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PARIS for poet with bad feet: Summer 2015: Itinerary advice needed!

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Hello Fodorites who know and love Paris! I'm so excited to be taking my 1st trip to Paris in July 2015 with my husband! ((L)) I'm a slow, dreamy poet who loves food, wine, culture & people & romantic or inspiring sites. My husband is a biologist with eclectic interests and endless energy. We are in our late 50's, and my enthusiasm is curtailed by my feet. In the countryside, I can actually "hike" or walk for several hours, with rests. But cities are more challenging for my feet, and the worst thing for me is standing...I wear custom orthotics, and standing is much worse than walking.

I have spent many hours creating an itinerary for a week in Paris which reduces the need to stand in line as much as possible. Yes, we will get a MUSEUM PASS, which should help reduce the problem of standing in lines.

We will be staying at theRelais Saint-Germain in the 6th arrond, at 9 Carrefour de l'Odeon. Apparently, it is a 5-minute walk from the Saint-Germain-des-Pres metro? We will take the Metro or buses or the batobus or taxis, whatever makes sense.

We want to avoid spending too many hours in art museums, although some art is fine. In the itinerary below, we have included The Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, and the Orangerie Museum. Perhaps we should skip one of these? Which one?

Does this itinerary look too busy? But I'm not sure what to take out. We both enjoy a carefully planned itinerary, as we are so different, that arranging the itinerary in advance works best for us. But I usually try to schedule enough "free time" into the itinerary. Also, below the itinerary are the other things which I wish we could fit in.

ITINERARY:
Wednesday: arrive in Paris (Orly) in the evening. (Flying San Diego to London to Paris) Need transport to the hotel (Relais Saint-Germain)

Thursday: Jardin du Luxembourg, St. Germain des-Pres,
and Musee D'Orsay (open til 9:45 pm)

Friday: Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees,
Jardin des Tuileries, Orangerie Museum, Palais Royal (garden),
Louvre (open til 9:45)

Saturday: Morning tour with Paris Greeters;
8:35 pm: "How to Become Parisian in 1 Hour" (tickets are a gift from my son)

Sunday: the Marais

Monday: Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, Isles,
and Batobus tour on the Seine,
and Eiffel Tower before sunset (will make advance reservations)

Tuesday: Free Day (Unplanned)

Wednesday: Versailles (will make advance reservation for the 1.5-hour guided tour inside the palace, which lets you skip the security check line)

Thursday: Leaving Paris; take train to Switzerland
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>b>WISH LIST: I WISH we could fit this in:

--Car tour of the countryside with a local guide (from Rick Steves guidebook)

--Paris by Mouth, a foodie tour with about 7 people

--1/2 day in Paris with a local Parisian guide (from Rick Steves guidebook)

--wine tasting: O Chateau wine school/bar (near the Louvre?)

--conversation swap: www.parlerparlor.com

--Rue Cler

ADVICE & SUGGESTIONS welcome! >:D< Would you suggest that I rearrange anything? Take something out? Substitute something else? We have booked the airfare and the hotel, and will very soon need to make the reservations for sites such as the Eiffel Tower (to avoid some of the lines).

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