Any requests from France

Old Jun 17, 08, 1:42 pm
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Any requests from France

Because I am insane, I am going to France the 27th for a meeting on the 30th and I am bringing my 10 year old nephew ( hence the insanity). We return the 2nd. I have a colleague's 23 year old daughter escorting him while I am in meetings.

I have two questions
1. is 100 Euro enough to pay her for the day ( plus expenses of course). He is very mature and likes history and wants to try new foods etc.
2. Do any of you need any French speciality items ( of a reasonable size, I am not bringing back Louis IX furniture :-) )? Soap, hair spray etc? There are a couple of French products that I adore so I am happy to bring back any specialty items others might need.

SkiAdCOCK- Is there anything that your sister might like??

Let me know by the 26th.
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Old Jun 17, 08, 5:49 pm
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How cool of you to do this for your nephew. I'm not sure about the money, but that sounds good to me, especially if you are fronting food and fares for the both of them.

I could use a box of chocolates from the really good chocolatier in Lyon --

TOURTILLER 4, Cours Franklin Roosevelt, 69006 Lyon
04 78 52 20 69

or Bernachon.



If they are up for the challenge.

I'll pm you.
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Old Jun 17, 08, 6:54 pm
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ok just pm me a couple of days before!
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Old Jun 17, 08, 7:11 pm
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I'd recommend you get:

Soap (even the cheap stuff in France from Monoprix is decent)
Labello lip balm
Herbes de Provence (way cheaper in France compared to US)

Those are the things I'd get anyway
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Old Jun 18, 08, 6:50 am
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If your nephew likes history, he should go to the Musee Carnavalet, the museum of the history of the city of Paris. It has great scale models of what city neighbourhoods looked like at different periods in history. It's a small museum in/near the Marais, so easy to fit into the day. If he's interested in science and inventions, the Musee des Arts et Metiers (relatively close) is also interesting; it focuses on French inventions and industry. It's jam-packed and large, so he and his chaperone might want to move through it fairly quickly, focusing only on what interests them. Toward the end there is a stunning small (but full size, real) airplane hanging in a stairwell as well as a large gallery with part of a train, I think.

If he's an adventurous eater (and a growing boy), he might like Leon de Bruxelles for lunch. It serves mussels with excellent "all you can eat" frites. It's a chain and there are a number of locations around the city.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 11:49 am
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thanks but we will only be in Lyon.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 1:10 pm
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thanks but we will only be in Lyon.
The Roman ruins should delight your nephew--can't think of older stones for a true history buff.

If he's really an adventurous eater the bouchons provide nose-to-tail eating. But "regular" French food is probably different enough.
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Old Jun 18, 08, 3:13 pm
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Originally Posted by njvj View Post

I have two questions
1. is 100 Euro enough to pay her for the day ( plus expenses of course). He is very mature and likes history and wants to try new foods etc.

Let me know by the 26th.
Joy
I would say 100 euro is fine. That's what a guide I know charges for the day.

Bobette
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Old Jun 19, 08, 3:22 pm
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njvj, thanks for the offer. A postcard for Cheryl would be great. I've emailed her to find out if she wants anything small. Since she's never been to France I'm not sure there's anything she associates with it/would like to have, but I'll let you know.

Have a great trip! Cheers.
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There is a pageant being done at the Roman ruins, it runs throughout the summer in the evenings. Les Nuits de Fourviere: http://www.nuits-de-fourviere.fr/

I didn't attend a performance but we went to the ruins and saw huge stages, horses, it looks like it might be very interesting for a young boy.

For traditional Lyonnaise food one of my favorites is La Meuniere: http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/inde...vent_id=152918

I think 100 Euro per day is sufficient if you are paying for meals and tickets.
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Old Jun 21, 08, 12:54 pm
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thanks- the nghts of fourviere sounds good. He broke his arm Wednesday playing soccer, so I will have a walking cast and he will have an arm cast. we are going to look like the halt and the lame. Maybe we should be going to Lourdes??
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Old Jun 21, 08, 8:59 pm
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What a kind thing to do. I was sorry to hear about the size restriction...I DO love French men.
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Old Jun 22, 08, 10:46 am
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If I could get a French man, I would get one for myself first. They are quite suave
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