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4 more days left on Paris trip - suggestions on what to do

4 more days left on Paris trip - suggestions on what to do

Jun 8th, 2012, 10:53 AM
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4 more days left on Paris trip - suggestions on what to do

We have been lucky enough to spend the last 4 days in Paris. So far we have been to the Louvre, the D'Orsay and today went to Versailles. We have also tried to immerse our selves in the cafe culture. We also have one day left on our Paris Museum pass and are trying to decide between Musee d'Orangerie, the Pompidou or the Rodin.

If you had 4 days left (sat-tues,) what would you do?

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Jun 8th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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I haven't been to Paris yet, but am going in July & have done a lot of research, so my suggestions are not from first-hand experience but from my research & trip planning. Could you visit d'Orangerie, the Pompidou & the Rodin all in one day? I have also read about the Plantee Promenade & the Canal Martin area. Have you had a tour of the Opera Garnier? There are tours on Saturday, one in the morning & one in the afternoon. That is on our must-see list. Have you climbed to the top of Notre Dame's tower? Sampled the markets?
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Jun 8th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Of the three museums you mention, I'd opt to do the Rodin and the Orangerie. The last time I went to the Pompidou we ended up staying in there for 4+ hours, which surprised me, as I'm not that big a modern art fan. If you are, though, then I'd definitely go - the special exhibits are often fabulous.

You might also want to take the RER out to Chatou and visit the Ile des Impressionistes. Have lunch at La Maison Fournaise, where Renoir painted "Luncheon of the Boating Party."

Or take the RER to Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo are buried. The entire town is a monument to his life and works. And the château there has a fabulous holographic exhibit of the Impressionist Movement.

For something totally different, you might want to go to the Belleville market next Tuesday.

Père Lachaise cemetery...A drink at Le Ciel in the Tour Montparnasse...Sunday brunch at the Musée Jacquemart-André...Saturday evening dinner and dancing at the Guingette de Neuilly...a visit to La Chocolaterie de Jacques Gegin...get on a bus, any bus, and take it to the end of the line and walk around...visit the special exhibit this weekend of some Montmartre ateliers (http://www.lezarts-bievre.com/)...spend an evening at Au Lapin Agile...

That should keep you busy
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Jun 8th, 2012, 12:12 PM
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Of the three museums you mention the line skipping benefit of using the Museum Pass is best taken advantage of by visiting the Orangerie,, lines can be an issue there. It is however a small museum, certainly not going to take up more then an hour( well it would take me 15 minutes, yeah yeah, I see the purdy flowers all blurry,, yech) . So you could then cross over to 7th and see the Invalids Army Museum, and Napoleons tomb,, and still have time to visit the Rodin!!
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Jun 8th, 2012, 12:31 PM
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Why not do all three. The Orangerie and the Rodin are relatively short visits, and around a 10-15 minute walk apart. If you have more time, go to the Pompidou. The building itself is interesting, and you can use your pass to enter and ride the exterior escalators to the top for the views.

If you wish to visit the Pompidou museum and are short on time, just choose a section that interests you. As St. Cirq says, one could spend many hours there - it's big.

While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to see the Stravinsky Fountain next door with its whimsical moving sculptures.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 12:32 PM
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How about seeing something less traditonal like the Promenade Plantée which you can walk from Bastille:


Or you can cruise or walk the Canal Saint Martin, also from Bastille.


If the weather is beautiful (ha ha, not much of a chance of that, based on the last few days!), no reason to force yourselves to go to a museum just because you have a pass.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Day out of Paris to Chartes by train - incredible cathedral of course but also a taste of a very beautiful much smaller town for a change of pace and perspective.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 12:40 PM
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A day out to Reims and Epernay. A great cathedral, a little drink, what's not to like.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 01:00 PM
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One of the big antique/flea markets
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Jun 8th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Sunset cruise on Vedettes on the Seine or evening concert at one of the churches.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Giverny, with the warmer weather it should be a lovely time to visit. Take the train to Vernon, rent bicycles, stop and pick up food for a picnic lunch down along the river on the way to Giverny. If you don't enjoy riding bicycles you can also take the bus from near the train station. Just a thought.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Père Lachaise cemetery. Orangerie does not take that long. It rained so much that we didn't do Fat Tire bike tour but would have liked that. Did you go see any of the cathedrals?
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Jun 8th, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Definitely visit Ste. Chapelle - a real wonder. And a day trip to Chartres would be worthwhile.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 05:14 PM
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On your list, Rodin with L'Orangerie a close second. But, of my own choosing...Ste Chapelle or St Denis.
I would totally agree with kerouac's suggestion re: Promenade Plantee! Should be getting gorgeous by now!
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Jun 8th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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The Orangerie took us a while but if you can do it quickly, then go to the Pompidou.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 05:55 PM
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-Chateau de Vincennes (a hunting castle at the end of line 1)
-Tour Montparnasse observatory at sunset
-Tour the inside of the Opera Garnier
-Sacre Coeur
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Jun 8th, 2012, 05:59 PM
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Jun 8th, 2012, 06:13 PM
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How about the Bastille food market?

I would do all and any of the things mentioned above.

If it's very hot, St Denis is the coldest place I've been in Paris.
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Jun 9th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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You mentioned two of my favorites, L'Orangerie and Rodin. Do both! The Rodin statues are outside in the garden. Neither museum takes very much time. Nice little cafe at Rodin for lunch,self service but good.
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Notre Dame including the tower, and Ste Chapelle. Wander around the Ile de la Cité, Marais and Left Bank neighborhoods and along the Seine.
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