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Paris in September

We are visiting Paris for my husband's birthday; we haven't been to Paris in several years although we have traveled to Europe on average two to three times a year since we were married, not counting 2020.

We have seen most of the tourist stuff in Paris, but we will visit several museums we like. We are also taking two day trips to Giverny and Chartres, two places we haven't been to. Any tips for those places?

How easy is it to get a COVID test in Paris to come back to the States? It appears that we don't need a test to enter France (we are fully vaxxed).

Any restaurants you recommend? We are staying in the Marais.


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In Chartres, the old town is small but charming. A local culinary specialty is buckwheat crepes. We loved them!

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September is peak hotel season in Paris - reserve accommodations as soon as you can.

Antigen tests for your US return are available at almost any pharmacy. Cost is 29€. You can make an appointment at a local pharmacy at

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Restaurants in Le Marais are sort of my jam. Here are some links to some places I really like. (for L'Aller Retour and Le Barav)
And here is one that I do not love but my husband does because of the giant chocolate mousse that one can order for dessert.
I'll stop now.

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Thanks JHK! Am just compiling a list of Le Marais restaurants for our trip in October. Would you happen to have a list of your favorite boulageries in the same area? And also on Ill St Louis... Thank you!!

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Both Chartres and Giverny can be wisely done in single day trips, although I stayed one full night in Chartres once. I stayed at the Hotel St. Ives in Chartres: it was very clean, moderately priced, and within the shadow of the Cathedral. The city had a music and light show at night that reflected beautiful colored images not only off the Cathedral, but off several other downtown city buildings. Really wonderful. As others have noted, the City is very small, but very walkable. As you're staring at the front of the Cathedral, to the left of it are two or three small bistros. I ate at one of them and had a delicious (local?) sausage called andouliette (?) in a creamy mustard sauce. It was very tasty.

As for Giverny, I did that in a day trip. I took a very early train from Paris and there was a public shuttle from the train station to Monet's place. The gardens and Monet's home were gorgeous, but I left at about 1:00 and took a train to Rouen, where I spent the remainder of the day and had dinner there, so I don't remember any Giverny restaurants. Best of luck

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Hello from Wisconsin,

Chartres is a wonderfully sized place to spend some time. A night or two or three. There is a funky bed and breakfast on the far side of the cathedral from the train station. Sylvie Menard ownes the place. She speak fluent English and offers a relaxed breakfast. Les Convivhotes. We have stayed with her three times. Quiet, and well thought out bedrooms.

The cathedral is being or maybe has been cleaned of its historic dirt. It looks new inside.

wayn einWI