Paris - Sept 09

I just got back from a university trip to Paris, France. I find Paris to be an easy city for a foreigner to navigate. The metro system is simple and goes everywhere in the city for 1.6 Euro.

I had a disappointing hotel experience this trip. I registered online using Hotel-board.com. They have great last minute prices. The hotel I wanted was called the Glasgow. It is near a bunch of kosher eateries and is a nice three star hotel. Of course, I arrived in Paris, went to meetings, finished late and went to check in. About ten minutes from the hotel, the skies opened and it started pouring rain. I had a jacket, but no hood and I immediately got soaked. The hotel was easy to find and I walked in, expecting to have a good nights sleep. Unfortunately, the hotel clerk said: Sorry, we are all full, so we moved your booking to a place about four blocks away.

I re-entered the rain and walked the additional four blocks. The new hotel, the Hotel Residence Romance Malesherbes was not bad. It was not the same quality as the one I booked, and it was a bit farther from the metro than I asked for. I'm disappointed in Hotel-board.com for not letting me know about the change, and I'm not sure that I really got my money's worth.

On more positive news, I ate at a wonderful indian meat restaurant called "Darjeeling". Its strictly kosher, but my advisor who is wise to the ways of non-kosher ethnic food, said that it was very good. I highly recommend eating there if you are in Paris. Good decor, reasonable prices and great food.

Its nice to be back and just in time for the holidays.
Shana Tova,
Elliot

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