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Need Foodie and Local help in Paris - Suggestions?

Cmhylton | Dec 30, 200901:13 PM

Hello all -

First, thank you for reading my post. My Partner and I are heading to Paris for the first this coming March. I am very excited and have been reading up on culture, studying the language and trying to plan a great trip without having to "plan" too much. I really would like to visit Paris from a local's perspective with a little tourist thrown in for good measure (i.e. museums, monuments, etc.)

The main question(s) that I have for you all or anyone who would care to respond are:
- In March are most of the farmers markets closed?
- What kind of weather should we plan for?
- I am considering renting an apartment for the week vs. staying in an hotel as I would love to cook, I am a culinary graduate here in the states and food is my love and passion - what would you recommend and where would you recommend staying (looking for safe area surrounded by great food and food choices/markets)
- I am looking for "hole in the wall" local restaurants and bistro's, I have eaten at Michelin star restaurants and can do that almost anywhere, that is NOT what I want I want, real French food, Confit, Foie, Pate, amazing bread. I simply just want the chance to live like a Parisian for a couple of days.
- Any thoughts on the Paris Pass?

We will be there for 7 days and hope to do as much and as little as possible (inclusive of the obligatory sitting at a cafe and watching the world go by). Any help that anyone could provide would be wonderful. The apartment that we were looking at was in the 2nd and the hotel was in the 7th.

Also would really like to take a train to some wine country not sure the process for this as here in California it is pretty easy but I do not know the process there. Regardless we would love to do some wine tasting a day perhaps in Burgundy or Champagne, what would you recommend?

Thank you SOOO much for your help it means a great deal (kind of hard when you are flying a little blind.) I hope that this post finds you all doing well.

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