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My boyfriend and I are joining his parents in Paris the day after Christmas. They are staying through New years and we've been invited to join them. I have never been to France/Paris, though my boyfriend has been several times and to be honest he is not THAT excited to go. We live in the east village of NYC, so are no strangers to city living & navigation. An ideal trip for us is going to be NON-touristy, authentic, and personal. Please HELP.
1st question: I'd love suggestion of things to do and see in Paris that are not the main tourist attractions
2nd question: To make the trip more exciting for him, Ive suggested we take 3 or 4 days at the end of our trip and go somewhere else. Perhaps the south of France? Perhaps the countryside? Maybe Italy? I realize this is a broad question, but I truly have no idea where to start. The weather, since it's December/January, is of course a consideration.

OH..... We love train rides as well.... and of course great food.

Other info: We are both in our late 30's, but neither of us speak French. We love food, but find B&B's a little creepy (ha).

I'm a very experienced traveler, but to random destinations.... never been to France, Spain, or Italy!.... and it's a real sadness for me.

Thank you in advance for any advice!

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