I think I've read all the great posts and they've been very helpful for planning. I think we've settled on the CE, but the new arc de triomphe and the River Gauche seem to have their good points. We'll have 9 nights to spare all on points starting the second week of May so plenty of time for sights and relaxing..with all the different opinions maybe we should split the 9 nights at 2 different locations? It sounds like all we'll have to cover is the small city tax..good. I wonder if my girlfriend would get the breakfast buffett comped as well (she's not a rewards member)? Any suggestions on good small bistros with a nice prix fixe? We also love vietnamese, lebanese, north african, indian, etc....any ideas? If it's a hole-in-the-wall with good food, we're there. Not so big on fancy. The girlfriend is also getting "the" ring while we're there...best spot suggestions are always welcome.
If you have the time, don't forget that there are several other Marriott properties in surrounding cities that are quite inexpensive to travel to by train. Brussels, London, Cologne, heck even Zurich are easy train trips, a couple of hours, lovely scenery. Many great sights to see.
As for places to pop the question, there are hundreds, its really more of what fits with you, her and your likes. The Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, along the Seine, the list could literally go on for pages. Best of luck to you, hope you enjoy your trip :)
Like everyone says, you cannot go wrong!
Some thoughts: By the way, I love great food, but do not have to eat at places that are overpriced! These are places that you can afford and never forget, especially on your occasion!
Steak: Pre-fixed around $20 each, Relias du Venise, at Port Malliot, good walk from the CE. Only one thing on the menu, Prime Steak that is fantastic. Just get there BEFORE, they open by a half hour. No reservations, just a long line, after the first seating. Photo 3,4
Momartre, Sacre Couer area, The Poulbert, rated the best rest. value in Paris. Lunch place that will take a couple of hours, but for a prix fix of around $12 each a three course French Meal is well worth it! Photo 1
Lastly, if it was my Bride to be, I would take her to have a drink at one of the most famous bars in the world, Hemmingway's at The Ritz! Small and intimate, and not cheap, but they are very friendly, once you find it. Do not be turned off by the bellman, just walk right to the bar and have a great time! You will enjoy! Photo 2.
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I assume you have already been, but if you haven't or are going back, here are a few restaurants you may want to try:
L'ami Jean - Stephane Jego, great hands on chef. Just an incredible meal. We went with the price fixed and had them recommend wines by the glass. Truly one of my favorite meals - ever! L'Ami Jean - Accueil Might sound strange, but the rice pudding they make (we're not rice pudding folks) is addictive.
Au Petit Sud Ouest - Great southwestern france comfort food. Their cassoulet is outstanding and the couple who run it are wonderful. Let them recommend the wine. http://www.au-petit-sud-ouest.fr/
Chez Georges - there are a few, so be sure you get the right one. This was Julia Child's favorite restaurant. Try the salade frisee with lardons and poached egg - will make you purr. Also, their Baba rhum - to be shared. Fun place, great food. 1 Rue Du Mail, Paris 75002 http://www.lebestofparis.com/best-restaurants-in-paris/chez-georges