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Another Paris Itinerary, May 2013 - But I've done my homework!

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I've looked at the maps, read the guide books, and tried to do this right. I would appreciate an honest critique and any suggestions for improvement. My daughter and I will be in Paris for 5 days in May. This will be our first time, and we have rented an apartment in the St. Germaine area, and I plan to get a 4 day Museum Pass. I'm starting to get nervous as this will be my first apartment in a foreign country, and the fact that I will not have the security of a concierge to fall back on is just starting to hit me. I am very organized and am an independent traveler, so think all will be fine, but a bit of encouragement and advice from well-seasoned travelers or residents will be greatly appreciated.

Day 1, Monday, May 13
Arrive CDG 8:40, go through customs (no luggage to claim), take metro to St. Michael station, and arrive at apt. by 10:30. Take care of business with owner, and hit the streets by 11:30. Have lunch, explore St. Germain area and Luxemburourg Gardens, shop for apartment things, go back to apt to drop off goods and freshen up. Have an early dinner and call it a night. TOO LITTLE ON THIS DAY? I deliberately kept it light, but perhaps we could do a bit more??

Day 2, Tuesday, May 14
Eiffel Tower early in the day
Arc de Triomphe
Walk down the length of the Champs Élysées to Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and pop into the Musee de l'Orangerie for about an hour.
After lunch take the métro up to the Opera House and then go to Montmartre. See Sacre Coeur and go to the rooftop and walk around Montmartre.
Visit Place du Tertre.
If time permits, photo in front of the Moulin Rouge and maybe a quick trip into the Espace Dali.
Back to the apartment; freshen up and eat in the Latin Quarter. Evening cruise on the Seine. Use Vedettes du Pont Neuf for cruise (pick last one of day)

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 15th
Morning: Notre Dame, stroll around the islands. Sainte Chapelle
Early Afternoon: Explore Blvd. St. Germaine, Latin Quarter, rue Mouffetard and Pantheon areas.
Late Afternoon/Evening: Lourve (open late); Dinner, Eiffel Tower to see the lights (every hour on the hour); and climb the Arc de Triomphe for a night view.

Day 4 – Thursday, May 15th
Morning: Explore Marais.
Afternoon: The Museum d’Orsay (open until 9:45pm on Thursdays)
Evening: Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore for the 7:00 reading, followed by dinner

Day 5 – Friday, May 16th
Enjoy our last day in Paris! In the morning visit the Rodin Museum and walk Rue cler. Then, wander, shop, revisit places, or do things we didn’t get done! Maybe see an opera or ballet evening performance at the Opera Garnier. Pack for an early morning wake up (we need to leave apt. by 10am) and flight to Florence!

I realize there is a lot of free time here, but I've tried not to cram too much into one day. I want to leave time for shopping, people watching, and just experiencing the city (and getting lost!).

I would love to see Versailles, but feel it might be trying to do too much, and I don't know how to rearrange the schedule to accommodate it. I thought Thursday could be a good day for this, but one of the few things we can't skip is the Museum d’Orsay - it is a high priority. Opinions?

Last (for now), any experience with the O Chateau wine tasting or actual dining there? We will be in Florence and Rome and will do wine tastings there. Would O Chateau be redundant? It is highly rated on Trip Advisor, but I do have concerns that it might be a tourist trap - probably because it's part of that Paris Pass that's so over-priced.

Thank you for taking the time to read this - I know it's LONG. I do appreciate your feedback!

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