(October 2012) My husband Tom and I traveled to Paris in October for a week’s stay at the Hotel Observatoire Luxembourg, located on the left bank in the heart of the Latin Quarter near the Luxembourg Garden. We connected with friends from the states, Len and Betsy Homer, who have a flat nearby off the Rue Mouffetard Market in the 5th arrondissement.
Our first evening in Paris was spent with them and included a tutorial on how to navigate the Metro and some subtle cultural cues that might otherwise have escaped us. It works well to have “cultural navigators” on hand who speak the language and can help with some basic understanding of French customs. We had a wonderful time doing all the things tourists do and look forward to a return trip someday.