France By Waterways
The Atlantic and Mediterranean are linked by
a network of natural and canal waterways through France. In 2004 we
took a short tour of one small section of this network, the Canal du Nivernais
in the Burgundy region. This is the *** way to tour France.
Read about our
2004 canal tour.
Marlene operating a lock - one of many we passed through each
Michelin Guides, France. We
highly recommend the Michelin guide for hotels and restaurants in France. Pick
up a copy at a Paris airport bookstore as soon as you arrive. It's
especially invaluable and reliable guide for restaurants. For example: Hostellerie
del la Fontaine that we discovered by chance on our
Nivernais canal trip, is
mentioned and has 2 fork rating. If a restaurant is not mentioned it is
probably not worth your patronage.
Paris day & night
things-to-do in Paris. >>> People watching from a
sidewalk cafe/restaurant. Our favorite are the sidewalk establishments
across the Pont St. Louis [***] from the Notre Dame. It's all
locals here in the evening, after the Notre Dame tourist crowd is gone.
>>> Food shopping on the
pedestrian rue Cler [***], a few blocks from the Parc Du Champ de Mars
(and Eiffel Tower). This is a good place to pick up stuff and a bottle of
wine to enjoy in the Champ de Mars or Jardin Du Luxembourg. >>> Taking a book,
newspaper, and picnic lunch (from rue Cler) to Jardin du Luxembourg [***]
or Jardin Des Tuileries. In the latter, we like to grab a seat around the
fountain [***] just inside the park from the W entrance by Place de la
Concorde. >>> Touring the city:
do it right - rent a bike (wish we had). The
New York Times story has recommendations for rentals (such as Roue Libre).
Best hotel deal: Elysees Matignon [***,$], 3 rue de
Ponthieu, on a quite street, one block N of Avenue des Champs Elysees, on a
triangle of the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower How much
more central can you get? We discovered it during a drive-by search
for a hotel after the
Nivernais canal trip. This
hotel is very comfortable and very inexpensive for this area of Paris .
You can walk to all the major areas, but if you need the metro, there is a
underground station a half block away.