Apartment neighborhood, Cafés and coffee

Cafe Medicis (19 rue de Vaugirard) is always a good place for a café midday

Unfortunately, the Sénat has retaken control over the Musée du Luxembourg, so new exhibits here are on hold. I don't know what that means for the café which is always packed with French museum-goers. Cafe Medicis is located on 19, rue de Vaugirard 75006 PARIS – and their tel # is 01 42 34 37 99 [From Cafe Medicis « FIVE ONE EIGHT ]

Cafés and coffee

Why is it so hard to find a Great Coffee in Paris?

My experiences on this trip brought back vivid memories of when I lived there lots of cafes served coffee that tasted like tar, and the milk added was almost always UHT milk – milk which doesn’t need refrigerating, and which has a smell which is hard to describe. === Caf Malongo – 50 rue St Andre des Arts, 75006 Paris === I found Cafe Malongo mentioned on the internet, so I took the metro to St Michel, walked along the gorgeous Rue Saint Andre des Arts and stepped inside Malongo’s wide glass doors. ... I was overwhelmed by the size of the caf, and delighted by all the little sections where I could sit down and read the paper; some people had laptops plugged in, everyone was savouring their coffees in a great atmosphere, with easy-listening music in the background.

... I dislike French coffee less than I hate that they only serve demi-ecreme or 2% milk, which I always thought was reserved for obese Americans giving them an excuse to add extra sugar. I like my lattes strong enough to break through the rich taste of whole milk, not a watery mess like the French serve almost 100% of the time.

Where to stay

10 new questions I’d ask if I were renting a short-term apartment

It looked great in photos and even better in person, but we couldn't wait for our vacation to be over so we could get a good night's sleep. ... In many places, there is no legal ability for neighbors to protest short-term rentals, but they can go out of their way to make short-term renters feel uncomfortable and unwanted. ... This likely won't happen to you, but as a student, I once rented a place where you had to go out in the hallway to use the toilet. "Chambres de bonne" in France often have shared facilities including showers, so don't take this for granted, especially for low-price offers. ... You don't want your first excursion to be to a store to buy plates and towels, as I had to to do at a sublet in Corsica.

Where to stay

10 new questions I’d ask if I were renting a short-term apartment

It looked great in photos and even better in person, but we couldn't wait for our vacation to be over so we could get a good night's sleep. ... In many places, there is no legal ability for neighbors to protest short-term rentals, but they can go out of their way to make short-term renters feel uncomfortable and unwanted. ... This likely won't happen to you, but as a student, I once rented a place where you had to go out in the hallway to use the toilet. "Chambres de bonne" in France often have shared facilities including showers, so don't take this for granted, especially for low-price offers. ... You don't want your first excursion to be to a store to buy plates and towels, as I had to to do at a sublet in Corsica.

Un peu différent, Understand France and the French

I always thought Paris was the “City of Light” due to lights of the Champs…

And here is has to do with the Enlightenment and the brilliant people living the city: Paris has many nicknames, but its most famous is "La Ville-Lumière" (most often translated as "The City of Light"),[15] a name it owes first to its fame as a centre of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment, and later to its early adoption of street lighting.[ 16] [From Paris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ]

General

This post from a 20 year Junior Year student took me back

33 years ago, I was this person, fresh off the boat (or 747), not knowing what to expect from a year in France (Rennes in my case).

... At the moment, I am sitting in my bedroom in Nantes, home from a brief three day orientation trip with the IES Nantes group in Tours, France. ... My plane left from Charlotte and as I sat in the tiny blue airplane seat, fighting the stranger next to me for armrest room, I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. I was a twenty-year old college student on an eight hour flight to Paris, France but I felt so much more like an eight year old headed to sleep away camp for the first time. ... What if I arrived in Paris and was incapable of finding the correct train to Nantes?

Walking (tours and promenades)

Ten incredible bridge walks – Pont des Arts, Paris, France

I agree and just minutes from our apartment so we often walk across on the way to the Right Bank. We're lucky to have the #2 walking bridge, the Golden Gate, in our home town.


The Pont des Arts is my favourite bridge in Paris . This elegant metal bridge, with its nine arches, crosses the Seine river and connects the Louvre with the Institut de France. ... Take a leisurely stroll across the bridge in the evenings to watch the Paris lights and be temporarily blinded by the cruise boats as they pass by below!

Apartment neighborhood, Restaurants

John Talbott’s Paris: Le Marcab – 255 rue de Vaugirard

A pithy review by John Talbott on a restaurant that sounds a lot closer than it is. ... Le Marcab, 225, rue de Vaugirard in the 15th, 01.43.06.51.66, open 7/7, has a set of menus for 16, 25 and 35 €, plus a la carte items. We have friends who live a short walk from it and invited them to joing us today. Three of them had the 4 course forced choice "menu" for 25 E which is a real bargain and I had the 35 E 3-course one. [From John Talbott's Paris: Le Marcab in the 15th; still very nice.