(Closed) RP: London/Paris/Rome

posted 10 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I have not, but I’m French, have visited Paris a few times and lately my cousin who lives there made a list or restaurants she enjoys and must see places. Let me know if you’re interested in it. I’ll be happy to post those information for you.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would strongly recommend taking a day or two to visit both Florence and Tuscany after you’re in Rome. They’re a short train ride (a few hours) away and they’re both really gorgeous.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

MrsFroggy, could you please post this information? I’m going to Paris on my honeymoon and I’d love an insider’s take on the city. Thanks!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Rick Steves is the BEST! I’ve done the same trip, and we bought all the random other guidebooks (frommers, fodor’s, etc) and again and again, we went back to the rick steves book. we ended up going to florence on a whim and even bought the rick steves book when we were there, because it’s so helpful! It’s very well organized, and has great walking tours laid out. We did almost every one of the Rome tours, and they were fantastic! I know he’s a big dork, but he knows his stuff. Also, download his podcasts from iTunes- they are great free audio tours of places!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Warning, it’s going to be long. If you need advise on other places to go to in France in general, I’ll be happy to give a hand. I grew up in the South west, which I’m more familiar with. If you get a chance, visit Barcelona in Spain, it’s an incredible city.

In Paris the best way to travel is to use the Metro and the bus, there are a variety of tickets and passes you can choose from depending on how  long you plan to spend there.

Careful in the Metro and around the famous landmarks, pick pockets tend to spot visitors and abuse of it. 

m°= Metro

 Restaurants

le Quai Quai, 74, quai des Orfvères

75001 PARIS

T 01 46 33 69 75

m° Pont Neuf / Louvre – Rivoli

Good and creative french cuisine. The restaurant is located at the end of the island (L’ile de la city, where Notre Dame is located), they have a neat décor. 

L’Altro

16, rue du Dragon

75006 PARIS

T 01 45 48 49 49

m° Saint-Germain des Prés / Sèvres – Babylone

Good Italian restaurant, original, modern, in the beautiful are of the 6th « arrondissement » close to St Germain des Prés.

L’Epi Dupin

11 Rue Dupin

75006 Paris

T 01 42 22 64 56

m° Sèvres Babylone<

Excellent french cuisine, a little bit more expensive but worth the trip.  Make reservations several days in advance.

Le Café Divan

60, Rue de la Roquette

75011. Paris

Tel : 01 48 05 72 36

A « brewerie » (brasserie), quite popular righe now, in the Bastille are, good wines, good food, very Parisian but welcoming too. –

Le Procope

13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie

75006 Paris

Tél. : 01 40 46 79 00

A bit more expensive, but it’s also one of the oldest restaurant of Paris ! Good food, my godparents (who live in GA, USA)really enjoyed it when they went.

Le Zeyer<

234 avenue du Maine

75014 Paris<

T 01 45 40 43 88

Traditional brewery with excellent food. Great to eat a good sauerkraut or good meat.

Crepes

The street of Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement, close to Montparnasse : is the street of the Britanny crepes making places. She recommends the Creperie du Pont Aven.

Le Loir dans la théière

3, Rue des Rosiers

75004 Paris

Tel : 01 42 72 90 61

Excellent for a tea break in the middle of the afternoon. Located in the beautiful Marais quarter. You’ll fall for their cakes/cookies.

 Places to see

In the 4th arrondiseement : the Marais quarter with the Places des Vosges, it’s mansions, beautiful little streets… It’s also the gay quarter and the jewish quarter.

In the 5th arrondissement, with the Pantheon (where the most famous French people are burried), the ancient roman arean of Lutece, Mouffetard Street, The Museum of Natural History and the Botanical Garden.

In the 6th arrondissement : The Gardens of Luxembourg (so parisian), St Germain des Pres for it’s mythical coffee places, St Sulpice plaza and the little streets leading you to the river Seine.

The two islands : La Cite with Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapel leand the flower market, and also St Louis island with the beautiful main street of St Louis en l’ile, plenty of cute shops there.

The quarter with the big « malls » : Le Printemps, les Galleries Lafayettes in the 9th arrondissement.

The Town Hall, the Louvres, the Jardin des Tuileries (garden of the Tuileries, where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette where kept) to finish with the plaza of La Concorde.

Les Champs Elysees, even if it’s not the place in Paris she likes the most

The Eiffel Tower with the Champs de Mars under it, and a little bit farther, the Invalides

Alexandre III bridge and the Passerelle des Arts (passerelle=a small bridge) that one is a feet only area.

And of course Montmartre.</font>
 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - Ten Mile Station

Spider — I used to live in London and have been to Paris and Rome.

To book all of my hotels/hostels I used http://www.hostelworld.com. I think they have the best deals by far and almost all the place we have stayed were great.

For Paris, I would recommend staying at the Le Regent Montmarte http://www.leregent.com/. It is right in the heart of Montmarte, my favorite part of Paris, right by the Metro, and a good price.

All I can say about a guide book is buy Rick Steves! He is the best, even though we felt like every other American traveller in Europe!

London is really tricky, as it is the most expensive city in the world. I’ve stayed in several places, mostly hostels…I would recommend staying in Bayswater, although its a little far from Central London. Bloomsbury is great, if you can snag a good hotel because it is right in the heart of London. Knightsbridge is fabulous but incredibly expensive….

I didn’t get to spend as much time in Rome as I would have liked…but you could spend a whole week there and not see everything…

Gosh, I have so much I could tell you! If you would like send me an email or page me…

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Post # 9
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1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

oh, another piece of advice about Rome – don’t visit the Vatican on the first day. no other cathedrals will compare.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

Oh, another thing- be sure to go to the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome and wander around until you find the cutest, smallest restaurant that you can find- because they WILL have the best food!

 There’s also a restaurant in Rome called Restaurant Gina, located by the Spanish Steps. They have the BEST vegetable soup and also do picnics to go for the Villa Borghese. SO yummy!

 Plan on spending as much time as possible in Rome, we were there 8 days and didn’t get to see everything we wanted, and we did feel a little rushed. There’s just so much history!

 Last thing- DO buy all your tickets for the Vatican, Colloseum (sp?), etc online before hand! It saves SO much time, and is worth the minimal booking fee. It allows you so much more time to do more things, which is great when your time is limited! We were there over Easter and the line for the Vatican was 3.5 hours long. We had a tour and waited 10 minutes. Be sure to do the Vatican guided tour (visit the Vatican website- you can email for info). It’s the most informative and least expensive.

 We just spent a week in Rome in March so I’m still fresh with ideas of places to go.  Let me know if you want more! I was in Paris and London a few years ago, so my memories of restaurants and things have faded… but if you have any other questions, just ask!

Post # 12
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Newbee

Hi!

I was born and brought up in London – yes its really really expensive compared to other cities, but the good thing is that the underground trains travel to every part of the city really quickly, so I’d advise that you book a hotel outside of the major central parts (avoid all the key tourist areas as they will double your cost), and then use the underground to get around – the maximum time you’ll have to travel to get to the main sites will be half an hour if you stay further out, and you’ll save loads of money which you can spend on admission to places and food and drink! Try Expedia for ideas of prices of hotels, but consider North rather than South (which is where the really expensive places are!) and use the underground map available on the Transport for London website to get an idea of where you’ll be – you’ll find that most things are within a short  distance, plus you get the experience of using the underground network! There are loads of tourist guide websites for the city listing the ‘must see’ things, and if you google ‘Time Out London’ it should list loads of resturants and bars for all price ranges (at least it used to!!)

If you want any more information please PM me and I can let you know of areas to eat in, and places that are worth a visit (and worth the cost!) I lived in London for 23 years so I’ve done most of the touristy things!

Hope that helps! 

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