Jardins du Marais. I love the Marais and my husband and I used to go to Paris a couple of times a year and staying in the gay, edgy arrondisement always meant good shopping and a great street vibe. It has, over the years, become somewhat gentrified, even the cobble stones along the Rue de Rosiers look like they've been re-laid but it is still wonderful to wander the streets and there is always lots to see.
Vélib and it is incredibly easy to use. With just a credit card and sufficient short term memory to store a 4-digit pin code, you can purchase a vélib pass for 1 or 7 days and then the first 30 minutes of cycling are free. In the city centre, there are vélib rental locations on nearly every street corner and so we simply paid 1,57 Euros for a daily pass and then cycled from sight to sight returning and re-renting bikes as we went along. If you ensure that each rental is less than 30 mins then you basically use the bikes for a pittance. We cycled from the Marais to the Eiffel Tower, to the Musee Rodin to Notre Dame and to St-Germain des Pres.
Café Charlot - its not one for this particular blog - but suffice it to say... how many lawyers does it take to choose a restaurant for dinner?!!
On Sunday morning we headed out on the bikes again. Our best intentions had been to rise early and cover some serious miles on the bikes: sunrise over the Seine etc. Alas, it was all we could do to make the best possible use of the extra hour as the clocks went back to get more sleep.