July 25, 2002

French Michelin tour day 5: back to the tower

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Took an early morning train from Reims back to Paris. Our stay at Hôtel d'Angleterre Champs-Elysées a few days ago came with insect bites, so I'm no longer staying there. We took our luggage to Hôtel Monna Lisa a few steps away on rue de la Boétie, which was a little more modern and cute.

Went to visit the Louvre again. It's my third (actually fourth if you count two visits with mom on my first trip to Paris) visit so my enthusiasm isn't what it used to be. However, I'm always happy to visit the Galerie Médicis for the huge, beautiful paintings by Rubens.

July 24, 2002

French Michelin tour day 4: drinking in Champagne

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Took a morning train from Gare de l'Est in Paris to Reims. It was too early to check in to Holiday Inn Express so we got some croissants for breakfast nearby.

We visited the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims. What a beautiful place! I absolutely fell in love with the stained glass windows from Marc Chagall. They were just so blue and beautiful!

July 23, 2002

French Michelin tour day 3: six-star day

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We started the day by having breakfast at Dalloyau on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, just a short walk from our hotel. It's my favorite salon de thé in Paris, so I was very, very happy.

It's a day on the islands, and we started at Sainte-Chapelle, which is my favorite church in Paris. The reason? those absolutely stunning stained glass windows of Chapelle Haute, where the royal family used to worship. There are 15 panels in all in addition to the rose window.

July 22, 2002

French Michelin tour day 2: birds and Burgundies

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Breakfast was taken this morning near our hotel, and we quickly began our shopping excursion on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

We took lunch at L'Angle du Faubourg, the casual restaurant run by the famed Taillevent. I chose this place because of their selections of wines by the glass, and I had a glass of 1997 Gevrey-Chambertin.

July 21, 2002

French Michelin tour day 1: casual eats

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We took the Eurostar from the Waterloo Station in London to Gare du Nord in Paris in the morning, making it my first experience on the train. Pretty convenient.

We're staying at Hôtel d'Angleterre Champs-Elysées again, my go-to hotel in Paris on rue de la Boétie right off the Champs-Elysées. Grabbed a quick lunch at a touristy spot on the Champs, then began our sightseeing for the day.

First stop was the Musée Rodin, with many sculptures inside the beautiful building. The gardens were also very beautiful, especially on a sunny day like this.


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