Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast! We're a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we've picked up along the way and stories of our adventures!
This week Tony Price is the tchotchke holder and is joined by Terry Hall, Eric Fargo, Jim Scott, and Jim Read. In celebration of the 20th episode, we will talk about the Friends’ favorite city in the world – the iconic city of Paris! The tchotchke this week is a Navigo card, a travel card from Paris.
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9 years ago, we took a trip to Europe. Paris is a place everybody wants to go, and it completely captured us. For Jim Scott on the other hand, he traveled overseas for the first time in January 2006, after many years of persuading by Jim Read. They spent 3 days in London and 3 days in Paris. Since then, he has kept coming back to Paris 15 times already. He advises to not rush through it, you don’t see everything by trying to do so.
Where to Stay in Paris
For people who wants to see the Paris in 3 days, Jim Read recommends to stay in a neighborhood that has things you want to see. You don’t have to wander far. See two or three museums or older buildings, visit a local café for morning coffee, and evening wine. If you want to see the church or museum, stay on the 4th of 5th. Seeing neighborhoods, than the city, brings you back to the old Paris where it was only a series of villages.
What to Eat in Paris
The croissants and the baguettes are the best bread they’ve had in the world. For breakfast, you don’t want a buffet but sit down in a café to order an espresso and croissant or baguette. If you want eggs for breakfast, go somewhere else. Éclair is another pastry that the Friends can’t stop raving about. We have a fellow traveler who hates Paris but upon eating Éclair, a pastry, he fell in love all over again. It is that good.
How to get Around in Paris
It is easy to get from the airport to the city center. Paris’ public transportation has the RER, Metro, bus, and tram. Terry Hall did a sabbatical where he stopped at every Metro station for 30 days – there was about 350 at that time. There’s a station every 5 minutes around the city, which makes it very easy to get around. One more thing the Friends love is the Navigo card which is only 25 euros for a week, and it can be used for all the public transport. You can get anywhere, anytime.
Favorite Places to Visit in Paris
1. Dali Paris: Inexpensive and it was rarely crowded. Don’t go here on Easter weekend
2. Victor Hugo House: Absolutely free!
3. Montmartre/ Montmartre Vineyards: This is a must-see if you like wine, cheese, meat, and food
4. Palais Garnier
5. The Latin Quarter
6. Musée de Cluny – National Museum of Middle Ages
7. Luxembourg Gardens
8. Sacré-Cœur: Sit on the steps, it has the best overlooking view of the city.
The Grape Harvest Festival
At Montmartre, they still celebrate the Grape Harvest Festival around October which goes through Thursday to Sunday. The gates open at 11AM, Thursday and if you’re there at that time, they love you. They will educate you on everything they have. Stay on top of the hill.
Other Things the Friends love in Paris
1. You are never rushed out of restaurants
2. It is a lovely place for walk
3. They have slower pace
So that’s it. We’ve barely scratched the surface but on a future episode, we will share more travel advice for Paris. Thanks for listening and see you next week!
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