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Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

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Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

My husband and I are arriving for our first trip to Paris on the first Sunday in May. We're celebrating our 30th anniversary the day after we arrive. My first question is where could we find a nearby market to buy water, bread, cheese, picnic supplies? We are staying at the Prince de Galle hotel on George V with starpoints, and we want to be somewhat careful with our money, balancing between some special dinners out and inexpensive picnics in beautiful, romantic areas. I understand a lot pf places will be closed on Sunday. Secondly, do you think Le Train Bleu is a sufficiently special and romantic rstaurant to celebrate our actual anniversary night in? Or do you have any recommendations for how to spend our actual anniversary day? Thanks!

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1. Re: Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

Congratulations!

If you get into Paris early enough, you'll have many street markets to choose from:

www.v1.paris.fr/EN/Living/markets/default.asp

This could be the nicest possible way to load up on picnic supplies.

Le Train Bleu is special and romantic in its own way.

However, since you've never been in Paris before, I'd venture forth to recommend a Seine dinner cruise somewhere along the way. I left lots of details on previous posts regarding this. If you could do a little search on that topic, you'll dig up a ton of information on that. For a nice dining experience, it can actually be quite a bargain at about US$100 for two. It's classy and hard to beat when it comes to dinner cruises at scenic locations in the world.

How to spend the rest of that day? just wander around on foot and see the sights. The weather should be great.

On Sunday, some museums might be open but they might also be crushed with crowds. Some used to be free on those first Sundays of each month...

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2. Re: Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

DarthAnonymous,

Thanks very much for the fantastic link to Parisian markets! Our plane arrives at 7:35 a.m. at CDG, so I'm hoping we might be able to make it to one of the two markets open until 1 p.m.

I will definitely follow your advice to research a dinner on the Seine. I had hoped to end up that anniversary evening with a boat ride on the Seine after dinner anyway. Having dinner on the boat sounds much more relaxing and romantic...as for the rest of the day, I can't think of anything better than to amble around Paris, maybe have a lunch picnic by the Eiffel Tower..or do you have any personal favorite places to picnic, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and watch people go by?

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3. Re: Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

Directly beneath the Eiffel Tower on the "left" bank (rive gauche), that park extending to the Ecole Militaire does not permit people on the lawns. [Maybe I was kicked off because I was trying to take a nap before catching a train! No bums allowed.] There are benches and such. If you can cross the river to the Trocadero, those lawns are more inviting and often see many picnic'rs. The Trocadero lawn is also a popular spot from which to watch fireworks on those occasions.

Try a search for "picnic" on the forum. I remember other threads on this topic with lots of location ideas. I really don't have any.

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4. Re: Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

I can't think of any supermarkets around George V, apart maybe the Drugstore at the top of Champs Elysées where you could maybe buy something, but it is an expensive area.

As for the Train Bleu, it is very impressive but i wouldn't call it romantic as when i went there it was busy and quite noisy

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5. Re: Sunday arrival in 8th arrondisement--where to eat, shop?

trocodero rawks, had many a hippie pickanick basket there