Again Paris, do I have to come up with a line for it!!!!

Again too the time to go with the family to Paris. As always tell all, do not worry about the weather just come and enjoy the most. When we left it was raining than by Rennes stop, and the rest of the weekend was perfect, just gorgeous cool day in Paris.

We rode free of tolls, the best way to go, right to small towns and nice scenary than the autoroutes pavements.  First taking the N24 towards Rennes, than hookup there on the rocade nord to the A84 free autoroute at exit No 16, porte de normandie. We got off at exit 29 of the A84 at Fougéres to hook up with the N12 all the way  passing just outside Fougéres, Beaucé, Mayenne, Alençon,Flers, Le Ribay,Fontenay, Saint-Cyr-en-Pail,Pré-en-Pail, Lalacelle,Verneuil-sur-Avre,Nonancourt, Bâlines, Dreux, to taking the A12 near Montigny-le-Bretonneux to link up with the A13 autoroute de normandie for free the last leg to Paris ,porte Dauphine , to ave Foch, the always thrilling and wonderful Arc de Triomphe, ave Friedland to the Gare Saint lazare parking on 29 rue de Londres.

There we unloaded what most readers will be shocked, but I have boys born in Florida USA, and as such their tastes are younger, Wilder, and traditionally hamburgers lol!!! Yep, we try the new Burger King at the train station Gare Saint Lazare. It was pack, never had to do a line for hamburgers, but I was drag into it. Luckily with good manners and security, we moved fast and in about 20 minutes were Inside the counter, and was able to find a table as well!!! The place was packed and the lines did not stop at all, this is big. Burger King is back in France after a 15 years absent. And of course, they are from Florida !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They will be here thru a franchise of Autogrill ,

From there we again were dragged into the obvious Micromania store in the galerie commerciale Saint Lazare, and then went over across to the passage du havre for the FNAC store where I lost some euros again for been weak and soft lol!!! Here is micromania in the train station, ,and the shops of Havre for the FNAC,

Then , the time came over to me at last. I was able to walk them in the Parc Monceau, one of my favorite areas, used to run,and biked there with friends while working in Paris. I have taken my kids when Younger many times,and now when Young adults. So we just traded stories on the things they did and how they fell on bikes trying to learn, and of course the chasers they did on me and could not catch me, now they do lol! On the bikes we ran so who will get first to the first step in the rotunda baths !Here is the site from the city parks dept in French,  and in English from the tourist office of Paris,

I try to hit the Jardin du Luxembourg but it was late and of course closed. So I had already planned dinner around the area at Chez Clement, 9 Pl Saint André des Arts, just around the corner from the place Saint Michel. This is our favorite chain of restaurant if you can call it a chain, only a handful of them. We have tried over the years the one at Bd des Capucines(near Opéra)  near my old place of work, and done my kids birthday near our home at Bougival (Yvelines dept 78). This time we try another and we had a great time with the server,an older man very funny and very capable. WE had a big laugh when folks from elsewhere arrive asking for a quick table and quick serving, he told them we don’t serve fast here….musing came to us and say well there is a McDonald’s nearby lol!!! WE come to eat the French way, one serving at a time ,and slowly to enjoy the meal with the proper apéro and a nice ending coffee. We took the menu at 35 Euros, included all from Lillet glacé apéros, to the entrée, terrine de foie gras for me, the main dish was rôti de bouef avec purée de pomme de terre, and dessert, créme brulée, ending with a expresso coffee. We had Evian or Badoit water bottles for each,and a half bottle or 37,5 Cl of white rieslings alsace, Alfred Klipfel, and a full bottle 75CL red wine of Château Le Moulin la Tonnelle,  Blaye côte de Bordeaux. Sublime with nice ambiance, belle epoque deco,and well serve, all perfect. We do tell you its our favorite chain ::)

It was a quick trip so we had only one night, one of those hunger periods where we need to get out from Brittany together , and back to our hunting ground,therefore, for one night we chose the Campanile Saint Germain en Laye hotel, I used them sometimes on my business trips and had stayed here before. It was a quick in and out from the N13 and the A13 to Paris, and other than sleeping there was no other reason to be here. The place is clean, friendly nice service as usual, and the breakfast continental light but plenty we took the offered basket of cookies, madeleines, hot choco, coffees, teas, and out we went all for 49 Euros the room with double beds and 59 the one with 3 beds, all charges included. IF you need a one nighter these are it  as well as the main competitors Ibis, which ,I ,also, use together with the Mercure.  .I must add it is surrounded by great shopping centers from a hyper carrefour to FNAC stores, gas station Total access, and another shopping center of Art de Vivre down the line in Orgeval, so passing to Normandy on the A13 exit 7 this is a great stop/rest option.

The next morning we got up early than usual and headed by to Paris with my car and the gang,this time to hit up the Jardin du Luxembourg. It was a gorgeous day, and we came in grand on rue Auguste Comte on the side of rue de l’observatoire. There was not too many people at first and by noon the park was full. The little boat in the fountain with lots of families and kiddies around, the gorgeous Senate building of France,and the park ,the fountain of Médicis, and the Orangerie all gorgeous.

We continue to be by the Panthéon, Under renovation was still very nice. And the Church of St Etienne du Mont, service going on so we would not go Inside but still lovely area. In time to get back to our car parked for free at rue Guynemer,and out onto bd St MIchel over the pont saint MIchel and the pont au change into rue Rivoli and out to pl de la concorde into the ave des champs elysées ,the arc de triomphe and avenue Foch to the A13 to Normandie and the A12 to the N12 and back home. 5h30 by car and 475 kms; with lunch in route rest stop. And Paris was visited again, so nostalgic, we are already planning to go back in May. Cheers


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2 Comments to “Again Paris, do I have to come up with a line for it!!!!”

  1. Thank you for the toll free route ideas. We will be driving around that area in September starting from Rouen probably. We have now destination in mind, other than heading out your way!


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