Again Paris, enough said!!!!

So I must go on talking about my eternal Paris. Again, this is an older post that I am revising, updating with fresh text on my black and white series. The pictures are in the individual monument post in my blog; hope you enjoy it.

And another road warrior trip from our current home in the Morbihan Breton dept 56. We rode free of tolls, the best way to go, right thru small towns and nice scenaries 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, then, ave Friedland to the Gare Saint lazare parking on 29 rue de Londres.Sublime and the views to cry for!!

And voilà,  please , don’t hit me but for 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 tried the new Burger King at the train station Gare Saint Lazare. It was opening week and the first open in France so of course 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 in the counter, and was able to find a table as well with a great view over the rue du Havre. The place continue to be 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!!!!!!!!! Webpage:

From there, of course, the boys again dragged me into the obvious Micromania store (their favorite store in France!) in the galerie commerciale Klepierre-Saint Lazare, (which sadly learned it has closed) , 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!!! The FNAC still open!

For reference, the shopping center part of the Saint Lazare train station is very good;many coffee breaks at Starbucks!! webpage:

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 (first and only time in Paris), 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 and they beat me yikes!!! I have a post but for info parc Monceau

I tried 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.(the resto is closed as the chain sadly). This was 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 tried 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. That’s my France!!! We took the menu at 35 Euros, included all from Lillet glacé apéros, for 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. Again sadly they are closed, just for the memories ok

The next morning we got up early than usual and headed  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 Senat building of France,and the park ,the fountain of Médicis, and the Orangerie all gorgeous.

We continue to be by the Panthéon. 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 on street at rue Guynemer,and then, 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 , and a tour around the Arc de Triomphe!!

We were on a quick trip but needed at least one night for rest on the road. So ,therefore, on the way back we stop at a familiar territory but first time on them as a family, we chose the Campanile Saint Germain en Laye hotel. In my business trips here I have stayed in a few including this one! It was a quick in and out from the N13 and the A13  from Paris. 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. Large family we needed two rooms. For info the hotel webpage here:

I must add it was surrounded by great Centre commercial Carrefour Chambourcy with a hyper Carrefour to Micromania/ FNAC stores, gas station Total access by shopping center of Art de Vivre down the line in Orgeval, (this one sadly has closed the gas station still open) great on your passing to Normandy on the A13 exit 7 this is a great stop/rest option. The Chambourcy shopping center for reference we did shop there once when living in the area, and the place had just opened; later it was expanded and modernized:

There you go folks another dandy run to my eternal Paris even far yet so close to us. Hope you enjoy this another black and white post on rejuvanated posts in my blog. Paris is anyway you can imagine.

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

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