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Ten days in Paris in May

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We are headed to Paris soon. Consider this a first trip as I haven’t been to Paris in a couple of decades and Cheryl has never been.

We will be staying at the Marriott Champs Elysees for 10 nights (free stay), and will spend our last night at the Marriott at the airport before an early departure.

Transport: Several friends have recommended using the buses rather than the metro. It obviously doesn’t make sense to buy the Navigo pass on Wednesday, but it might make sense for the next week. Or should we just use the carnet? We expect to walk a lot, as we want to explore neighborhoods. Oh, yes, we plan to ride the batobus, and may get a two-day pass. I think there is plenty along this route to keep us busy for at least a couple of days.

We plan to buy the museum pass, perhaps a four day pass Wed-Sat (we arrive early Wed morning), then (if we aren’t tired of museums) perhaps a two day pass the next week, Tues/Wed or Wed/Thurs (we fly out on Sunday).

We plan to eat in restaurants, cafes and brasseries for lunch. We have a long list of recommended restaurants, and we know about TheFork, which we will try out. For evenings, we plan to mostly have moveable feasts of wine, bread, cheese, etc.

When we were in Brussels a few years ago we set ourselves a mission to find the “best” chocolate. It was great fun trying out so many different types. In the end, Pierre Marcolini won. We plan to set that mission for this trip as well.

I’d like some garden recommendations – there are so many that sound wonderful!. We plan to visit the Rodin Museum garden, and saw someone’s recommendation for the Albert Kahn Museum and Gardens. We spent a couple of weeks in November in Japan visiting gardens. Will the Kahn gardens disappoint after this?

There is so much to do and see in Paris, I think we won’t do any day trips out of the city this trip.

I usually hang out on the Asia board, but I’ve been reading everything I can on the board about Paris. What a wonderful resource you are!

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, ideas and feedback on our plan.

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