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Report 2047: A Week in Paris - September 2012
By Dick H from NJ, Fall 2012
Trip Description: Dick, his wife and grown daughter rented an apartment and spend a week seeing the sights and enjoying some fabulous food and wine in Paris, September 2012.
Destinations: Countries - France; Regions/Cities - Paris
Categories: Vacation Rentals; Foodie Trip; Garden Visits; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adult Children w/ Parents
Page 1 of 8: Thursday, September 20 - Arrival and Settling In
While this is the third trip to Paris for my wife Susan and myself, this time we were accompanied by our grown daughter Anya.
We flew Air France from JFK airport in New York to CDG. While the flight was slightly delayed leaving JFK on Wednesday evening, we arrived on time at CDG at around 8:30am. We flew on an A380-800 and it was an extremely smooth and quiet flight. We took a taxi from the airport to our apartment which took about 45 minutes as there wasn't too much traffic.
We rented an apartment on rue de Turenne which had been recommended on the Slow Travel website. We arrived before the cleaning lady was there and initially were unable to drop off our luggage. We walked over to Place des Voesges and spent some time in the park after which we were able to drop off our luggage even though we weren't able to get into the apartment yet.
We took the metro from Chemin Vert to the Marche Aligre where we bought some fruit and yogurts. We walked back along rue St. Antoine, buying some sandwiches at the Boulangerie St. Hillaire and then returning to Place des Voesges for a picnic lunch.
After lunch we met the owner of the apartment, David Korn, and were able to get into the apartment. David was very courteous and informative. Between the flight and the walking, Susan and Anya were tired and decided to take a nap.
When Susan got up, we went to the Monoprix for supplies and a baguette from the boulangerie across the street. After dropping these back at the apartment, we walked up to rue Bretagne to visit a couple of shops we had patronized and liked when we were last here in 2009. We bought some cheeses from Fromagerie Jouannault and then looked for a wine store Julian Caviste on rue Charlot. Julian's store has been replaced by an Independent Wine store. The proprietor was very nice and we purchased a few different types of wine on his recommendation. The cafes on rue Bretagne were all busy with what appeared to be an after work crowd.
We stayed in for the night having a white wine with some cheeses, apple and pear slices, figs and the baguette.
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