Postcard from Paris...
other journeywomen and I recently spent three
nights in Paris. We stayed at Hotel de Saint
Germaine, 50 Rue du Four, in the Saint Germaine
des Pres district. It was very small but clean,
reasonably priced and situated in a great locale.
In fact, we stayed out past midnight every night
but still felt comfortable coming back to this
we found the French people very helpful. When
we were looking at maps many folks stopped and
asked if we needed help. Getting around on the
Metro was so easy -- highly recommended. Tried
to see most of the sights, but there�s never enough
time to see everything one wants to see! Boat
ride down the Seine - a must. We were blessed
with lovely weather too, so that made it even
more enjoyable. Re: cafes etc. a small restaurant
very near to the Sacre Coeur - L'Instant Gourmand,
4 rue Yvonne Le Tac, was very nice with very friendly
owners. Did "people watching" at several places
-- lunch at Le Bastille, drinks at Les
Deux Magots (expensive but a Paris landmark).
Most places we found were very reasonable but
then we usually had light meals, although �always�
with wine! Well, we were in Paris, weren�t we?
to Paris was from the UK via the Eurostar.
Excellent way to go! My train tip? To turn on
the water in the faucets in the washrooms, you
have to step on buttons on the floor -- one button
to turn on the water, another to empty the basin.
Very easy once you figure out how!
Journeywoman Maureen D. hails from Ontario,
Canada. We were so pleased that Journeywoman inspired
her to travel.
Here's another hotel suggestion sent to us
by Joan, the owner of Le
Travel Store in San Diego, California. She
I spent a week -- on my own before my husband
joined me-- at the Hotel Practic in the
Marais district in Paris. This little gem is on
a quiet street near Place des Voges, a short walk
to almost everything. The neighborhood is wonderful.
The hotel is on a quiet square but close to a
metro stop. Perfect for a woman traveling alone.
My room was on the sixth floor (no elevator) --
but the walk up is good exercise. I left the hotel
at midnight my first night and walked accross
the Seine to the Latin Quarter. It was cold and
moist and I tell you when I came upon Notre Dame,
in the mist, at night -- she took my breath away.
P.S. If you go be sure to ask for the top floor
room on the square. The interior rooms aren't
so nice but the ones in front are great. Expect
to pay about $US70/night for a double with shower.
( 9, rue d'Ormesson, Paris 75004. Tel: 48 87 80
47. Metro: St Paul.)