I was surprised to see this since I think I originally posted it last autumn. It also wasn't my full post. But the key points were all true -- great rooms, you can walk from there to any place in Paris (it's a VERY walkable city), and the connections are great. If you're coming from CDG on the RER, get off at Denfert-Rochereau and walk rather than changing to the metro. (Unless you have two many bags.) If you change to the metro you'll have to go up or down stairs at either Glacière or St-Jacques. But it's only a few blocks straight pavement from Denfert-Rochereau.
How long are you in Paris? I've lived there as long as two years at a time and can give suggestions. Be sure to visit La Sainte-Chapelle -- on the same island as Notre-Dame and much more impressive. I'd suggest getting a ParisVisite museum pass that gets you past the crowds. Outside of Paris, try to visit Chartres, Fontainebleu, Givenchy and Versailles.
I love Paris but love all the rest of France better -- especially Burgundy, the Loire, Brittany and Normandy. Let me know if you need any other advice.
Thanks again for all of your experiences!
On this June 6, I would invite all that could to visit the Normandy region. Not just to pay homage to D-Day, but to relax and enjoy the assorted beach towns and historic villages.
It is an easy drive from Ren. La Defense, where you can rent a car for a day, or just take the tour busses. A great side-trip.
Keep us informed of other experiences that you have had!
I completely agree, and thank all our veterans for their incredible service! The Normandy beaches and cemeteries are moving beyond belief. Those in the Marne are also stunning, especially when you consider how beautiful and peaceful it looks today -- until you come upon national cemetery after cemetery.
While in Normandy, try not to miss Rouen. I've done research there, and it's a wonderful and welcoming city (as are most places in Normandy and Champagne), at least partially because of the past. If you're in the Vieux Marche (Old Market, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake), splurge on a lunch at the Couronne d'Or, the oldest inn in France (from 1345). And at Caen and Bayeux, not far from the beaches, be sure to visit the castle (and an original Exchequer) as well as the Bayeux Tapestry in the latter.
Although I am spending more time in Italy these days than France, I'd be happy to offer advice on most parts of France to anyone is visiting.
And don't let anyone tell you the French hate Americans. NOT TRUE! I have myself witnessed 'Ugly American' syndrome (shouting in English gets the opposite result of what you want), but my experience of the French people is that they love and admire Americans even if they sometimes disagree with our government. And my best advice to any traveler is to learn a few basic words: Bonjour, Merci, J'vous en prie, Parlez-vous anglais?, etc. Even though I am fluent, most people automatically speak to me in American English until I keep speaking in French. It's required in their schools. But you will get much appreciation for showing respect for French culture and language.
Enjoy all -- France is a place for joie de vivre, even (and perhaps more so) as we remember D-Day.
I could not agree with you more. Having many trips to France, I have found the people to be extremely friendly.
I have enjoyed all of the various parts of France and recently spent time in Sancerre and to it's Southern area. The drive to Montpelier is great and when you cross the tallest bridge in the world you will never forget the trip.
Thanks for your input!
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