Monday, August 24, 2015

Paris, briefly

From Warsaw we flew down to Paris for a three nights, not long, but better than nothing. As we intended to catch the TGV from Gare de Lyon, we stayed for the first time in the 12th. Citadines Apartments

One of the things we wanted to do in the area was the Promenade Plantee, the Paris 'high-line'. A 4.5km walk along a disused, raised railway line. The walk goes alongside apartment buildings and parks. With trees, flowers and garden beds it is a popular spot for walkers and runners.

Our one real meal out was to 'Frenchie's Wine Bar'. As advised, we lined up outside at 18:45 for the opening of the restaurant at 19:00, as there are no reservations. It is a tiny restaurant so if you aren't in the 1st group, you are in for a long wait. At 20:30 we were amongst the first to leave from the 19:00 starters. The food was excellent and good value.

While visiting the department stores (Printemps, Galleries etc) we were interested to see crowd-management techniques being applied to wealthy Asian tourists. Lines were roped off for the tour groups wanting to purchase designer bags. They were just interested in the bags and make-up.

And a quick visit to the nearby Bercy Village on Sunday for a drink and an evening meal.  It is one of the few shopping areas open on a Sunday in France.

Having had time to walk, shop, eat and drink we enjoyed our brief stay in Paris.

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