Zigzagging through Paris on a Segway

Shortly after our visit to the Eiffel Tower, we did another tour with Flat Tire Tours, this time zigzagging through the area between the Tower, Pont Alexandre III, and the Rodin Museum (one of our top spots in Paris, which we visited directly after the Segway tour; tres romantique location, so to say).    I’m 2 metres tall and weigh over 100kg, so did at first felt rather uncomfortable entrusting my life to a wobbly, 45kg light-weight thing that sits on just two wheels and is supposed to be steered simply by me moving my heavy weight forward or backwards, left or right, on the little steering stick that is attached to the wheels and the platform between them.    The introduction and safety instruction was very short, but in Flat Tire Tours’ defence, spending more time on this would have taken the fun out of it. Nonetheless, I still […]

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Au Petit Sud Ouest

Following our climb of the Eiffel Tower and just before our Segway tour, we caught a bite at Au Petit Sud Ouest, which had impressed us with a Tripadvisor ranking of #59 out of 14,156 Paris Restaurants and a few other great reviews. The menu is short and mainly features duck, goose, foie gras, and combinations and variations thereof. We shared two slices of delicious foie gras pate on toasted rye bread. My wife enjoyed the fact you toast the slices of bread yourself in large vintage toasters that sit on each table. My wife went for duck leg confit with potatoes and mushrooms, I went for goose leg confit. We enjoyed the taste of the confits, even though they were far too oily for our taste, oilier than other confits we’d had in the past. The side potatoes and mushrooms were nothing special either, but tasted alright. The service […]

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Our Favourite Paris District: Le Marais

Even though we usually stay in Saint-Germain, when visiting Paris, our favourite part of town is Le Marais (“The Marsh”), the former Jewish quarter, and prior to that the home of the high nobility. We always spend at least a couple of hours sitting on a park bench or (in summer) on the lawn of Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square of the city, dating from 1612. Originally named Place Royale, it was a popular meeting point for the nobility and one of the most fashionable and expensive squares until the Revolution, when most of the nobility moved to the Faubourg Saint-Germain district, just west of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Today, the vaulted arcades house some of Paris’ best art galleries (such as Modus), cool cafes, a lovely perfume shop, and more.    We love the relaxed, laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of the Marais with its many young people, hip fashion shops, and, […]

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Marche des Enfants Rouges food market

The many food markets are always one of our top points of interest when visiting the city of love and food, Paris. Even though the Marais is our favourite district, we somehow never managed to check out Marche des Enfants Rouges food market, which is located there, and which TimeOut calls a ‘deluxe food market’, mentioning that it will ‘fill the emptiest of stomachs and empty the fullest of wallets’. The name derives from the red clothes of the children at a nearby orphanage that closed a long time ago.                This covered market has many market stalls that sell fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh seafood, but many people visit it for the lovely food stalls with seating, some of which is partially outside the covered area of the market. We had just had lunch at Café Breizh, so didn’t buy any more food, but it […]

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One Weekend in Paris

We love this beautiful city and usually go there at least once a year to try to do Paris off the beaten track. It’s so convenient from London, too. It takes us 20 minutes to get to St Pancras, then an hour to allow for check-in/customs (shockingly lax, easy, and quick, but hopefully they know what they’re doing) and a quick bite, then a bit over two hours on the train to Gare du Nord. From there it’s three stops to our hotel of choice, 4-star Trianon Rive Gauche, located in the same street as the Palais du Luxembourg. For Paris, it is ok in terms of space (tiny, but less tiny than some other hotel rooms). We don’t like the fact that they got rid of the shower curtains during their recent revamp (what a silly idea, there are only two fixed glass panes, but with a huge opening […]

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