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Tomorrow I am working half a day and then taking a flight to Charles de Gaulle airport for an off-site meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Paris. We arrive around 6 p.m. in the evening on Monday and will also hopefully have some time Tuesday evening to do some sightseeing or enjoy the city.

I've been to Paris, once, with my family when I was 15. We didn't have the best experience while traveling there because someone tried to steal my mom's purse as we were boarding the Metro with all our suitcases, and also because on the train (and I can't remember if it was the train TO Paris or the train FROM Paris) we encountered an extremely rude woman who made us all angry and uncomfortable in our carriage.

Unfortunately, some of that distress colored my memories of that day in Paris. We saw Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur and the Arc d'Triumph (I think we drove around it) and of course, the Eiffel Tower, which I've written about before since it was indelibly burned into my brain as one of my most "gawd-my-parents-are-embarrasing-teenage-moments ever. :P

I can't remember what else we did. Did we go to the Louvre? You would think I would remember. I have a vague memory of not being able to see the Mona Lisa very well because of the amount of people necessitating crowd control and barriers but it strikes me that it could be something I've read about instead. How odd a feeling that is, to think that one of my memories might not be authentic.

The hotel where we are staying is very close to the Eiffel Tower and in fact, if one is lucky, commands a view of it from the windows of your room. We have to take the Metro to get to the Paris office, which is located next to the Bourbon Palace.

SO, in consideration of the fact that I have seen the really major tourist attractions before and am more interested in books and art and shopping than sightseeing, AND have only 2 evenings to really do anything, does anyone who has been to Paris (Bluepoppy? Blueberrymoon?) have any recommendations for me? I would go see courtesy but she very discourteously left the country, probably on purpose, I suspect, mainly to avoid meeting me. :P

Restaurant, shopping, and attraction recommendations are very welcome!
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the latin quarter has got lots of arty farty boutique galleries...

do you think they're open in the evenings? I sure hope SOMETHING is open in the evenings!

Saint Germain des Pres is the area to explore. Rue de la Huchette is alive at night. Not sure what's there exactly now - it's been a while since I last was there.

Have fun!!

You could ask emmabovary

(Anonymous)
Shakespeares Bookstore

I bump into you sometimes on rightthismoment. I have finally checked out your site and love it! The photos of Scotland are great. If you are interested in books, check out Shakespeares Bookstore when you are in Paris. You'll love it.

http://www.shakespeareco.org/

Safe travels.

Re: Shakespeares Bookstore

Ooooh!! Perfect! Thank you! (although I suspect my husband will brain me if I buy any more books, heh). And thank you for the nice compliments! :)

I'm not sure if I have you pegged wrong, but I could totally see you loving the tour of Monet's home at Giverny. It's about 75 km from Paris and they have bus tours but you don't have a lot of time. You might want to file it away for a future trip to Paris.

http://giverny.org/monet/welcome.htm

Have you gone to le Jardin des Tuileries? It's near the Louvre, la Place de la Concorde. You might already be over there but you might want to check it out. It's the most important garden in Paris and possibly in all of France.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuileries_Palace

I'm sure you'll get better recommendations from others, but that is all I'm coming up with off the top of my head. Word of warning, don't shop at Les Halles. Things are grossly overpriced there but it's an important piece of Parisian history so it's worth seeing.

oh, thank you! I am squirreling away tips for a future trip, and will definitely put Monet's home in the list since you are right, I won't have the time this trip. Thanks! :)

There is also Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement. I don't expect you know which arrondissement your hotel is? That could help you get a good restaurant, etc. and also help you map out the stuff you want to see.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jardin_du_Luxembourg

Can I say I'm so freakin' envious of you right now! I haven't been in France for 10 years. I really hope you have a lovely time.

Jajaja :P Can you believe I don't even have any recommendations ... just find a nice bistro and sit down and watch the world go by? Musee D'Orsay? Dinner in the Marais? Sorry, but I hope you love it :)

We checked about the Musee D'Orsay and they're closed on Tuesdays, WAAH! I got a recommendation for this restaurant and this museum as well.

Oh shit, what a shame. That restaurant looks fabulous, don't know the museum and suspect it's not the easiest to get to but still could be fab. Hugely recommend some time on a bridge watching the sun set. Also St Germain du Pres is a lovely area with cafes. Place des Vosges in the Marais is a beautiful square on which many fabulous buskers sing and play on weekend days but not sure if that works for you. Have fun!

(Anonymous)

I hope you had a WONDERFUL time!!!!
-terrell, http://countofthree.blogspot.com

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