Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Obama's in the City of Lights

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were seen taking in the City of Lights this weekend, even dining blocks from the Eiffel Tower at a cozy neighborhood bistro. The First Lady and President were in France to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day, and it sounds like their trip wasn't just for governmental responsibilities, but perhaps to sneak in a little bit of romance as well!

Paris is a city for everyone, from the foodies to the history buffs to the closeted romantics, and now it's possible to try what the Obamas did during their visit. The Obamas ate at the famed La Fontaine de Mars, which dates back to 1908 and specializes in rustic dishes using traditional French ingredients. While the White House did not release what our President and the First Lady chose, there are several traditional options on the menu that will make any foodie smile, like duck, foie gras, and cassoulet. When you choose to dine at this restaurant, you won't encounter half the ruckus that the Obamas did: police in riot gear had to line the street as crowds snapped pictures on cell phones and cameras. Other foodie destinations in Paris, France include authentic brasseries like Le Gallopin in the 2nd Arrondissement and Julien in the 10th Arrondissement. Be sure to visit a market, because there are more than 100 "marchés alimentaires" in the city-- Place des Fêtes and Jaurès are two of the best. If you find yourself craving ethnic food, head to the city's Chinatown on a Sunday to sample glazed duck, spiced soups, couscous, and falafel.

Now that you've got your food browsing schedule down, where will you sleep? Paris's hotels rival the quality of its restaurants and sightseeing options, so you'll have plenty from which to choose. Browse WhataHotel!'s Paris luxury hotels to view the very best, while planning which hotels fit your budget . One unforgettable choice is the Pavillon de la Reine, which features a green courtyard and is located in one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Built in 1605, the Place des Vosges houses chic restaurants, galleries, and shopping spots as well as this hotel with Exclusive Complementary Perks through What a Hotel! For large-scale thrills, consider Le Meurice, which is found between the Palace Vendome and the Louvre, and is a stunning Parisian destination. Book a stay in the spa for special grape seed oil-based treatments and a spin on some of the latest exercise equipment.

Your trip to Paris might not be as glam as the Obamas' trip, but it will be close.

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