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London and Paris

Tomorrow night I will be watching Grey Gardens for the first time. I've heard so much about big and little Edie, I can't wait to experience them.

In March I am going to London and Paris again. So far I think what I am most excited about is getting to finally meet et_blackbird who will also be in London! I am going with Tom, Michelle, and my friend Wendi who has never been. I certainly have my favorite places to go, places I want to take Wendi. What are your favorite places in London and Paris?

Grey Gardens - Rufus Wainwright - Poses

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fixxwisdom
Feb. 10th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
Everywhere in London. No where in Paris (museums excluded).
emarosan
Feb. 10th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Completely agree.
mingerspice
Feb. 10th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
There is a dim sum place in Bayswater that is AMAZING... of course I don't remember its name - maybe four seasons? Story of my life, really "Wow, you are aMAzing! I LOVE you! (pause) What was your name again?"

Euston station holds bittersweet memories for me, but for personal reasons.

And who doesn't love Greenwich? It may be cheesy, but it is fun to stand astride the meridian, and to watch everybody else do it too. Plus the gay pub from Beautiful Thing is there :)

Hampstead Heath is really cool, and not just because there's outdoor cruising to be had.

In Paris, I like the Vietnamese food places in the 19th and 20th arrondisement (sp?). Montmartre cemetary is cool even with all the tourists - it's just such an unspooky, frankly beautiful cemetary.

I enjoyed Bois de Boulogne to the west of the 16th - again, all outdoor sexual activity aside, it's just a beautiful park, especially in the winter, when all the trees are bare and you can see their silvery bark.

But Paris for me is really all about the food. And the bread. And the food. Eat Poilane's pain au levain if you haven't already, it's like tasting Ancient Europe (also I think they have free butter cookies still). Any Paul's is good for breakfast (I only wish America had a chain of tasty little bakeries). The Jewish food around Beaubourg is pretty tasty - different from the Jewish food in America in that odd same-immigrant-group-in-a-different-country way. I don't know what the big markets are like in winter, but they were pretty awesome in fall and summer.

Ooh I'm so jealous! Be sure to blog so I can live vicariously through you :)
monkeyx3
Feb. 11th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm excited that this time I will be staying at a hotel that has internet this time... I will probably post but not read!
erdbeermund
Feb. 10th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
paris
the edith piaf museum
père lachaise cemetery (hardly original, but so what?)
And I love the atmosphere in Le Marais.
And of course Disneyland Paris!

My favorite thing was to stand with my back to the Louvre so that the gate to the Jardin des Tuileries, the obelisk at the Place de la Concorde (?), and the Arc du Triomphe where lined up.
Paris is the only place I ever went where I felt like a tourist, and I loved it.
monkeyx3
Feb. 11th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: paris
Disneyland Paris, really? Is it very different than the ones here in the US?
I will have to check out the Edith Piaf Museum, I have a picture somewhere of me at her grave in père lachaise. i really enjoyed the view from the top of the Arc du Triomphe!! I will have to see the view from the other end. I am staying in the Marais just a block from the Louvre! YAY!
netphenix
Feb. 10th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
Tell you what...
Why don't you contact me when you get here, and I'll SHOW you my favorite places in Paris. *LOL* Just be ready either to go fast or take a few days for it, there's just too many nooks, cranies, bars, museums, parks, sights, stores and restaurants to go to in only one afternoon.

And be ready to face the torture of the thousand paper cuts if I don't at least get a "Hi!" when you arrive... ;-p

As for London... Only been a couple times in my life, but I know people there, I could ask for places to go no touristic guide would know about if you want.

Cheers,

Q.
monkeyx3
Feb. 11th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: Tell you what...
What a wonderful invitation. I was unsure if you were back in Paris or still in Pasadena. I will be in Paris march 15th-21st. So it looks like my vacation will have me meeting two LJ friends! I have quite a few friends in London and will probably have trouble seeing all of them so no need for the hookup. I’ve been to Paris twice already and have really enjoyed myself. The one thing I really want to see is the “Park of childhood fears” I just really like the name and have to go the park of childhood fears! I will definitely be contacting about your tour!
sisyphus238
Feb. 10th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
What is Grey Gardens? Is it a British sitcom or some such?
I suspect with more time I could answer that question myself. I just saw the iTunes link but work beckons.
monkeyx3
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
It’s a documentary from the 70s on the Bouvier's (Jackie O's crazy Aunt's family) who all live in one room of a dilapidated mansion. I guess they make the Osbourns seem normal and coherent.

http://www.greygardens.com/

I still need to respond to your email... I will get to it!
_kaiser_
Feb. 10th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
i've had a hold at the library on this damn thing since november! tell me if you like it.
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