Subject: Short Paris weekend
Hi all,

I am just back from a very short Paris weekend, spent mostly meeting friends and trying to catch up with the last days of the Louvre exhibition on David´s "Le sacré de Napoleon" (pretty interesting stuff, by the way).

It was cold and crispy, people were running around because it was the first weekend of the January sales, and the Christmas decorations were still on.

I stayed at a small hotel in the 6th, Hotel du Lys, in Rue Serpente near Boulevard Saint-Michel. Well located, quiet, small rooms with renovated bathrooms. Breakfast was included, and it was charming, but it doesn´t have a lift, and the stairs are a bit rickety, so I wouldn´t recommend it to anyone with mobility problems. Also, the rooms don´t have fridges or AC, and I would probably not stay longer than three days. But I liked it a lot.

Saturday night, we had dinner at Allard. I had booked using Afterwards, I saw that when Ziner Susie Kaplan had been to Paris last December, someone had told them that food and service was not too good, so I got a bit afraid. Anyway, we had a lovely night. We sat in the non-smoking section, and I would say that most of the people there were french. Two of my friends had the famous duck with olives, and I don´t think I have seen so many olives put together in my life :) I had the entrecote (a bit too done for my taste), and dessert was a very, very good Paris-Brest I don´t know what I liked more, the praliné or the puff, flaky pastry ...

Kind regards, Covadonga Bilbao - Spain