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February 2012

Paris Flea Market – That’s one really big flea

Today was another big day for us and possibly the farthest we were going to travel (besides Versailles) on our Paris trip. We were heading to the famous flea market at Saint-Ouen, just outside the Périphérique. We left early, taking the RER B to Gare du Nord and from there, the Metro (line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt). Once you get off, you need to walk down just outside the

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Sacré Coeur – Head in the clouds

I was done with what I hoped was the most macabre side of Paris during the first half of the day and I was really looking forward to the second half. It’s a place I’ve read about so much and of course, seen in so many movies. Montmartre. Set at least a day aside for Montmartre. By the time we got there, I was already wishing we had set aside

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Culinary adventures at Le Cordon Bleu

I’m talking about one of the biggest highlights of the Paris trip for me. For someone who has lovingly regarded French cuisine from afar with awestruck eyes, being in Paris meant three things: Eating, Cooking and Shopping for food and kitchen equipment. While Eating and Shopping could easily be taken care of one day at a time, Cooking required a bit of pre-planning. Kitchen equipped accommodation? Check. Registration for a

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The Catacombs of Paris – With the dead and the living

Today was the day Rave had her class at Le Cordon Bleu (you can read about it here), so I had to do something she wasn’t going to be interested in. And there was something that was perfect – The Catacombs of Paris. I can’t imagine her being underground surrounded by a few million bones. So while she left really early in the morning for her class, I had an easier

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Versailles – Off with their breath

We hadn’t planned on stepping out of Paris at all when we were making our 14 day itinerary. Early on, we were lucky enough to understand that there’s more to Paris than we can see in 14 days. So all ideas of a quick hop into a neighboring destination (we toyed with Amsterdam for a bit!) were unequivocally silenced by both of us. Then we watched Marie Antoinette. And the idea of

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