I hope I can get a little critique and advice about some info I've put together for our trip - in a little over 3 weeks!
Last summer I was at last able to fulfill a lifelong dream to visit France. We had a wonderful first timers' experience - 3 days in Paris at L'Hotel St Christophe, in the Latin Quarter, Saturday train to Rennes in time to explore le marche while waiting for friends who teach on the Isle of Jersey to meet us. Then a week in a house in the tiny town of Roz sure Couesnon with views of Mont St Michel, 4 days on Jersey and back to Paris for 3 more days at the same hotel. We had many wonderful meals, some very acceptable meals and one that we laugh about to this day.
This July we will, again, be in Paris - timing constrained by our middle son's wedding in Germany. Our plans are: fly from Boston to Paris, arriving on 7/17. We spend one night at the Villa Beaumarchais (reviews seem to have worsened since I made the res, but it's only one night so we can deal.) The following day we train to Germany for the family festivities. We return to Paris on 7/23 to an apartment that is 1 1/2 blocks from L'Hotel St Christophe. We spend a week before returning home.
With an apartment, we hope to take advantage of the markets and food shops where we only browsed last summer. I like to plan thoroughly so that spontaneity doesn't cause disaster, so the places I've found to shop and eat are more than we could possibly do in 1 week - one can't always predict where one will be when hunger strikes! We are certain this won't be our last trip - though the next will probably NOT be in July. And, next time we can try to get to some of the places we don't manage on this trip.
We will have our youngest - a 21 (almost) yr old art student and budding foodie. We will meet up with my stepsister, her husband and son - about 25 halfway through our week. They have an flat 1km away and are more gourmand than gourmet.
With all of that - this is what I've found for shopping that makes sense with our known plans - we know we'll be doing some museums - Rodin and D'Orsay, and some exploring, as well as revisiting favorite spots from last summer - Jardin des Plantes and Jardin Luxembourg.
Markets - we know from last year that Marche Monge is very good and it's very nearby. Others that seem to be good depending on whether we're nearby when they're open
Marche Bastille (11e)
Marche Montorgeuil (2e, permanent market)
Marche Maubert (5e)
Marche Baudoyer (2e)
Maison Kayser - rue Monge
Phillippe Gosselin (St Honore or St Germain)
Le Boulanger de Monge
Boulanger L'Essential - we had baguette and pastries from them last year. I read that they were noted as 3rd best butter croissants this year - and they are not far from us.
Oteiza - blvd St Michel
Bellotta Bellotta - rue Jean Nicot or rue de Seine
Verot - rue Notre Dame des Champs
Christian LaLanne - rue Monge - 2 blocks away and on Ile St Louis
Fromagerie Trotte - rue St Antoine
Laurent Dubois - Blvd St Germain
Barthelmy - rue de Grennelle
Patisserie - I only have one recommendation so far
And, perhaps Le Grand Epicerie - rue de Sevres. Is this the one that used to be on Ile St Louis? A friend had asked me to pick up some of their violet sugar last year, and we were surprised that the store where she had shopped 2-3 years earlier was gone.
I also have a list of restaurants that are possible, but will post those tomorrow, as this list appears long enough.
Thank you (in advance for this, and in general for all the information I've already gleaned.)
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