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Paris

Paris, IDF, France
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There are very few places in the world that have the sort of mystery and allure of Paris. The average tourist can be put off by abbrasive Parisienne behavior, but that is only a protective skin. I find that the more effort I put in and the more off the beaten path I get, Paris becomes a magical place that I simply cannot get enough of.After visiting a few times with friends, I helped my father realize his dream of walking the cobblestone streets on an October trip away celebrating his retirement. He had recently broken his ankle so my suggestions are for seniors or family stays. We stayed at the Golden Tuplip Opéra de Noailies. The staff were fantastic and great for offering suggestions of restaurants close by.Although it is no secret that Paris is full of amazing restaurants, it is a secret that don't have to spend a small fortune. Our favorite family friendly ones were Au Pied de Cochon, Le Vaudeville (Must try the creme brûlée!) and Le Fumoir. They were all in central Paris and didn't require more than a 10-15 minute stroll to get to from our hotel. They appreciated when you used the bon soir niceties, and were helpful if you needed some menu translation.Now I'm not about to suggest you not see the Louvre or Versailles, as a history teacher those are a must. But my suggestions here are more for people wanting to get a taste of Paris in less obvious chunks not swamped with crowds.My top 5 off-season (but also worth braving the crowds in the on season) are venues that were easy to manage for seniors who aren't into walking around a ton. Number one is Monet's House and Gardens. I must say this one was jaw-dropping, and for anyone that appreciates art in the slightest will adore his yellow house, and studio. I booked a tour through viator and they picked us up at the hotel and took us straight there before the tourist buses rolled through. My mother bought about 15 placemats trying to bring Monet's Parist back to America.Musée de Rodin is another must. My senior father "appreciates" art but was genuinely impressed by the ease with which you can explore a man's life and work through art. The pieces were breath-taking.Hôtel des Invalides/Napoleon's Tomb was perfect for my WWII history buff father. Paying homage to one of the world's greatest generals, and the building itself were fit for an emperor.A personal favorite and must for literary buffs was a little bookshop called Shakespeare & co. It was were James Joyce was published and patrons included Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. For anyone wishing to reminisce on the 1920s Paris, this place is it. There are also events scheduled (still a vibrant destination for ex-pats), and we lucked into a tea party. I had to buy a Hemingway book, as he was my favorite author, and the Shakespeare & co. stamp and book mark are safely stowed away in my library.My mother's favorite by far was Sainte-Chapelle. I recommend going early in the day to see the way the color reflects into the church. You could easily spend a day looking at all the different allusions designed into the windows, and easily accessible to other sights.
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by Stokes

03-31-2014

Beautiful stained glass photo and great details!