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Paris 5 nights, St. Emilion 2 nights, Bordeaux ville 2 nights- opinions and recommendations?

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Paris 5 nights, St. Emilion 2 nights, Bordeaux ville 2 nights- opinions and recommendations?

mandafire | Apr 4, 2014 04:53 PM

Bonjour, CHs français!

First, let me thank you for all of the wonderful and energetic comments on the French board. I have been both informed and *highly* entertained, and am left daydreaming of a little party amongst the Paris CHs. But I digress...

My husband and I are traveling to France to visit his daughter in mid-May. She lives outside of Paris (studying in Versailles), and is at the tail-end of her McDonalds/doner kabob phase. Thus, I am (thankfully) responsible for all plans food-related. My plans thus far are as follows

Paris (Thursday-Tuesday morning):
We have three evenings in Paris free (Thursday, Friday and Sunday), and might be open to making advance reservations for one lunch as well. We are all adventurous eaters- I am fairly fish-centric, but open to bits of anything, and my family are avowed red meat lovers. Current places in the running for the three dinners and/or 1 lunch:
6 Paul Bert
Pirouette
Circonstances
Franck Enée
Bistrot Flaubert
Premices
Le Bon Georges
Spring or David Toutain

Market and wine/food shop recommendations in Paris:
We are renting a fairly large apartment with a full kitchen near the Pompidou, and are hoping to eat in for at least a few meals (and probably most breakfasts), as we enjoy cooking and want to take full advantage of the amazing produce, cheeses, charcuterie, etc, that will be available to us. We will of course stop by the Marche des Enfants Rouges, but I wanted to see if any of you had other recommendations for food and wine shops/bakeries within a reasonable walking distance (I would also be willing to cab or metro to a do-not-miss place).

St. Emilion (Tuesday and Wednesday):
I am still researching this area. Auberge St. Jean is unfortunately a no-go, as it is closed the two days we will be in St. Emilion.
*Current list: Lard et Buchon and Le Clos Mirande, though I do not have strong feeling about either of them.
*We have a private wine tour booked for Wednesday, centered around small organic vineyards in the area.
*We will be making our way into Bordeaux ville on Thursday, but would happily schedule a wine tasting on our way in if anyone has a don't-miss suggestion (I wish we had time to get out to Medoc to try the wines Ptipois mentioned in her amazingly informative post, but we'll have to save it for next time).

Bordeaux ville (Thursday and Friday night, whole day Saturday):
Our main goal in Bordeaux is to stroll around and explore the city, as our daughter is considering continuing her studies here. I'm wondering if we should make reservations for just one night and wing the other?
*Current considerations for lunch and/or dinner:
Le Pavillon des Boulevards
Restaurant La Cave de Bigoudy
l'Estacade
Cochon Volant
or perhaps La Tupina (?).
Also, we will be there in late-May. Do I need to avoid the oysters since it is so late, or should I feel free to indulge?

Merci, merci in advance for reading this lengthy post. Please feel free to give your unvarnished opinions, and, if you think I'm missing something or am planning poorly, please do speak up!

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