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A thank-you note, and kind-of-a trip report (brief)...

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I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to answer questions I posted recently about Paris, (and in the past about my gathering trip ideas to Spain.)

We just came back from Paris last week, and our trip was more successful thanks to advice and tips I was given on this forum.
I ended up not going to Provins for the day, but went to Chateau de Vincennes and Chartres on two separate day trips. I highly recommend both.

We used the Paris Museum Pass for four consecutive days, and for 3/4 days, it is a good value. We visited L'Orangerie, Musee D'Orsay twice, popped into the Louvre and Pompidou Centre twice, saw Sainte-Chappelle... and avoided the long lines in each place. I missed Musee Cluny - again - so I'll just have to go back someday...

20 years ago, my husband and I went to Paris just before we got married, and on our first night, we took the boat cruise on the Seine at dusk. We did this again, with our daughter, again on our first night, and it is "tourist-y" but very enjoyable.
We also went up to the Eiffel Tower 2nd floor observation deck. It was part of a nightime tour I booked. It was enjoyable, but, honestly, if you don't have time, or can't get tickets, it's probably nicer to go up on the 4th floor of the Pompidou Centre, or to Sacre Couer in Montmartre (which we didn't make it to, this time, but I remember from last time, the view was nice).

We stayed at the Citadines Bastille-Marais near the Place de la Bastille and on the outskirts of the Marais. I was very pleased with the small apartment we rented there, the Citadines staff, and with the neighborhood. We stayed here because my daughter and I prefer to keep a vegan diet, and this was close to the vegetarian restuarants close by.
In that vein,I want to say, if you are veg*n, and you've been ambivalent about going to Paris, don't be! We ate very, very well. We didn't even make it to all of the veg and veg-friendly places in the area. There are also lots of Greek,Italian, and Middle-Eastern eateries where it's easy to find food. We had no problem eating, and again, ate very well. I didn't even use the apartment kitchen I had except to store olives and fruit in the fridge...

The next time we go to France, we will get out of Paris, and explore another part of the country.

I also have bookmarked and saved my posts asking about Madrid and Spain. I had considered going there in March this year, but my husband wanted to return to Paris. Happy we did. Hopefully, we will return to Spain in spring of 2015.

Thanks, once again!

P.S. Love the Paris metro! So easy to use, and efficient.

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