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I have had a crazy couple of weeks at work and have only just worked out our Paris itinerary..

I have already picked your brains about which apartment to choose. We have decided to go to with

http://www.vrbo.com/143981

We are really happy with our interactions till now with the owner. She has been extremely accommodating to our needs and seems like a really nice woman.

We are a group of four adults (my parents, my husband G and I). It is a once in a lifetime experience of my parents and we would just hope that my parents would love Paris as much as we do. My parents cannot walk too much or take too many stairs. What they lack in energy they make up with their spirit. We are going to be in Paris from 9th November to 12th November.

We would really appreciate help with the itinerary and restaurants.

Day 1

Reach Gare du Nord at 9:00 on the Eurostar from London. We have to check in by 10:45. We plan to spend some time getting some breakfast in a neighborhood café or if the weather permits take a packed breakfast and drinks to Jardin Du Luxembourg

Take the 2:00 pm guided tour of Louvre. This is the highlight tour and we plan to spend an extra hour to visit the Napoleon’s apartments that we missed last time.

We then would like to take a couple of hours break in some café close by.

Then we would like to go to the Musee De Orangerie and make use of the late opening hours.

We would probably eat a simple dinner at home tonight and would like to make an early night.

Questions:

- Any good boulangerie/ patisseries close to where we are?
- Any good café close to Louvre…where we can relax and spend a couple of hours?
- Where we can get the Paris Museum pass? Last time we got it from a tobacco shop opposite St Chappelle. I would prefer to get the pass while my parents rest in the apartment. I am planning to get the four day Paris Pass for the three of us as G would join us later tonight.

Any comments on our first day?

Day 2

Get an early start and take the train to Versailles. We plan to take the train at about 9:00. We would ideally like to spend about three hours there and be back for the afternoon. We did think about skipping Versailles…however my dad is a big on visiting castles. He loves to compare them to the castles that he has visited in India. Moreover last time we had missed visiting Marie Antionette's hamlet last time as we had run out of time.

We would have liked to go on Eiffel tower tonight…however we checked and the tickets are all sold out…and we thought this is the low season!!
Anyhow…we have now booked the Veddetes Paris seine cruise for 4:30pm. Last time we had booked the Veddetes Ponte Neuf…however by the time the Eiffel tower started twinkling the boat has already turned. So we thought it would be much better if the cruise came back towards Eiffel tower.

Questions:

- Which is the closest station from which we can take the train to Versailles?
- Will our carnet of tickets work on this or would we have to take a different ticket?
- What would be a good time to get at the cruise stop to give enough time for us to collect the tickets and get good view seats?
Day 3

We plan to take the two day La Open Tour as it might be easier on my parents.

Paris walk – Montmartre (10:30am)

We had planned to go for lunch at LA Blancoire (which gets amazing reviews on trip advisor)…however they don’t have any seats available on Sunday. )

Tonight we plan to go to the Eiffel Tower and try and get tickets to the top. I know a lot of people on the board feel it is not worth it…however I think it is one of those things where you have to earn a right to say it was not worth it. Also I am not sure if they will get another chance to go to Paris…and I think it makes sense for them to get a chance.

Questions:

- What is the closest stop for the La open bus from which we can get the tickets and get the bus to Montmartre?
- If tickets are sold out …is there a chance that we would be able to get the tickets in the line at Eiffel tower?
- Are there any other vegetarian friendly (NOT vegetarian restaurants) in the area where we might get a booking now?
Day 4

St Chappelle, Notre Dame, Place des Voges and a walk around Ille St Louis and Marais.

In the evening if we have the time and energy we would like to go to Arc de Triomphe for sunset views of the city.

Any comments about the itinerary? Any tips on how to use the hop on hop off…as some people seemed to have great experience with the bus and others often were left stranded?

I would really appreciate feedback…I will be accessing internet all through our visit…

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