Paris , me chef Nicholas Anderson took a weekend there late september , great memories of when i was a aprentice in the Geneva Hilton and escaped for a long weekend to Paris on TGV train ,but you must know these things first before going on a adventure in Paris .
The twentieth century was hard on Paris, but thankfully not as hard as it could have been. Hitler's order to burn the city was thankfully ignored by the German General von Choltitz who was quite possibly convinced by a Swedish diplomat that it would be better to surrender and be remembered as the saviour of Paris, than to be remembered as its destroyer. Following the war, the city recovered quickly at first, but slowed in the 1970s and 1980s when Paris began to experience some of the problems faced by big cities everywhere: pollution, housing shortages, and occasionally failed experiments in urban renewal.
But I love the city , one must be ready for some long walking day so use good shoes , and do get yourself a underground day pass.. So you will be able to acomplish your tour alone .. Must see ;
Arc de triomphe
Notre Dame cathedral
The Seine river
And during your weekend
Book a show or cabaret one evening that's a must
Or the famous French cancan at the Moulin Rouge , first show is with a dinner , late show is with Champagne bottle a evening to remember ...
Don't forget to do your shopping for fashion and try the French Bistro , and for those two Paris is well supported !!
If your thinking where to stay in Paris ? go reasonable as you will be spending on visiting the city so the hotel is more of a crashing stop before a night out dining or clubbing , budget for that not more than 100 euro per night and you have something safe and comfortable ! For food
Please try the cafe croissant in the morning
The French baguette
And go treat yourself to a brasserie or bistro , be sure to have a good seat to see the Paris life in front of your eyes !!
For the Weather this is important to know as to what clothes to pack .
Being located in Western Europe, Paris has a maritime climate with cool winters and warm summers, therefore it is best to wear a beret to accommodate the varying skull warmth possibilities. The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean helps to temper temperature extremes in much of western Europe, including France. Even in January, the coldest month, temperatures nearly always exceed the freezing point with an average high of 6°C (43°F). Snow is not common in Paris, although it will fall a few times a year. Most of Paris' precipitation comes in the form of light rain year-round.
Summers in Paris are warm and pleasant, with an average high of 23°C (75°F) during the mid-summer months. Spring and fall are normally cool and wet.
With the weather being so pleasant in the summer, it's a great time to visit.
Me Nicholas Anderson just loves exploring these kind of places , found in the small streets not far from les Halles a little champagne bar ! Run by two busy ladies ,, two bottles later the evening got transformed into a a memorable night ! And forgot my umbrella there , a excuse to visit them again ... Hahaha Bon voyage
Photography By:Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com