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
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
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)
FOUR MORE DAYS, Y'ALL!
FOUR MORE DAYS, Y'ALL!