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12th District Ideas

Just wondering if anyone can suggest restaurants, areas to visit, things to do right near our hotel and the train station. We do plan to get out and metro to the touristy places, but I was interested in nice picnic parks, smaller attrations, food, etc. around th 12 area and Gyon train station. Thanks!

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1. Re: 12th District Ideas

The 12th is a great area. It is near Bastille, a very lively area loaed with restaurants. It is a short walk to the Marais from there another fun and interesting place to visit including Rue du Rosiers, the Jewish Quarter with good places to buy falafal. Running along Rue Daumesnil is an elevated walking area on an old abandoned railroad track that is really beautiful. Near Nation, also in the 12th, is the Picpus Cemetery, only open in the afternoons, which is where LaFayette is buried-he is now an American citizen and there is a ceremony there every July 4th-and an American flag flies. Many victims of the revolution, including the family of LaFayette's wife are buried here. On Place Nation is a restaurant called Chez Prosper-very good salads and sandwiches here. If your hotel is near the train station Gare de Lyon, you will find all sorts of places to visit and places to eat.

Paris 4th Arr
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2. Re: 12th District Ideas

Great suggestions. The list i was typing is as follows:

--An afternoon walk on the "Prominade Plantee"

--Picnic at the "le Parc de Bercy"

--Picnic or just a stroll through the very hip Saint Mande and the beautiful park there.

--The Gare de Lyon station itself is a beautiful place. A drink at "Le Train Bleu" on the upper level is worth the price just to see the restaurant

--Weekend flea/food market at Place d'Aligre

--Weekend flea market at Porte de Montreuil.

--North to restaurant "Melac", Metro: Charonne. Truly a great bistro that still "measures" your wine bottle and charges for what you drink like the old days. The food is from LOT, a region in the southwest of France.

--The Metro line 14 stops at Gare de Lyon which puts you 5 minutes from central Paris.

Sarasota, Fl
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3. Re: 12th District Ideas

Hello Alieck,

Right across from the gare and up rue de Lyon are quite a few fairly good restaurants to eat....several seafood ones. Just watch the French crowds using them for dinner. Up rue de Lyon a couple of blocks to where Diderot crosses it, is a restaurant called Les biche de Bois...just the second door from rue de Lyon. Good reasonably priced 4 course meal there and the owners speak English...comfortable atmosphere....closed Sat and Sun (oh those French). If you go along the promenade plantee, you can walk for a couple of miles amid the lovely plantings. Under the raised gardens are many good restaurants and some bars with jazz at night...just go down and take a look at what they have to offer. The plantee also drops down into a rather nice park (with a brook running through it) and a public indoor swimming pool along side it. Thats several blocks along avenue Daumesnil to the east.

If you walk west a few blocks from the gare, there is a little park with what some say are ruins of the old Bastille........right on the Seine, nice little park. You can also wander down along the river and watch the boats go by. There is a jazz boat further east that leaves from in front of the bibilotech buildings which I have heard is great.....maybe only on weekends? There's a movie theatre on rue de lyon maybe 2 blooks from the gare too.....some nice shops ....many local "walk away" and fast food type places....no MacD's... While I have never eaten a meal in Train Blue over the gare, I have heard recently that it is not so very expensive and the food is rather good.......... I am going do that next time.

As already said, you are close to many neat areas and not far from the "big" sites. If you should want to take the #29 bus (going east, right in front of the gare) you will come very close to Bois de Vincennes...very large park with a couple of lakes and even a chateau on its eastern edge. (have to connect with #46 bus at Fleix Eboue to get to it directly or to go on to the chateau).

Many buses go from there to the big site areas and of course metros too. The modern, automated line 14 from the gare also goes out to the eastern side of Paris to the interesting and huge Bercy park, multi movie theatre and wonderful section of cafes, restaurants and speciality shops... Metro stop, Cour St. Emilion (sp).

It is really a very convenient area and you will be seeing a part of Paris that not many tourists have time to see. Try wandering around to find some unusual and interesting sites.