Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Four more days...

There are so many things I haven't written about lately.  Nothing important, really, but lots of little things that keep getting swallowed up by baby stuff.  Not that I'm complaining - I LOVE writing about our little princess.  But I feel sure you guys are probably sick of all the baby talk, so I thought I'd post our rough itinerary for Paris today.  

We're going to be there for seven full days (not counting travel days).  I bought the Rick Steves Paris 2013 book, and if you're ever planning on heading to Europe, I highly recommend his books.  I bought one for London, and it was incredibly helpful.  He has great insights with respect to (1) things that are must-sees and things that can be skipped, (2) what days are best for seeing certain sights, and (3) traveling in a way that lets you see the city in a very authentic way. 

So figuring out what things we wanted to do on what days was a little Tetris-like, with certain sights closed or crowded on certain days, but I think we've got a workable plan, mostly based on Rick Steves's recommendations and those of friends and family (including you guys!).  I'm not married to it, and it's a little more structured than I'd prefer, but there's just so much to see in Paris!


Morning:  Arrive in Paris and get settled into apartment
Afternoon:  Bus tour around the city
Evening:  Enjoy the Trocadero scene and a twilight ride up the Eiffel Tower

Morning: Historic Paris Walk (Ile de la Cite, Notre-Dame, Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle)
Afternoon:  Tour the Opera Garnier; enjoy rooftop views at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores 
Evening:  Cruise the Seine river

Morning:  Bon Marche?
Afternoon:  Montemarte Walk (Sacre-Coeur)
Evening:  Go see a show? (It's discount night at many cinemas!)

Morning: Tour the Orsay Museum
Afternoon:  Rue de Buci market (near the apartment)
Evening:  Dinner at Le Violon d’Ingres

Morning:  Versailles
Afternoon:  Versailles
Evening:  Dinner in Versailles or Paris?

Morning/Afternoon:  Champs-Elysees Walk (Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Place de la Concorde) / Tuileries Garden / Dellehin / Champ-Elysees Christmas Market
Early Dinner:  Ile St. Louis
Evening:  Louvre

Morning:  Polaine?
Afternoon:  Left Bank Walk (Luxembourg Garden, St. Germain-des-Pres, St. Sulpice) / La Maison Du Chocolat
Evening:  Champ Elysees at night (see Christmas lights); Notre Dame at night (see Christmas tree)



Kaitlyn said...

Sounds like such an amazing trip! I'm jealous!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

Emily said...

Two words for you: I'm jealous! :)

Kristin said...

You are so organized! This is why I'm glad we"re doing a cruise and I don't have to plan! So excited for you :)

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