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Layover Information

Discounts! Fat Tire Bike Tours: Student price; Benlux on rue de Rivoli: 40% on accessories; 20% on make up; Flo-managed brasseries offer discounts on food and food+theatre specials



Visit the Layoverinfo website for layover tips around the world  from crewmembers of other airlines.


For barge trip information visit Perx-Interline (Specials) or Canal & Company Cruises.

Caveau de la Huchette - dancing info

Emergency numbers Extra passport pages-free Lost credit cards-concierge

Place d'Italie (Italie2) hours Reader questions-FedEx Duty free shopping

Shopping (stores, wine, groceries) Hair/Coiffure information   Helpful directions

Things to do Origin of local metro station names

Translations Bike tour airline discount


Day trips outside of Paris

Restaurants open 24 hours or almost

Brasseries, restaurants in the area

Pharmaceutical aids

Barge tours in France-interliner

Paris Catholic churches, chapels, basilicas

Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Restaurants open Christmas

For those of you new to the layover hotel here is a summary of information:


Helpful directions

You are now in the south section of Paris. The hotel almost straddles two arrondissements. It is located in the 14th, but 30 seconds away to the right is the 13th arrondissement.


When you go out of the front door you will see a metro rails in front of you. That is Line 6 that runs between Nation in the east and Charles de Gaulle Etoile (Arc de Triomphe) in the west.


When you leave the front entrance on Blvd. Saint-Jacques, and turn to the right you will head toward Place d'Italie. The following is a list of some of the things you will find in that direction:


The name of the boulevard in front of the hotel changes names.

When you cross rue de la Glacière  - out the door and to the right - the name changes from Blvd Auguste Blanqui to Blvd Saint-Jacques.



The very helpful and knowledgeable head concierge is Nicolas Avril. He always looks forward to working with us.


East toward Place d’Italie (Italie2) - Leave hotel turn right

When you leave the front entrance on blvd. Saint-Jacques and turn to the right, you will head in the direction of Place d'Italie.


In that direction you will find:


the Centre Commercial Italie2 (3 level shopping mall - 125 stores, Champion grocery store, etc.)


Champion is open Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The stores are open Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


(Metro jump off point: Place d'Italie)

Chinatown (more Vietnamese) Metro: Tolbiac or rue Tolbiac (tip from Charles: you want to eat at Vietnamese or Thai restaurants -- less cooking oil in the air, better food).


Small shopping center - 2 minutes walk from the hotel

Quick mart with food, wine and fresh vegetables and fruit.

Open Sunday and every day except Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Shops in the small shopping center:


Flight attendants recommend Sylvie Demont Coiffure for French style at a reasonable price and thanks to Ina for this recommendation.


Sylvie uses a razor combined with scissors for styling. The shampoo, cut and style is about 30 euros.


She and her staff understand English but are shy to use it.


Take a photo reference if you like. I believe that they understand more than they let on. You will find them all very gracious.


147 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, 75013

Telephone: 01 53 80 26 57


Open: Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday: noon to 8:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For  more hair salon information visit my Pot-pourri page.


Kosher butcher shop

sells large bags of pistachios, almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, etc.

Pharmacy -  open daily except Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Boulangerie (bakery) Monday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Franprix (a small grocery store in this shopping center - a larger one open on Sunday is close by on rue de la Glaciére). (I heard that the prices here were cheaper than Monoprix.) (Open Easter Monday by the way.)


Wine stores

la Treille d'Or, 21 rue de la Tombe-Issoire 75014, For a personal alternative to the chain Nicolas try la Treille d'Or. Nicolas Sirieix can answer your questions in English. He carries organically grown wines and smaller producers. Stop in for a visit, you will not be sorry! See my shopping page/Wine shops and caves for more information.


Nicolas – the wine shop (tell them that the head concierge, Nicolas, sent you and they will prepare your wine bottles for transport).  Look for the 3 liter and 5 liter BIBs. Don't laugh it is not just flight attendants that buy their Bordeaux in a box. The box prevents oxidation and the wine will last a long time. (Drinking time is relative.) 


3 minutes walk from the hotel


Petit Casino

Open Sunday morning 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed Tuesday


Bus 21 corner of Blvd Auguste Blanqui and rue de la Glacière

Great bus that runs up to Luxembourg gardens, Blvd Saint-Michel over the Seine to Châtelet, past the Louvre, Palais Royal, Avenue de l’Opéra, Printemps, to Gare Saint-Lazare.


It runs on Sundays (buy your tickets at the metro station Glacière).


15 - 20 minutes walk or 3rd stop on metro line 6


Place d’Italie (Italie2) - Shopping mall (Centre Commerciale)


Open every day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Champion grocery store open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)


Closed Sundays; this mall has 125 stores!


You will also notice that the name of the boulevard changes to Blvd. Auguste Blanqui


Closest metro:

If you turn to your right and walk 30 seconds, you will happen upon the metro station Glacière.


Rue de la Glacière

You will find that rue de la Glacière is a banquet for satisfying your eating needs!


Denfert-Rochereau - 15 minutes walk

The street in front of the hotel changes names.


To reach the pedestrian street rue Daguerre, follow the paws of the lion**, head in their direction.

Another hint is to look for the brasserie “le Rendez-vous” and “Hôtel du Lion” - 10 - 20 minutes walk .


Just past these two establishments, you will see an organic bakery (Moisan).


Guide book

I found a pocket-size guide book that would be really helpful for you to understand your new neighborhood.


"Paris Visits" has great maps, photos, diagrams, and short descriptions. I found it at FNAC Les Halles and the department store BHV in English. So it is probably at other bookstores as well. ISBN information is located on my Guide Books page.




Gilei, Gerard, Nicolas, Florence and Ludovic -- the concierges always glad to help us!


First time at the layover hotel?


The crew room is on the second floor and includes two computers, a full-size refrigerator, coffee machine (also makes tea and chocolate), sink, microwave, plastic glasses and ice machine.


The fitness room is next door.


The hotel offers us a 20% discount in the bars and restaurants.


Sandwiches, pastries and coffee are available at the ground floor café.




Crew lounge -- the carpet, the computers and the furniture arrangement are new




Lounges on the ground floor





Check with the concierge about hotel restaurants and their open times. They might be  open  normal hours (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and the bar will be open until 2 a.m.

Double check that we have a 20% discount on regular menu items, alcohol not included.

Emergency numbers

If you are using a cell phone in Paris and need to make an emergency call the Mayor's office provides a list of useful numbers in the back of their monthly magazine distributed to all households.




SAMU (Emergency medical help in Paris): 15

Police (Emergency): 17

Pompiers (Fire department): 18

SOS Médicins (website available in English) 24-hour doctors - 01 47 07 77 77

Urgences médicales de Paris (Emergency medical services) - 24-hour doctors - 01 53 94 94 94


Pharmacies (open 7 days a week/ 24 hours):


84, avenue des Champs-Elysées (01 45 79 53 19 or 01 45 62 02 41) - 75008

6, place de Clichy (01 48 74 65 18) - 75009


Urgences funéraires (emergency funeral arrangements) 7 days a week/ 24 hours: 08 00 88 00 88


Objets trouvés (Lost and Found): 08 21 00 2 25 (0.12 cents/min) Monday to Friday


Lost or stolen credit cards

Our purser's purse/wallet was stolen. On someone's advice she immediately contacted the hotel concierge.


The concierge desk has the precise numbers to call and within minutes everything that needed to be cancelled was cancelled.


Instead of calling back to the States and trying to locate telephone numbers and banks, go immediately to the concierge.


Put a copy of your passport and credit cards in a place other than your wallet for these emergencies.


Always carry a copy of your passport in your wallet but never the original, unless necessary.


A copy of the passport will also work at the department stores that offer 10% discounts for foreigners.


Extra passport (visa) pages in Paris

(Please note that passport section is now located at the Embassy.)The following information is provided thanks to Frank:


"...Cost - free. No Expediting fee

Time: 3.5 -4 hours R/T from hotel included

45 - 90 minute passport processing time.

Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon at the U.S. Consulate (Not Embassy)

Metro: Concorde (Place de la Concorde) Lines 12 and 8

Consulate telephone: 01 43 12 22 22

Address: 2 rue Saint-Florent (side street)


(Until 3 p.m. you will only get an answering machine after being transferred to the passport office. Call only if you think they may be closed due to a holiday.)


The security screening takes some time. Do not bring water, camera, iPod/MP3, lighter, computer or anything else you do not want to check.


Make sure you are in the building and in line by noon; they close the doors at that time for US passport issues.


Stand in line for windows #1 and #2, on your right as you enter.


Pick up a form while you are in line, it has green color on it.


After they process it, your name will be called from window #1 or #2 and you will get a paper transaction receipt for the additional 24 pages.


Keep the receipt in case the additional pages are questioned."

Thanks Frank.




Duty free shopping 40%

Grab a sandwich

 - Pharmacies


Monoprix (large)

 - Monoprix (small)

 - Boulangeries (Bakeries)

 - Shopping Mall

 - Outlet mall/street

 - Paris Specialty Markets

 - Paris open-air markets near hotel

 - Flea market - Vanves

 - Shopping street

 - Health food store

 - Grocery stores open on Sunday

 - Department stores in the local area

Wine store - la Treille d'Or


Grab a sandwich

Before you jump on the bus, Joni recommends the brasserie, Au Réveil Samaritaine, next to the hotel for a great sandwich around 3,50 euros.


Benlux Louvre

174 rue de Rivoli, Paris

Susan and Donna gave me this idea for duty free shopping. Take your ID badge to get 40% off on their purses by Longchamp, Ferragamo,


Discounts of 20% are available on make up -- check prices before you go. Benlux marks them up a bit, in order to bring them down. They do have better prices than the French department stores, however.


Your savings will depend on the current exchange rate.


M.P. Samie

45, avenue du Général-Leclerc 75014 Paris

Telephone 01 40 47 59 21

Open:  Monday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., closed Sunday.

Métro: Mouton Duvemet


"Everything for the home and decorating..."


If you are:

Looking for Limoges souvenir of the Eiffel Tower (15 euros)

Looking for Apilco porcelain

Looking for the dark blue Limoges knick-knacks or demitasse services

Votive candles by Philippe Deshoulieères (29 euros)

Looking for hand-painted gold lines on plates (15 euros)

Child's tea set (10 euros)

Baby shoes (1,95 euros)


M.P. Samie sells seconds here as well, thus, the lower prices. Apilco and Limoges and products by Samie are on three levels at this location. Many hand painted porcelains.


Ground floor: white porcelain; basement: permanent or ordinary dishes (seconds or end of series selection); upper level: more decorative pieces, not seconds.


Suzie first brought M.P. Samie to my attention when she was searching for Apilco porcelain, which by the way you can also find at la Vaissellerie stores.


La Vaissellerie has white porcelains, decorated porcelains, English earthenware, cutlery, glassware, kitchen utensils in wood and metal. If you are interested in products made by Lauiole® from Aubrac (Aveyron), you can find it at la Vaissellerie. 


Monoprix (large)

A full service Monoprix is very close to the hotel (off the beaten path for sure!). Look at the map at the top of this page (click on to enlarge it). Look for "rue Daviel" - 10-15 minutes walk


When you exit the hotel and turn right, you can either take rue de la Santé or rue de la Glacière.


Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (they close the doors at 8:50 p.m.).


An alternative to rue Daviel is to cross rue de la Glacière, pass the flower shop and look to your right into the housing area. You will see the red neon letters of "Monoprix".


A small Monoprix (not a full service) is located on the corner of rue Daguerre.


Shopping mall

Place d'Italie has a shopping mall (centre commercial) called Italie2.


Open: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; the grocery store, Champion, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


This shopping center has 130 stores on 3 shopping levels. Some of their largest stores are Printemps, Zara, Go Sport, Darty, FNAC, a grocery store - Champion.


When connected to the internet, left click on the name and you can find out the store hours and other information.  


Two restaurants that are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, are El Rancho and Hippopotamus. Check at Hippopotamus for a special menu of dinner and a movie.


Check out this website for all of the stores at Italie2 for discounts with their "Carte Italie2". Since Sainsbury's card in London works with the hotel address, try the Paris hotel as well. Save 5 and 10% on products. For example: Sephora save 10%; Printemps save 10% in the "parfumerie" section; shoes at Minelli are 5% off; El Rancho restaurant gives a 10% discount, etc.


Outlet Mall/Street

Walk along rue d'Alésia around numbers 64, 92, 114 and 122 for some well known French brand names with deep discounts.


Paris open air markets click this link food markets for a complete list of open-air markets in Paris.


Marché Alésia - 13th arrondissement
Rues de la Glacière et de la Santé.
Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday , 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Métro : Glacière


Marché Auguste-Blanqui.
(formerly known as Gobelins) - 13th arrondissement
Blvd Blanqui between Place d'Italie and rue Barrault.
Tuesday, Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Métro : Corvisart, Place d’Italie

I visited this market and it is a very lively one and quite a long one. Good for photos and learning French (how they ask for items, for example).


Paris Specialty Markets click this link specialty markets for a complete list of specialty markets in Paris within my website.


Arts and crafts

In the open area of boulevard Edgar-Quinet
Métro : Edgar Quinet - 14th arrondissement
Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Organic foods
Place Brancusi - 14th arrondissement

Métro : Gaité

Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Flea market, old papers and maps, clothes, artists
Av. de la Porte de Vanves and rue Marc Sangnier.
Métro : Porte de Vanves - 14th arrondissement
Saturday, Sunday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Vanves flea market - Puces de la Porte de Vanves


The website is available in several languages. Scroll down the center of the page to the flags.

The men in green (that is the color of the uniform) told me this is market is safer than St. Ouen – fewer thieves.


Vanves is held every Saturday and Sunday during the year -- about 350 merchants participate until 1 p.m. along Avenue Marc Sangnier. The market continues all day along Avenue Georges Lafenestre -- during the month of August, Lafenestre will close about 2 p.m..  (Sangnier and Lafenestre intersect one another.)


Look for furniture, books, art, fabric, glassware, clocks, jewelry, military paraphernalia, photos, music and other curiosities.

If you really like getting into an authentic Paris flea market atmosphere, come to Vanves.


Metro: Porte de Vanves

(line 13 direction Châtillon Montrouge)(14th arrondissement) rues Marc Sangnier and Georges Lafenestre

 (If you use the blue book for your Paris map, “Paris Pratique” it labels rue Marc Sangnier as “Marché aux Puces”.)


Shopping street

The rue Daguerre is a pedestrian street. Follow this Google Map link for directions:"Find rue Daguerre".


Health food store

Biocoop Paris Glacière

53 rue de la Glacière

Open Monday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (doors close at 7:55 p.m.)


Grocery stores open on Sunday

Superette de la marché

Located alongside the Marché Auguste-Blanqui on Boulevard Auguste-Blanqui. Turn right out of the hotel and walk toward Place d'Italie (One and half minutes past the gas station).

Open on Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (I have to check on the other days -- plan on 7/7)


Franprix (a large grocery store) located across from 51 rue de la Glacière

Open Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. without interruption

Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m./Closed Monday all day and Sunday afternoon


Try Superette de la marché in the vicinity of the hotel.

On Sunday they are open 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.!!!  


Franprix (rue de la Glacière) is open only until 1:30 p.m.

Franprix open until 8 p.m. on Sundays, exit left out of hotel, take first left and head to the bridge -- thanks Marty! 


Petit Casino

Open Sunday morning 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed Tuesday


Galeries Gourmandes (l'Atrium du Palais des Congrès de Paris - Hôtel Concorde-Lafayette)

Metro: Porte Maillot

lower level Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Alimentation Génerale in the little shopping plaza outside and to the right of the hotel.


Department stores in the local area

Bon Marché is located at metro Sèvres-Babylone.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday
La Grande Epicerie

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday


Printemps is located at Place d'Italie, Italie2 (their website lists all of the 125 stores in the mall)

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.


Galeries Lafayette is located at the Tour Montparnasse.

Hours: 9:45 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.


For additional department store information in Paris, click on department stores


At the market along

Boulevard Auguste Blanqui

Tuesday and Friday




Some things that you will see at M.P. Samie's:


Tea set for children


Apilco products


Fine china


Gifts and souvenirs (shoes are 1,95 euros)


Pharmaceutical aids


In case you get sick, fall ill, get an infection, etc. while in Paris, I have prepared some extensive information, based on flight attendant recommendations and my experiences, about shopping for a remedy.


Pharmacy with a discount

Citi-Pharma offers a 30% discount on most of their products. They buy in bulk and cut out the middle-man. The store has two floors of traditional medication by prescription, over-the-counter medications, phytothérapie/aromatherapy, Dr. Scholl, ginseng, dietary foods, support hose (compression dégressive) -- 10,30 euros to 12,50 euros; Back Original Flower Essences, products by "le Docteur Jean Valnet", the father of modern phyto-armoathérapie; seaweed baths, wide variety of toothpastes, etc.


Toothpaste - Made in France

Elgydium - Although this may seem an unusual topic, people do search out this toothpaste, and I can see why. It leaves no after taste and it's refreshing. On sale at a normal pharmacy you might find two tubes for 10 euros. At the discount pharmacy Citi-Pharma it costs 2,10 euros.


Support hose

On the second floor at Citi-Pharma  has support stockings (12,50 euros) and support knee highs (10,30 euros).


Sleeping aid

Donormyl 15 mg (active ingredient) doxylamine. Depending on the pharmacy, Donormyl costs between 5,30 and 6 euros. It is available over the counter.


Erwin suggests a half tablet; you will wake up with a clear head as compared to ambien (stilnox in France). Raisa had the opposite experience with these products. Heather recommends not "drinking too much wine before taking Donormyl or Ambien (or any sleep aid), ...side effects may be sleeplessness ... and/or sluggishness the next morning."


As you know, all of these products are taken at your own risk.


Urinary tract infection

In speaking with my pharmacist, he recommends a brand called "Olioseptil".  Ask for "voies urinaires". The company, Olioseptil also makes products for intestinal ailments, sore throat, headaches, etc.


This product is an antiseptic and is not considered a medicine. It is available without a prescription. It will clear up the problem, but the pharmacist advises seeing your doctor when you return if the discomfort continues.


Olioseptil (voies urinaires) costs 7,50 euros and you would take one pill, three times a day for five days. Continue to drink mass quantities of water.  It is completely natural with a plant base and no chemicals (it is considered aromathérapie and not homeopathic).


If you wish an antibiotic (Noroxine or Monuril), a prescription is necessary.


Homeopathic remedies that were recommended to a flight attendant were:

Uromil - comprimé enrobe-- (take one table 4 times a day) (this is a green tea product)

Elnsanes - urisanol cranberge (twice a day). These should be considered temporary fixes. These products are available without prescription.

Busserole - A pharmacist at City-Pharma recommended Busserole (the precursor to antibiotics) and cannberge (as a protection) for infections. Busserole is a "petite montagnarde" in Europe (a mountain flower).

Here is a sample note to hand to pharmacist for a urinary tract infection:


"Cette demoiselle semble souffrir d'une infection urinaire. Pouvez-vous lui recommander un médicament efficace? Merci."


Headache, fever, toothache, cramps, etc.

Doliprane is used like aspirin. It contains paracétamol and is available at the pharmacy without a prescription. Doliprane costs about 1,74 euros.


Colds and flus

L52 is a "miraculous" homeopathic drug against colds and the flu, especially wen you want to avoid catching your partner's bug. -- Sylvie's tip.


For more information on remedies, read more on my French pharmacy page. My French pharmacy list page provides you with a list of ailments, how to ask for a product in French, and the name of a French equivalent/product.



Parapharmacie Discount

Homéopathie, phythothérapie, orthopédie

26, rue du Four, 75006 Paris

01 46 33 20 81

Open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


For information on the one of Europe's oldest pharmacies, visit my Pharmacy page.




I have been hearing a lot of good praise for all of the boulangeries near the hotel.


M. Voiriot

61 rue de la Galcière, open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Their sandwiches are contain neither butter nor mayonnaise. Boulangerie Voiriot. When you turn right out of the hotel, walk along Boulevard Auguste Blanqui, turn left at the corner of rue de la Glacière. You will come upon a bakery/boulangerie on the right. Everything is homemade at Mr. Voiriot's store, including the chocolate.


Sandwiches cost between 2.30 euros and 3.60 euros; small quiches are 2.50. They have hard boiled eggs (oeufs dur), salads, mini pizzas and of course pastries and bread (au levain means sour dough). They also have organic (bio - label AB-agriculture biologique) bread. Oh, and they use only real butter.Their website has photos.


L'Atelier des Saveurs

94 Boulevard Auguste Blanqui

Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed Sunday afternoon and Monday


Leave the hotel and turn to the right toward Metro Glacière, cross rue de la Glacière and walk a few steps. It is on your left.


The boulangerie also includes a Salon de Thè (tea salon) with a menu during the weekdays. Their sandwiches and quiches show two prices. It is cheaper to do take away.

s/p = sur place  - eat in

emporter  - take away

Their lunches are hot lunches with a menu that consists of either a main course or salad, a dessert of your choice and a drink of your choice and are sold between between noon and 2 p.m. Otherwise, they have tarts, quiches and sandwiches that you can dine on anytime.


They sell wine and locally made candies Their small quiches range from 2.30 to 2.50 euros for take away.



All of the pastries downstairs I wrote about making croissants in their downstairs kitchen


la Maison Kayser

Received this tip from Suzie:

Just wanted to tell you about another find....  Eric Kayser bakery on rue de la Glacière, just before you turn to Monoprix.  This bakery has opened since we moved into the area and the bread is absolutely wonderful, as is all the bread in Paris, but this truly is great.  They have a good cheese bread available in the afternoons.  They open at 6:30 in the mornings.  I went before pickup to get bread around 7:30ish and they were pulling all the breads out of the oven.  No sandwiches that early, just breads and oh so heavenly.


The boulangerie Kayser is open Tuesday to Sunday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.


West toward Denfert-Rochereau -  Leave hotel turn left

When you leave the front entrance on Blvd. Saint-Jacques and turn to the left you will head toward Denfert Rochereau. The following is a list of some of the things you will find in that direction:


The Catacombs (1, place Denfert-Rochereau)

Monoprix and pedestrian street  (rue Daguerre)

Montparnasse cemetery (enter on Blvd. Edgar Quinet) or the back entrance on rue Emille Richard).


la Treille d'Or

21 rue de la Tombe-Issoire 75014

Closed Sunday and Monday morning

Open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (closed for the summer holidays between July 23 and August 26, 2005).


I can recommend this "cave" for those of you looking for something different than what the chains and grocery stores carry. 


Nicolas Sirieix is the connoisseur of this wine shop on rue de la Tombe-Issoire. He speaks English and will gladly advise you and answer your questions.


Turn left out of the hotel and it is less than five minutes away. I can recommend an organic wine: Clos du Tue-Bœuf, la Caillère 2002, Cheverny. It tastes like raspberries one day and chocolate the next.


Don't be shy! You will be glad you paid a visit.




Mr. Voiriot's boulangerie


Laurent at

l'Atelier des Saveurs


l'Atelier des Saveurs


l'Atelier des Saveurs

Brasseries, Bistrot, Restaurants near the hotel


Difference between a brasserie and a bistrot

The traditional opening times of a brasserie are 8 a.m. to midnight 12 p.m. Big on beer and wine and quick meals.

The traditional opening times of a bistrot are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; big on drinks and coffee.


These restaurants are located near the hotel (13th and 14th arrondissement). Additional restaurants can be found on my Paris restaurant page for more details.


Everyone's tastes are different; I hope these recommendations are helpful.


le Quinze

Restaurant cosy et neo-traditionnel


Open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Closed Monday

reservations:  01 43 22 77 52

15 rue Roger 75014/metro Denfert-Rochereau/Gaité


"It was fabulous! It was a Saturday so I had made reservations. They were turning people away.

The owner's name is Jean Louis and is very nice and friendly. His wife is the chef and his children work there as well. They live in the neighborhood.


The food was very good and the service was wonderful!

Also, Jean Louis speaks fluent English and Spanish as well.

The restaurant is très charming and with beaucoup of ambiance! It is closed on Mondays."--Maria 2007

le Temps Cerises

This is a must-try restaurant in the Butte aux Cailles area that Diane first recommended.


The rillettes de canard is homemade and everything everyone had was mouth watering good! The waiter finally just sat down at our table and patiently waited for us to decide. Of course, we were there before 8 p.m. so he had the time; after 8 p.m. they place is packed!


Le Temps Cerises is an excellent quality-price ratio.


Don't be scared away by the term "Joues de cochon confites" (pig's cheeks). If you are unsure, take it as the appetizer.


This crew was a bit timid to try new things, but came away quite content for the experience. Some of our selections were "salade de fromage de chèvre mariné, Joues de cochon braisées à l'ancienne, foie de veau à la confiture d'oignons, escalope de Saumon «Temps des Cerises», and the desserts! homemade! etc.


The restaurant is a cooperative our waiter told us: one vote for each person involved in the business.


Our three-course menu was 22,50 euros, plus house wine (delicious from the Loire valley); 14,50 euros for two courses.


le Temps Cerises

18, rue Butte aux Cailles 75013

Metro: Corvisart

01 45 89 69 48

Open Monday to Friday 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday to Saturday 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Closed Christmas and New Year's days.



l'Auberge Etchegorry

Rave reviews from the flight attendants. Outdoor seating during the summer. Make reservations, otherwise, you might be seated next to the garage entrance (exhaust).

Easy walk from hotel.


Specialties from the southwest. They have a gastronomique menu for 31,50 euros (37,60 with 1/2 bottle of wine). This menu consists of your entrée, main course, cheese and dessert. The three course menu is 26 euros. They also have a hotel.


I had the filet de canard au foie gras, Erik chose the foie de veau. Excellent, no tourists, very French and filled with ambiance.


l'Auberge Etchegorry

41, rue Croulebarbe, 13th arr. (next door to la Touraine)

Telephone: 01 44 08 83 51

Closed: Sunday and Monday and August 8-25 (check close dates); air conditioned

Metro: Les Gobelins or Corvisart (across from the square R. le Gall)



Restaurant La Touraine

39 rue Croulebarbe (13th arrondissement)

01 47 07 69 35

 Metro Corvisart or Glacière


This is a local hangout for the neighbors. Worth the visit. Lots of good recommendations from flight attendants. Look for menu changes and a wonderful cheese board.


11 euros menu between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Other menus available below 27 euros.


Look for Square Rene le Gall. It is behind the park.


Le Temps des Cerises

18-20 rue de la Buttre-aux-Cailles 75013 Paris

Telephone: 01 45 89 69 48


Close to the hotel in a cute little village setting, le Temps des Cerises sits on the corner in a red building, symbolic of its roots as communist hangout.


Diane really liked the joue de porc (pork cheek); a friendly place even if you go by yourself; look for lots of smoking and drinking.



 The food (the presentation, the price quality ratio, the tastes), the view of the kitchen, the convivial atmosphere of the diners at l’Ourcine, open since March 2004, deserves an “A”.


The menu on the “ardoise”, the wood tables and chairs, the green-checkered napkins give this high quality restaurant a touch of bistrot. Definitely make a reservation; they only have about 15 tables and people don’t seem to want to leave l’Ourcine.


Our party of three was on the mezzanine with a direct view of the kitchen through the old hutch. Two days before opening l’Ourcine, Sylvain Danière, had a small pass through. Now the backless former hutch provides the chef with a view of his clientele and vice versa. It also serves as the door to the kitchen and is the last step, after he garnishes the plates, before you savor his latest design.


Waiting for our friend, we had an apéro (aperitif) and it was my first experience with absinthe. This is a whole experience on its own with the dripping water onto the sugar over the glass!


Dinner began with an “amuse bouche” –a fennel mousse. Excellent.


My entrée was rabbit inside two croustillant wrappings with a prune sauce, accompanied by a small, light salad. The leaves gave the sense of freshness that they had just been plucked from the garden. The rabbit presentation looked like candy and tasted that way as well. So it was pleasure for the eyes and the palette.


The two pieces of onglet de veau were tender and capped a bed of fresh haricot verts and black trumpet mushrooms. Cooked to perfection, it melted in my mouth.


My dessert was a wedge of praline mousse coated in chocolate with a coffee-flavored mousse to the side.


The menu changes often according to the market, so book a table and be surprised at the day’s offerings.


Three course dinner menu: 28 euros

Lunch menu: entrée + plat + dessert, wine included 19 euros

92 rue Broca (13th arrondissement) Telephone: 01 47 07 13 65

Metros: Les Gobelins, Glacière, Denfert-Rochereau

Closed Sunday.


Restaurant Lao-Lane Xang/Huong Lan

105, avenue d'Ivry

75013, 01 45 85 19 23

Closed Mondays

Open Tuesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m./ 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Open Saturday and Sunday 11:30 to 11 p.m., non-stop.

Metro: Tolbiac (just a couple of blocks away from Place d'Italie).


Charles recommends Restaurant Lao-Lane Xang/Huong Lan for Laotian, Vietnamese and Thai. The food is fresh and you will not leave smelling of cooking oil as in some Chinese restaurants.


Pho 14 

129 avenue de Choisy 75013

Telephone: 01 45 83 61 15.

Located at the corner of Tolbiac and Choisy.

Open seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Charles also recommends Pho 14 for their soups.


la Girondine – good reviews from the flight attendants. Regular menu apparently is not expensive.

Direction Place d'Italie, north on rue de la Glacière

Owners: Valérie and Alain Sainsard

Closed Saturday lunch and Sunday

48, boulevard Arago (13th arrondissement)

Telephone: 01 43 31 64 17 - 10 minutes walk Open for the holidays

Send in your comments, please.


Chez Paul

22, rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013

Telephone: 01 45 89 22 11.

Open every day except Christmas and New Year noon to 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to midnight.


If they have crème de lentilles au foie gras on the menu as an appetizer, you won't be sorry you ordered it. Thick and creamy, three in our party were ready to skip the main course and order a second helping of the soup. I took the tender and surprisingly presented sardines "les petites sablaises" accompanied by sel de mer and sweet butter.

We shared a daube de boeuf (a version of boeuf bourginon) that was tender and tasty and too much for four people. It was accompanied by old-fashion mashed potatoes (à l'ancienne). We drank table wine for an appero (aperitif) and continued with the same wine for dinner. Just a hint -- if you plan to do the same, order the maxi 3,5 liter immediately. It is delivered in a bottle that is as tall as the table for four is wide! Quite a spectacle. We couldn't finish all of this wine!

We ordered the yummy sorbet/prune/Armagnac dessert with four spoons and still left some. Wonderful meal. Figure about 107 euros for dinner without wine for four.


Chez Charles Victor, 8 rue Brézin 75014

Metro Mouton-Duvernet

01 40 44 55 51

This tip from Beth (BOS) - I wanted to tell you about Chez Charles Victor, 8 rue Brezin, about a 10 minute walk from the hotel by back streets, off Ave. General Leclerc.  Small, family-run, great value prix fixe starting at under 15 euros.  I found it in Sandra Gustafson's Great Eats Paris, a terrific resource.  Went several times last summer, they were thrilled with the AA arrival in le quartier and were very hospitable.  Hope we haven't worn out our welcome.



59 Boulevard St. Jacques. Leave the hotel and turn left.

Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Closed Sunday.


This bistrot comes recommended by Robert IDF.

Their specialties are from Aveyron region near Montpellier. If you are not familiar with this area of France, they have posters all around the bistrot so you can play a bit of tourist.


Place d'Italie Centre Commercial - Shopping Mall

Two restaurants in the mall are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day:

El Rancho and Hippopotamus. Check with Hippopotamus for a special menu: dinner and a movie!


Au Réveil Samaritaine

Open 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. is a small brasserie with good food and sandwiches, steak and fries. Direction Place d'Italie. Highly recommend for sandwiches to go. Check out their website for menu examples and prices.


Joni orders a sandwiches to go for the bus ride to the airport.


I have received good comments on the other food as well.


The Réveil Samaritaine won the Bouteille d'Or 2006 in the Ile-de-France/Paris region as the best wine bar of the year. The traveling trophy remains displayed behind the bar for the winning year until the next competition.


Grill Pizza – “a little dusty” says Nicolas but good pizza and pasta – Direction Place d'Italie


L’Alouette -- about 25 euros without wine - Direction Place d'Italie

18-24 rue de Champ de l'Alouette (13th arrondissement) - 5 minutes walk.


Jaana highly recommends l'Alouette. Their bread comes from the organic bakery, M. Voiriot, across the street.


One of the best restaurant in the area is Auberge du Petit Tonneau according to a source – figure 50 euros (not for vegetarians)

51, 4ue Hallé - 14th arrondissement, Telephone 01 43 27 55 85

Open Monday to Friday: noon to 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday, August

Metro: Mouton-Duvernet - 15 minutes walk


Open Christmas and New Year's Day

La Marée d'enfer (fish and shellfish) 

83 ave Denfert-Rochereau (14th arrondissement)

Telephone 01 43 54 99 86

Open seven days a week, including Christmas and New Year's Day: noon to 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (last order taken)

Menu is à la carte so a appetizer/main course/dessert will run between 45 and 50 euros

 10 minutes walk


l'Auberge Etchegorry (13th arr.)



Some New York Times articles on restaurants in Paris


Things to do


 - Fat Tire Bike Tours

 - Manufacture des Gobelins

 - les Catacombes

 - Montparnasse cemetery (Cimetière du Montparnasse)

 - rue Mouffetard

 - Marché aux Puces Clignancourt/St.Ouen) - Flea market

 - Puces de la Porte de Vanves - Flea market Vanves

 - Movie theaters

 - Parks in the area

 - Walking tours

 - FedEx


Fat Tire Bike Tours

The flight attendants that have taken the night tour rave about it; the day tour is supposed to be completely different.

Fat Tire Bike Tours gives crew members a discount: whatever the current, posted student/child price. Tell them you are with American Airlines.


Manufacture des Gobelins

An English guide is not always available. Use my link Manufacture des Gobelins and go on the French tour. I went on the tour and took notes and translated the general tour for you to follow along. For opening times and other practical information visit the

Mobilier national website. Ask the concierge to call about guided English tours.

  42 avenue des Gobelins 75013 Paris telephone. : 01 44 08 53 59.


les Catacombes

1, place Denfert-Rochereau Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (cashier closes at 4 p.m.)

Entrance: 5 euros


Cemetery at Montparnasse (Cimetière du Montparnasse)

Hours: March 16 to November 5: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

November 6 to March 15: 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays opens at  8:30 a.m.; Sundays and holidays opens at 9 a.m.

Visit this link for information about the cemetery:


“Elements” gives you an overview


“Divisions” tells you the names of the streets within the cemetery and where the celebrity is buried, photos and names of celebrities.


If you want to walk to Cimetière Montparnasse, walk along rue Daguerre and when you come to rue Gassendi, turn right and go in the back entrance (rue Emilie Richard runs through the cemetery).


If you take the metro, exit at Edgar Quinet, turn around; the cemetery is in the opposite direction of the tower. Read about Mr. Pigeon.


Rue Mouffetard is to the north. Leaving the hotel walk past Metro Glaciére and turn left on rue Vulplian, that turns into rue Pascal, cross Blvd Arago and then Blvd de Port Royal and you'll see the church Saint-Medard and the beginning of rue Mouffetard.


Marché aux Puces

If you want to go the Marché aux Puces, walk to Denfert-Rochereau or take the metro from Glacière, change at Denfert-Rochereau. Take metro line 4 direction Porte de Clignancourt.


Puces de la Porte de Vanves


The men in green (that is the color of the uniform) told me this is market is safer than St. Ouen – fewer thieves.


Vanves is held every Saturday and Sunday during the year -- about 350 merchants participate until 1300 along Avenue Marc Sangnier. The market continues all day along Avenue Georges Lafenestre -- during the month of August, Lafenestre will close about 1400.  (Sangnier and Lafenestre intersect one another.)


Look for furniture, books, art, fabric, glassware, clocks, jewelry, military paraphernalia, photos, music and other curiosities.

If you really like getting into an authentic Paris flea market atmosphere, come to Vanves.


Metro: Porte de Vanves

(line 13 direction Châtillon Montrouge)(14th arrondissement) rues Marc Sangnier and Georges Lafenestre

 (If you use the blue book for your Paris map, “Paris Pratique” it labels rue Marc Sangnier as “Marché aux Puces”.)


Movie theatres


There is a theatre complex along line 6 where movies are shown in English.


If you don't have access to a computer to check the times, pick up a Pariscope. (For hints on how to use this entertainment weekly, click on Pariscope.)


UGC Cine-Cite Bercy - Bercy has about 20 films in VO. Bercy is about a 15-minute metro ride on line 6. Left click on the link to find out what is playing and hours.


Visiting the parks in the 13th and 14th arrondissements

Open and closing times for the parks and gardens. The times vary according to the season.


Open: Monday to Friday 8 a.m.

Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9 a.m.


January 1 to January 31  - 5:30 p.m.

February 1 to March 1 - 6 p.m.

March 2 to April 15 - 7 p.m.

April 16 to May 15 - 9 p.m.

May 16 - August 31 - 9:30 p.m.

September 1 to September 30 - 8 p.m.

October 1 to daylight savings time - 6:30 p.m.

From daylight savings time to December 31 - 5:30 p.m.


A nice park close to the hotel is Square René le Gall at the corner of Corvisart and rue Croulebarbe (4 ping pong tables).



If you need to ship something, you can use the FedEx store on Boulevard Haussemann with your ID.


Transportation Paris is within Zones 1 and 2.

 - Metro

    - Directions

    - Last trains

    - Tickets

 - Bus 21 route

 - Bus 68 route

 - Bike rentals

 - Download metro, bus and tramway maps


Bus 21

This bus runs on Sunday between 7 a.m. and about 8:30 p.m.!

You can catch this bus near the corner of rue de la Glacière and Blvd Saint-Jacques.

The north end stop is Gare Saint-Lazare; the south terminal is near Parc Montsouris (Porte de Gentilly)

Things you will pass -- jump off and back on if you have a day pass!


Institut Curie

Ride along Blvd Saint-Michel

Luxembourg gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)



Palais de Justice and Sainte-Chapelle on l'Ile de la Cité


Pont Neuf

Samaritaine department store


Palais Royal

Avenue de l'Opéra and Opéra Garnier

Cross Blvd Haussmann Printemps

Gare Saint-Lazare

Bus 68

The north end stop is Place de Clichy; the south terminal is outside Paris at Châtillon Montrouge.

You can catch bus 68 at Denfert Rochereau (near Ave Denfert Rochereau)

Some of the places you will pass or be close to on this route.

Things you will pass -- jump off and back on if you have a day pass!


Alliance Française (if you want to take French lessons)

Musée Hébert

Cemetière Montparnasse

Square Boucicaut (Bon Marché department store)

Boulevard Saint-Germain

Palais Bourbon (Assemblée Nationale)

Musée d’Orsay

Louvre/Jardin des Tuileries

Avenue de l’Opéra

Opéra Garnier


Galeries Lafayette

Musée Gustave Moreau

Musée Romantique


Moulin Rouge

Place de Clichy



(Between September 13 and mid December, most stations along line 5 will close around 8:30 p.m. due to construction).


The metro in front of the hotel is line 6 that runs between Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile and Nation.


Glacière is the closest stop. Turn right out of the hotel, walk 30 seconds. At the ATM machines of Credit Agricole bank, cross the street and Voilà! the station.


Directions on the metro

Place d’Italie: travel in the direction of Nation.


Arc de Triomphe: travel in the direction of Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile.


Bastille: travel in the direction Place d’Italie on line 6. Change there to line 5 direction Bobigny. Bastille is about 15 minutes by metro.


In the direction of Charles-de-Gaulle Etoile, some of the interesting destinations are: Montparnasse Cemetery, Eiffel Tower (Bir-Hakeim station) and Passy (shopping and second-hand designer clothing).


Last trains to hotel from:

Place d’Italie (line 6): 0:52 a.m. (12:52 a.m.)


Arc de Triomphe (line 6): 0:41 a.m. (12:41 a.m.)


Bastille (line 5): 0:48 a.m. (12:48 a.m.) change at Place d’Italie


Do you know how to check for the last train?

Look at the list of stops. In the direction you want to travel, at the top of the list you will see the words “dernier train” Voilà!

OR visit the RATP website and (click on horaires/metro/ligne (line number) or click on the US/UK flag and use their route planner on the English website.


Tickets (latest prices – they are very subject to change about twice a year.


My choice for a day is Mobilis.

My choice for trips back to back is Hebdomadaire (weekly).


For exact up-to-date ticket prices go to the RATP website.


Mobilis costs under 6 euros (1 day card, valid within Paris zones 1 and 2, includes la Défense).


Travel the whole day. You can buy it in advance and is activated with its first use between 5:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.


Fill in your first and last name, the Mobilis number and the date.


Hebdomadaire (weekly) costs under 16 euros (They go on sale Friday before the week begins and are sold until Wednesday night.)


Individual tickets cost about 1,80 euros.


Carnet costs around 11 euros (10 one-time use tickets).


Paris Visite costs 8,35 euros 1 day card (within the Paris zones 1, 2 and 3). You can buy your Paris Visite at the Paris Tourist Office on-line boutique. Their main tourist office is located on rue des Pyramides, metro stop: Pyramides, line 7 and 14.


Decide how much running around is in store for your day to determine which is the right package for you.


Decide if you are backing up your trips and will be in Paris several times during the week.


The hebdomadaire ticket is valid from Monday through Sunday.

Origin of local metro station names
(Translations from the RATP/Navily website)

Glacière (ice house)
In this neighborhood, the river Bièvre flowed to the Seine. Along the course were swamps and watering holes for the livestock.
These collections of ground water iced over in the winter. Wrapping and storing them carefully, they could be conserved until the summer in bricks.

Pierre Philippe Denfert-Rochereau (1823-1878), was a French colonel who victoriously defended the city of Belfort against the Prussians between 1870 and 1871. This victory allowed the city of Belfort to remain French when the peace treaty was signed. The lion, sculpted by Bartholdi, in the roundabout is modeled after that found in Belfort. (Belfort remained French, while Germany annexed the rest of Alsace.)

This plaza was once called Place d'Enfer from 1760 to 1879.... A tax was collected here to enter Paris and one of the buildings still standing, is the entry to the Catacombes.... The rue d'Enfer, now Boulevard Saint-Michel, was once the Roman street, Via Inferior, which is really the origin of the name Enfer.

Denfert-Rochereau - the train station/RER/Orlybus stop
On June 23, 1846, the dukes of Nemours and of Montpensier, representing their father, King Louis-Philippe inaugurated the railway

line between Paris and Sceaux. This is the oldest Paris railway station.


The building is circular so the trains could circle around and leave the area easily and head out in the reverse direction.
This original system was discontinued in 1895 when the rail line was extended to the Gare du Luxembourg, the oldest railway station in Belgium and Europe. for more information.

The Romans hadn't even built Lutèce (the Roman name for the Paris settlement) and the road Saint-Jacques was already well traveled. The street became the Roman route Genabum (Orléans) and was called "la Via Superior", then la Grand-Rue-Oultre-Petit-Pont.

The name Saint-Jacques became official in 1230 referring to the route of the pilgrims on their way to venerate the relics of the apostle, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, in Spain.

An artificial hill of rubble at today's Montparnasses-Raspail intersection, students used to call it Mont Parnasse, the residence of the gods of mythology. The hill was leveled in 1725 but held on to its name and became part of a series of intersections built under the orders of Louis XV.

Gulgence Bienvenüe (1852-1936), an engineer, was an inspector for the city of Paris and commanded the construction of the metro network. Until 1910, this metro station was called Maine because it led to the château of the duke of Maine, legitimate son of Louis XIV.

Between 1910 and 1942, the name was Gare Montparnasse, and trains were destined for Bretagne/Brittany in the northwest of France.
Corvisart (755-1821)

Jean Nicolas des Marels, a baron, was Napoleon's personal doctor and heart and lung specialist. Rue Corvisart was once called Champs-de-l'Alouette.

If you are interested in more metro name trivia, let me know: e-mail Colleen


Renting Bikes

Fat Tire Bike Tours I have heard from several flight attendants that Fat Tire offers an airline discount for the bike tours. They always rave about the fun that they have on the tour.


Fat Tire does offer a discount for crews. Their day and night tours (not the walking) are offered to crews at the student/child rate.


Just to let you know 5 of us went on the Fat Tire Bike Tour in the evening last month....It was wonderful and they even gave us an airline discount.....It was a great trip - lots of fun and even included a boat trip on the River and a little cheap wine!!!  Well worth it!!! -- Eileen 2005


I have only done the Segway tour with them and enjoyed that a lot, plus it was an unusual way to transport around Paris. Otherwise, we have rented our bikes for a self-guided tour from the RATP (Paris transportation) Roue Libre.


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General shopping vocabulary

horaire d'ouverture - opening times

lundi au samedi - Monday to Saturday

réservation en ligne - reserve on line


movie vocabulary

VO - original language with French subtitles

VF - dubbed to French

Hours given in 24 hour time

Tous les jours - every day


Butcher shop vocabulary

tranche(s) - slice(s)

poulet - chicken (rotisserie)

rosbif - roastbeef (ask for slices - tranches)

lapin farci - stuffed rabbit with prunes

porc - roast pork

gigot - roast lamb


Boulangerie/Bakery vocabulary

coupé en deux - cut in half

au levain - sourdough

s/p = sur place  - eat in

emporter  - take away


Reader questions


Do you know if our AA 75% Fed Ex discount is available in France as well?
If so, are the procedures the same? -- Heather


Yes, I use the FedEx discount here with my ID -- I go to the office on Boulevard Haussmann.


World Service Center FedEx Haussmann
63 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
Metro : Havre-Caumartin (line 3)
Monday - Friday : 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday : 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cut-off time to drop a shipment so it leaves the same day : 5:45 p.m. (4:45 p.m. on Saturday)