Monday, February 2, 2009

Paris




There's so much to do in Paris, it would be hard to put it all in this posting (but adding to it is welcome). If you've decided to go there, you probably have an idea of what to see. HOWEVER, I do want to tell you where we stayed on two occasions, if you are looking for GREAT ACCOMODATIONS - stay at the Marriott on the Champs-Elysees, which is the only hotel on the Champs-Elysees.

You are a walk from the Lido, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and other great places. Late in the evenings, you can walk directly across the road and have fantastic French Onion Soup at Fouquet's, or just step out to numerous cafe's any time of the day.

We were able to use Marriott points for our complete stay. The rooms are spacious, cozy, and have all the ammenities, and the staff is very accomodating, polite and welcoming.

A little higher end would be the Hotel de Crillon, down at the end of the Champs-Elysees, frequented by embassy members, and owned by the Tattinger family. I had the best lamb I have ever had in my life in their restaraunt, but it is definitely costly.

I don't have much in the way of pictures for the Marriott, but you can go online and check it out. The winding staircase in the lobby makes you feel like you are in a palace, and the wood detail and rooms can't be beat for a hotel in Europe. If you visit Paris and you are looking for a central, wonderful and comfortable place to stay, I think this is the best.

Here are a couple of pics of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

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