We just got back from doing the train in the opposite direction.
A couple of tips, make sure you have a seat number on the train. The train is generally oversold, and you will want to make sure you are not on a SRO ticket.
Secondly, try the Marriott CE, or the Louve REN. first! It really doesn't get much better than that. If you need more info. let us know, you will get a lot of great ideas that will save you time and money!
Zipporahs and Jeffsr,
It was not the Eurostar, but the regular train service between Paris and Amsterdam. My experience is to buy train tickets two days in advance while in Europe. We get better deals and have a lot more flexibility to our travel. One tip, make sure you absolutly know what station you train is DEPARTING from! Do NOT make the same mistake we almost made twice, buying tickets at one train station and THINKING that was the station our train was leaving from! Be especially careful in large cities like Paris and Berlin.
it is very easy to know what train you have to take, on VOYAGES-SNCF.COM online. there you can see the time table and all.. you can book 3 months in advance your ticket. more early you
book cheaper is your ticket.. and the best you pay per credid card ,and print your ticket at home
A follow-on to Klaus29's post;
We bought tickets on Voyages-SNCF french site. There was an option of picking up our tickets at the station. I chose that method for our tickets from AMS-BRU and then BRU-PAR. That was a mistake. There is no SNCF office at the Amsterdam train station to pick up tickets. The pick up is only at French train stations. I ended buying new tickets to BRU. I was able to pick up my tickets for BRU-PAR in BRU but had to pay an 8 euro fee (Brussels is a partner with SNCF). So learn from my mistake, print your tickets at home!
That is great advice! I am surprised you did not have to pay more for the replacement. I have had good luck buying my tickets a few days in advance, at the station I will be leaving from. Recommend going to the appropriate station because one time I once bought a train ticket at one station and didn't realize the train actually left from another station.
Lastly, on your way to Paris, expect the train to be "Oversold", so make sure you get to your seat right away or you may have to move someone out of your seat.
One thing to remember is that Paris is a wonderful walking city! If you stay at the Ren Louvre (centrally located) it is easy to go to Notre Dame aand Isle St. Louis and attractions out that way and also to go to the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in the other direction. The subway system can also get you to these places if you don't like walking but the flavor of the city really comes out when walking. Bring good walking shoes if you do walk around!
That is a nice invitation and I wish I was in Brussels, because I would take you up on your offer!
However, I am in Jefferson City, the Capital of Missouri, and wishing I was in Europe.
I do want to recommend two great places, that are NOT expensive to dine in Paris.
The first one is in Monmartre and near the Dali Museum. The Poubert is a Mom and Pop place, but the food is great. It was voted the "Best value in Paris"!
Not fancy, but my Medicine Shoppe buddy Mende, thanks "Mom and Pops" for a wonderful three hour meal for 12 Euros!
Between The Renaissance and The AdT is the greatest escargot I have ever had. For 12 Euro's they are fantastic. The place welcomes all and speaks English and is really fun to visit and dine! Try it when you are in Paris.
Romar, is a very good waiter and surrounded by a Circus theme in Petit Gourmand. Note what 15 Euros gets you!
Hope you enjoy!
We did exactly that last night. The Pineville Tavern isn't in close proximity to any of our favorite Marriott properties, but it's a great place to cool off and dine. Fine Dining, Bar & Catering at Pineville Tavern, Bucks County
Other Paris threads to check
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1101 La Défense, Paris, France
SusanL (Renaissance Vendome)
Thanks & CDG to Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero (Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero)
Paris! "Never better!" (Arc d'Triomphe trip report)
Surprise (discussion on Paris sights & hotels)
Hotel and Metro in Paris (hotel airport transporation options)