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Basic Info Needed for Paris (longish)

mardi | Nov 11, 200207:55 PM

My husband and I are going to Paris for 10 days in January. We have never been, and neither of us can be considered a "chowhound" except (in my case) for chocolate. We will most likely get a small apartment w/kitchen/ette (area still up for grabs) so that we have the option of eating in. My husband is not one for planning (to say the least!) so advance reservations at popular restaurants are probably out of the question for us. Are there any basic rules you can give us for picking places off the street to dine in? As New Yorkers, we know to avoid the big tourist streets, and that, at the finer places, we can get the same food at better prices at lunchtime. But any other general tips would be greatly appreciated. If it helps, our idea of vacation is pretty much to poke around in a city just as we would here in Manhattan if we had a week off...browsing stores, checking out the sales, a museum or two, maybe a movie. Not sure which area we're staying in yet. Looking at Marais, Montmartre or Latin Quart. Thanks. Oh, and I can't speak a word of French (have to memorize a few phrases so I don't look like an arrogant American); husband can get by.

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