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We are going to Paris for our honeymoon, over Valentines day weekend! We will also be in NYC for a few days before we leave.
Neither of us has been to either place, so if you have any advice, or suggested reading, I would appreciate it!!
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I’ve been to NYC twice and Paris once. I’m not sure I’m qualified to give you any tips… but I just wanted to say that your honeymoon sounds amazing and you’re going to have the BEST time!!
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I don’t have any advice but I am totally JEALOUS! Ahh We haven’t decided where we want to go yet but we’re thinking more beach paradise. But Paris is a total “trip of a lifetime” type of place!!!
Post # 5
Ahhhh I LOVE Paris!! You’re gonna love it! 🙂
I would check out Rick Steves’ guidebook– he has really good advice and tricks for traveling all through Europe. Of course, you will want to see the Eiffel Tower (sparkles at night), Notre Dame cathedral, Champs Elysees, the Louvre, Museum d’Orsay… and if you can, take a river tour on the Seine (super romantic)! I also had some REALLY good ramen in the Little Tokyo (or Japantown district?) area! 🙂
Post # 6
We are going to Paris for our honeymoon, too! We’ll be there for Christmas and New Years. Sure, it’s going to be cold, but it’s going to be so romantic and amazing!
To prepare, I’ve been studying up on my French and reading a lot. Right now, my favorite travel guide is good old Rick Steve’s Paris. We booked our hotel, the Hotel du Champ de Mars, based on his recommendation, and I’m super excited, it looks very quaint and romantic.
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We are planning on hitting up all the major historic places in Paris (<span style=”font-family: tahoma, verdana; font-size: 13px;”>Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral, Champs Elysees, the Louvre, Museum d’Orsay), and also are doing a river tour and plan on looking into a cooking class as well.
<span style=”font-family: tahoma, verdana; font-size: 13px;”>I’m more nervous about NYC than Paris..isn’t that weired?
Post # 8
We are also going to Paris for our honeymoon (along with London, my two favorite cities outside of the US). Anyway, not sure where you are staying, but I would recommend staying in one of the arrondissement’s bordering on the Seine. I’ve always stayed in the 7th, but my sister was there recently and stayed in the 4th and really loved it.
If you plan on visiting lots of museums (who doesn’t in Paris), definitely get a museum pass. It’s much cheaper.
If you want to visit Versaille, plan on almost a full day (not evening). The crowds have been insane the times I’ve gone, so expect lots of waiting.
Research restaurants in advance and generally, don’t eat near a museum (this is where you will probably get bad service).
Learn a few key phrases in French. Definitely learn to great people in their native language. It’s very helpful.
Other than that, Paris is just magical. I’ve been twice and my heart just skips a beat when I think about going back with the man I love!
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One of the most fun areas is Le Marais- it is paradoxically the center of Orthodox Jewish life and gay life! It is full of FANTASTIC felafel stands (sephardic cuisine), cool bistros and super trendy stores. Just wander and people watch! Make sure to do as the French do- sit at a cafe table side by side facing out to look at the passersby- people watching isn’t rude, it’s a national pasttime!
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i really liked montemarte in paris. They have some really cute little eateries and lots of painters and artists
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OK I have to have to have to post here because my favorite restaurant in the entire world is in Paris. You have to go there. It’s on the Left Bank right across the street from the Seine. It’s called La Rotisserie du Beaujolais and their specialty is – not surprisingly – rotisserie chicken and beaujolais wine. It’s a tiny place and they have an open kitchen with the rotisserie oven visible to the dining room and it’s hot as hell in there but the smell of that chicken… OMG I’m salivating just thinking about it. This should tell you something – I was in Paris for three nights, I ate there two of the three, and I got the same exact thing both times: escargot, demi poule (half chicken), and the strawberry tart for dessert. Also, obviously, some beaujolais with dinner. Amazing. Just amazing.
As for NYC, depends what your interests are. The Natural History Museum is one of my favs and a definite crowd pleaser. Who doesn’t like dinosaurs?
Post # 12
Oh and also, you’ll want to make sure to time your Eiffel Tower night viewing so that you get the twinkling lights for the first ten minutes of every hour. It’s just magical. I could keep going on and on forever. Now I want to go back to Paris!
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I have to stop reading this post!! I’m seriously bookmarking this for my trip next Fall.
Anyone have recommendations for good live music in Paris – like good jazz?
Post # 14
Wow that does sound like an amazing honeymoon! I’ve never been to Paris but hope to one day…@betagirl I think I will save your tips for future use! 🙂
For New York, I’ve only been there a couple times but I recommend not staying in Times Square! It’s pretty expensive and it’s also a total sensory overload…it just doesn’t feel like the NY of shows like SATC and Friends and what not! 🙂 If I went again I would stay in the village–it is so much prettier, calmer, and the food and drinks were more reasonably priced!
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Ok, I will take the bait…If you want advice and have specific questions, pm me. I’ve lived here for 10 years and am willing to share some of my wisdom…
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@betagirl – there are several jazz clubs along rue des Lombards in the 4th, near Chatelet – Les Halles. Duc des Lombards is one of the better known places. For up to date concert listings go to http://www.concertandco.com/ville/paris/billet-concert-1-8.htm, you’ll have to click on the date you are interested in on the little orange calendar and it will list all the concerts in the city for that date. Sorry but I don’t think there is an English version…But hey, jazz is the same word in French so you should be able to tell which concerts are of interest to you!