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Paris, 40th Birthday

pam h | Mar 12, 200508:44 AM

Your Mission if you choose to accept it -- design eating itinerary for four women celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of one of us, flying into paris from DC for a short trip.

My particular issue: I've been to Paris several times and never quite feel as though I've done it right. I wander around forever looking for the best place to eat and finally collapse in hunger and eat whatever I can get my hands on. So please help! Be as specific as possible.

The details:

4 women. Three days of meals. Sat/Sun/Mon. Leaving Tuesday at noon.

Three great lunches and dinner; the Saturday lunch either in the Latin Quarter or near Champs Elysee.
Someplace great to inaugurate our weekend, recover from the red eye flight, and plan out the next three days.

Looking for one special place for dinner, perhaps Monday since this is so late in the game (we leave next Friday, 6 days from now). Probably not Hiramatsu special. ALthough I don't mind dropping $60 on an entree, I don't think my friends would be into that.
Trying to keep it around $75-100 per head with wine, service, dessert (cheese glorious cheese).

Sunday lunch will be in the vicinity of Clignancourt. Street food is fine...but the best street food.

Perhaps Monday dinner will be celebratory -- so we'll want to linger over something wonderful with great service.

We'll also happily take suggestions for 5 o'clock snacks -- wine and something small to hold us over.
And the best patries, of course.

I particularly like open air markets, and would also be interested in hearing your suggestions of out of the way stores or tiny museums we would not discover on our own.

Our likely activities: one of us has never been to Paris, so we'll most likely be dropping in on Mona (I will make that a short trip), hittting Musee D'orsay and if I have my way the Rodin Museum, where I've never been. Notre Dame, certainly, but fast...

Shakespeare & Co. likely on the list.

The marche aux puces at Clignancourt, probably on Sunday. I suspect we'll have to go to the Eiffel Tower, perhaps at night is best.

We like wandering around, too and allowing serendipity to take its course, but I always have tht vague feeling I'm missing something just around the corner. So help a sister out. We love bargain shopping as we are very cheap...but apparently not so cheap as we won't drop a couple thou to go to paris for the weekend.

I am particuarly mad for interior design -- modern furniture, vintage, primatives...can spend all day looking at furniture. And I love a good old fashioned harware store.

I've also heard tell that France has wonderful druggist shops with interesting homeopathic products and natural cosmetics...any suggestions of what to look for?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and I promise to post a trip report. Is the Swarovski crstal restaurant worth it? The one Phillipe Stark designed?

In my dreamy dream some bored Parisian with excellent English will sit down and type up the perfect itinerary, incorporating all of the above...what are the chances of that?

Thanks again. Pam H.

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