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Explore the heart of Paris and chat in English

  • Feb 19, 2011 · 2:00 PM
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Dear all,

Ian suggested we could meet and chat while walking and visiting a part of Paris (4th, 5th, 6th arrondissements). I think it's a very good idea which will allow the attendees to get to know each other while visiting the city (the most interesting and pleasant arrondissements as far as I'm concerned !!).

You will find below the details of our "tour" suggested by Ian and that seem perfect to me. Hopefully the weather will be ok. If not, we will still have the opportunity to walk less and have a drink in a nice café in Saint-Germain for instance and postpone our tour.

In order to have a convenient meeting point, we will meet close to the mammoth statue of the Jardin des Plantes.

Looking forward to seeing you there !!

Start at mammoth/elephant statue outside Natural History Museum @ Jardin des Plantes - then over to Arènes de Lutece, cut across the Place de la Contrescarpe and 5ème to Jardin du Luxembourg, down to Place Saint-Sulpice, over to Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis, finishing back at Notre Dame.
Along the way, maybe see: red pandas; the oldest tree in Paris; René Descartes' house; km 0 of French highways; stop at a café or for street food; check out architecture, side streets, Shakespeare and Co.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    nice walk under the rain :-) it was nice meeting each of you guys yesterday. special thanks to Ian, very interesting guide, showing stuffs nobody would have seen... pandas were particularly lovely I agree, especially the kung-fu part :-)

    about the cycling trip, i'm definitely up for it... I saw there was a 'cycling in paris meetup group', i'll see with them if we could arrange something, I'll let you know ;-)

    February 20, 2011

  • Elodie

    Thank you to Nagesh for sharing his pictures !

    February 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone for coming, braving the elements and various nerdy historical facts (by the way, I forgot to mention that Saint-Sulpice is known as the 'Cathedral of the Rive Gauche', and construction of the second largest church in Paris began in 1646).
    Anyway, it was very nice to meet everyone and talk to you all - thanks to Elodie for creating this group and letting people suggest ideas. Hélène, how about that bike ride and picnic (in the rain?).
    Special thanks to the pandas for putting on a little show for us.

    February 20, 2011

  • Elodie

    I enjoyed exploring Paris with you while chatting. It was a great experience despite the weather. Special thanks to Ian for the idea and for being a very good guide. Thank you to all of you for being brave enough to come and be smiley despite the rain !

    February 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    was pleasure meeting all of you and hope everyone already in a warm place and dry after the nice walk under the rain ;)
    nice ppl and great time
    hope to see you all again
    cheers,
    Mariam

    1 · February 19, 2011

  • Anum

    It was a nice meeting. Met some interesting people. Explored some places, I couldn't have seen alone.

    It could have been better if weather was good..

    February 19, 2011

  • Anum

    Hi all.. those who joined the meet up today... It was nice to meet each one of you.. thanks

    Thanks to Ian and Elodie for arranging this meetup. Ian had been a good guide :) It was great fun and I look forward to meeting again you guys... cheers!

    1 · February 19, 2011

  • Baptiste

    Nice walk (under the rain...)
    Thank you to our guide Ian !

    See you soon

    1 · February 19, 2011

  • Fabrice

    Sorry, I will not be able to make it after all. I misread the date. I actually flew back home to California yesterday. Darn.

    February 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good!

    February 14, 2011

  • Elodie

    Thank you Ian for this warning, it can be useful to remind it to everone indeed ! Regarding the weather, I think we can probably meet as planned. If it's just a little rainy or a little cold, we'll probably be able to walk but if it rains cats and dogs or if it is really cold, we can find a cafe and have a drink for instance. I suggest that we should decide/vote together on Saturday.

    February 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    (just using a standard one I've seen):
    The hosts for this activity assume no responsibility for member conduct before, during or after any organised events. All members agree to participate with the group at their own risk and will take responsibility for their own actions, losses, damages, injuries, costs and other incidents resulting directly or indirectly to yourself.

    February 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone,
    Looking forward to walking (Elodie will make the final call for this event later re the weather... I could personally deal with a little rain if it wasn't too cold or windy but realize that might not be popular).
    For pretty much all the 'activity' meet-ups, there's usually a disclaimer (following) - basically means, we'll just have to look both ways crossing the streets (in Paris I've noticed traffic coming at me from unexpected angles sometimes)!

    February 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's a picture of the building to meet in front of (the statue is behind the tree on the left - if there's a line-up we can just meet at the tree): http://www.visoterra.com/images/original/museum-d-histoire-naturelle-visoterra-12162.jpg

    February 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I already have plans at that time, a shame !

    February 12, 2011

  • Elodie

    I'm not very familiar with the park, So the address would be 2 rue Buffon ? I don't mind changing the place of meeting, just wanted everyone to have a precise place to meet. You can change it yourself if you want to. That's your idea after all and you'll probably be our tour guide ;-)

    February 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, a thought: If we could start in the park corner near Gare D'Austerlitz, it might be nice as we'd have the landmark of the elephant statue to meet near, and be able to cross the park diagonally. I saw those pandas today in fact - you can often see them from outside for free... Galeries de Paléontologie et d'Anatomie comparée ... 2 Rue Buffon... Anyway, I'm glad you're interested!

    February 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Elodie, that's great... Yes, good point about the time!
    2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.19 would be fine for me.
    I guess we can see if others are interested right now, and I'll let you make the final call re the weather (personally, I could handle rain if it wasn't too cold, although realize we might want to wait for clear skies)...

    February 10, 2011

  • Elodie

    Hi Ian,
    thank you for sharing your idea. I think it is great ! It would allow us to talk in English while visiting Paris for those who come from abroad as well as for some Parisians who don't know everything though they live there (it's the case for me !!). As your idea seems perfect to me, I think we can keep the itinerary you suggest. Maybe we could meet at 2 pm though because many people go out late on Fridays so it may be more convenient.

    February 10, 2011

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