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Where we make memories in Paris


Lodging
Aberôtel Montparnasse
, moderate, 011-33-1-40-61-70-50, www.aberotel-paris-hotel.com. this 28-room aparthotel (similar to an american all-suite hotel) attracts both business travelers and vacationing families for two main reasons: its convenient locale and peaceful, soundproofed rooms.

Ideal Hotel, inexpensive, 011-33-1-45-79-09-79, www.idealhotelparis.com. the staff at this recently renovated lodging, just a 15-minute walk from the eiffel tower, is so helpful and friendly, you’d think you were staying at one of those four-star joints. in fact, the only time you might know you’re in a bargain hotel is when the bill comes.

Dining
La Guinguette de l’île du Martin-Pêcheur
, 011-33-1-49-83-03-02, www.guinguette.fr. there’s one word to describe the vibe here: joie de vivre. (okay, that’s three words.) but then, a riverfront setting, lively accordion music, and a bustling dance floor are what define a true guinguette. there’s food, too, but after all that dancing and drinking, we have a hard time remembering what we ate. eel fricassee, was it?

Xavier le Quéré, inexpensive, 011-33-1-58-10-00-32, www.xavierlequere.com. if dessert is an art, then this place is the louvre. stocking the display cases is chef/artist xavier le quéré, whose edible masterpieces include raspberry crèmes, pistachio éclairs, and a rocher (flourless chocolate cake) topped with hazelnut mousse that you just have to taste to believe.

Events
Wine & Cheese Tastings with Harriet Welty Rochefort
, www.hwelty.com. Don’t understand the french? (and we’re not just talking about the language barrier here.) then head on over to harriet and her husband philippe’s lovely garden apartment for a lively discussion regarding french customs, qualities, and quirks. harriet, a longtime resident and the author of french toast and french fried, puts out a plentiful spread, too, highlighting a dozen or so french wines and cheeses. their next get-­together is scheduled for february 9; check their website for future dates.

Nightlife
New Morning
,
011-33-1-45-23-51-41,
www.newmorning.com. while jazz has its fans in the united states, the french consider it right up there with jerry lewis. the monthly lineup at this decades-old club may be one of the reasons why.