Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Canadian in Paris

This is where I'll be for the next few weeks. I know, it's really tough being a biochemist, but somebody has to do it.



11 comments :

  1. Something tells me it wont look quite the same as in the pics, this time of year.

    Nevertheless, Paris in winter us still better than pretty much anywhere else, any time of year.

    I'm very jealous!

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  2. It's a hard life. I was in Paris a couple of weeks ago. You should go to La Coupole, in Montparnasse, to eat. Famous brassserie, was frequented by various early 20th century literary sorts.

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  3. If you want a nice lunch, I suggest the Pouch-la on the rue Mandar in the 2nd arrondissement. It is cosy.

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  4. Thanks for the suggestions. Our apartment is in the 6ieme near St. Germain Des Pres. We can easily get to anywhere in the city from here.

    Today we're walking along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower where we'll celebrate St. Valentine's Day.

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  5. Nope, no more winter in Paris... The sun is shining, temperature is about 12° C (much colder early in the morning or after nightfall though), and flowers have been starting to appear for 2 or 3 weeks now. Well, global warming has a nice side (for now).

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  6. In your neighborhood, a few places to have a drink.

    La Palette, rue Seine: an artists' hangout.

    Chez George, rue des Canettes: old style and lots of wine.

    Le 6, either rue des Canettes or rue Princesse: lively bar/restaurant.

    Coolin, Marché St. Germain: Irish flavor bar.

    You might want to try Le Procope though I find it too touristy and not up to its reputation. A better choice would be Brasserie Lipp, but don't let them shuttle you off to a small corner because you are a tourist.

    If you want to go farther afield, try the Train Bleu in the Gare de Lyon - very nice decor.

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  7. I forgot two other restaurants which have good reputations.

    Le Comptoir du Relais at Carréfour Odéon. Need reservations.

    L'atelier de Joel Robuchon in the 7th, rue Montalembert at Hotel Pont-Royale. Apparently no reservations taken, but check to see if the policy has changed.

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  8. Wait, wait, wait. Canadians get to go to Paris for February? I'm neck deep in lectures and grading and papers and deadlines, and it's -15°C outside, and I'm in Morris.

    This is all George Bush's fault, isn't it?

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  9. ned says,

    You might want to try Le Procope though I find it too touristy and not up to its reputation. A better choice would be Brasserie Lipp, but don't let them shuttle you off to a small corner because you are a tourist.

    We tried Le Procope in spite of your advice and liked it a lot.

    We're not worried about being mistaken for tourists. So far we've been able to pass ourselves off as natives in most places. Our French may be a bit rusty but it works well for a first impression.

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  10. PZ asks,

    This is all George Bush's fault, isn't it?

    Yes.

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