"Rue Cler is the glue that holds this pleasant neighborhood together. From rue Cler you can walk to the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Seine, and the Orsay and Rodin Museums.
Eating in the Rue Cler Neighborhood Restaurants- The rue Cler neighborhood isn't famous for its restaurants. That's why I enjoy eating here. Several small, family" ran places serve great dinner menus for 15€ and plats du jour for 10€ to 12.50€. My first of three recommendations...
...Café Le Bosquet is owned by the nicest guy in Paris. Jean Francois will make you feel very welcome at his classic Parisian café (many good choices including French onion soup, 46 avenue Bosquet, tel. 01 45 5138 13)...
Conventions clog Paris, in September (worst), October, May, and June. Reserve in advance during these months. July and August are no problem. Most hotels accept telephone reservations, require prepayment with a credit-card number, and prefer a faxed follow-up to be sure everything is in order. Get advice for safe parking from your hotel. Meters are free in August. Garages are plentiful with special rates through some hotels). Self-serve Laundromats are common; ask your hotelier for the nearest one (Oh est un laverie automatique?; ooh ay uh lah-vayree auto-mah-teek).
Romantic Picnic Spots: My favorite dinner-picnic places are the pedestrian bridge (Pont des Arts) across from the Louvre, with unmatched views and plentiful benches; the Champ de Mars park under the Eiffef Tower (after dusk); and the western tip of he St. Louis overlooking the he de la Cité. Bring your own dinner feast and watch the riverboats or the Eiffel Tower light up the city for you. The Palais Royal (across the street from the Louvre) is a good spot for a peaceful, toy# picnic, as is the little triangular Henry IV Park on the west of the the fie de la Cité. For lunch picnics with great people wating, try the Pompidou Center (by the Homage to Stravinsky fountain), the elegant place des Vosges (closes at dusk), the gardens at the Rodin Museum, and Luxembourg Gardens."
exerpted from Rick Steves Belgium, France, and Luxemberg, Avalon Travelling Press, NYC, NY 1999
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