While you have been reading about Australia, Susan and I have been in Paris. We travelled up by train on Tuesday and spent 2 nights in town so that we could spend a whole day at Retromobile, the annual classic car show. As I said in an earlier post, Paris can be expensive - but it can also be surprisingly reasonable if you know where to look
When we are in Paris, we always stay at the same hotel. Le Laumière is a two star hotel in the 19th Arr, three stops from Gare du Nord, in a nice middle class area with plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants. One of its big advantages, especially on days like the past few where it has been a touch chilly (didn't get above zero on Wednesday, and the wind wasn't warm either), is that the hotel entrance is only 25 metres from the Metro exit.
It's the building with the burgundy coloured awning
In addition to the restaurants (ranging from west African cuisine to one run by the carpenters' guild) the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is just at the top of the street and one of the nicest parks in Paris, much frequented by locals.
the garden terrace beyond for the summer
- both very pleasant.
9€ buffet is good value, but we tend to have
just a coffee and a croissant at one of the local cafés
*the official star rating in France isn't to do with luxury or the lack thereof, but the facilities and size of room. A less "nice" hotel, but with bigger rooms and more power points might have more stars