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October 30, 2020

My Restaurant hunts in Paris, revisit!!

Paris, the name along means good times, good food, and great company, it can ,also entails ideas of romance pourquoi pas n’est pas….! I have written on some of these properties before with photos,  but this is an update of an older post that I like to update now and hopefully you find it helpful when visiting again Paris! 

I have several places that no matter the number and choices in Paris always seems to salivate towards them. Its a habit pershaps of the many choices available once try so many eventually you will settle for a few good ones of your opinion and taste. These I like to share with the readers of my blog it could be the start of the same trend, and become yours for years to come as they have been of mine. Hope you enjoy them and the reading about them. They wont be in any particular order of preference just memory as names come up. I will note those that i as a family have fond memories of yet by now they are closed. Hopefully not to many in the future with the current virus pandemia going on!

Au Trappiste, 4 rue Saint Denis, 75004. open from 11h to 02h Monday thru Sunday and from 11h to 04h on Fridays and Saturdays. metro Chatelet line 4,11. Here you are in Belgium with the monks; lots of good beer, simple good portions of food, moules or mussels and fries,and grill sausages. The first or ground floor is more noisy ,the second floor more calm and better views!of Chatelet. Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/autrappisteparis/

Café L’ Imperiale, 240 rue Rivoli, 75001. open from lunch and dinner long hours. Metro Concorde or Tuileries lines 1,8,12.  This was and is my stop for a quick meal, coffee or a drink with a magnificent location across fromt the jardin des tuileries. I used to work nearby so for an after lunch coffee or an after work quiet happy hour with business folks it is great. Quick meal on your way to the Louvre: Webpage: http://limperialrivoli.com/

La Gare, 19 Chaussée de la Muette, 75016; open from 11h to 02h everyday.  Metro La muette line 9. It used to be the train station La Muette for this village of Paris annexed in 1860. Very nice area, my all time favorite, come here often with the family and take my good visiting friends and family over and over. You have formules specials for lunch, a Brunch on Sundays for 33€ all you can eat; and the service is grand. Highly recommended, the webpage: http://www.lagare-paris.com/

Septiéme Vin , 68 bis Avenue Bosquet, 75007 open mondays to Fridays from 12h to 15h and 19h to 23h, Saturdays and Sundays from 19h to 23h.  metro Ecole Militaire line 8. A grand friendly and wonderful ambiance with great food. The entire staff is superb. I had many meetings here of the culinary kind and all great, highly recommended. Lunch formule is good but I prefer the evenings and great beef and good selection of wines. webpage : https://www.restaurant7emevin.fr/

Café de la Paix, 5 place de l’Opéra, 75009 open from 12h to 15h and from 18h to 23h30 all week. Metro Opéra line 3,7,8.  An institution in Paris for over 150 years since 1862 as part of the Le Grand Intercontinental Hotel, cant get any classier than this.In a prime Paris location with style;if you want to experience the branche chic glamour of Paris this is one of its top places.The first televised broadcast from France to the USA was done here in 1948 by Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand ,and Henri Salvador. The service, the food and every detail is magnificent, come and splurge you will spend your best money ever. Webpage: https://www.cafedelapaix.fr/en/

Cuba Compagnie Café, 48 bd Beaumarchais, 75012 near Bastille, open everyday from 7h to 02h.  metro Chemin Vert line 8 or Bastille line 1,8. Another location near Clichy but this one is much better. Cuba in Paris with great mojitos to boot; happy hours from 16h to 20h, and live music on fridays and saturdays from 20h to 02h. assortiments of tapas at 18€ or the brunch at same price is excellent value and a great introduction to Cuban cuisine. Webpage: https://www.cubacompagnie.com/

Agua Limon, was at 12 rue Theophile Roussel, 75012 . The best Valencian in Paris, the food of Valencia paella per excellence and Horchata drink. It was a great ambiance and welcome by the owner ,natives of Valencia,Spain. However, this resto is close and the owners have opened another one not visited yet due to the virus, the new is Le Petit Calamar 243 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, their Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/lepetitcalamartapas/

Au Métro, 18 bd Pasteur, 75015, Open from 7h until there is nobody in the place ! even Sundays during world cup plays. Metro Pasteur lines 6,12. The cradle of rugby in Paris, if you like beers,and good fun, great ambiance, friendly people and can see a match of rugby than comes here you wont be disappointed. Always something happening. Lots of finger food, sandwiches, and salads, plus plenty to drink . Great for a start of your evening here and then go for more substantial restaurant or a very late night snack ! Cannot confirm if still open but it will be dommage this was/is a great place in Paris. They do have a Facebook page back to nov19 here: https://www.facebook.com/AU-METRO-418319114921433/?rf=1483859501873992

Hacienda del Sol, 157 bd Montparnasse, 75006; open from mondays to saturdays from 19h to 23h, at lunch only with advance request reservation, min 10 persons. Metro Vavin line 4. A real Mexican chef and family run, you will feel like at home. Menus decouverte or discovery menus with substantial food or great chimichangas and Bohemia beers. However resto and Douglas Rodriguez closed down both restos in Paris this one and Anahuacally. Here just for the memories and the Mexican connection.

Chez Clement, 17 bd Capucines, 75008.Open every day continuous service from lunch to dinner. Metro Opera lines 3,7,8. One institution in traditional French cuisine that has not disappointed for many many years and on several location including the one in Nantes.  Great family restaurant ,nice friendly service, and quiet ambiance, a chain now closed all restos in Paris. I heard some of the employees continue to open individual restos like this one at Porte Maillot but cannot confirm, their site: http://chez-clement-porte-maillot.zenchef.com/

Paris chez clement daytime closed feb14

Bistro Romain, 122 ave Champs-Elysées,75008  open  11h30 to 15h and 19h to 23h weekdays and Saturdays. Metro George V line 1 near Lido.  A nice cozy Italian chain that wont break your bank and allows for a nice family meal. This is the location of my first date with what was my dear late wife Martine, so its an annual pilgrimage for us too. It was not expensive ::) Unfortunately , after been taken over by Le Groupe FLO ,they were closed. Here just for the memories of old always good to remember!

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Aux Amis du Beaujolais, 28 rue d’Artois,75008. (Closed since  early 2010) Metro George V line 1 or Saint Philippe du Roule line 9. An eternal from the Picolet family since 1921, great food done fresh everyday according to the season, and the region of Beaujolais. The owner have winery in the region so the one is from the house and straight from the vinyards. Of course, in season try the Boeuf Bourguignon ho ho ho!! This was a find and even brought friends from US visiting Paris here unfortunately the son could continue the business after the parents passed away and the restaurant closed in early 2010. Again, here just for the memories of older days.

Casa del Campo, 39 bd du Temple, 75003. open mondays to wednesdays from 11h to 00h, Thursdays to Saturdays from 11h to 02h. Metro République lines 3,11,9,8. A real Spanish tapas resto with flamenco live music from Thursdays on in the evenings. I like the fact that can eat Spanish and listen to some good flamenco music with guitarist Baptiste while in Paris. Great tapas platters and you can mix as you wish. Beer and wines of Spain too. Happy hours from 17h to 20h Mondays to Fridays.  They have still branches in Cour Saint Emilion Paris, Rouen ,and Bordeaux. Here, again, just for the memories and the good cheers with the Franco-Espagnole community of Paris including the current mayor!!! https://www.casadelcampo.fr/contact.php

Joe Allen, 30 rue Pierre Lescot,75001. Open  Sundays to Wednesdays from midday to 00h30 ,and Thursdays to Saturdays from midday to 01h. Metro Chatelet lines 11,4. The New York address in Paris and a great place to meet with me and other Franco-Americans in Paris. Try the steaks and pork ribs to kill for,with great wines from USA, and a great raspberry cheesecake. Another resto cannot confirm if open due to the virus, but it has a Facebook page but no link to the webpage; here then just for the memories of the eternal Paris: https://www.facebook.com/joeallenparis/

La Cantine du Faubourg, 105 Faubourg Saint Honoré,75008. Open every day from 11h to 04h, Saturday and Sundays from 19h to 04h. Metro Saint-Philippe du Roule line 9, Miromesnil lines 9,13, Franklin D Roosevelt lines 1,9. The chic models par excellence location, very high end ambiance with the latest trend, a place to look and be look, to say you have arrive in Paris. Models of the great houses frequented and some even start working at the tables. The food and drinks are sublime tender roastbeef and caviar, with champagne. A place to go in romantic or your better half or impress your boss..which is how I find out about the resto but the otherway around the boss invited the Finance team here first, and then well we came with the family. Unfortunately another that bit the dust and closed, I hear now there is a similar name in Dubai! but cannot confirm the same owners. Therefore, here for the memories of good old Paris!

Footsie’s ,10-12 ,rue Daunou, 75002 open from  12h to 16h then 18h to 02h. metro Opera line 3,7,8 . Walking distance from the Opéra Garnier. The concept is you have four screen plasma TV and its setup like a stock exchange, so the prices on the drinks change according to the demand. It is up to you to choose the cheapest base on less consumption or the tops of the demand and pay more. Played the numbers games and have lots of fun . One of my most hangouts after work, happy hour, and business meeting! love it and unfortunately it is closed. Another memorable spot in my Paris.

La Perla, 26 rue François Miron, 75004. Open from Mondays to Sundays from 12h to 02h Tel +33 01 42 77 59 40. metro hotel de ville line 1,11. behind the Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Tequila I found you in Paris, great bar, and fast texmex food, huge selection of cocktails and beers. A great chic crowd after work, and a fantastic place to start or end your day in Paris. They have other properties in UK ,Australia, Holland, etc. A great after hours, happy hours or apéritif time in Paris. Webpage: http://www.cafepacifico-laperla.com/lppf.html

O’Sullivans Café Bar, 1 bd Montmartre ,75002, open Mondays to Thursdays from  11h to 05h, Fridays 11h to 07h, Saturdays midday to 07h ,and Sundays midday to 05h. Metro Grands Boulevards line 8,9. You can catch the latest football/soccer games here, popular with the expat community of Paris. Great drinks and ambiance.bumper burgers, finger food,and quick bites with plenty to drink. Several location in the Paris region but my favorite was this one. Webpage: https://www.osullivans-pubs.com/pub-irlandais/grands-boulevards/

Le Comptoir du Relais, 9 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006.Open mondays to fridays from 12h to 23h. Metro Odéon line 10 or Marbillon line 10. a great location ,great food and great service cant ask for more. People passing spectacle in a nice area; relax after a long walk in Paris or come after work. Liévre a la royale is sublime ,one of my favorite dishes in France, this is hare=liévre. In the bottom of the excellent Relais Saint Germain hotel and the great chef Yves Candeborde. Webpage: https://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/restaurants/le-comptoir

There you go some still going strong ,others gone ,but the memories and the good cheers with friends and family continues. One good reason to have in eternity in my blog. Hope you can enjoy them as much as I do. Paris has an enormous amount of choices, and we all have our favorites for x reasons. At least you know some of mines, maybe one day we will be there same time!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

October 30, 2020

Sightseeing in Paris, by land and water!

Another post update folks, too  many old post left in the vault. Now is the best time to bring them out and have them more visible. Hope you enjoy my black and white series….

Over time I have read some folks claiming to want to be in Paris with limited time, sometimes even in between correspondance at the airports. Even thus I do not agree this is the best way to see the city, sometimes time and money comes into play. So if you are in Paris or near and want to take a quick look at the city general overview to perhaps get into the feeling to see more in depth later (believe me you will ::)) than do these suggestions. FYI, I have written individually on some of these in my blog already. Hope it helps you enjoy my eternal Paris!

Bateaux Parisiens are an institution in Paris , my favorite ,my first taste ever with the Seine river back in 1972 (hint:blog title). It has been my favorite always. Day or night cruises, Lunch or Dinner, Enchanted cruises for children, romantic cruises for all. You get in at Port de la Bourdannais just off the Eiffel tower on the river Seine down the stairs to your right. Site in English: https://www.bateauxparisiens.com/en/the-company.html

The perennials on the block or how river cruising was started by the Bateaux Mouches ,lunch and dinner cruises, night and day cruises, you get on board at Port de la Conférence, Pont de l’Alma. Site in English: https://www.bateaux-mouches.fr/en

The old fashion way of navigating the rivers anywhere, the Canal Saint Martin experts Canauxrama, 2,5 hrs of cruise into parc de la Villette, full day cruise to guinguette country (french country music), and now the Seine river cruises. You get it at port de l’Arsenal at the bassin de la Villette, 13 quai de la Loire. Site in English:  https://www.canauxrama.com/en/

The ride on the bridges of Paris by the Vedettes du Pont Neuf, at the square du vert galant near pont neuf of course. Site in English: https://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com/home/

Batobus is a noble concept of taxi on the river, you can get on and off all along its route per day. 9 stops on the Seine river to discover Paris. Take at port de la Bourdannais near Eiffel tower on the river go down to your left. Site in English: https://www.batobus.com/en/parcours

Paris Canal, is a newer concept to take you beyond the city into the river Marne, and Canal de l’Ourcq, as well as Canal St Denis, etc, you can on it at bassin de la Villette ,19 quai de la Loire, or quai Anatole France just next to musée d’Orsay boat ramp, or inside the parc de la Villette in front of the folies des visites du parc. Site in English: https://www.pariscanal.com/cruise-seine-canal/

Vedettes de Paris , take it at the port de Suffren, near Eiffel tower once go down on the river stairs to your left. Its a ride under the bridges of Paris on the Seine, very nice indeed. You have it for children, night, etc.  site in English: https://www.vedettesdeparis.fr/?lang=en

Cityrama was a world known brand of bus tours in cities, no exception in Paris . Now they have change name to Paris Tours.  Site here in English  :https://www.pariscityvision.com/

Euroscope, bus tours in minibuses with professional guides with pickup and return at your hotel,transfers to hotel/train/airport stations. At 46 rue de Provence, 75009. Site in English here  https://www.euroscope.fr/contact/

France Tourisme, visit Paris main monuments, diner cruise on the Seine, or Eiffel towers restos ,also booking for cabarets such as Lido and Moulin Rouge. One stop shopping. Also, tours all over France . Its at 6 rue Amiral de Coligny, 75001 or 33 quai des grands Augustins, 75006. Site in English here : https://www.francetourisme.fr/index_en.html

Paris Authentic, a special way to see Paris in a 2CV car Citroën with chauffeur or driver. Many wonderful surprising places to go. You will be pickup at your hotel or train station in Paris for the ride, enjoy it ,its unique! Site in English : https://www.parisauthentic.com/en/

Les Cars Rouges, tourist coach/bus  service  for visiting Paris in English or Spanish. The original tour in double decker buses.  They have change name to the Big Bus Paris. Site in English: https://www.bigbustours.com/fr/paris/bus-touristique-paris/

These have been over the years my favorites and even if some change names they are still reliable. Hope you enjoy the short visits or when the feet gives in ….Enjoy Paris!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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October 30, 2020

Paris and getting around!!

So here I am again, trying to update much older posts since I started my blog in November 26 2010! And one of them is transports in Paris or how to get around. Let me do my best to update this information for all. Hope you enjoy it.

Many visitors and even folks outside of Paris ask for ways to move about in Paris and to come in. Many guides abound on this ,and I will try to give you my five cents worth stemming from personal experiences over the last 17 years.

First, most folks come thru CDG(Charles De Gaulle) airport which is known as the main Paris airport but is not in Paris but in Roissy-en-France town in the department 95 Val d’Oise , and Tremblay-en-France a town in the department 93 Seine Saint Denis. It is now in zone 5 and can cost over 10 euros minimum to come into Paris while in the city it cost less than 2 euros to move about. Versailles is in zone 4.  Several ways to come in into the city such as taxis, buses,  RER trains or reseau express regionale and roissybus etc. 

Some things never change for a long time and one of them is the line from the CDG airport at Terminal 2 between wings CD and EF follow signs for TGV/SNCF to the platform direction Paris, and take the RER B. There is one almost every 12 minutes, and the travel time is about 30 minutes to Châtelet les Halles inside Paris.  If you arrive in Terminal 1 you take the the automatic airport metro train CDGVAL to terminal 2, the buses or navettes are the line 1 stops at level or niveau 5 or you can walk from the automatic walking escalators. The return out can be done on the buses to level or niveau 5 at portes or doors A5 and B6 stops TGV/RER. From terminal 3 on foot to Roissypole about 250 meters. 

You can, also, take the Roissybus a bus service from all terminals to Rue Scribe/rue Aubers on the side of the Opéra Garnier, place de l’Opéra. Every 15 minutes or so and it takes about 50 minutes travel time. All is done between 5h45 and 23h each day.  The old Les Cars Air France,were given a bit of confusion as many folks believe you needed to come on Air France to use them, when in fact all could; therefore, now they are call the le Bus Direct. You still have line 1 to Place Charles De Gaulle or Arc de Triomphe on the side of 1 av Carnot or from Porte Maillot on the side of Blvd Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, now, also Trocadero, every 15 minutes from 5h45 to 23h. Line 2, to the Tour Eiffel,Place de l’Etoile, Porte Maillot. Line 3 to Orly airport connection, and line 4 to Montparnasse at rue du commandant Mouchotte or from gare de Lyon at bd Diderot, every 30 minutes from 7h to 21h30. 

If you arrive very late you can take the bus Noctilien, from midnite to 5h. You have five points in Paris at Chatelet, gare de Lyon,gare Montparnasse,gare de l’Est,gare du Nord , gare Saint Lazare and Orly airport. For updated info here: https://www.ratp.fr/en/getting-around-night/its-easy-get-around-night

You can take regular bus services No 351 from CDG to areas such as international bus terminal at Galliani or porte de Bagnoles, Vincennes or Montreuil for 2 euros to connect with the metro. Taxis stands are waiting outside terminals or main railroad station the best known are Taxi G7, and Alpha Taxis. My experiences in the region have been with G7 always good.

From Orly airport,situated on the town of Orly in department 94 Val de Marne, the transportation is from Orly Sud and Orly Ouest , take the OrlyVal until Antony then RER B to CDG or into Paris. You also have buses Le Bus Direct line 3, all every 30 minutes from 6h to 22h30 ,(weekends out is 7h). Between terminals Sud and Ouest you have free connections on OrlyVal, navette buses. By bus on Orlybus depart from Paris at place Denfert-Rochereau in front of entry to RER station, every 15-20 minutes, from 5h35 to 23h05 travel time about 30 minutes.

You can interconnect from CDG T1 and T2 airport to Orly Sud or Ouest  by taking the RER B from CDG T2 until Antony, then OrlyVal, frequency every 10 minutes from 6h to 23h or Le Bus Direct. I admit this is web information as not been thru Orly well believe since 2010. My second home is CDG.

You can also take the TGV fast trains from Terminal 2 at CDG to north, south and west lines as well as Thalys. I have connected even to Disneyland and Brussels Midi from here too.

There are many shuttle private companies operating to suit must tastes, mine have been serve well by yellow van on several occassions. However, not taken them since 2011 and now they are call the Paris Shuttle info here: https://www.parishuttle.com/

You can purchase several options of tickets according to your lenght of stay and needs, I will compare all before deciding on the ones to purchase as per personal choices/needs. The single ticket in Paris zone 1-2 is 1,90 Euros on machines and counters ,on the buses is 2 Euros. then you have the carnet of 10 tickets for 16.90 euros, usually enough for most people. The airport prices are apart and different, these are from CDG RER B to Paris 10.30 euros, the Roissybus is 13.70 euros, the Orlybus is 9.50 euros, the T7 is 1.90 to Orly, Bus 183 from porte de Choisy to Orly is 2 euros, and the OrlyVal is 9.30 euros. These have change a lot and could in the future especially next by Jan 1 2021.

You can buy a daily card call Mobilis for the whole day of travel on zones 1-2 Paris for 7.50 euros. You can buy for a whole week the Navigo Semaine for all Paris proper métro, RER, bus, Tramway and trains except the line Orlyval, all zones 22.80 euros ,the same for the month is 75.20 euros. There is a newer pass Navigo Easy to travel in metro, RER lines inside Paris, bus lines in the region of Ïle de France, OrlyBus , RoissyBus, tramways and the cable car of Montmartre to charge on the card according to section travel.

To Versailles zone 4 is 3.65 euros, and to Disneyland Paris is zone 5 RER A 8.40 euros. The touristic Paris Visite Pass never used it. You can buy for one day on zones 1-3 for 12 euros. Again, these are today’s prices they have change a lot over the years and bound to change again by Jan 1 2021.

To book trains, and I am a grand voyageur member is the old SNCF voyages now oui.SNCF webpage: https://en.oui.sncf/en/

To come to Versailles take the metro to pont-Sévres on line 9 in Paris and take the bus No 171 leaving you right in front of castle!  The RER C trains from Paris takes you to Versailles rive gauche château station as well as regular trains takes you from Saint Lazare to station rive droite (my old station) and  Montparnasse to station Chantiers. From the airports there is no direct line, you need to come to Paris then Versailles.

The bus lines are my favorite when not using the car in Paris. The lines are numbered from 20 to 199. To understand the number we go to a nice definition: The first number correspond to a quartier or neighborhood of Paris such as the lines Saint-Lazare/Opéra for the lines 20 to 29 , and Gare de l’Est for the lines 30 to 49.  The second number corresponds to the periphery neighborhoods ; for example  the west or ouest for the  3 ,and the southeast or sud-est for the 7. The lines 20 to 99 are the ones inside the city of Paris and the near periphery. The bus lines 100 to 199 are for the suburbs of Paris and some like the lines 102, 109, 111, 132 , and 169  entered a bit inside Paris.

The above list could not be all inclusive but gives you a general details of ways into and out of the city. If any doubts you can ask me and will gladly help out. As for me, I have been using public transports in Paris since 1990, all modes at all times and days; whether on business or personal. After a few years, I have become accustomed to do public transports on business trips still need to do in the area and on personal trips I use my car. Yes ,you can drive in Paris.... if used to do so in big cities of course if your experience is from smaller towns than Paris might seems overwhelming at first.

Hope it helps your travels in the region of Ïle de France, my old home region in my belle France. Travel is easy on normal days, nowdays are not normal so plan ahead and have alternative plans. Hope you have enjoy the post.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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