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Solo Thanksgiving trip report

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Solo Thanksgiving trip report

Dear fellow Paris-philes. Just returned from what i can only explain as the most magical experience I have ever had.

Stayed at L'Ermitage in the Montmartre which was new for me, as I always stay in Le Marais. I was very happy there and at at the Hope Cafe on rue Caulincourt just down the road. The owners are fantastic. I had "Thanksgiving" dinner there - dined alone - and met some great people. We all closed the place down after wonderful and fun conversation.

I walked all around the city, only taking the train 3 times and a cab twice because I was returning after the trains stopped running. Bought some amazing scarves, oils from my favorite huilirie (sp?) on rue Jacob, chocolates from a few amazing stores, pastries that were simply orgasmic and great Indian at Darjeeling near the Champs. Had an otherworldly experience at the cafe at Jean Paul Hevin on rue Saint Honore with chocolate chaud fromboise and aphrodesiac with ginger and a slice of indescribable gateau and three macarons. Bought chestnuts on the street and cafe all around the city to stay awake.

Bought goodies at the Grand Epicerie at Bon Marche and chocolate custard double decker filled pastries on the walk down from the Montmartre as well.

Saw the Sacre Coeur lit up at night with the pink tinged Paris sky in contrast to the while glowing stone. Walked over the bridge above the Cemetery Montmartre with its graffiti serving as a stark contrast to the sacredness of the place below.

Was intoxicated by the aroma at Mariage des Freres tea shop in the Marais and disappointed that they weren't open to seat customers when I was there.

Took the chocolate walking tour with Paris Walks and there were so many samples, I couldn't finish them all. Saw the gardens at the Palais Royal. Rode the ferris wheel in the Place Concorde. Walked the Champs Elysee with the Christmas Market and the trees all lit up. Was cold, but people's energy created warmth on the street.

More to come when I'm more awake tomorrow...

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1. Re: Solo Thanksgiving trip report

Such a lovely, well written report...felt like I was right there with you. Thank you for the warm daydream.

Edited: 29 November 2011, 02:37
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I love walking in Paris also. Nice report--I'll look forward to hearing more. Where exactly was the L'Ermitage located, and how did you like it? What were the rooms and rates like?

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for your next trip, would you stay again in monmarte or would you return to marais?

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I should have read your report after breakfast and not before -- now I'm thinking about one of the aphrodisiac hot chocolates at Jean-Paul Hevin. They're so good. I was planning to try my first Angelina hot chocolate later this afternoon, but now I'm not so sure...

I'm glad that you met some other people while having Thanksgiving dinner. That's probably the only time when I wouldn't really want to dine on my own in Paris.

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*sigh*.....makes me wish I was there....only 166 days to go! :)

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I feel like it was a dream as well. Always do when I return from Paris....don't you?

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I feel like it was a dream as well. Always do when I return from Paris....don't you?

L'Ermitage was at 24 rue Lamarck and it was 88 e a night for a single.

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I feel like it was a dream as well. Always do when I return from Paris....don't you?

L'Ermitage was at 24 rue Lamarck and it was 88 e a night for a single.

Monmartre was perfect for this trip. I've been to Paris a few times already and didn't feel the need to stay in the thick of the action below. The vibe up in the Montmartre was perfect for this trip.

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9. Re: Solo Thanksgiving trip report

Sounds absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing,

Jo

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10. Re: Solo Thanksgiving trip report

Thanks for this interesting trip report.

Paul