Hello Paris Hounds:
I have a 12 hour layover at Charles de Gaulle so will be zipping into your fine city en route to a small safari in Botswana (I'm not being modest -- it's only 4 days). It will be on a Friday, and I expect to get into Paris by about 2 pm for a late lunch. My flight leaves at 11:30 that night for Africa so I am looking for a full-day (8 hours) itinerary. Nothing too ambitious, preferably sticking around one area, not spending too much time in taxis and trains.
Here are some considerations:
-I will have flown overnight so I am likely to be tired and could use a good rest/refresher. I'm thinking massage, maybe 90 minutes. I have another 12 or so hours to fly at 11 pm.
- I am mad about flea markets and junk shops, although I understand most Paris flea markets are not open on Friday. quelle domage. Am currently enjoying modish 50/60s stuff, but also like rough hewn old stuff. Am not into gilt or tchotkes (sp?). I do like books, esp. MFK Fisher, though I am reasonably sure I own everything of hers already. I love markets.
- I will want to eat my face off but not too expensively. lunch, a snack, dinner with wine before heading to the airport at 10 pm.
-I'd like to maybe go to a small museum -- I have actually never been to the Rodin museum so might head there.
-I will need to pace myself as I will be dragging I think from the long night of flying and the one to come.
-Specific thoughts on Max Spira? Cafe Varenne (7th)? Cafe Constant?
I will be in Paris with my safari companion a week later on a Monday (hope to hit a good flea then -- maybe CLignancourt, but is there a better one?) for about 6 hours, so if you'd like to craft 2 visits...what would be your ideal way to spend those few hours in Paris? I haven't been in about 10 years. My french is passable.