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Monday, June 8 2009

The bar you may be looking for

Black Dog I've already talked about a bar I like, but I realized only this morning that one bar is very few (especially as my blog's entitled "Good Spots in Paris" ;) ). So here goes a new little article to introduce you to a special bar I've spent some months to find : a bar where you can listen to metal music !

This bar is the "Black Dog" (I did not translate its name from French, it's really called the "Black Dog" ). In fact the "Black Dog" is a bar AND a restaurant. The "Black Dog" is quite well known in Paris (at least from people who listen to such bands as "Dimmu-borgir", "Children of bodom", or even "Mettalica") so if you get lost searching for it there are quite good odds that asking to people passing by gets you back on track ;)

The bar has a decent amount of beers, but that's not the most important as they serve beverages I used to find only in my world favorite bar which is not in Paris (if you wanna know everything it's the "Troll Farceur" in the city of Rennes, West of France) :

  • Moretum/Hypocras
  • Hydromel
  • Chouchen (even if they write it "Souchen" on their menu)

If you have never drunk any of those, you should definitely try them out ! Of course they also have more common drinks ( "White Russian", "Mojito", "Irish Coffee", Vodka, Tequilla, and so forth and so on ;) )

Regarding the restaurant they have at least one VERY well known dish : "Tant Pis Si j'en Crève" (which I'll have difficulties to translate but should sound a bit like "Hell if I die from it!"), it's basically a ONE KILO piece of meat (35.27 oz). In the same spirit they also serve the "Levrette" (this one is easy to translate : "Doggy style") which is a "light" version of the "Tant Pis Si j'en Crève" as it's only 400g (14oz). As you should have guessed now : their specialties are based on meet (their cuisine is inspired both from Argentina and France).

With this article I hope I saved the trouble I had finding this kind of places in Paris to some of you...and to make the odds a bit higher here's the addres :

26, Rue des Lombards
75004 Paris
Subway station : Châtelet / Les Halles

Friday, June 5 2009

Hotels in Paris

Hotel As I promised : here's a little post about how much a hotel may cost you if you plan a trip to Paris :) You'll see the cheapest ones (and were you should avoid going anyway), the average ones (which are usually good spots, where you'll have a good quality for the price you pay), and of course a quick tour of the "upper class" hotels without which Paris would not be Paris ;) !

The cheapest

Before I really starts lets make it clear : by "the cheapest" I mean "the cheapest hotels", you can find places where to sleep for fewer bucks, but those are no more hotels but hostels ("backpackers" for our Australian friends ;) ).

In France the most famous brand in the "cheapest hostel" industry is "Formule 1". As it is a famous brand you're sure it's cheap but clean. Only problem : they are "cheap" oriented, and because of the real-estate average price in Paris they have no hotels within the city so you'll have to be around Paris, not in it (no big deal, there are still public transports and others easy ways of reaching the center of the town). So, the price for this : it starts between 38€ ($53) and 48€ ($68) for a night. I checked other cheap hotels, they are in the same range of price (but some are in the inner-city)

To sum it up : A cheap night is worse a little more than 42€ (around $60)

The average

If you plan to go to Paris with your beloved one you might want a bit more than "the cheapest decent hotel in Paris", so let's have a look at what's more average :) I know two major brands for "average" hotels : Ibis, and Mercure (in fact those used to be two different brands but now that's the same big firm...well we don't care, the brands are still here!).

What you need to know is that "Mercure" is upper class then "Ibis". Knowing this you won't be to much surprised when I tell you that you can find Mercure hotels in the very center of Paris, but no Ibis ones (make no mistake : you can find Ibis hotels in Paris, not like Formule1, but they are not located in the very center of it, that's all). As I told you those are average hotels (meaning two and three stars) so they're more expensive than the "cheapest hotels" we just saw earlier (which are barely one star) : count between 60€ ($89) and 90€ ($127) for Ibis, and between 110€ ($155) and 200€ ($283) for Mercure. As a matter of localisation : Mercure can be found everywhere (even in the very center as I told you), and Ibis are everywhere but in the center. Both are usually in cool spots you'd like to hang out :)

To sum it up : An average hotel night is worse 75€ ($106) for a two stars hotel or 150€ ($212) for a three stars one.

The upper class

And now : the upper class ! But let me warn you already. I'll be very brief (and incomplete) on this topic for two reasons :

  • I don't know a lot about those hotels (I'm not that rich :p )
  • It may be a good idea for a future complete post ;)

So, let's just talk about a couple of "upper class" hotels

First the Crillon. Very nice hotel, 770€ ($1090) for a night. To give you an idea of the spirit of this hotel let me tell you that for events such as the return in France of the national soccer team (world champion in 98 :p ) the private party takes place there :)

Then the Georges V, near the Champs Elysés, starting at 730€ for a night.

One I can't skip : "Le Bristol" starting at 750€ for a night

The famous Plaza Athénée, even if they did not dare putting the price on their website (and I did not dare calling to ask ;) )

And now, even if there are many more of them (after all : Paris needs room to supply shelter to the celebrity herd that rush into the town from time to time) I'll stop here. Maybe there'll be more in a coming post ^_^ !

Tuesday, June 2 2009

The price for living in Paris

Key Looking for a flat took quite a lot of my time lately (and it will surely keep taking some in the coming months) and as it really took a LOT of time I posted fewer articles on this blog. Today, as I was still searching for a flat, I realized I could make blog post out of my search :) ! After all, when I look for a flat I definitely go for a walk in the neighborhood (even if I've been living for more than 20 years in Paris there are still some area I barely know) and that would make quite a good post topic, don't you think ?

For this first article about buying a flat in Paris I won't do a specific neighborhood review but I'll just start drawing the big picture. First figure : the average price for a meter square in Paris is 6360€ (which is $833 per sqf). As a comparison :

  • in New-York City it's $1193/sqf
  • in Miami it's...$132/sqf !!! Damn, I've always believed it was a super expensive city O_O
  • Los Angeles is $251/sqf
  • San Francisco is $510/sqf

(all figures for the USA are from here )

Of course this average price includes areas in Paris where I will never ever accept to live (North East of Paris mainly). If we now take a more targeted look the average price in the areas I'd like to live are between 7000€ and 8000€ per meter square (which are $917/sqf and $1048/sqf)...and believe me : it's not the most expensive areas :( (just for fun let me tell you the average price for the center of Paris : 11830€/m² in the area of "Odéon" ...it's $1549/sqf ...more than 10 times the Miam price :( )

So, what's the conclusion of all this :

  • Living in Paris is very expensive, but don't worry : I know that only very few of you may consider buying a flat in Paris someday, so I'll make a blog post about the price of hostels soon, and the next posts of this serie are definitely going to talk about the spirit of neighborhoods more than about their precise prices ;)
  • I'm not rich enough to buy a decent flat, and as any penny is good to take I added a new ad spot in the left sidebar of my site using this ad network. Who knows, I may earn enough bucks to buy me a coffe some day (if it ever happens I'll let you know ^_^ !)

Friday, May 22 2009

Holiday (tiny one)

Jesus Christ Today was a day off. It's a national holiday in France to commemorate the Ascension of Jesus. Lucky us : today was also one of the warmest day of the last pasts weeks so it was VERY pleasant to hang out in the town (and I sure did !). That was the good part of this post ;) For the sad one : I will not blog during the coming days.

Don't worry, "the coming days" means until Monday only :) ! So no reason to freak out. It won't change you a lot anyway as I barely post more than once a week lol. In fact the only thing that changes is this very post :) Usually, instead of this pathetic little post of apology, you should have had a normal post (i.e. longer, with facts and good tips in it). Oh by the way, I apologized about not posting anything interesting instead of this little text but I did not tell you why I haven't the time to post a real thing here. Let's do that :

As we (me and my friends) knew ages ago that this day was holiday we planned a lot of things to do. In fact we planned so many things that I'll have less free time than when I work lol ! By the way I should go to bed now because we have a 48h non-stop planing starting tomorrow, I'd better be in good shape lol.

Once again sorry for this very little thing (at least you'd have learn that the Ascension of Jesus is a day off in France ;) )

Wednesday, May 13 2009

An original meal idea

Cruise + Lunch While I was just hanging around in the city this afternoon I stumbled upon a guy, dressed as a sailor, standing on a bridge over the Seine, handing flyers away to people passing by (just like me). I read the flyer, found it quite interesting, and therefore decided I would make a blog post out of it :) ! So here goes a blog post for the sailor dressed up guy ;) !

25€

Yeap...25€ :) (something like 33,5us$)

25€ was the reason I found the whole thing interesting :) I guess you must now be wondering "what the hell is he talking about ?", so here's the simple answer : this guy was advertising for a brand new service in Paris which cost 25€. It's a new fly boat called "Paris en Scene" (I won't even try to translate that ^_^) on which you can have a cruise+meal for 25€ !!! It's damn cheap ! Usually if you want to eat on a boat cruising the Seine it will cost you at least something like 75€ (100us$)

Well, of course for 25€ you won't have any expensive French Cuisine (which you have on the usual 75€ boats), here it's more like a fast food thing, but hey it's cool anyway ! Here's how you should see it : cruising on the river Seine is at leat 15€ (20us$), a fast food lunch (drinks included) is a bit under 10€ (13,4us$), you make the addition : quick meal+cruising = 25€ :) ! As simple as that. I think it's crazy no one had thought about starting such a business before :) !!

Moreover the setting of the boat is special. Usually, when you're on your seat, you face the ahead direction of the boat but on this boat the seats are directed toward the sides. With such a setting when you seat and watch straight ahead you see the city whereas on usual boats you would have to turn your head right and/or left to see anything else than the river. I'm sure this is very comfortable when you're eating not to have to turn you head all the time. So cruising on this boat sounds to me like a cool way to see some of the must see spots in Paris : just seat in a comfortable cruising boat and have lunch with your girlfriend :) !!!

Unfortunately the website of this boat is currently offline :( If it had been up I think I would definitely have bought a ticket (and, of course, I would have put a link here, so that you could have made a reservation by yourself if you're interested and plan a trip to Paris). Anyway I'll certainly try this thing out in the coming weeks and keep you informed (maybe it'll make a blog post with photos for once ;) ) so keep tuned to learn more about it :) !

Thursday, May 7 2009

Just a joke

Clown Just a little joke because I'm in the mood for it as I've been reading quite a lot of french bashing lately and found this joke in the middle of it which I, surprisingly, found amusing, so here it goes (and I hope it will bring at least a smile in your day ^^ ) :

Sitting together on a train, traveling through the Swiss Alps, are a French man, an American man, an old Greek woman and a young blonde beautiful Swiss girl. The train goes into a dark tunnel and a few seconds later there is the sound of a loud slap. When the train emerges from the tunnel, the Frenchman has a bright red hand print on his cheek. No one speaks. The old Greek woman thinks: The Frenchman must have groped the blonde in the dark, and she slapped his cheek. The blonde Swiss girl thinks: That Frenchman must have tried to grope me in the dark, but missed and fondled the old lady and she slapped his cheek. The Frenchman thinks: The American must have groped the blonde in the dark. She tried to slap him but missed and got me instead. The American thinks: I can't wait for another tunnel, so I can slap that Frenchman again !

Thursday, April 30 2009

Cute girls in Paris, but where ?

Cute Girl As I told you a handful of weeks ago : spring's coming in Paris. Among the many things I love about Paris in spring & summer time are the sun (the town's even more gorgeous under the sun), the birds (I like to hear them twitter ;) ), the trees becoming green again, and beautiful women everywhere ! Well...everywhere, that's true, but one have to say that there are still some places where you can find a lot more of them than anywhere else, and as I'm definitely a generous guy I decided I'll share my spots with you ;)

I made my first "beautiful girls map" years ago with the help of friends, and now when I look back it I realize I've terribly grown up : many of the spots we marked are excellent spots to pick up chicks...18 yrs old chick :( ! So I updated the map during the past weeks, with the help of Sun's come back, and I will share the two maps with you, so that, whatever age you may be, you'll find what you're looking for ;) !

Of course this map's not exhaustive, and I did not take tourist girls into account (maybe I should have...but with a third category the map would have became hard to read, and if you're looking for places the sexy tourist girls may be just check the must see spots :) ). Well, enought talking, here comes the goods :

Cute chicks in Paris !

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