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Paris: Help w/short and very last minute trip

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I just found out that I have a business trip in Paris next week and I could use some help with ideas to make the best of my short time there. I was in Paris only once before over 20 years ago as part of a whirlwind bus tour of European cities and spent about 1 1/2 days there. At the time I saw some of the highlights and visited Versailles, but it has been quite a while.

I will be traveling overnight from New York (arriving around 6 a.m.) and will be there for 5 days and nights. However, I will obviously be jet-lagged the day I arrive and then I only have one day (the last day) completely free to play tourist. Other days I will have a mix of work and/or meetings with the possibility of grabbing a few hours here and there.

I will be staying in the Opera area and will be working within a 10 minute walk from the hotel. This is what things look like time-wise:

Day 1 -- I arrive at CDG around 6 a.m, so I figure I will get to the hotel around 8-9 and will have several hours before I can get a room, unless I am lucky and they have something available.

Day 2 - I will probably have until about noon or 1pm. Then I will need to work and go to meetings. The evening after about 6pm will be free.

Day 3 - No free time today as I will be working all day and have a work-related event to attend in the evening.

Day 4 -- I should have about 2- 2/12 hours free in the middle of the afternoon and the evening free after about 5:30 or 6:00pm.

Day 5 - Completely free day and evening (Saturday). Flying back on Sunday morning.

This is so last minute that I really don't know what I want to do. A few things that come to mind are taking the hop-on hop-off bus (or maybe the 69 bus) the day of arrival to rest and get a sense of the area (not sure if sitting on a buss is smart after flying overnight, though). I'm also considering a visit to the Louvre or Musee D'Orsay, a possible free walking tour and as I have some interest in photography I was considering booking a photo tour for a half day (or more, depending on what other things I want to do) .

I get the sense that doing less and enjoying the moments is probably a better plan than rushing from one thing to the next, but I don't want to waste the little bits of time I may have free wandering around aimlessly without any idea what I am looking at.

Any thoughts/ideas/input is most greatly appreciated.

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