food is wonderful; it's also very pricey. Guidebooks can help you
find the best chefs in town but Journeywoman offers more modest
meal suggestions designed to help balance your budget. It will be
up to you to mix and match these local eateries with bigger splurge
Pizza, picnics and pastries...
a wicked Sunday brunch, try Tea and Tattered Pages,
a quirky, comfy secondhand cafe-cum-bookshop. British expat,
Kristi Chavane will heap your plate with goodies ranging from
chicken and broccoli muffins to scrambled eggs, bagels and
P.S. She stocks over 7,000 English paperbacks and she happily
welcomes browsers. So make your choice, settle in at the window
seat and the afternoon will fly right by. Fixed menu, and
reservations a must. Call 220.127.116.11 (24, rue Mayet)
No trip to Paris is
complete without a picnic. For produce with personality, make
your way along rue Mouffetard. Journeywoman promises
you pate, patisserie and peaches that will remain etched in
your personal taste bud Hall of Fame. Historical bonus--Rodin
was born in this area and his mother shopped in this very
If you're in the Marais
area and, it's strictly veggie you crave, then Journeywoman
heartily recommends Theatro Picalo. The dining area's
small, the menu interesting and the ambiance oh-so-soothing.
P.S. Their French apple crumble is a five-star choice. Ooh-la-la!
(6 rue des Ecouffes)
Nobody goes to Paris
for pizza. But some nights you're just too tired to leave
your room and it's "hotel delivery" to the rescue. Call Pizza
Hut (05.30.30.30) and within 30 minutes you'll have your
meal. Minimum? No. Delivery charge? No. Credit cards? No.
Will they deliver wine and beer? Yes. Yes. Yes.
is a chain of local bistros that offers French food and pastries
like grandmama used to make. Expect modest pricing, healthy
portions and the opportunity to mingle with the locals. 17
locations in Paris. Why not start with tea and goodies at
the Batifol in the mall off the Avenue des Champs Elysees?
Should make for a delightful pause in your sightseeing sessions.
Attention movie mavens,
film buffs and festival groupies. You'll be pleased to know
that March is film festival month in Paris with at least six
programs (one especially for women) going on around the country.
The International Film Festival
The Spanish Film Season
3rd Asian Film Festival
International Detective Film Festival
International Festival of Women's Film
The Festival of Films for Young Audiences
Ed. note: Several years
ago I had the great pleasure of attending the International
Festival of Women's Films in Creteuil (just outside Paris)
and it was great fun. Not only did I meet female viewers from
around the world but also the filmmakers that were there screening
their own films. Délicieux!... as they say in Paris. For further
information, click here.
....from a twentysomething
American woman's point of view.
in Paris really does the "kiss-kiss" thing to greet
each other. The only exception is that two men don't
kiss other. As a result I was kissed more times in
my week there than I've been in my entire life up
to this point.
in Paris jogs. And Parisians have never heard of the
"stairmaster." They stay thin with the help of nicotine
in Paris ever wears sweatpants.People here actually
wear leather pants to the grocery store and it's probably
the only city in the world where a young woman must
wear a miniskirt in order NOT to be stared at.
are called "preservatifs" (which I thought was pretty
funny) and are available from vending machines on
Source: Jennifer Wade's Home Page
Another reader writes...
an American Journeywoman and I'd like other Journeywomen
to benefit from these tidbits that I learned from travelling
||The Louvre Museum has a great
shopping mall/food court in the basement. There
is a separate street level entrance (look for "Galleries
du Louvre") which also allows you to bypass the
long, long line waiting to enter the Pyramide. Once
you get into the basement, you can buy an admission
ticket with almost no waiting by using the credit
card machine. The food court here is truly international--
Spanish tapas, Libyan and Algerian food, Southeast
Asian, Sicilian pizza-- and has long hours. Avoid
the poached-looking burgers, though! The Librairie
(gift shop) is great also.
incredible museum with a great gift shop is the
Musee du Moyen Ages (Cluny) which is the
national medieval museum containing the original
Lady & Unicorn tapestries. If you don't want to
pay a fortune for a print of the tapestry, consider
a sheet of gift wrap which has the whole tapestry
on it! This museum is in a building that has been
in continuous use since it was a Roman bath (and
that's a very long time).
choosing a Paris hotel, why not consider Montmartre.
I stayed in the Hotel Regins Montmartre in
August for about $US89/night, with a charming restaurant
and wonderful service. The small, immaculate rooms
have few if any right angles and clean, private
bathrooms with showers and hairdryers; the Place
des Abbesses Metro stop is immediately outside;
the staff generally speak pretty good English, and
the hotel has an elevator. Within a few blocks is
the wonderful Restaurant Naoko, an excellent
place for beautifully presented and satisfying Japanese
fact, it's wise to consider Paris in August. True,
many businesses are closed for "les vacances," but
the museum lines are shorter, the climate pleasant,
and rates are typically lower in many places. Do,
however, check specifically on the hours of any
attractions, as they may be shorter in August and
this may not be in the guidebook.
Lin S., Madison,