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April 25, 2012

Paris, Paris, Paris, should I say more…..?

I had my trip to Paris, it was 3 days spent on my favorite city. IF you are a first reader to my blog, dont worry, I lived for almost 9 years in Versailles and worked in Paris. This time came back for a business conference for an association I am a member,and it happenned to be in the area where I used to worked.  On the first day I took my car and use my old favorite parking at théatre Eduard VII facing  15, Rue Edouard VII a Vinci park webpage

On the second day , I landed at gare Saint Lazare that on previous posts had mentioned it was totally renovated, with over 80 stores, and it has. Looks marvelous, you think you are in a shopping center and not a train station.  This is their new webpage  and the official SNCF info on the station is at

You then go out into cour de Rome and walk into rue St Lazare to go to my conference hotel right there magnificent Concorde Opera Hotel.  the pictures are no make over, the impression is real, wonderful; a great bar,the Golden Black bar and a wonderful French cuisine resto Terminus Cafe. The very essence of class, Paris class is here. So convenient to the Madeleine, Opera,department stores, nice goodies from Paris,and my favorite shopping street rue Tronchot leading to the Madeleine and around it.

We went out walking and I was the leading men;;;;People ask for a resto and I suggested two nearby, on rue caumartin near the théatre Eduard VII, great lovely area. And the experience was sublime, the choices were Restaurant La Taverne De L’olympia, 25 rue de Caumartin or the Moulin à Caffé ,  22 rue de Caumartin across the street. the gang of about 10 persons chose the Moulin à caffé and it was very nicely service ,great food, funny actics of the owner server, and the fun for everyone nice prices, tournedos de boeuf avec cepes, haricot verts en pommes sautées, with coffee,big 50 ml beer  1664  ,and all for 26 euros .webpage

We had on the next days lunch at the hotel but on monday we venture out courtesy of the conference organiser and chose the Au Petit Riche, 23 rue Le Peletier, 75009 walking from the grand dept stores on Haussmann to rue Le Peletier left , and it was a great choice. We were stuck on second floor or 1er étage in France, nice view over the window on the street below, and away from the more noisy street level area. We had duck,califlower, coffee, and pastry peach mousse, all with plenty of red wine from Bourgueil,Chinon, and Saumur in the Loire area.  The resto was recommended by the hotel staff and it was as usual when done by experts a great recommendation; webpage

In all the free time I wandered around Madeleine,the train station St Lazare, Au Printemps dept store, the parc Ranelaigh about the great La Fontaine, and my fab restaurant La Gare at chaussée de la Muette. Driving on Rue Royale, around pl de la Concorde, the area around the opera Garnier, the théatre Edouard VII, the rue de passy,the palais de chaillot , and the unique historical and architecturally stunning McDonalds at rue St Lazare.

It was a memorable experience, Paris is catchy , it is said that once catch that air and the virus sits in, you will never be the same person, and will have all the positives for the rest of your life, just for been in Paris.  I write in other travel forums and I have said, Versailles thank you I will never forget you, and Paris, what can I say;;;should I say more ?

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