The food market on rue de Seine was bustling 25 years ago when I first stayed in Paris at a modest (that's putting it mildly) hotel across the street. Each day Mr. Weekend In Paris and I were awakened by the sound of a woman in the street singing a song of food, enticing people to come shop for the fresh fruits and vegetables. Both of us working for the US Navy at the time, money was tight so we purchased bread, ham, cheese and a bottle of wine that we made a picnic out of for our meals. My love for this area has been strong ever since.
The Weekend In Paris is proud to announce that popular guest blogger Margo Waite has been named an official Contributor for the site. Margo has been traveling to Paris for many years with her husband Rob. They live amongst the Parisians, renting an apartment for weeks at a time, using it as their home base as they navigate the city by Métro and bus to discover the everyday joy of shopping in the markets, visiting museums and soaking in the culture.
Granted, my little world in Paris is very small. Although I always visit a new museum, hot exhibit and trendy restaurants and shops, I do try to support my favorite shops, restaurants and cafés where I feel like Norm on the American sitcom Cheers where everyone knows my name.
by Contributor Margo Waite for The Weekend in Paris
The City of Paris owns 14 museums (les Musées de la Ville de Paris) ranging from the Catacombes de Paris and the Musée de la Vie Romantique to the lesser known, but important Musée Bourdelle. One wonderful thing about these Paris museums is that admission is free AND they are generally open every day from 10 to 6 (except for Monday and holidays). There is, you should know, a surcharge if you wish to see the temporary expositions.
View from our living room
Over the course of the twenty-four years I have been traveling to Paris I have always wondered what it would be like to stay in an apartment in Paris. Thanks to Go With Oh my days of wondering are over. With a large selection in their inventory, Go With Oh gave me several properties to choose from on their easy to navigate, user-friendly website. Of course, I selected one in my favorite arrondissement; the sixth just steps away from Place Saint Michel and my area for shopping and café people watching.
We've all received dozens of stupid quizzes to take online that are supposed to reveal something about us that we didn't already know. Silly, but amusing at times. Mr. Weekend In Paris was out jogging before dinner so I jumped on Facebook and took the quiz, "What City Should You Live In?" Sucker!
The très non-scientific survey asks you all kinds of irrelevant questions like what is your favorite
Gal Pal Elizabeth out front of Hotel Lenox
The Charm of Paris refined in Saint-Germain, is how Hotel Lenox is billed, and I would add very accommodating to the list the describes this quaint hotel on the edge of the 6th and 7th arrondissement in Paris. The reservations team were very helpful as I kept switching dates and adding people at the last-minute. They were very patient and emailed me immediately to confirm any changes. I like that!