Paris 12 Ancien - Quartier Saint-Jacques

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  • Day18

    Paris and a room with a view!

    April 12, 2017 in France ⋅

    I arrived in Paris after a 90 minute flight from Barcelona. I decided to catch the train since it was a fine day and to save some money! I managed it ok catching a shuttle, then a train and signs were surprisingly self explanatory. My schoolgirl French is coming back to me!

    I had booked a lovely old hotel just by Notre Dame Cathedral but could only afford their cheapest single room (I am hardly in it anyway). I got to the hotel admiring the view by the river as I walked from the underground train and got offered an upgrade for two of the six nights I am here. It is one of their best rooms and the very friendly owner said I deserved it since it was my first time in Paris! (they had a cancellation).. it is a lovely big double room with a view of a park and the cathedral itself. Pinching myself!!Read more

  • Day3

    La Petite Perigourdine

    September 1, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We were too tired to make it out for my birthday dinner in Paris so started the day with a post birthday French breakfast in a restaurant just next to where we are staying. A very French way to start the day.

  • Day20

    Nights and sights

    April 14, 2017 in France ⋅

    One of the delightful surprises for me on this trip is how safe it is for me to be out and about at night. In Paris many sights remain open quite late and families and tourists are enjoying the city at night as much as the day. This is a small sample of the photos I took in my evenings in Paris.

  • Day119

    In the Footsteps of Simon and Adele

    October 12, 2017 in France ⋅

    In 2006 Barbara McClintock wrote a delightful children's book called "Simon and Adele". It tells the simple story of two Parisian children on their way home from school. Although Simon had been warned to take care of his things, somehow he manages to progressively lose everything he had been carrying. Each object is lost in a distinct part of central Paris.

    Since we both love the book, Maggie had the idea of recreating the walk taken by Simon and Adele. The only trouble is that the book is set in the Paris of 1907 and the Paris of today has changed quite a bit. Nevertheless it seemed like a good way to pass a lovely autumn day and so we set off with map and notes in hand.

    Our first stop was the Jardin de Plantes (Garden of Plants). This is a huge park which is devoted to the Sciences of Botany, Geology and Palaeontology. It is also home to the Menagerie (Zoo) of Paris. The warm sunshine combined with the huge distances we had walked yesterday to ensure that our energy levels started to wane rather rapidly.

    I don't know how Simon and Adele walked such a long distance home each day, but by the time we had made our way back to the Luxembourg Gardens, we had realised that there was no way we were going to complete the entire walk in one day. We did however have fun placing a couple of little cutout figures of Simon and Adele in various location and then photographing them for our grand kids.

    While we were walking around the streets it was interesting to note all the diverse means of transport that were being used. Many locals like to move around the city on small scooters. Many of these scooters are now battery powered and can zoom along the footpaths quite fast. We also noticed several using the much more high tech approach by riding along on an air wheel. These are a sort of single wheeled version of a Segway. We even were passed by a girl riding a unicycle along the busy footpath. In Paris no one seems to raise an eyelid, no matter how unusual the means of transport is.

    At the end of the afternoon we purchased some Apple Cider, a baguette and a large serving of tartiflette (a French dish containing potato, cheese, bacon and onion) from an outdoor market and had a picnic dinner in our hotel room. It was a lovely way to complete our second last day in Paris. After dark we went for yet another walk and stopped to listen to a saxophone player playing jazz in a small cafe. Hundreds of people were still out strolling the streets, taking full advantage of the warm evening. Paris is just like that.
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  • Day6

    Le Dante Bistrot

    September 4, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We are trying to get into the Parisian way of life and ventured out for a late dinner. We are usually in bed at this time. We tried some local cuisine at Bistro Le Dante where Brad ordered snails for an entree, AND I actually tried one! Not something I would have again but at least I gave it a go. It was a delicious dinner and a lovely way to end our last day in Paris.Read more

  • Day11

    Paris bike tour, L'Initial dinner

    June 8, 2017 in France ⋅

    L'Initial is a French Japanese fusion restaurant in the Latin Quarter, about 300 mts from our hotel. I'd read about it on TripAdvisor. We had the 7 course degustation menu (sorry boys your inheritance has taken a bit of a hit). It was a beautiful, intricate meal and included foie gras and pigeon (some courses were a set menu). It was a memorable way to finish our stay in Paris.Read more

  • Day5

    Paris arrival.

    June 2, 2017 in France ⋅

    Landed at CDG at 7:30am. The 12 hour flight was full but ok. It took about an hour to get through passport control, with a very badly organised queing arrangement.
    We unboxed and assembled the bikes (such a simple description) before catching the shuttle train to terminal 3 to catch the RER train to Saint Michel-Notre Dame station near (1km) our hotel. We are at Hotel Saint Jaques for a week.
    After lunch at a nearby brasserie we visited the Pantheon. It is literally just up the street from our hotel. Did a bit of walking and Tracey ended up with a bad knee. Hope it is ok in the morning.
    Got talking to a local couple (Philippe and Amita) about life, politics, religion, and revolution at dinner (restaurant across the road from our hotel), invited to dinner at their place tomorrow night.
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  • Day2

    Shakespeare and Company

    April 16, 2017 in France ⋅

    This is a cool place i learned about right before i came to Europe for the first time. The woman that lived next door to me growing up, told me that the store will let any stuggeling artist/writer stay there for free in exchange for helping out at the bookshop. Apparently it is true!

  • Day9

    Rue Frederic Sauton

    November 10, 2017 in France ⋅

    When we booked our rental apartment, the owner said we could book his driver as we took our chances, and did that....65 euros vs 150 for a taxi. He actually brought a car seat with him for Aston and everything turned out well. He was familiar with the apartment, so knew exactly where to go...thankfully. We are about a block from the Seine river and just across from the Notre Dame Cathedral. We were left on the street front, as there is no parking, and as we surveyed our surroundings, we knew we were in for an interesting stay! Thankfully, our girls LOVE exploring and LOVE adventures. They aren't afraid of change, they adapt well to knew environments, and they do not need much for comfort! haha. The pictures say it all.

    Our first day was spent exploring around the apartment. We found a nice bakery just down the street....our first true French bakery. We were surprised to learn that the prices are quite different if you are sitting in to eat, or taking it to go. We decided to sit in to eat, and quickly realized our mistake...haha. The glass tables were all cracked, and with a toddler, not the safest. Then came the diaper worries, we'll just use the washroom (for a fee)....except its just a change table. Change tables are everywhere in's surprising if you find a place without one. In France....apparently not the same! We asked where we could change the one knew....thankfully the apartment was close! The bakery was small, so we left our strollers outside, even though they are the cheap, small, umbrella strollers, we were soon advised that we should keep them with us all the they may get taken. We were aware of the risks, and not too concerned, but the bakery staff seemed quite concerned, so we folded them up and squeezed them in with us. If the locals are concerned, we should be too! We learned a few lessons that'd think we've never traveled before!! I guess we're out of practice!

    So far, we've visited a couple different bakeries, the Notre Dame, walked along the Seine, and explored the many walking streets just outside of the apartment. We were lucky enough to catch the Dame de Coeur show (commemorating WWI) at the Notre Dame Cathedral tonight! It was brilliant...amazing! Unfortunately, we had one sleeping and one really tired (aka miserable) kid, so somehow managed to not get any photos! It's been great so far! The locals are so friendly and it's obvious that they love kids!
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