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Fontaine Saint-Michel

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11 Place Saint-Michel
6th arrondissement
St.Michael fountain COLOR

Pantheon (5e)
The Story Behind The Saint Michel Fountain Paris By Foot

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen

Passy Cemetery

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Lefuel

Fernandel

Claude Debussy

Jacques Ibert

Édouard Manet
Berthe Morisot (Eugène Manet)

Marcel Renault

Pearl White

Statue List (Paris)

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Le marchand de masques (Luxenborg Gardens)

Thomas Jefferson

King on Pont Neuf

King in Louvre Court Yard

Churchill

Charle de Gaulle

La Defense

St. Dennis

Saint Louis

The Sun King

Le-Versailles

Eau de Paris

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Public Drinking Fountains
Water
Didn’t know about the high quality of water out of the Public Fountains in Paris

It is free (although empty bottles can be purchased out of vending machines)
A Sparkling Water Version is even available at several locations
https://www.treehugger.com/paris-sparkling-water-fountains-4866461

http://www.eaudeparis.fr/
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.eaudeparis.fr/&prev=search&pto=aue (translation)

Click to access brochureOExpoAnglais.pdf

Watched Zack Efron’s “Down to Earth” (Netflix Travel Show)
Down to Earth with Zac Efron: Netflix travel show trailer
https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1307993/down-to-earth-with-zac-efron-netflix-holidays-france-iceland-sardinia-travel
Very informative segment about how the Publicly Owned Water Utility in the City of Paris treats the water through filtration, oxygen and lights then dispurses it free through public drinking fountains

Download the app to find the nearest public fountain in Paris
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/les-fontaines-de-paris/id1434185242

Water

Top 5 Hotels

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We often stay in the same places, year after year
so we experience the ebb and flow of hotels
which are either getting better, or getting worse

ONE: Primo (The Best)
Hôtel Le Louis, Versailles Château – McGallery By Sofitel
Even though this hotel requires a train ride through the France country-side
This is a mythic location, just down the road from the Palace
Provides the opportunity for one of our favorite mornings in Paris:
Entering the Gates of Versaillles when it opens at 8:00 and run through this vacant albiet epic space
The Best Breakfast Buffet
The Best Desk Service
The most luxurious rooms (at a reasonable price)

TWO
Le Pullman Paris Centre
Another Remote Venue in Bercy
Although very accessible to Paris along the Seine by Velib or Running Path
Spectacular Suite (and wonderful facility)
Impressive Desk Staff (although it is all show and no go)
Very posh and professional, until you have a substantial problem
Great Breakfast Buffet
So Popular that it is a Crowd Scene (Greed and Gluttony on Full Display)
(this is one of our venues which is so good that it is almost bad)

THREE
Sofitel Paris La Defense Puteaux
We really appreciate the quality of Sofitel
La Defense, is another remote venue, worth the travel
this facility has ebbed and flowed, but is on the rise
We stayed in a remodeled room and love the Sofitel Breakfast Buffet
There are also great running opportunities

FOUR
Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur, Paris
Our Favorite Neighborhood of Paris
And this is the most solid, respectable and consistent hotel in this arrondisemont
This is the best hotel that we have found in Montmartre
We could tell you 25 reasons that we love 18e (the eighteenth arrondisement)

FIVE
Novotel Paris Est, Bagnolet
This is five, because it is “not-as-good-as-last-year” (which happens with every hotel)
I like this place, it is cheap, but good and fun
I liked the very affordable single rooms
When we stayed in a suite, we flipped out
(spaciousness and bathtub big-enough-for-a-whale)
But then the bad experience last year
(worn-out and basic furnishings, separate dingy bedroom, with small television)
Disappointed by the “ordinary” Breakfast Buffet
I suspect that most Breakfast Buffets are this way, but we don’t go to Paris for an “ordinary” breakfast buffet

septième

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Seventh (7th)

We now stay 10 nights in Paris
usually split-up between 5 hotels

But in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, airfares are unpredictable
And instead of a reasonable Mid-Day return flight, we depart much earlier
Perhaps, staying near the airport one night

So maybe we stay at 7 different hotels

What will be the septième Hôtel?

We like the Sofitel:

Latin Quarter:
One Nighter, Saturday Run, Last Day in Paris

Montparnasse:
Niepce Paris Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Roissy-en-France

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Roissy en France

If you have an EARLY flight out of CDG
Maybe you could stay near the airport

So, we are wondering if Roissy-en-France is a place to visit
Lots of Airport Hotels
But Anything Else?

Although I do miss more reasonable mid-morning flights when you can
-Get out on an early run
-Stop by the Breakfast Buffet
-Take the Red Line into Paris (one New Years Day morning
-Take the Airport Train out to CDG (always stressful for some reason)
-Big Delays at CDG

And Airport Hotels are always much cheaper