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Help me fill in my Itinerary to Paris-Barcelona-Madrid-Lesbon

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Hi there. A little bit about me and my summer itinerary. I am flying into Paris the 8th and flying out of Portugal the 25th. (I am a teacher so I have this great luxury!)

My plan is to travel (with my boyfriend) from Paris to Barcelona to Madrid to Lisbon. My major interests when traveling include food, wine, experiencing new and unique things, and soaking up the culture. I would like a day or 2 of museums/tourist sightseeing but do not want it to fill my whole trip.

Although this will be my FIRST time ever going to Europe.. I have traveled all around the world (through much of Asia, Africa, and a bit of South America) and my most memorable memories have been from just walking around and being in the moment. I have added many things to my itinerary that I know I would like to do but as I am not very familiar with these cities...I do not want to miss out on the must-do's or any suggestions you may have that align with my interests.

Trust me, I have done hours of research but it is talking with people with first hand experience that will help me the most with my decisions. I have many blanks I need suggestions on filling in.

Here is what I have so far...

Summer 2014 Itinerary
Paris July 8th-July 13th
Monday-Flight arrives at 10:30 am.
1. Check into apartment in the 14th arr (not officially booked, but it's #1 on my list at the moment) and unpack.
2. Walk around neighborhood, get lunch, get groceries for the week.
3. Seine river cruise at 9:30 PM with Vedettes du Pont Neuf departing from Pont Neuf Bridge.
4. Get a good nights sleep. 
1. Sandeman’s Free Paris Walking Tour @ 11 AM.
2. Lunch after the tour at La Petite Rose des Sables
3. Revisit any museums/sights that interested us on the tour.
4. Visit the Eiffel Tower at night
1. Dinner at L'Ange 20 Restaurant
2. Go to the Opera Garnier at night to see the ballet (hopefully!)
1. 10:30 am Market and cooking class with Ooh La La Food.
1. Free Montmarte tour @ 11 AM with discover.walks
2. Creperie Broceliande for lunch
3. Go back to any sights we were interested on the tour/find a nice place to relax/go back to the apartment
4. Le Moulin de la galette or Chez Toinette for dinner.
5. Moulin Rouge show at night. (9 PM)
1. Port De Vanves flea market in the morning or in the 14th arr “marche de Puce s’il vous plait” – pronoucned [maarchay du pooce sil voo play]
1. Fly to Barcelona in the AM


Barcelona July 13th-17th (any suggestions on which neighborhood to stay in?)
1. Arrive in Barcelona
2. Check into apartment, walk around neighborhood
1. Taste Barcelona Walking Tour (5 PM to 10 PM)
1. Barcelona Free Walking Tour with TravelBar at 11 AM
Thursday-Fly to Madrid


Madrid July 17th-21st (any suggestions on which neighborhood to stay in?)
1. Arrive in Madrid
2. Tapas, tapas, tapas!
1.Walking tour and museums
1. Corral de la Moreria at night (flamenco)
1. Plaza de toros-bullfight
1. Fly to Portugal


Lesbon, Portugal 22nd-25th (any suggestions on which neighborhood to stay in?)
1. Arrive in Lesbon, Portugal
2. Check into apartment and get lunch
3. Sandemans Free Walking Tour at 1 PM
1. Visit Alfama using Tram 28 and go to the Feira da Ladra flea market.
2. Visit more sights and/or museums
1. Lisbon Walking Food Tour with yourfriendinlisbon
1. Atlantic Frontier Tour with Around Lisbon Tours (Hiking, Kayaking, and Snorkeling)
Friday-fly home!

There is a lot you could critique about my itinerary (including my random notes for myself) but please only give constructive criticism. What I have listed so far are MY personal must do's. I GREATLY appreciate anyone who has read this and is willing to help.


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