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Cafe Creme and the Sewer Museum

  • Jan 20, 2000
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Pros: Awesome Food, Friendly people, great sights

Cons: Restaurants are expensive

Paris is SO much fun. We were lucky enough to get to stay at the flat of a friend who has a place in the 6th Arrondissment. We were a block away from the metro station and bought weekly passes. Then it was full tilt boogie for 8 days with our friends from Germany who met us there!

I'm an artist and an art teacher, so I was really keen on getting to see some art in person. I felt like I dragged my friends all over the city to look at art. The Louvre was great, but we had to wait more than an hour just to get in. It is so huge and there is so much to see. I saw Mona Lisa and Nike of Samothrace and the apartments of Napoleon III. About 30 minutes before closing we started looking for the "sortie" or way out. We followed signs and went up and down stairs and through uncharted territories and were starting to feel like we were in the twilight zone. With a sigh of relief (after 6 hours) we finally spotted the exit. I enjoyed the Musee d'Orsay much more. I loved the impressionist art and was astonished to come around the corner to see Whistler's Mother. I had forgotten it was there. We saw the Rodin museum which was lovely.

We witnessed a protest march from an upstairs cafe and were later questioned by gendarmes who seemed to easily believe we were tourists.

We went and looked at Notre Dame and St. Chappelle and Sacre Coeur. I wanted to go see St. Denis, but our friend Bianca said she'd choke me if we went into another church.

We HAD to go out to Pere LeChaise to see Jim Morrison's grave. There were lot's of cigarette butt's put out in the sand there. I don't think he's there anymore. I think it's just a marker..a LOT of people were there though. The graveyard was lovely and eerie at the same time. The little huts and crypts were certainly different that most things I've ever seen.

My husband insisted on picking out a destination. He chose the Sewer Museum. It was really fun and not so stinky. Paris is proud of her sewers, they have such history! Really amazing.

We did the Eiffel Tower one day and were up at the top as the sun went down and the lights came up. It was kind of cool for us all to stand up there watching the lights come on.

One day we played "Metro Bingo" with our weekly passes. Decide on a number, get on and go that many stops in one direction, then pick another number while traveling and get on another train and go that many stops. We would get off and just walk around and see what there was to see. We found a really cool karaoke bar this way. It was SO funny to hear these French folks singing American songs badly.

We must have had Cafe Creme in about 50 places. I found that the French people were very nice and quite polite. I would attempt to ask for what I needed in French and most of the time whoever was helping me would bail me out and speak English to me. I just didn't ASSUME that anyone understood English. One of the waiters told me as much. He said he appreciated me trying to speak his language--that it showed respect.

Before we went, a friend told us not to be "Overtly American." I wasn't sure what she meant, but we played it very low key and it soon became obvious what she meant when we saw Americans that were loud and obnoxious and very very rude.

Every afternoon we went to the market around the corner from the flat and bought bread and cheese and other victuals. The food was of astonishing quality and was SO cheap. The first day, my husband and I went to the supermarket and just started piling cheese into the basket. When we figured we had "splurged" enough (we thought we had about $100 worth of cheese) we checked out and spent 80 francs. One the way back to the flat we were calculating and came to about $16. I've never eaten as well as those days in Paris. I just can't believe the quality of the food.

I really think we got a feel for the city, staying in the apartment that way. We still did a lot of touristy stuff, but we experienced "living" there just a bit.

I'm going back in two months with three other teachers, my daughter and 24 students. I can't wait!


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Paris is capital of France and its largest city, with over 12 million people living in the surrounding metropolitan region. Often called the City of Lights, Paris is the cultural center of France and, arguably, Europe. The earliest signs of human habitation of the area date back to nearly 4,000 BCE. Today, Paris is home to Europe's largest business district, La Défense, and the city is a cultural hub for the arts, entertainment, fashion, cuisine, politics, education, the sciences, and much more.

One of the most memorable, impressive and famous landmarks in the city is the Eiffel Tower, constructed in 1899 and dominating the distinctive Parisian skyline. Based in the 7th arrondissement, tourists can visit the Tower either solo or on an Eiffel Tower tour for sweeping views across the capital and a look through the various exhibitions on offer.

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