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FINALLY going back to Paris! What do you LOVE to do there?

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I am so excited to finally be headed back! I've been to Paris as a college student a couple of times, with my husband and friends, and with my son, but never with my family of four and I am almost giddy with excitement! Son is 21, daughter is 16, and happily I found exactly one week -- Sunday to Sunday -- this summer in which no one has a work or school commitment they can't break. So I booked the plane tickets and apartment rental and am happily anticipating our first family visit to that lovely city!

Those of you who know Paris better than I -- what is your FAVORITE thing to do in Paris? And if you took teen/young adult children to Paris, what was THEIR favorite thing? I'm already planning these::

A meal at the Jules Verne
Trips to a few museums I am carefully selecting
Walking tour of the Marais (with private guide, for in-depth experience)
Side trip to Versailles, with private guide
Guided (part car, part walking) "Highlights" tour of the main "must see" attractions like Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre/Sacre Coeur, Opera House, Place de la Concorde/Tuileries Garden, Notre Dame, Ile St. Louis
Catacombs
Napoleon's Tomb
Four Seasons chamber concert at St. Chappelle
Seine evening cruise
maybe the flea market
Lots of time strolling the parks and neighborhoods
Lots of time at outdoor cafes watching the city walk by
Lots of time in bistros and restaurants enjoying late-night, delicious dinners
Shopping if the mood strikes us

Based on a prior family trip to Madrid, I learned everyone is happiest when I don't plan early morning activities, so we will have leisurely mornings and late nights. If we don't make it to a particular museum or monument, I won't care. This will be my third time eating at the Jules Verne, which I found to be a fun experience and a great way to bypass the line to see the Eiffel Tower. I have found in other travels that it's worth getting private guides for some experiences; both the knowledge they impart and the ease of access they offer contribute to a better overall experience. And while I believe in good trip planning, I also believe in feeling free to discard "the plan" if something we'd rather do comes along.

What is your favorite restaurant in Paris?
If you loved something about Paris not on my list, what was it?

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