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Please critique my REVISED France itinerary

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I have taken everyone's suggestions & created a revised itinerary. I highlighted my revisions, but I don't know if the highlightng/bolding will show up when I copy and paste. If not, I apologize. I want to make this easy for people to understand.

I would also like to plan a picnic lunch at Champ de Mars but don't know yet which will be a better day. I realize that we will make changes when we are actually there.

July 28 – Leave Boston for Paris on Air France flight
July 29 – Sunday - Arrive Paris CDG @ 11:30AM
Take Air France Bus #4 to Montparnasse; then take a taxi to Hotel Bonaparte.
Assuming we arrive on time, I assume we will reach the Hotel Bonaparte no earlier than 1:30pm, & most likely later.
After we check into our hotel, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, Latin Quarter & Saint Germain neighborhoods & get a feel for the area. Perhaps have lunch at Rue Moufettard. Go to Cluny Museum near closing time to purchase 4-day Paris Museum Pass that we will activate on Monday (July 30). If we aren’t too tired from jet lag, take a Seine River boat cruise. Have dinner somewhere.

July 30 – Monday
Notre Dame – climb to the top of the tower & visit the inside of the cathedral (expect long lines).
Visit garden behind Notre Dame; then visit Deportation Memorial.
Conciegerie
St. Chapelle – maybe see a concert here.
Visit flower market near St. Chapelle.
Walk around Ile St. Louis – buy ice cream/glaces 
Visit Cluny Museum if we have the time OR take a Seine River cruise if we don’t do that on Sunday night.

July 31 – Tuesday
Musee d’Orsay – walk through gallery of sculpture – take escalator to 5th floor to see Impressionists galleries first.
Rodin Museum
Hotel des Invalides – if we have time for only one site here, see Napoleon’s Tomb
Tour Eiffel – not sure if we will go to the top, depends on crowds (even though Tour Eiffel is not covered by the Museum Pass, logistically it makes sense to go there on the day we are at Orsay & Rodin Museums). Might go at night when there will hopefully be fewer crowds.

August 1 – Wednesday
Louvre – Buy Michelin Green Guide in U.S. before the trip.
Jardin des Tuileries
Musee de l’Orangerie – opens at 12:30PM & closes at 7PM. (Can see this museum on Friday or Saturday if we don’t have time today.)
Possibly return to Louvre at night; it is open until 9:45PM

August 2 – Thursday
Day trip to Versailles
Perhaps go to Arc de Triomphe in the evening. Need to go to Arc de Triomphe any evening Monday through Thursday because of 4-day Museum Pass.

August 3 – Friday
Perhaps have breakfast at Rue Mouffetard market or other markets.
Do the things we haven’t done yet, such as explore Marais.
Have lunch at Place des Vosges.
Wander around the neighborhoods
Relax at cafes, people watch

August 4 – Saturday
Tour of Opera House Garnier (Phantom of the Opera fame) @ 11:30 or 2:30
Whatever else we want to do, shopping. Etc. maybe go to Montmartre
Find more street markets.

August 5 – Sunday
Check out of Hotel Bonaparte.
Meet up with Courtney & Richard and drive to Blois.
Overnight at All Seasons Blois Centre Gare hotel in Blois.
Possible chateaus to visit while in Loire Valley: Chambord, Chenonceau
Sound & Light Show at Blois.

August 6 – Monday
Overnight in Blois
Tour chateaus
Maybe stop at a winery

August 7 – Tuesday
Overnight in Chinon – Hotel Le Plantagenet
Maybe tour Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Usse.
Would like to visit Saumur & possibly Sache.
Visit Villandry Gardens

August 8 – August 11 – stay with Richard’s parents on Ile d’Oleron

August 11
Take TGV train from La Rochelle to Paris; leave La Rochelle @ 11:40AM & arrive at Montparnasse @ 2:46PM. Then AF bus or Taxi to CDG for AF flight that departs at 7PM.

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