Travel PARIS tips - questions - advice!

jayge

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I will be going to Paris the first week of September. I plan to shop, eat, and visit the sights, and as you might imagine, shopping is probably my first priority. My husband will be at a conference so I'll be on my own during the day. My question has to do with what to wear during the day and in the evening where we probably will eat in neighborhood cafes, not anything super expensive.

I guess I need to reveal my age so suffice to say I have two kids, one a college grad and the other a freshman. Enough said, I'm of average height, on the thin side, in good shape and love fashion and clothes. So, suggestions to look great and feel comfortable, particularly for my feet as I plan to walk everywhere so I can eat!!! Thanks.
 

Perja

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jayge said:
I will be going to Paris the first week of September. I plan to shop, eat, and visit the sights, and as you might imagine, shopping is probably my first priority. My husband will be at a conference so I'll be on my own during the day. My question has to do with what to wear during the day and in the evening where we probably will eat in neighborhood cafes, not anything super expensive.

I guess I need to reveal my age so suffice to say I have two kids, one a college grad and the other a freshman. Enough said, I'm of average height, on the thin side, in good shape and love fashion and clothes. So, suggestions to look great and feel comfortable, particularly for my feet as I plan to walk everywhere so I can eat!!! Thanks.

First, the season's great for layering. Depending on the weather (and the past two years have indicated that it's best to pack light), you could always go with something relatively flimsy (light tshirt, strappy tshirt) for daytime with a cardigan to protect you from the sun, and remove the cardi in favour of a shawl or a warmer cardi for evening.
Be sure to wear something comfortable because most of your time will be spent queuing (possibly outside) at museums but the insides are relatively cool, cold sometimes (thinking of the Louvre here). Suncream is ESSENTIAL.

If you don't want to be the jeans and tshirt kind of tourist, you might want to invest in a pair of capris if you feel comfortable in them or some linen trousers. Skirts would be good for the evening.
Shoes... Depending on how comfotable you are, you might want to try sandals or cute trainers. Converse are pretty comfortable and good for all ages. Don't wear heels, they're killer when visiting (cobblestones et al.)

Definitely pick up some Petit Bateau tops when you're here, they're really worth it. There's another thread floating around with some shop recommendations.

Oh and in Paris, no female ages past 25, even under torture. ;)
 

Cal

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I was in Paris in September in 2003 - during the infamous heatwave. Wow - I swear if it wasn't illegal I would have stripped and jumped into a fountain somewhere.

A great pair of capris, a mac (light, short trench - they're selling loads here in Holland), and a pashmina would be great. Also can I recommend Birkenstocks? I love mine and they're great for walking in (if the weather's fine).

If worse comes you worse, you could always go shopping!!!;)
 

Accessory Obsessory

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Hey Cal, are we following each other? I was there then too!
There are so many trendy little sandals, birks and similiar, that are so funned up these days. I think even MJ has something.
I always end up packing about 4 pairs of shoes and then not being happy with any of them once I get there, end up buying something!
 

dk2504

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Im planning a trip to Paris this December and I was wondering if anyone here has had any experiences with hotels. Ive been considering the Four Seasons Hotel George V since the reviews are excellent for it. However, the price tag is pretty steep, even for the Four Seasons:blink: . Has anyone stayed there? Is it worth the 600 Euro a night price tag :rolleyes: ??
If you have had positve experiences at other hotels, please let me know as well.
Thanks in Advance :yes: :heart:
 

goldengirl911

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The Ibis Montmarte hotel is a pretty decent hotel -- at Euros 83.50 (with breakfast)! It's near Sacre Cur and a few train rides away from Arche de triomphe, etc.

The money I saved from the hotel bill, I put to good use -- 'ended up buying 2 bags -- 1 goyard fidji hobo and an LV Speedy 35!

But it really depends on what you want/expect in a hotel. If you just want a decent place to 'crash' after shopping/seeing the Paris sights or if you want to experience the whole luxury vacation thing :smile: Obviously, I chose the former and I have no regrets (will do it again in a heartbeat, if it would mean being able to have more $$$ for bags!) :smile:

Good luck!
 

Roo

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There are many great hotels for less money. Here are some good links for you to try:

HÔTEL À La VILLA des ARTISTES 9 rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006,
http://www.villa-artistes.com/

HÔTEL ARAMIS SAINT GERMAIN 124 Rue de Rennes,
http://www.hotel-aramis.com/

HÔTEL LOUVRE PIÉMONT 22 Rue de Richelieu, 75001, http://www.paris-hotel-louvre-piemont.com/

Of the three, the Hôtel Louvre Piemont (formerly Hotel du Piémont), will have the most convenient location for strolling/walking to more sites and attractions. It is located along the western side of Palais Royal.

Both the Aramis Saint Germain and La Villa des Artistes, will be located in pleasant neighborhoods, just below Jardin du Luxembourg and have convenient access to Metro line, they will be a farther walk /stroll north to the Seine.

If you want to get some idea of what these neighborhoods 'look' like, you can use the PHOTOS de VILLE feature of the PagesJaunes web site (below) to take an electronic 'stroll' through the streets and neighborhoods in photos, at--

PHOTOS de VILLE--
http://photos.pagesjaunes.fr/1/d/home_paris.htm
 
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quote=dk2504]Im planning a trip to Paris this December and I was wondering if anyone here has had any experiences with hotels. Ive been considering the Four Seasons Hotel George V since the reviews are excellent for it. However, the price tag is pretty steep, even for the Four Seasons . Has anyone stayed there? Is it worth the 600 Euro a night price tag ??
If you have had positve experiences at other hotels, please let me know as well.
Thanks in Advance [/quote]

Um, yah...it is sooooo worth it....if you are looking for like that but perhaps a bit more "quaint" shall we say, check out the Bristol.it is a palace, I am often there for tea...I love that place, it is just a little less pretentious in my opinion (but, perhaps more expensive?) http://www.hotel-bristol.com it isn't uncommon to run into Christian LaCroix having tea there too since it is directly across the street from his atelier, or sharing a dinner with Bruce Willis...who always stays there when he comes to Paris...I love Hotel le Bristol...but, who can forget the Ritz? http://www.ritzparis.com I find it surprisingly charming. Not nearly as glitzy as you would think (it is worth a night there just for the use of that swimming pool!) ...the history! Hemmingway, Channel! TOTALLY worth it...hey, it's only money, right? and lastly, I would recommend the Crillon http://www.crillon.com if you get a room facing Concord square, the view will take your breath away....

I promise, you won't be disappointed in any of these fine establishments...and, with time, the memory of your stay will make you forget all about the price tag...

Just get dolled up, get into the spirit of the thing...(please don't do that white tennis shoes and fanny pack thing...it is insulting to the surroundings....(I am sure you would NEVER do that.. this is just a request to those who might be tempted....

You know…when you mention December, it makes me think you might really appreciate that view from the Crillon…it overlooks the Champs Elysees which is so beautiful at Christmas time…

Have a great trip!
 
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Roo said:
There are many great hotels for less money. Here are some good links for you to try:

HÔTEL À La VILLA des ARTISTES 9 rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006,
http://www.villa-artistes.com/

HÔTEL ARAMIS SAINT GERMAIN 124 Rue de Rennes,
http://www.hotel-aramis.com/

HÔTEL LOUVRE PIÉMONT 22 Rue de Richelieu, 75001, http://www.paris-hotel-louvre-piemont.com/

Of the three, the Hôtel Louvre Piemont (formerly Hotel du Piémont), will have the most convenient location for strolling/walking to more sites and attractions. It is located along the western side of Palais Royal.

Both the Aramis Saint Germain and La Villa des Artistes, will be located in pleasant neighborhoods, just below Jardin du Luxembourg and have convenient access to Metro line, they will be a farther walk /stroll north to the Seine.

If you want to get some idea of what these neighborhoods 'look' like, you can use the PHOTOS de VILLE feature of the PagesJaunes web site (below) to take an electronic 'stroll' through the streets and neighborhoods in photos, at--

PHOTOS de VILLE--
[URL="http://photos.pagesjaunes.fr/1/d/home_paris.htm"]http://photos.pagesjaunes.fr/1/d/home_paris.htm
[/URL]

The first two are in my neighbourhood...I love it=))))
 
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I think it depends if you are looking for more of a Kerry Bradshaw hotel experience (I think that was actually the George V???) Not sure...or a more down to earth Paris...still incredibly elegant...but in a smaller more quaintish way=)...
 
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