Paris

Paris is an idyllic travel destination. It captivates you immediately and holds you in its grip. Most first-time Paris visitors find themselves drawn to it again and again. On a practical note, Paris is best explored on foot or by metro if distances require it. Apparently no spot in central Paris is more than 500 metres from a metro station. Please note also that when visiting Paris I tend to gravitate towards the Latin Quarter (or Left Bank), and for this reason the hotels and restaurants listed below are mainly to be found in that area.

Sightseeing Whispers

Hotel Whispers

Cluny Sorbonne De La Sorbonne Trianon Rive Gauche Trois Colleges Hotel Cluny Sorbonne Hotel De La Sorbonne Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche Hotel Trois Colleges Click to enlarge
Hotel Cluny Sorbonne  Website Trip Advisor Page Situated in a quiet street directly opposite the Sorbonne and only steps away from the cafes and restaurants of bustling Place de la Sorbonne. Cheap and cheerful, small rooms and no air-conditioning. (8 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris) Hotel Design Sorbonne  Website Trip Advisor Page Next door to Hotel Cluny Sorbonne. In recent years has re-branded itself as a “boutique” hotel. Decor certainly better than its neighbour. Has air conditioning. Perhaps worth paying a little extra for. (6 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris) Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche  Website Trip Advisor Page A Best Western hotel situated just across the boulevard St Michel from Place de la Sorbonne. Classy decor, air-conditioning and a small bar in the lobby. Worth it, particularly if you can get a good deal on the room price. (1 Bis rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris) Hotel des Trois Colleges  Website Trip Advisor Page Also next door to Hotel Cluny Sorbonne, but on the opposite side, obviously. Perhaps slightly better decor than Cluny but with equally small rooms. Has air-conditioning, though. (16 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris)

Restaurant Whispers

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La Bastide D’Opio  Website Trip Advisor Page A charming little restaurant located in a delightful little quarter in the Saint-Germain area just north of the Saint-Sulpice church. Offers an upmarket table d’hote menu of beautifully-prepared, well-presented Provencal dishes. The ambience is equally appealing and the service first class. This one is a bit special (9 rue Guisarde, 75006 Paris) Chez Marianne  Trip Advisor Page A quirky Jewish restaurant just off rue des Rosiers in the city’s Jewish Quarter in the Marais. The menu consists mainly of a list of 20 starter-size dishes such as falafels, pastrami, tarama and houmus. You can order from this as you wish. Try the strong Maccabee Israeli beer to wash it all down, or choose from the wine list. (2 rue des Hospitalieres-Saint-Gervais, 75004 Paris) Del Papa  Website Trip Advisor Page A fine Italian restaurant, part of a small chain, just off the boulevard Saint-Germain. Can be busy, so book ahead if possible, particularly at weekends. Pizza and pasta a-plenty but also a smattering of other meat and fish dishes. (38 rue de Buci, 75006 Paris) Le Procope  Website Trip Advisor Page If you want to splash out, Procope is not a bad bet. Just off the boulevard St Germain and with a history dating back to 1686, it offers fine French- style dining at only slightly scary prices. Watch out for the glass display case containing Napoleon’s hat as you enter! (13 rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, 75006 Paris)
If you are staying in the Latin Quarter, here are three restaurant areas worth exploring: the rue Descartes / rue Mouffetard / rue de Pot du Fer area (just east of the Pantheon), the rue de la Huchette / rue de Saint-Severin area (just east of the St Michel metro station) and the rue de Gregoire de Tours area (off the Boulevard Saint-Germain, two or three streets east of the Saint-Germain church). Le Procope La Bastide D’Opio Chez Marianne Del Papa La Bastide D'Opio Eiffel Tower Louvre Notre Dame Arc de Triomphe Les Invalides   Pantheon Sainte Chapelle Conciergerie Musee PicassoMusee Rodin  Greatest Hits Worth a Look Palace of Versailles Chartres Cathedral Giverny - Monet’s house Chateau de Gisors  Out of Town
Travel Whispers
Paris
Paris
Paris is an idyllic travel destination. It captivates you immediately and holds you in its grip. Most first-time Paris visitors find themselves drawn to it again and again. On a practical note, Paris is best explored on foot or by metro if distances require it. Apparently no spot in central Paris is more than 500 metres from a metro station. Please note also that when visiting Paris I tend to gravitate towards the Latin Quarter (or Left Bank), and for this reason the hotels and restaurants listed below are mainly to be found in that area.
Restaurant Whispers
Hotel Whispers
Hotel Cluny Sorbonne  Website Trip Advisor Page Situated in a quiet street directly opposite the Sorbonne but only steps away from the cafes and restaurants of bustling Place de la Sorbonne. Cheap and cheerful, small rooms and no air- conditioning. (8 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris) Hotel Design Sorbonne  Website Trip Advisor Page Basically next door to Hotel Cluny Sorbonne. In recent years has re-branded itself as a “boutique” hotel. Decor certainly better than its neighbour. Has air conditioning. Perhaps worth paying a little extra for. (6 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris) Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche  Website Trip Advisor A Best Western hotel situated just across the boulevard St Michel from Place de la Sorbonne. Classy decor, air-conditioning and a small bar in the lobby. Worth it, particularly if you can get a good deal on the room price. (1 rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris) Hotel des Trois Colleges  Website Trip Advisor Page Also basically next door to Hotel Cluny Sorbonne, but on the opposite side, obviously. Perhaps slightly better decor than Cluny but with equally small rooms. Has air-conditioning, though. (16 rue Victor Cousin 75005 Paris)
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La Bastide D’Opio Chez Marianne Del Papa Le Procope
La Bastide D’Opio  Website Trip Advisor Page A charming little restaurant located in a delightful little quarter in the Saint-Germain area just north of the Saint-Sulpice church. Offers an upmarket table d’hote menu of beautifully-prepared, well- presented Provencal dishes. The ambience is equally appealing and the service first class. This one is a bit special (9 rue Guisarde, 75006 Paris) Chez Marianne  Trip Advisor Page A quirky Jewish restaurant just off rue des Rosiers in the city’s Jewish Quarter in the Marais. The menu consists mainly of a list of 20 starter- size dishes such as falafels, pastrami, tarama and houmus. You can order from this as you wish.Try the strong Macabee Israeli beer to wash it all down, or choose from the wine list. (2 rue des Hospitalieres-Saint-Gervais, 75004 Paris) Del Papa  Website Trip Advisor Page A fine Italian restaurant, part of a small chain, just off the boulevard Saint-Germain. Can be busy, so book ahead if possible, particularly at weekends. Pizza and pasta a-plenty but also a smattering of other meat and fish dishes. (38 rue de Buci, 75006 Paris) Le Procope  Website Trip Advisor Page If you want to splash out, Procope is not a bad bet. Just off the boulevard St Germain and with a history dating back to 1686, it offers fine French- style dining at only slightly scary prices. Watch out for the glass display case containing Napoleon’s hat as you enter! (13 rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, 75006 Paris)
Sightseeing Whispers
Trianon Rive Gauche Trois Colleges Cluny Sorbonne Design Sorbonne Eiffel Tower Louvre Notre Dame Arc de Triomphe Les Invalides   Pantheon Sainte Chapelle Conciergerie Musee PicassoMusee Rodin  Greatest Hits Worth a Look Palace of Versailles Chartres Cathedral Giverny - Monet’s house Chateau de Gisors  Out of Town If you are staying in the Latin Quarter, here are three restaurant areas worth exploring: the rue Descartes / rue Mouffetard / rue de Pot du Fer area (just east of the Pantheon), the rue de la Huchette / rue de Saint-Severin area (just east of the St Michel metro station) and the rue de Gregoire de Tours area (off the Boulevard Saint-Germain, two or three streets east of the Saint-Germain church).