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Hello Fodorites and Merry Xmas. Love this time of year!

Thank you to all of you who offer such wonderful and supportive advice. I have been able to plan the time we will take in each place due to this excellent forum. I turn to you again for some advice and feedback on what will be the busiest part of our itinerary being Paris. I am so excited to be visiting but have found there really is just so much to see. I guess a return visit will be on the cards.

We will be staying in an apartment in Marais arriving Sat 11 May and can drop off our bags at 10 am so will have most of the day on our first day. Please note, we are arriving from Amsterdam by train so it will be an early start around 5 am however we will be over any jetlag by then. We leave for Rome on Thurs 16 May and have transportation booked for the airport at 5 pm.

I appreciate that our itinerary could be seen as ambitious so am keen for any feedback. I am mindful though that this is truly the busiest part of our trip and plan for the remainder 5 weeks to be more relaxed. Therefore we are open to trying to see what we can achieve while here without busting ourselves in two or diminishing the feel or magic that I am sure Paris has to offer. While I love art and will visit quite a few museums, we are not going to study each and every piece in detail. Although, I won't just run for the most popular pieces either just to say we have seen them so I have tried to give adequate time at each. Here goes.

**Sat 11 May
Arrive Paris Nord, taxi to accommodation and check in at 10 am (ish)
Walk to Notre Dame & Saint Chapelle
Lunch
Latin Quarter Bike Tour @ 1 pm (to acquaint ourselves)
Musee de Cluny (open til 5.45 pm) & Jardin Du Luxembourg
Evening: Seine River Cruise
Picnic at Vedettes de Pont Neuf to watch sunset before going on cruise

**Sun 12 May
Visit ST Ouen Flea Market (opens at 10 am so intend to be there by this time)
Lunch (I imagine at the market)
Return and wonder around Marais (no huge plans)
Streets to go to: Rue De Rosiers, Ru de Escouffes, Rud Vielle du Temple & Rue Saint Paul (for antiques)
Place des Vosges (maybe Centre Pompidou - see how time goes)
Dinner (researching good dining options currently)

**Mon 13 May
Trocadero & Eiffel Tower (early to avoid lines)
Champs Elysee (must go to Laduree for Macarons!!)
Le Cinq Tasting Menu Lunch (12.30 pm)
Arch de Triomphe
Musee Guimet (Mon open 10 am - 6 pm)
Lourve (mon open 9 am - 6 pm) first visit, have planned a second visit if needed

Question - not sure if this is the best order to minimise unneccessary wondering, I did look at a map though so hoping not to bad. Naturally, if can do Arch de Triomphe before lunch, will do so more time for museums in the afternoon. Any thoughts?

**Tues 14 May
Versailles Day Trip
If not already done so - Centre Pompidou followed by dinner

**Wed 15 May
Montmartre Walk Tour
Sacre-Couer (Montmartre surroundings)
Musee de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
Opera Garnier (looks so stunning!)
Evening - Lourve (opened late) if needed (if not do whatever) and picnic near Eiffel Tower

Question - again, any thoughts on order?

**Thurs 16 May
Musee Carnavalet & Archives Nationales
Musee Rodin (picnic lunch)
Afternoon: Musee D'Orsay
Pont de Arcs Bridge (do the padlock thingy with my love)
Return back to apartment for booked bus to airport (booked for 5 pm)
Fly to Rome

I am still research dining options but have a few good ones on my list but am certainly open to any suggestions you may have for lunch in Montmartre and dinner in Marais.

Again, thank you for any suggestions or advice you can offer. I do feel this is achievable and I think I have made room for a little impromtu wondering rather than having every second planned. I hope you feel the same :P

Many thanks, Stacey & Len

ps this is my first trip Europe and Paris will be a pre-wedding honeymoon as we will be getting married in Tuscany while there. A week in a gorgeous villa. I am so excited!! Love is in the air {la la la}

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