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Advice Regarding Paris (Extended Date)

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I am planning an extended/travel date - 48 hours with a lady I have seen quite a few times. 

 

I want to give her the time of her life and really soak up the Parisian culture - well as much as possible in 48 hours - nowithstanding leaving plenty of time for fun and frollicks

 

I haven't been to Paris for years - so I am looking for:

 

Any suggestions/recommendations regarding hotels - 4 o 5 star - close to central Paris - taxis distance to most things - kind of hotel that offers discretion safety etc etc.

 

Any suggestions regarding restaurants also much appreciated - again swanky good quality.

 

Any suggestions regarding places to visit within this time frame - Louvre - Latin Quarter.

 

A show - is Moulin Rouge a must?  Anything else that is especially unique to Paris.

 

Really appreciate any help or input.

 

In anticipation - thank you.

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Moi non plus, quel dommage...

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Great thank you - I will look at a Paris pass - boat trip cracking idea hadn't though of that

 

l'Orsay I will check that out - why is it better than the louvre?

 

I think I'd better get a phrase book as didn't take up French as one of my options 40 years ago - shame really - I am figuring Moi non plus, quei dommage - means 'Sorry no - what a pity' (Google Translator - sorry).

 

Hope you don't mind me asking - worth a shot - a man often needs all the help and advice he can get.

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I always stay at George V. I prefer Crazy Horse which is a 2 min stroll from the hotel. The Concierge will arrange tickets and anything else you may require, especially restaurant reservations

 

Guy Savoy and Taillevant are 2 of my favourites

 

Hope that this helps

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I always stay at George V. I prefer Crazy Horse which is a 2 min stroll from the hotel. The Concierge will arrange tickets and anything else you may require, especially restaurant reservations

 

Guy Savoy and Taillevant are 2 of my favourites

 

Hope that this helps

 

I will lend you my copy of Arthur Frommer's 'Europe on $5 a Day'.  It's a bit dated - probably should be €5 now.

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Paris I hear is beautiful but you have to be careful of straying off the main streets into the alleys as the city changes from cosmopolitan to local and grubby and a bit dodgy rather quickly, thats advice I was given when thinking of going there a couple of years ago by someone who has been fairly often. 

 

Also, they may have sorted it out by now but Paris streets are notorious for their dog poop. I always thought it was an exaggeration till one of the girls I used to work with came back from a weekend there and declared "omg the dog shit, its everywhere" then thanked god she was back in England. This came from a girl who rather constantly complained about England till her "romantic" weekend i paris.

 

Read the book "a year in the merde" about a guy sent there to work for the year, will pick up a few tips on how not to get ripped off as a tourist too such as being very specific as to what size of everything you order to avoid having to pay through the nose as they will automatically bring a tourist the largest of whatever they have ordered etc

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I always stay at George V. I prefer Crazy Horse which is a 2 min stroll from the hotel. The Concierge will arrange tickets and anything else you may require, especially restaurant reservations

 

Guy Savoy and Taillevant are 2 of my favourites

 

Hope that this helps

 

Wow, George V, you have money to burn!!!!  I never stayed there but I always stay in St Germain as there are some great hotels right near the river (where I took some naughty pictures some months ago), plus has a more Parisian charm with it's restaurants in Rue de Buci etc

 

As usual, I would recommend to check the reviews on TripAdvisor for hotels, things to do etc.

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I will lend you my copy of Arthur Frommer's 'Europe on $5 a Day'.  It's a bit dated - probably should be €5 now.

 Frommer's guide  was the first guide i used when i went backpacking around Europe but i don't recall it as on $5 a day,it  was cheap though ,. . Now you get a big mac and chips for that with no change for condoms . 

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Paris I hear is beautiful but you have to be careful of straying off the main streets into the alleys as the city changes from cosmopolitan to local and grubby and a bit dodgy rather quickly, thats advice I was given when thinking of going there a couple of years ago by someone who has been fairly often. 

 

Also, they may have sorted it out by now but Paris streets are notorious for their dog poop. I always thought it was an exaggeration till one of the girls I used to work with came back from a weekend there and declared "omg the dog shit, its everywhere" then thanked god she was back in England. This came from a girl who rather constantly complained about England till her "romantic" weekend i paris.

 

Read the book "a year in the merde" about a guy sent there to work for the year, will pick up a few tips on how not to get ripped off as a tourist too such as being very specific as to what size of everything you order to avoid having to pay through the nose as they will automatically bring a tourist the largest of whatever they have ordered etc

 

You've just reminded me of when I was staying a few days in Paris over forty years ago. There were four of us, two girls, two boys. Strolling along, one of the girls, who was delightfully vague, suddenly burst out, "Oh, there's that Parisian smell in the air...it's...it's....(long long pause)....drains, I suppose."

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Thank you very much for your advice and recommendations - I do appreciate it - I prefer longer bookings - and enjoy the planning and detail of these - a travel/extended date is a little daunting but I am on the case.

 

I will check out George V and Crazy Horse for sure and again the heads up on the restaurants is terrific. When in Rome, Rome - when in Paris, Paris so want to soak up a little of that culture - so snails for sure!

 

I will check out St Germain as well - is the Latin Quarter still the Latin Quarter and is that kind of bohemian - anyway I will do my own research just so nice to get some help and advice.

 

I guess I need the today's equivalent of Frommer's Guide! and I will watch my step and indeed our step walking around the streets and won't deviate to far - I will leave any deviancy for the bedroom! :)

 

So nice of everybody to let me have some input and suggestions - thank you very much.

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l'Orsay I will check that out - why is it better than the louvre?

 

 

Smaller crowds, more sculpture, cool building. Just my opinion, not fact. 

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How was the trip by the way? Here's my take:

 

Any suggestions/recommendations regarding hotels - 4 o 5 star - close to central Paris - taxis distance to most things - kind of hotel that offers discretion safety etc etc:

 

For a smaller hotel, my favourite is Hotel Castille; located next to the original Chanel Boutique in Rue Cambon. Of course, for a "Palace" hotel, nothing beats George V. The best modern hotel is the Mandarin Oriental but do check out the Peninsula also.

 

Any suggestions regarding restaurants also much appreciated - again swanky good quality:

 

Loads of places to go. What kind of food/experiences are you looking for?

 

Any suggestions regarding places to visit within this time frame - Louvre - Latin Quarter:

 

If you are a little in museums, there's D'orsay which is less crowded than Louvre but also lots of collections. Again, depends on what you want.

 

A show - is Moulin Rouge a must?  Anything else that is especially unique to Paris:

 

Paradis Latin is the better cabaret. Loads of musicals and concerts also.

 

-W

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My guess is... The "date" didn't happen But maybe the OP likes to plan well in advance

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I guess I need the today's equivalent of Frommer's Guide! and I will watch my step and indeed our step walking around the streets and won't deviate to far - I will leave any deviancy for the bedroom! :)

 

 

 

At the very slight risk of 'dating' myself, I found Arthur Frommer's 'Europe on 5$ a Day' very useful on my first visit to the City of Light.  I spent $2 per night for a room in the Latin Quarter back then and will be paying more than 50 times that for quite modest accommodation when I take a short break there starting on Friday. :(

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At the very slight risk of 'dating' myself, I found Arthur Frommer's 'Europe on 5$ a Day' very useful on my first visit to the City of Light.  I spent $2 per night for a room in the Latin Quarter back then and will be paying more than 50 times that for quite modest accommodation when I take a short break there starting on Friday. :(

I haven't been to Paris for over a decade and more to be honest and am in the process of planning my travel/extended date - the devil in the detail etc - I would love to find a hotel close to the Latin Quarter as I remember this part of Paris was humming and buzzing - amazing isn't it how prices have increased over the years $2 back then more than 50 that now!  I am looking for probably a 4 star hotel and nice and romantic restaurants - my thinking cap is one and I am most grateful for the feedback I have received here.  Hope you trip goes well and that you have a great time.

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I am planning an extended/travel date - 48 hours with a lady I have seen quite a few times. 

 

I want to give her the time of her life and really soak up the Parisian culture - well as much as possible in 48 hours - nowithstanding leaving plenty of time for fun and frollicks

 

I haven't been to Paris for years - so I am looking for:

 

Any suggestions/recommendations regarding hotels - 4 o 5 star - close to central Paris - taxis distance to most things - kind of hotel that offers discretion safety etc etc.

 

Any suggestions regarding restaurants also much appreciated - again swanky good quality.

 

Any suggestions regarding places to visit within this time frame - Louvre - Latin Quarter.

 

A show - is Moulin Rouge a must?  Anything else that is especially unique to Paris.

 

Really appreciate any help or input.

 

In anticipation - thank you.

 

So you want to bring a hooker to Paris, Why? I didn't realise that WGs were so thin on the ground of Paris, that punters needed to bring their own.

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So you want to bring a hooker to Paris, Why? I didn't realise that WGs were so thin on the ground of Paris, that punters needed to bring their own.

 

Not that there's a shortage of escorts in Paris, just that most of them charge 300+ Euros/ph!

 

I suppose it would be a novelty way to visit Paris. I wish THP all the best. As I'm just leaving Paris for London. Bring a coat! It's gotten bloody cold here!

 

-W

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So you want to bring a hooker to Paris, Why? I didn't realise that WGs were so thin on the ground of Paris, that punters needed to bring their own.

You romantic you jerboa - well the reason I want to bring a hooker to Paris, as you so poetically put it - is quite simple -  because I want to and because I can! :)

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Not that there's a shortage of escorts in Paris, just that most of them charge 300+ Euros/ph!

 

I suppose it would be a novelty way to visit Paris. I wish THP all the best. As I'm just leaving Paris for London. Bring a coat! It's gotten bloody cold here!

 

-W

Precisely - it is a novel way to visit Paris and the lady is such great company and so lovely to be with - that I thought I'd treat us both to a bit of Parisian fun.  Hoping to go though when the weather is warmer!

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Precisely - it is a novel way to visit Paris and the lady is such great company and so lovely to be with - that I thought I'd treat us both to a bit of Parisian fun. Hoping to go though when the weather is warmer!

What wrong with Bognor Regis?

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Now, I do not claim to be such an expert on this particular Paris, but I do sometimes visit so know my way around a bit.

In my opinion, Paris is a beautiful city that is easy to get around inexpensively and has lots of interesting things to do. Unfortunately, punting is not one of them, so my advice is to punt before and/or after visiting Paris, and spend your time there enjoying the city.

There are a number of areas to be careful of, especially after dark, with Moulin Rouge being one of them - also watch your pockets at all times, especially on the Metro

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What wrong with Bognor Regis?

Funny you should mention Bognor Regis - because I said to the lady - 'Now Listen, my dear which is it to be Bognor Regis or Paris' weirdly she chose Paris!

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Now, I do not claim to be such an expert on this particular Paris, but I do sometimes visit so know my way around a bit.

In my opinion, Paris is a beautiful city that is easy to get around inexpensively and has lots of interesting things to do. Unfortunately, punting is not one of them, so my advice is to punt before and/or after visiting Paris, and spend your time there enjoying the city.

There are a number of areas to be careful of, especially after dark, with Moulin Rouge being one of them - also watch your pockets at all times, especially on the Metro

Thanks for the  heads up on Moulin Rouge and you are not the first person to mention pick pockets - I am travelling with the lady and so will already be catered for the in the punting department - to be honest I think punting in the UK has it challenges - so am unlikely to punt in a foreign country - well that is until I get a very good steer from my fellow punters here!

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