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RPCVSF Goes to Paris

09 Oct 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

I violated my own rules: Never visit Paris (or any Northern clime) after October 1 and before June 10. Well, off I went to Paris for a week on September 30, for mental health purposes. Fortunately, the city was still green and beautiful but the temperature during the day was around 65 degrees F, comfy but COLD to me, a Floridian.


The city was buzzing about 2 sights: the newly remodeled Restaurant Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower with a new 3 star chef, so much buzz that it was impossible to get a reservation. Secondly, a sound and light show, Atelier des Luminieres with 140 projectors and a film featuring the art of Vincent Van Gogh. This was dazzling, to say the least.

The closest Metro stop to Notre Dame is closed. The next closest is a long walk away which I chose not to attempt. The word on the street is that the repairs are going to take a long time.

Every meal I had was sublime: croissants like no other; confit de canard (my fave); crepes from street vendors.

As I do every time I am in Paris, I checked out Napoleon’s Tomb. He is still there. The adjacent Ecole Militaire has been remodeled into 2 museums and creates a grand entrance complex to the tomb.

I was particularly struck by the number of people of African and mixed race backgrounds I saw. They all seem to get along very well and add to the glamor of the city. One of the young clerks at our hotel was very exotic looking with a hairdo that included a chignon-like pony tail. His name was Dimitri which I said was not very French although he definitely spoke the language like a native. He said his father is Russian and his mother from Martinique, French West Indies.

Greg Zell

RPCVSF Travel Coordinator


  • 01 Nov 2019 4:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I was in Paris October 15-18 and have to agree that 60 degrees and rainy curtailed our sidewalk cafe dining, though not the smoking of Les Parisiennes who puffed leisurely out in the rain. Nor did it stop us from indulging in chocolate croissants, baguettes and wine, a stroll down the Champs Elyse and a night visit to the Tours Eiffel.
    In line with your observation we took the metro to an Ethiopian restaurant to explore a new arrondissement and visited a fabulous exhibit at le Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac.
    I love Paris in the springtime (or autumn) when it drizzles. 🎶
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