I'm a travel newb. I hadn't been on a plane in 28 years and then back in September, my brother and I took our Mom to Spain for her 60th birthday. Needless to say, I'm now hooked.
I've decided that for my 35th birthday in March, I'm sending myself to Paris for 10 days or so. I've been looking around TA and other sites, and there's been a lot of love for the 5th and 6th, as well as a few others. I haven't however, really seen any mention of the 11th (specifically, Rue Oberkampf area). Seems like there are all sorts of bars etc. going on there, so I just assumed it would be a pretty excellent place to stay. Is anyone familiar with area that can provide some insight?
During my time in Paris, I'm definitely going to do all the touristy sightseeing stuff (though there's no way in hell you're getting me up in that Eiffel Tower). Not really looking for bars with large crowds, but rather with good crowds (even if it's a smaller crowd).
I speak a little French and have already started brushing up again, so I figure by March, I'll be good to go.
Anyway, if you have any info it would be very much appreciated. I'm going to be doing AirBnb for lodging, so I can pretty much stay anywhere in the city. Just figured I'd see what people have to say.