Subject: Paris suggestions
Paris is my favorite place... If you like Monet, don't miss the Musee Marmottan. It's stuck up in the 16th arrondisement, kind of out of the way - but it houses 65 canvases Monet's son donated after his death - some are unfinished and give you insight into his thought processes. It also features Monet's painting that gave the impressionist movement it's name - not one of my favorite Monet's - but important to see, nonetheless. And, of course, if you're a Monet fan, don't miss his final works in the Orangerie. Within walking distance is my favorite kitchen shop of all time - Au Bain Marie at 12 rue Boissy d'Anglais. You can't miss the Louvre and the Mona Lisa - not because it's that amazing of a painting - but because of the history behind it and DaVinci's attachement to it. The Musee d'Orsay is stuffed to the gills with incredible art. The metro system in Paris is terrific. The buses are good too, but you will probably need a map to use them to any large degree. There's a little book you can buy in some stationery stores that lists the busses and their routes but they're not aimed at tourists so you sometimes have to hunt for them and I don't know if it would be worth it for a limited time. There's a small stationery store near the Palais Royale that caters to tourists and always has them. Stay away from the Les Halles area at night - it's not the best - but it's OK in the daytime and it's OK to use the metro there at anytime. Paris is a beautiful city with an indescribable feel to it that makes me happy whenever I'm there. I love the French people and find them charming and welcoming and gracious. The entire culture is built on politeness - it's a joy. Well... I could go on and on and on about Paris... but won't clutter up the list any further. Email me privately if you have any questions I can answer...