Versailles: A short trip to the outskirts of Paris

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So many beautiful walks at Versailles. This week-end, for Pentecost (23-24 May), expect a very high attendance.If possible, we advise you to postpone your visit of the Palace and plan to spend the whole day in the palacial gardens. The Musical Fountain Show will be playing or go to the Palaces of Trianon after noon.

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Packed for #Paris? Some health tips to know before you go.

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Translations when you’re calling for help (pronounce as best you can):

Accident: Un accident
I have had an accident: J’ai eu un accident
Injured: Blessé(e)
Unconscious: Perdre connaissance
Bleeding: Hémorragie
Heart attack: Crise cardiaque
Stroke AVC: Un accident vasculaire cérébral
Drowning: Noyade
Burn: Brûlure

Very sick: très malade

Need a doctor: Besoin un médécin (Il me faut un médécin)

Need an ambulance Besoin une ambulance (Il me faut une ambulance)
Fire: Feu. The house is on fire: La maison a pris feu
The car is on fire La voiture a pris feu
Burglar/intruder: Cambrioleur/Intrus
I am being burgled: Je suis en train de me faire cambrioler
Someone is in the house: Quelqu’un est chez moi
Emergency: Une urgence
Help me: Aidez moi

Understanding the French Emergency Services
In the event of an emergency dial the appropriate number: medical (SAMU) 15, police 17, fire and accident 18 or the Pan-European number 112

Explain the situation to the operator. English may be spoken but there is no guarantee. Calls to 112 are received by either SAMU or the fire brigade and then instantly rerouted to the appropriate service or handled on the spot.
The services reached by dialling 15 and 18 operate in conjunction with the emergency teams having skills, training and facilities suitable to many situations. “Firefighters” are qualified to provide first rescue and ambulance services.

Medical emergencies and accidents: SAMU. The Emergency Medical Assistance Service (Service d’Aide Médicale d’Urgence) reached by dialling 15 or 112.

There is always a qualified doctor on hand to determine the most suitable response to a call and implement it. This may involve giving the caller information or advice, or sending the appropriate emergency vehicle:

an ambulance for a street accident or home emergency
a private ambulance
a mobile resuscitation or intensive care vehicle or medical helicopter

P.S: 1. Never skimp on trip insurance.  2. Pharmacists in France can offer good advice and provide helpful over-the-counter meds (antibiotics, aspirin).

Montmartre: bypass the tourist trap eateries. A short list of recommendations

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Located in the 18th Arrondissement, this elevated rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the city has a collection of bistrots, brasseries and cafés that exude hints of old village charm. Walk up the highly photographed stairs or ride to the top on the tiny white train.

Eating here can be a challenge, there are hits and misses. A few tried and true:

La Balançoire
6 Rue Aristide Bruant, 75018
www.restaurantlabalancoire.fr/
Bistrot/brasserie/cafe with reasonable prices, cozy atmosphere: Plat : 12 €, Entrée + Plat : 15 €, Plat + Dessert : 15 €, Entrée + Plat + Dessert : 18€

Un Zebre a Montmartre
38 rue Lepic, 75018
http://www.unzebreamontmartre.fr
try the lasagna or duck

Chamarré Montmartre
52 Rue Lamarck, 75018
http://www.chamarre-montmartre.com

Menu: 39 €

Crème de potiron et mousse de lait
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Samossa de canard confit, mesclun et crème de champignons
Dos de saumon, 
pilaf et jardinière au combava, 
mousseline de légumes verts
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Bœuf braisé à l’ancienne, sauce marchand de vin et ses raviolis maison
Salade de fruits aux agrumes sorbet mangue
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Trilogie chocolat
. Glace cacao, écume chocolat au lait, mousse chocolat blanc au lait d’amande

CREMAILLAIRE

La Cremaillere 1900
15, place du Tertre, 75018 Paris
http://www.cremaillere1900.com
The dining room has a 1900’s décor with paintings from the Belle Époque, and the private garden is one of the most beautiful spots in Paris, with its Wallace fountain, cobblestones and horse chestnut trees.

Chez Plumeau
4 place du Calvaire, 75018
Order one of the specials or carpaccio of beef
Highly Recommend: under the wisterias, away from the crowds

A few more to check out: Le Bal Café, Chéri Bibi, La Table d’Eugène, Le Petit Trianon, Le Relais Gascon, Marcel, Le Coq Rico

The Paris experience: checking out the details

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Though you don’t spot many tourists with them, binoculars can be a good thing. Don’t always rely on your telephoto. Ever thought of ditching your camera, not recording what you see mechanically and absorbing the entire scene with your heart, soul, mind? Some curiosities you might spot on the way. Wishing you many happy souvenirs, experiences and memories.

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Paris Events: Looking ahead to May

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Printemps des Rues – Street Art Festival

May 16 and 17, 2015

This annual festival celebrates the art of street performance alongside the Canal Saint Martin and throughout the 10th arrondissement – Hospital St. Louis, Square St. Lazare, Francoise Sagan Library. The wonderful performances and festive atmosphere make this a fantastic way to spend the day. If you’re in Paris this weekend be sure to pass through! More details here: http://www.leprintempsdesrues.com/le-programme/article/samedi-16-mai

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EUROPEAN NIGHT OF MUSEUMS

SATURDAY, MAY 16TH, 2015 / FREE ADMISSION

Cinema, theater, visual arts, literature, art demonstrations come together in this event sponsored by the City of Paris. Museums of science and technology, anthropology, civil and military history, and rural and industrial heritage will be opening their doors. It all happens at night, and it’s free.

At the Carnavalet Museum you can roam the gardens and take advantage of a concert  performed by pupils of the Academy of the Center of Paris. You will even meet emperor Napoleon and his court.  At Musée Cognacq-Jay texts of Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot will be read and put to music.

At the Museum of General Leclerc de Hauteclocque – Jean Moulin museum discover the art of line-engraving, the art of the postage stamp. Elsa Catelin and Pierre Bara will conduct short demonstrations at no charge.

At the Petit-Palais, museum of the fine arts, exhibits will include “The Slums of the Baroque” and “Carmen and Mélisande”. Actors will make paintings come alive with comedic touches.

At Museum of Modern Art there will be an open-air film show featuring “The Beautiful of Day of Luis Buñuel”, and “The Passion According to Carol Rama”. At the House of Balzac, the comedienne Jeanne Balibar will bewitch you with her velvet voice.  For details  http://nuitdesmusees.culturecommunication.gouv.fr

A reminder: May is a great month to stroll Paris with your No Worries Paris guide (of course). Planning ahead is always a good idea.

Signs of spring along the Seine

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A walk along the Seine this time of year can be somber, brisk, wet, foggy, bright…..take your pick….whatever you’re delivered on the days you are there……you won’t be disappointed.  Spending day one along this route is always a good idea.  There are plenty of benches in Square du Vert Galant, Place Dauphine or the cobblestones at rivers edge will always do too. With No Worries Paris in your pocket you’re guaranteed never getting lost and finding the best route.

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Splurge: Take advantage of the cheap euro. Book your hotel now

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It’s bargain time in Europe. A few suggestions in the 6th (Saint-Germain-des-Pres), ground zero for those who love to walk out the door of the hotel and not have to go far to see the best sights. Reserve early save $$ on the exchange rate. Don’t get shut out.

Hotel de Sevres22, rue Saint Placide 75006 Paris – Tél. 01 45 48 10 67
from $136/night

This 17th century building is composed of 30 non smoking rooms. The charm of this place will seduce you when you arrive and you will be welcomed like a family home.

Hotel Edouard VI61 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006, from $120/night

At the heart of the lively, with-it Montparnasse district, the hotel maintains a refined, cozy authenticity that will win over guests.

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Hotel Pont Royal, 5-7 rue de Montalembert, 75007 PARIS
Tel. 33 (0)1 42 84 70 00, from $215 /night

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The painter Miro was a regular guest of this hotel. As a tribute, a cocktail at the hotel bar is named after him.

Bel-Ami Hotel7 Rue Saint-Benoît, 75006, from $305 /night

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The hotel’s architecture features two completely exposed external walls, giving each room a special light according to its direction and floor. All rooms have double glazing. The décor and furnishings are elegantly understated, functional and welcoming.

Hotel des Academies et des Arts15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006
from $174 /night

A romantic boutique hotel in Paris near Luxembourg Gardens, located between Saint Germain des Pres and Montparnasse

Hotel Pas de Calais, 59 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006, from $215 /night

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Apostrophe Hotel, 3 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006
+33 1 56 54 31 31, $150 /night

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This boutique design hotel, offers you amazing bathrooms. They are equiped either with powerful hydromassage showers or with whirlpool baths (“jacuzzi”) and chromotherapy. Bathrooms are opened onto the rooms.

The hotel is next to 4 metro stations (less than 5 minutes walking) : Vavin, Raspail, Notre Dame des Champs, Gaîté and 1 RER station : Port-Royal (direct access to both airports CDG or Orly using line B).

Note:  Prices may vary according to season on all these hotels.

Jardin de Reuilly: ‘eau gazeuse’ (sparkling water) for free

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Spring is here and locals know there’s no better place to enjoy the blossoms than strolling or jogging the Promenade Plantee. The Jardin de Reuilly (midway) lures visitors in with it’s artistically planted terraces, large circular lawn and rose garden. It was once the site of the ancient Chateau de Reuilly, a vacation house for the Merovingian kings.

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At the main entrance (l’avenue Daumesnil) lies France’s first public fountain, still operational today. Tap water from the public pipes is pumped into the fountains, where it is chilled to around 6 degrees C (43 F). The CO2 is introduced into the mix right before the water comes out of the faucet and into your bottle/cup.

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Jardin de Reuilly
46 Boulevard de Reuilly, 75012

Hanging with Renoir and friends at Musée de Montmartre

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Montmartre’s sweet spot sits demurely at 10 rue Cortot, about 500 yards from Sacre Coeur and 5 minutes away from the hilltop square jammed with painters and tourists, Place du Tertre.

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Housed in Montmartre’s oldest building, the museum founded in 1960, was once the meeting place and part-time residence of Renoir, Emile Bernard, Dufy, Utrillo and Suzanne Valadon. Your visit plots the history of the artist colony from shanty town to the Moulin Rouge. An entire room is dedicated to the French Cancan.

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For the 9 euros admission you’ll be equipped with an audio guide and entree to the galleries, romantic gardens and coveted view of the hilltop vineyard.

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The Renoir gardens surrounding the building speak for themselves. There are plenty of benches and chairs tucked away for quiet contemplation. Check the museum’s website for special events.

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Musée de Montmartre
10-12 rue Cortot, 75018 Paris

Metro: Lamarck – Caulaincourt; Bus: 80, Montmartrobus. Open every day from 10am to 6pm.

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