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Vintage Shopping and an Unplanned 8th Day in Paris: Itinerary Help?

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Here's the situation: I've been planning a trip to Europe for a while now, however this year I got outvoted and we went to explore the streets and scenery of South America. If Dad is able to get time off next summer (would be in June), I've been told we'll explore Europe. However, since he finds out he gets time off late-notice (around February), I am planning this in advance so I can book everything as soon as I find out. Currently crossing my fingers the stars will align so we can go! Hopefully I didn't bore anyone with that little disclaimer there.

About us: I will be 16, almost 17 when we take the trip. My brother will be 15, and my parents are in there late 50s, however we are all very fit and love activities like biking, hiking, skiing, etc. My dad has visited most places in Europe multiple times, as has my mum. All of us are avid history fans and enjoy art (although we don't want to spend the entire trip in art museums). Versailles is a must for me- I love French history and Marie Antoinette! We would love to experience good food while in Paris, however don't constantly want to be spending an arm and a leg at every meal.

As such, I've planned the following "rough" itinerary:)

Day One
Segway or bike tour around Paris
Notre Dame
Shakespeare and Co
Dinner at a nearby restaurant (staying the St.Germain)

Day Two
Louvre
Eiffel Tower
Champs Elysees
Dinner at?

Day Three
Girls day
- Stroll the Marais
- Vintage shopping
- Cooking class
Boys Day
- See the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Day Four
Versailles (still need to plan logistics)
Dinner at? Cook in?

Day Five
Musee Rodin
Luxembourg Gardens
Stroll St. Germain
Dinner at Les Papilles

Day Six
- Take the 8 AM train to Giverny, arrive at 9 AM, opens at 9:30
- Visit the lily pond, then the gardens, then the house
- Lunch at Hotel Baudy
- Take the train back when done
- Dinner at Reed (make reservations)

Day Seven
Musee de Orsay
Grand Palais
Cruise along the Seine or stroll the Latin Quarter

Day Eight
Unplanned

A few questions...
- Any restaurant recs? We like places that serve good food but don't want to spend 200E at every meal.
- Should I do a bike tour while we are in Giverny?
- After this we will have a little under 2 weeks in the rest of Europe. I have been playing with going to Prague and Rome as well, although am considering ditching Prague and spending time in Provence. However, my mum has never been to Prague but she has been to Provence...

Not including the flight to and from Europe, our budget is around 20,000-25,000 USD.
Thanks for the help!

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