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Paris in May- 4 days, 3 people, 2 first timers, and a budget….

Don't the Metro stations provide an elevator? Never used one, but seem to recall they were an option. How about at Lamark-Caulaincourt, which I recall being the worst for steps?

Answering my own question...."There are roughly 50 Metro/RER stations within central Paris that have elevators and accessibility for wheelchairs. The stations listed on this map are the reduced mobility accessible stations. Although the stations themselves will be accessible, very few Metro / RER lines have roll-on accessibility for the train itself. Metro Line 14 and RER E have complete roll-on / roll-off access for wheelchairs right onto the trains and all station stops are accessible by elevator. The other Metro lines that have accessibility up until the train itself include Metro Lines 1, 2, and 13. The RER B train, popular for its CDG Airport to Paris route, has complete accessibility only at Gare du Nord." http://parisbytrain.com/wp-content/up...

Apr 09, 2014
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Verjus or Frenchie?

I've eaten at Frenchie and loved it! I have eaten a couple of times at Verjus' predecessor, Hidden Kitchen, and loved the experience offered by the chef and hostess. Standing in your shoes, I'd chose Verjus because I'm curious as to how the team is doing in new digs. However, given that you know nothing from real experience about either, my advice is to keep the reservation that requires the least steps. You really can't miss.

Apr 07, 2014
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Any opinions on Chateau ladesvigne wines?

End of May we'll be east of Bordeaux near Bergerac a couple of days and Chateau Ladesvigne has been recommended as a "must stop." Any opinions on this winery and which wine I should buy there?

Apr 04, 2014
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Lobrano on croissants

Another question is which bakeries DO NOT start each morning unloading the delivery truck load of two day processed dough and simply finish bake on site in time to sell for the wandering customer looking through blurry eyes for something to match up with much needed coffee.

Of course my question implies total on site processing AND baking is superior to whomever fills the truck and just asks your local guy to brown it up in time for us to stagger in.

I have a guest coming to visit with a hunt for the ultimate croissant high on his blurry eyed agenda. The walks should be beneficial. I plan to follow. Will report.

Apr 01, 2014
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Dinner in St Emilion, Lunch in Bergerac

We'll be nearby for three days end of May beginning of June , have some plans, but would appreciate as much expert intell as possible.

Apr 01, 2014
hychka in France

Sunday night; 17 people, what me worry. But where?

Apr 01, 2014
hychka in France

diet issues in paris

The French have big hearts, especially when it comes to children. When calling or writing for a reservation, ask about what items they serve that would be safe given these allergies; and, if nothing, ask permission to bring along pre-packed food for the children. Again, ask advice from the social secretaries at the US Embassy. They know so much about these things. And, a call from them would work miracles as they entertain so much. I know from personal experience and friendships that they certainly would help you.

Kroll, I have a grandson and grand nephew with different forms of autism,... VERY PICKY eaters, if they eat at all! My daughter and niece make special arrangements for their sons' prepacked meals or special meals provided by a kind chef all the time, although not yet in Paris.

As to the cost of a hired chef, albeit was in Central America, for a family of eight we saved money over what eating out in the capital would have cost. My wife purchased the food and paid the help generously, our landlady complained.

And, fellow chow dogs! Several of you know restaurant owners, chefs and mgrs. in the 7th. What do you have say to help out Kroll?

Mar 28, 2014
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Recent Paris Trip Thoughts

Thanks for the tip. We love picnics and will be staying on rue St. Sulpice, just west of rue de Seine.
Tell me though, do I understand you can openly consume wine in Luxembourg Gardens or, say, le Pont des Arts? My wife and I have done so with discretion, but always with the thought that the police discouraged open consumption...so no swirling of wineglasses.

Mar 27, 2014
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diet issues in paris

Sunshine, certainly you are correct. We were in Central American.
However, to my point now that France has been properly defended....
an alternative to eating out where you can not control all the ingredients or slaving over the stove while on vacation might be to hire a local chef to cook for you...one who understands the needs and can grasp the responsibility for the children's safety.

I recall that an old friend's wife, an ambassador's wife, told us about how she hired special help depending on who was being entertained and their special needs. From that conversation, I would guess that the US Embassy's staff might make some suggestions. The 7th is full of diplomats so this wouldn't be a new concept.

Mar 27, 2014
hychka in France

diet issues in paris

An idea for enlivening eating "in" would be to see if you might hire a chef to cook a meal or two in your apartment or prepare "take away" all made as you want it. We did that when traveling where my wife was concerned about local cleanliness, but didn't want to cook every meal. Ask the landlord if she/he knows anyone who might cook. That's how we found ours. And maybe others on this Chowhound page might have leads.

Mar 26, 2014
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Anyone have an opinion on Patricia Wells' "Food Lovers' Guide to Paris" now available in an iOS 7 appS

My S-I-L wrote suggesting I look into this app for my iPhone http://www.foodloversparis.com/.

Any opinions?

Mar 26, 2014
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Eating "sensibly" in Paris

I have a couple of medical problems being monitored. My DRS and various coaches want me to consider "sensible eating while we are in France" (is that an oxymoron as my helpers suggest?) for nearly eight weeks this May/June. 31 days will be in Paris.

I have to wonder as many faithful on this thread must be my age or older...approaching 70... how can you eat the food regularly discussed and stay healthy?

How does one do a four hour meal with regularity?

Do French restaurants provide specific info on their menu's content in terms of sodium, fats, calories, etc for my chief coach, my wife, to ponder before she let's me order?

I need to know your strategies for staying at a healthy weight given the tremendous temptations available on any block in the city.

Of course we could eat home meals prepared from fresh air markets in our apartment, and will on some days; but, I don't get the feeling you regulars do that.

So what are your secrets?

Or are you all obese? (Don't take offense as I am, sadly, obese.)

Mar 21, 2014
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My list for 5 days in Paris

Zooming in on "open," I'd try to avoid anything heavy....soup and salad max... If you are going to Spring in the evening, I'd eat light and plan a walk to enjoy the sights.

As to eating dinner after Le Cinq, I suggest the same. Light and a good walk is best.

As to specifics, we need to know where you are staying and what you want to experience. I could quickly rattle off what I'd do, but you is you and your digs are where you're going.

Bummer re L'Ami Jean.

Have a great trip and please report on what you did.

I am certain you will receive lots of specific advice if you respond with some details.

Mar 21, 2014
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What French groceries to buy on a budget

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Mar 20, 2014
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April in Paris

No, but I think my granddaughter would go for the pink balloon.

Mar 19, 2014
hychka in France

April in Paris

I think my granddaughter would like the pizza thing! Thanks for the idea!!

Mar 19, 2014
hychka in France

What French groceries to buy on a budget

IMHO it is all a matter of individual taste, willingness to put yourself out to chase down the "best," willingness to pay really high prices for arguable much better food, and how far out on the "foodie curve' you have placed yourself. For example, certainly there are tastier butters than commonly found in the supermarket, but I wouldn't walk up hill to buy it, unlike Parigi above/below whatever. If buying the better butter didn't take an extra trip, I probably would buy the better butter. OTOH my wife insists on a certain olive oil...she buys it in bulk (uses it in bulk) and won't let anything else in the house. Another example, scallops for me have to be purchased "just off the boat" regardless of price. If they are laying around piled up in some big case in a supermarket, I walk on by regardless of price.

Mar 19, 2014
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What French groceries to buy on a budget

Try going to the open air and street markets just before closing. Great time to get bargains because the stand/shop owners are in a hurry to close up and need to move the perishables. They sell what's left at very good prices. My wife buys excellent fish that way. of course, she cooks it that very evening...I wouldn't store anything like that.

Mar 18, 2014
hychka in France

April in Paris

My favorite place in the Marias is L'as Du falafel 32-34 Rue des Rosiers. We do "take away" because the place is so crowded and their drinks are too expensive...none the less their falafels are worth the trip. And, right around the corner is Chez Marianne 2 Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais...lots of tasty Mediterranean food. And, there is a GREAT gelato shop near the bridge before you walk from Ille St Louis to Notre Dame...long lines worth the wait. And, maybe your son would enjoy sailing a rented toy boat in the pool at Luxembourg Gardens. Enjoy your trip!

Mar 18, 2014
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

And, we want to hear from you as to what choices you made and how well you think you made them and why. Pictures get extra points!
Enjoy your trip!

Mar 13, 2014
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

Google John Talbott and read his list of excellent restaurants in your price range. He has never let me down. He might even write something special for you.

Mar 11, 2014
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

Establishing what "reasonable" means to you would be a big help.

Mar 11, 2014
hychka in France

A wild ride around the countryside...need some suggestions on the sprint to CDG from Nice. We'd appreciate suggestions on any other aspects as well.

Sounds wonderful!

Mar 07, 2014
hychka in France

A wild ride around the countryside...need some suggestions on the sprint to CDG from Nice. We'd appreciate suggestions on any other aspects as well.

On the next trip!
We're locked on the Bordeaux portion of this one. We were planning to go southeast as you suggest, but things just got out of control. We can't see all of France in one trip, even as we are devoting seven weeks to the effort. What started out as a rest for my wife has turned into a very structured seven+ weeks of friends flying in to visit us in Paris (even our busy executive daughter is coming!)and short trips into France with friends away from Paris. We are not sorry in the least as all has promise.
But, I was hoping for some suggestions on our chosen route from you as we do have some latitude with the balance of the trip...just not the Bordeaux portion. Thanks for your comments above as I will remember for next year. S

Mar 06, 2014
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A wild ride around the countryside...need some suggestions on the sprint to CDG from Nice. We'd appreciate suggestions on any other aspects as well.

See my just prior comments above as we have actually cut the plan drastically, taking the TGV to make up the differences. Would appreciate your thoughts on what is left as we still have some freedom. S

Mar 06, 2014
hychka in France

A wild ride around the countryside...need some suggestions on the sprint to CDG from Nice. We'd appreciate suggestions on any other aspects as well.

I was able to read it. Thanks for the link.

Mar 06, 2014
hychka in France

A wild ride around the countryside...need some suggestions on the sprint to CDG from Nice. We'd appreciate suggestions on any other aspects as well.

So, as I'm sure you have all been waiting for us to come to our senses, my update will come as no surprise.
We have cut this plan back some. Basically we'll be in Paris with side trips. After about three weeks in Paris we'll take the TGV to Bordeax to meet friends, wine taste and enjoy a chateau in the countryside and return to Paris (three days).
A little later we will take a five day drive to Bayeux, Mont Saint Michael and return to Paris via Giverny. For the southern and final leg we'll take the TGV to Aix en Provence and rent a car to visit the sights (8.5 days total)returning via TGV from Nice to Paris for a final afternoon in the park and night on the town before flying home the next afternoon. Driving or taking TGV Aix to Nice is still undecided.
I have enjoyed reading older and some current Chowhound threads on Bayeux, Aix en Provence and Nice and their surrounds. These have been very helpful although occasionally contradictions of each other. However, I see little to recommend eating near Mont Saint Michael or Giverny. Are these wastelands to plan around or pack picnics for?

Mar 06, 2014
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La Grande Epicerie at Bon Marché: An astonishing remake.

Can't wait! Our latest apartment (third of three leases...1st had too many steps and the second was too small for our guests) is very close by and we plan to eat in roughly half our meals, so this is welcomed news!!

Mar 04, 2014
hychka in France

Five days with an architect...where to eat?

The architect sparked on the sewers and the catacombs.

Well, I'm not eating there!

Any suggests for places close to the entrances?

Mar 03, 2014
hychka in France

What person would you most like to dine with in Paris? No rules, Jesus to Dieudonné M'bala.

My first choice would be the love of my life, Susan. My second choice would be some on the regular contributors to this thread. Do you ever get together?

Mar 02, 2014
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