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Me and my wife, will traveling in Paris in July, as present for

twentieth anniversary of our marriage. It is a three day trip. Can

some of you guys, maybe someone who lives there, or know Paris well

recommend, what is worth of visiting (beside known touristic

destination)? I`d like to take a look to some nice french (or any

others) instruments. Where to go? Thanks!

Marijan

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Some friends of our local orchestra just came back from a tournè in Europe, and they visited some shops in France... according to them just lots of Chinese violins and bows... Eventually a fine viola bow was found (a Peccate) but it was about 50 K Euros...

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Go there to find a list of violin makers in Paris:

http://www.glaaf.com/memile.htm

If you want to see a lot of violin makers, you have to go on the

"Rue de Rome".  This is a street where there is a lot of

people working on violins and bows (Millant, Boyer, Raffin,

etc...).  They are mostly restorers, experts and dealers.

 There is also a book shop with books on violin making on this

Street.  Near from this street (a little walk) you

can visit the shop of VATELOT RAMPAL.

VATELOT RAMPAL

11 BIS, rue Portalis 75008 PARIS - FRANCE

Tel: +33 145 22 17 25

The "Cité de la musique" museum is really interesting.

 There is also a library, concerts, etc...

Have a nice trip !

Richard

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Originally posted by: skiingfiddler Marijan,

Congratulations on your aniversary and a very understanding wife.

If 3 days 2nd honeymoon in Paris meant visiting violin shops and

violin museums, that would probably be the end of my

marriage.[/q

Thank you Skiingfidler,

I`m not much of a traveler, this trip was a gift from a few friends

of ours and it was not really meant as a second honeymoon. But I`ll

have to rely to my wife's understanding anyway, hoping that she

will be able to bear a burden of my passion and few hours of

instruments tour. I`ll make that up for her somehow.

Richard, thank you for that info. Sorry for my ignorance but you

listed Vatelot Rampal shop specifically. For some specific

reason?

Jen,

I`m more of Impressionist`s fan, but we`ll go and take a look at

Rodins work.

Marijan

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Marijan, just chilling out in Paris is something to be enjoyed!

Forget for a while your fiddle making and just enjoy the city and relax.

I'd recommed getting a guide book (The Rough Guide in preferance or perhaps in US Lonely Planet is more popular), learning some rudimentary french (don't be afraid at making an &rse of yourself trying to speak language as it will be appreciated) and just live at a laid back pace.

Paris is one of the sexiest cities in Europe:-))

Oh and congrats!

Roy

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Marijan, Paris is THE place for the couple in love - young, old, or anywhere in between. Stroll along the Seine, take in the touristy sights, sit in a sidewalk cafe on the Left Bank sipping your favorite libation - you can't go wrong with any of it. Night or day.

And, after 3 days, your wife will be asking when you can go back again! Soon!

BTW, wear your most comfy sneakers.

Have a great time...

c

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Marijan,

You will have no difficulty finding good things in Paris. Three days is a tease, if you can, (or can't !), stay as long as you can. It is just a beautiful city for so many things. The Cite de Musique is great, good food and wine abounds, I think there is a large flea market there, but then The Louvre! A safe place to walk around, day or night, they really know how to live in Europe!

Best,

Don

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Marijan,

the médiatheque of the Cité de la Musique may be worth visiting, but that might require more time than just peeking in. I do not know about violins, but they have quite a lot of drawings of musical instruments (not only those in the museum) and my french friend told me that you are alowed to make copies from them. I am planing a research trip there for quite a long time.

The site of the médiatheque is accessible over the internet only in French, but take a look, maybe you will be willing to copy something:

">http://mediatheque.cite-musiqu...lection-musee.htm

Matej

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Originally posted by:
matthew tucker

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Originally posted by:
MANFIO
The Rodin museum is

quite good indeed...

1. The best is to arrange to meet someone

there, at the bottom of the garden ...

To meet who Matthew... at the bottom of the garden? It sound

poetical. Camille Claudel... maybe?

Matej, don`t  do that to me, I decided already just to

pee...eeek in, that`s all.

Marijan 

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Cite de la musique has an amazing number of instruments, including several Strads, at least 2 Nicolo Amatis, an Andrea Amati viola, the Alard del Gesu, a Strad guitar, and Vuillaume's Octobass. Oh and a few hundred other instruments.

This is hardly a romantic suggestion, but I recommend the Paris catacombs. Several square blocks of Paris lined in an artistic and meticulous wall of ancient skulls and bones, 100 feet under the city streets.

Sean

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Marijan

To meet who Matthew... at the bottom of the garden? It sound

poetical. Camille Claudel... maybe?

No, you send your wife to the Galeries Lafayette pour le shopping, and you whizz over to Rue de Rome for your fiddle fix, having arranged to meet several hours later at ze bottom of ze beautiful garden. (And having checked that the Musée Rodin is open!) Don't forget your bottle of champagne and two flutes ...

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Hi,

The shop of Vatelot and Rampal is one of the leading french shop

for expertise and they have an international reputation.

 They already sold instruments from Stradivari, Guarneri,

etc...  and they also restore this type of instruments.

 

If you want to visit the underground part of Paris, you could see

the Catacombes (Pretty interesting, but surely not

romantic) or "Les égoûts de Paris".  I think

that "égoût" is "sewer" in english....

 It's not romantic, but some friends told me that

it was interesting if you forget the odors....

Richard

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