Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hi to the 5 ladies that are joining me on the trip to France . Here is the first draft of the Paris itinerary.

PARIS 9-11 September 2010
Jenny Johnson proposed itinerary

As promised I have worked out a rough guide for our trip to Paris in September. It will give you a flavour of the two days but is not definitive as this stage as we will not be able to finalise things until we have been on our recce trip in April. Please do let me know if there is anything else you would like to include or if there are any special interests you would like covered. I assume all of the group are reasonably fit. There will be a fair amount of walking as I find the best way to get around Paris is on foot.

Thursday 9 September
Meet at hotel 11-11.30am to drop bags
As this hotel is centrally located we can walk to most of our destinations. Comfy footwear advised!
12 noon after a light lunch locally we will we will cross over the pedestrian bridge for the afternoon to explore the area around the left bank to visit various food shops including Huilerie Leblanc, Epicerie Da Rosa and Fromagerie 31. Head to boulevard St Germain for Patrick Roger chocolatier.
We finish the afternoon at Café Panis for a refreshing cup of tea within view of Notre Dame.
Back to the hotel on foot or by taxi for a rest before meeting up for dinner locally possibly Chez Janou, an atmospheric Parisian bistro serving provencal food.

Friday 10 September
After breakfast we will spend a good morning at one of Paris’s food markets, such as Marche des enfants rouge or Beauveau
Light lunch, possibly at Le Mesturet
PMWe will spend the afternoon in the Montorgueil area exploring the cookshops Dehillerin and A Simon, the traiteur G Tetou and the boulangerie Stohrer. There will be free time at the end of the afternoon for those who would like to walk along the shopping street of Bd Haussman where you will find the original and very beautiful Galerie Lafayette
Dinner at aux Lyonnais, a classic brasserie owned and run by Alain Ducasse

Sat 11 September
Check out of hotel(we may go straight to Montparnasse station by metro to drop our cases), then explore the area around St night cookery course Germain, a haven of food shops including the renowned cheese shop Roland Barthelemy and the wonderful food emporium Bon Marche
Lunch, then set off to catch the train for Angouleme and your 4 days at Les Noisetiers.

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