My husband and I always talk about being a month ahead of NY Times on finding and discovering new places in the neighborhood. ... A tiny, successful restaurant from the 11th Arr. decides to open Itinéraires, twice as large, in the Latin Quarter. ... What intrigued me was the blackboard menu: Jerusalem artichoke soup comes garnished with a granita of foie gras; roast cod is topped with layers of tempura vegetables; and pheasant breast is accompanied by dates, pistachios, fruit compote and the odd nugget of buckshot.
It's not been six months since we were last in Paris and I start to get really really hungry looking at pictures like those in this excellent roundup of Paris pastries and patisseries. Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki is literally three doors away from our apartment, so my wife goes there quite often. I find it a tad over-priced and as the article says, a little too "untraditional" for my tastes. ... All of the patisseries listed in this article are a hop, skip, or a big jump from 39 Vaugirard.
This is an interesting site that must access some database to record all crimes in Paris and in other areas of France. Interestingly, much of the site, including some awkward translations, is in French. You may want to check on the area you're staying at or get a feel for the underbelly of the city. ... Mesurez votre coefficient de sécurité à partir de votre adresse. ( + de 500 lieux dans la base de données en 2007 des décès, morts, blessés par agressions, drogues, braquages,i ncendies, accidents auto...)
A Paris Greeter will make sure you discover the true Paris, the way Parisians live it and love it! ... All our volunteers are Paris lovers who like to share the art, tradition and culture of this fascinating city. At the end of the walk, we really want you to have the feeling that you have not only discovered the city but also had an insight into what we call the “Parisian way of life.”
John Talbott's site is always chock-full of food reviews. This man is eating all the time, and mostly great stuff. Emmanuel Rubin in Figaroscope gave 2/5 to just one place, the strangely named (for its two owners/principals) Le Marcab, 225 rue de Vaugirard in the 6th, 01.43.06.51.66, open 7/7 with lunch menus at 19 and 24, dinner at 32 and a la carte 40 € with a carpaccio od scallops with wasabi, turbot, chocolate “soup” with bananas [From John Talbott's Paris: Reviews of reviews: The Week of March 2nd, 2009 ]
Not too far from our apartment hangs an educational Paris landmark. It's right across the street from the Sénat, in the arcade. This is another Parisian line, in front of number 36 rue de Vaugirard and not far from the church of Saint Sulpice. ... Today only two of these marble standards are still in existence, and this is the only one in its original location.
Adding to the list of wonderful things a hop, skip, and jump from our apartment is the second Pierrew Hermé, located at 185 rue de Vaugirard. ... The front of his pastry shop on rue Bonaparte looks like a jewelry store, the inside like a casket of very precious highly talked about edible jewels.
... While I'm sure Suzy Orman would never "waste" the extra centimes to upgrade to the level of these chocolate specialties, serious chocolate lovers and patisserie dévotés will want to make the trip.
People are always asking if we can recommend a hotel close to our apartment for other friends or family who are with them during their stay. ... If you fancy treating that special someone to a romantic break next year, I can strongly recommend the Hotel Aviatic, in Paris’s 6th arrondissement (Hotel Aviatic, 105 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris; www.aviatic.fr; 0033 153632550). ... For the whole of February 2009 they are offering two nights in a superior room plus breakfast and a half-bottle of Champagne for 359 Euros instead of 579 Euros.