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Planning first trip to europe (Paris, London) tons of questions.

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We are planning our first visit to europe this winter during christmas to new years. Our plan is 5 days in Paris and 3 days in London. I have a few questions and a rough outline of the itinerary I was hoping to improve with the help of experience travelers!

1. Transportation from airport: Taxi, uber or shuttle? The hotel (hotel d'orsay) offers shuttle service for 65 euros.

2. Christmas day activities: I read that Eiffel Tower, Seine river cruise (which company?) and champs-elysees are open during christmas day. What else would be advised to do during that day?

3. Tmobile from US is offering international data/text and 20 cent/minute calls, would this be enough or do you suggest buying a local sim?

4. Exchange euros in the states before leaving? does chip-and-sign credit cards accepted widely in europe?

5. The current itinerary is as follows: (tried not to pack them as i don't know how long each step will take as well as transportation)

Sat 12/24: 6:55AM Arrive at CDG, Arc de Triomphe dropping off luggage at the hotel (assuming they have luggage store service?)
Sun 12/25: Eiffel Tower, Seine River, Champs-elysee (suggestion on which order? (ie. Eiffel better at morning or afternoon, etc?)
Mon 12/26: Louvre, Notre Dame, Pantheon, my reason to group these on the same day is they are all to the east side of the hotel, any suggestions on what to add to the list would be great! (as I assume these 3 won't take a whole day)
Tue 12/27: Versailles (whole day?)
Wed 12/28: Musee d'orsay, anything else suggested here?
Thur 12/29: Eurostar to London at 1PM (get to gare du nord at 12pm? eat lunch before going to the trainstation or is there recommended food options near the station? assuming we have luggage I probably prefer to eat before checking out of the hotel), arriving in London at Thistle Euston (I know its a bit far but closest in our budget)
Fri 12/30: London eye, Buckingham Palace, suggestions?
Sat 12/31: Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, suggestions?
Sun 1/1: flight to US in the morning.

So that is the planned itinerary, wife wanted to see fondation louis vuitton (which day should I fit this into?) and is there similar spots worth checking out as well?

Please advise for any of these questions, thanks so much!

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