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First-time International Travelers to Paris

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My family and I are in the beginning stages of planning a vacation to Paris. We are a family of four, two 17 year olds and two 50-something year old parents. Only my father has been out of North America; he has been to Hong Kong, Germany, and China. This would be the last vacation before my brother and I begin college, so we want it to be special! We agreed on Paris.

We chose Paris for a couple of reasons. Paris, first of all, seemed like a good stepping stone into international vacations. And, I'm very interested in the French culture and language. We don't have an itinerary or anything set, but we were planning on going either from October 23rd-November 1st or November 20th to November 29th. Excluding travel days, we would have 7 nights. I know both dates are during the low season and weather might not be the greatest, but this is the only time available due to a very time-consuming high school sports schedule. Walking around shouldn't be a problem, but we would like to be centered in and around everything. We wouldn't want a rental car, so being near a Metro station would be convenient as well. Of course we would love to see the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, the Louvre, etc. We would also like to visit Versailles and Champ-Elysees. My brother loves sports so he would be interested in going to game or possibly a sports museum, if there is such a thing. For hotels, our budget would be around $200/night. We might be able to go higher if the nearly perfect hotel pops up. We would also be open to the idea of an apartment rental. Any recommendations on which Arrondissement to stay?

We are open to all ideas of things to do and see! We are open to day trips as well. My family doesn't mind museums, but we wouldn't like to spend all day there either. We might enjoy going to see an Opera show as well. If the Christmas markets are open in late November, we would also love to visit one. Honestly, we would just like to hit all the tourtisty spots!

Also, my brother and I were possibly thinking of taking our senior year school pictures in Paris. If anyone here knows of an English-speaking photographer that could make this happen, feel free to send the name and contact information!

Thanks so much for your advice.

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