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paris to do list [one month stay jan 4th through feb 4th]

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my husband and i have booked our trip to paris and will be leaving this coming january 3rd! we will be staying for 31 days and our base will be an apartment in the 4th arrondissement. this will be our first trip since our wedding and it is our first time to paris. our goal is to experience paris at a leisurely pace... balancing the touristy things with some parisian lifestyle things. we put together a to-do list and organized it by arrondissement... we don't HAVE to do everything on the list [except of course the major sites], but at least wanted to gather some interesting things to do so we don't forget. also looking forward to discovering some things of our own without having done prior research!

a little about us...
+ we're in our early 30s and live in manhattan
+ very active and adventurous [we bike regularly through the streets of nyc, jog + run in central park, love long walks to/from dinner, snowboard, etc.]
+ foodies and love to cook
+ we can sit somewhere pretty and drink wine, beer, or coffee for hours
+ we prefer casual / traditional / rustic restaurants over very prententious, stuffy, formal establishments [i.e. we've dined at alinea in chicago, but we thought it was worth it since the food was unique]
+ we enjoy museums but can get "museum-ed out" after 2 hours
+ we love love jazz especially french and bossa nova

our to do list as of 12/26:

============================== F I R S T ==============================
EXPLORE: Jardin des Tuileries, Musée de l'Orangerie, Musée du Louvre, Place Vendôme, Pont des Arts, Pont Neuf, Rue de Rivoli

EAT+DRINK: Drinks @ Hemingway Bar, Chocolat Chaud @ Angelina, Dinner @ Régalade The Saint Honoré, Buy a baguette @ Eric Kayser Boulangerie

============================== S E C O N D ==============================
EXPLORE: Visit / Study @ Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Nightlife @ Silencio (Members Club) (not much to do in this district??)

EAT+DRINK: Gyoza Bar [when we need a break from French food], Chocolat Chaud @ Jean Paul Hévin,

============================== T H I R D ==============================
EXPLORE: Musée Picasso (unfortunately closed til Summer 2013 i think)

EAT+DRINK: Crepes @ Breizh Café, Chocolat Chaud @ Jacques Genin, Drinks @ Candelaria (Secret Backdoor Entrance)

============================== F O U R T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Centre Pompidou, Conciergerie, Hotel De Sully, Ile St-Louis & Beaubourg, Notre Dame de Paris, Place des Vosges, Sainte Chapelle

EAT+DRINK: Buy beers for apartment @ La Cave à Bulles, Dinner @ Chez Janou, L’As du Fallafel, Lunch/Dinner @ L'Alivi

============================== F I F T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Farmers Market at Rue Mouffetard, Have Mint Tea at Great Mosque of Paris, Pantheon, Walk along the Seine starting at Quai de Montebello downriver towards Mouffetard

EAT+DRINK: Dinner @ Les Papilles, Crepes @ Le Pot o'Lait

============================== S I X T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Jardin du Luxembourg

EAT+DRINK: Duck Confit @ Chez Dumonet, Buy Jean-Yves Bordier Butter @ La Grande Epicerie au Bon Marche, Macarons @ Laduree, Oysters + Seafood @ Huitrerie Regis, Dinner or Crepes @ L'Avant Comptoir, Chocolat Chaud @ Un Dimanche à Paris

============================== S E V E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Eiffel Tower [By Day and Night], Explore Rue De Cler, Les Invalides, Musee D'Orsay

EAT+DRINK: Dinner @ Chez l'Ami Jean

============================== E I G H T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Pont Alexandre III, Burlesque show @ Crazy Horse

EAT+DRINK: Steak Frites @ Le Relais de l'Entrecôte

============================== N I N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Opera @ Opera Garnier [already booked tickets]

EAT+DRINK: Burgers @ Big Fernand, Dinner @ Autour d'un Verre, Aurore Capucine [bakery recommendation by our wedding singer who is from Paris]

============================== T E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Catch a show @ Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Explore Canal Saint Martin, work remotely @ Cafe Craft - Coffee + Free WiFi

EAT+DRINK: Buy a baguette @ Du Pain et des Idées

============================== E L E V E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Jazz @ L'Atelier Charonne, Nightlife on Rue d'Oberkampf

EAT+DRINK: Crepes @ West Country Girl, Poulet Crapaudine from Chicken Lady @ Bastille Market

============================== T W E L F T H ==============================
EXPLORE: July Column @ Place de la Bastille, Museum - La Maison Rouge

EAT+DRINK: Kouglof @Vandermeersch, Snack @ Les Domaines qui montent

============================== T H I R T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: no major sites, just walk around the neighborhood

EAT+DRINK: Drink @ Chez Gladines, Pho @ Pho Banh Cuon 14

============================== F O U R T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Les Catacombes, Shop @ Marché aux Puces de Vanves, Buy thrift/vintage @ Emmaüs, Jazz @ Express 14 Piano Bar

EAT+DRINK: Crepes @ La Crêperie de Josselin, Italian @ Il Far'Niente, Cafes @ Blvd Montparnasse/Blvd Raspail

============================== F I F T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Rue de Grenelle Open Air Market

EAT+DRINK: Crepes @ Ty Breiz., Buy cheese @ Fromagerie Quatrehomme, Wine @ Dis Vin Gaulois

============================== S I X T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Ile des Cygnes (Isle of the Swans), Musée Marmottan Monet, Place / Jardin de Trocadero

EAT+DRINK: Food Truck @ Le Camion Qui Fume

============================== S E V E N T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: no major sites, just walk around the neighborhood

EAT+DRINK: Buy a Baguette @ Jean-Pierre Cohier, Dinner @ Guy Savoy???

============================== E I G H T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Café des 2 Moulins [from Amelie Movie], Blues/Jazz @ Autour de Midi, Burlesque show @ Moulin Rouge

EAT+DRINK: Good baguettes @ Boulangerie Mauvieux and Coquelicot, Croissants @ Boulangerie Gontran Cherrier, Craft beers @ Le Supercoin bar

============================== N I N E T E E N T H ==============================
EXPLORE: Par des Buttes Chaumonts

EAT+DRINK: Dinner @ Au Boeuf Couronné???, Good baguettes @ Boulangerie Mauclerc

============================== T W E N T I E T H ==============================
EXPLORE: See Jim Morrison and other graves @ Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Parc de Belleville

EAT+DRINK: no places yet

please share your experiences, recommendations, specific restaurants/places, or ideas. we'd really appreciate it!

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