It´s very groomy. What do you think??

We took the metro to the Eiffel Tower. Non lines - so

we took the elevator up to the second level (uppper level was closed) - great view!! Went to Rue Cler and had a super (salad)lunch at Le Cafe du Marche.

38 Rue Cler. A good mix of locals and tourists.

Than we visited the new museum "Musee du quai Branly"

which we can highly recommend.

Took the metro back to our Hotel, had some time left to relax and got ready than to our reservation at Restaurant Maceo, 15 Rue des Petits Champs.

I am still not sure what to say about this evening. Let me try:

Did we like the atmosphere? Yes, very much so.

What about the wine? Wow, great Cote du Rhone!

And the waiters? Nice and handsome guys!!

How was the food? Not overwhelming, except for the dessert which was fantastic.

Would we go again? I guess, not.

After a small but good breakfast again at La Petite

Perigourdine on 39, Rue des Ecoles we took the Metro

to Abessess station in Montmartre as we did the

walking tour with Paris Walks this morning.

The tour took about 2 hours and we can recommend it very much. Oriel did a great job on this picturesque

walk, which ended at Sacre Coeur Basilica.

Than we went to a true "fabric lovers heaven":

Marche St.Pierre at 2, Rue Charles Nodier.

Hours and packed with several bag later...

we went for a late lunch to the nearby Le Ronsard Cafe, 13, Place Pierre, which we liked. Many locals,

food and service was good.

We wanted to go to Barbes, but rain was real bad,so we decided to go to a "dry" place and took the metro

to visit Musee de l`Orangerie. We have been to

Claude Monets Home in Giverny some years ago, so

it was very special for us to see his waterlilies now!

After a nutella crepe at a little stand close to the museum we went grocery shopping for our "room picknick"

tonight. We bourght cheese at Fromagerie Laurent

Dubois, 47 Bld. St. Germain, and to make your mouth a little watering, that´s what we got: Tomme Du Chablais, Brie de Meaux and Chevre a la Provence.

On our way back, we got still a little warm

baguette and a nice bottle of Bordeaux. Heaven.

For later on we had planed to visit the Mona Lisa

in the Louvre (longer opening hours on Wednesday)

but as it was still raining and our room was so

warm and comfortable and the picknick was so good,

we did not want to leave and the Mona Lisa had to wait again...

Next morning, time to say goodby. Our train left

Gare de l`Est before noon and after breakfast we made

a little walk in our neigborhood to Rue Mouffetard,

visited the market at Place Maubert and took the metro back to the station.

Resumee:

We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Weather was

good and bad (thinking it was Jan.) and we liked

this time of the year with less tourists. We did

n o t see all on our list, but that was absolutly o.k. and we took our time on all the places

we visited without a hurry.

Finally a word or two about the "What to wear question". Tourists can´t compete with the chic

and elegance of French ladies (and gents,too).

I have a long time French friend - she can wear

rags, she still looks elegant. Everybody will see, that we are tourists and that´s o.k. as we are.

But for me when visiting Paris I want to be at least

a l i t t l e chic, so I would never wear white

sneakers (I wear them for sports) as there are so many other comfortable shoes in the world, that look

much, much better. My favourite brand is CAMPER -

I find them chic and comfy... But after all, don´t eat me up, that´s just mho.

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1. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

I love that..."don't eat me up"...lol. Your English is charming and your love for Paris obvious. Nice report :)

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2. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Thanks Happygoin,

btw. we will come to Boston later this year, guess I will have some questions until than..

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3. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Thanks Quiltlover! Great reports. I think I was visiting the same time as you and couldn't agree with you more about visiting in January. There are so few tourists. The city is that much more special when you experience it with actual Parisiens! Yes, the weather can be cold and wet, but I have experienced rainy days in Paris during every season.

I am returning again in March and was thinking of booking Paris Walks for a tour of Montmartre. It sounds like it was a great tour. I meet with my travel group on Sunday so that we can decide precisely which tour to take. Thanks for your input.

Moms

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4. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Enjoyed reading your report!

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5. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Regarding Paris Walks, when you meet the guide did you meet in the Metro Station and if so, where? On the street or did you go down into the station?

We reserved a spot with Oriel for a special Wednesday night Lourve Highlights tour but we will definitely show up for either his Montmartre or Marais walk. =

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6. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Can't wait to go !

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7. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Paris Walks normally meet above ground at station entrance. If there is a choice of entrance they will specify. Cannot recommend this outfit highly enough. Only problem is at popular times group size can get large.

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8. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

One of my must chicest of Parisienne friends just bought and started wering a pair of white Converse high tops this week. It is not so much what is worn, but how it all comes together.

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9. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

Phread: I am smiling thinking of the past thread I posted regarding Converse shoes in Paris. So, they are still in! The teens in my group will be thrilled to hear it. Somehow, I don't think I could pull of white high-top Converse sneakers but I have seen it before and it is quite cute, dare I say chic! Moms

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10. Re: White sneakers in Paris: mais non!! Report Part 2

loved reading your review...thank you for posting!

I am especially interested in the fabric shop and the walking tour. Can you share more about these? I would love to pick up some beautiful remnants for pillows...that would be a perfect Paris keepsake in my book :)Thanks, again.