7 days in Paris - itinerary

Jan 25th, 2011, 06:56 PM
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Thank you all for your replies!

Based on your suggestions, here's what I've decided so far:
- running to the bookstore this weekend to buy Fodor's Paris Travel Guide
- definitely booking a wine tasting lunch at O Chateau
- booking Vedettes Pont Neuf for a night cruise (will just look for a nice restaurant for a cozy/romantic dinner, instead of dinner on the boat)
- buying a Metro and Museum pass (maybe 5 days or 7 days, depending on final itinerary)

@YankyGal, just got a reply from Hidden Kitchen and they have an open slot for 2 on April 3rd. It's quite pricey at 90euro each... having second thoughts now. What do you think?

To everyone: Last for now, I am not really an art enthusiast or history buff. I'll probably recognize most paintings, be familiar with names in history, but I don't really know the facts and trivia by heart. Given that, which museums and historical places do you think we'll enjoy best? Would you recommend getting walking tours and the guided museum tours?

Thanks a lot, I really do appreciate all the feedback. It's getting me more and more excited!
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Jan 25th, 2011, 07:55 PM
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jean_claire - I didn't really think I was an art lover either . . . until I spent time at the Musee d'Orsay, the Orangerie and the Rodin Museum, on my first visit to Paris years ago.

I'd highly recommend all of them, they're smaller and more "accessible" than the overwhelming Louvre. In fact on my upcoming trip I'm taking my 19yo niece who's never been out of the country, let alone Paris, and I've decided to bypass the Louvre entirely b/c I think she will appreciate the "art and culture" stuff in smaller chunks. But for most people, it's probably a "must-see" if only to say you went and saw the Mona Lisa (and it's tiny - and behind glass - and for many kinda disappointing).

On my last trip a few years ago the Orangerie was closed and I was disappointed, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the new (and improved?) version in May. The water lilies are still spectacular, I'm assuming.

As a PS to my guidebook recommendation, I also like the DK Eyewitness "Top 10" guide. The Fodors book is probably too big to travel with, but the Top 10 book is compact and "cuts to the chase" on the top 10 sights of Paris, with just the highlights. I wouldn't rely on it as my only book though - you might want to check out some guidebooks at the library before buying anything.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 08:12 AM
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Not knowing you and knowing that everyone's priorities are different, I can only tell you that I thought Hidden Kitchen was worth the price. We were on a budget, too - in fact, we cooked dinner at our apartment most nights. HK was the only dinner we had out (oh, and take-out seafood at our friends' house). When I consider what we got (multiple courses of divine food along with wines), and the intimate setting - well, I think it would have been challenging to get those same things at a regular restaurant at that price.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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As for guidebooks, I too find that the Fodor's "gold" guides have become really great resources. (Not brown-nosing, really! I never used to use them, but now prefer them over some of their competitors.) If you have a smartphone/iPad/etc, you can purchase the PDF versions, even just purchasing individual chapters you're interested in, and bring them on your device! Look under the Guidebooks menu at the top of the page.

We also really enjoyed the Avant Guide guidebook on Paris, but last I looked it was never updated. (Our copy is from 2002.) If you see it in the bookstore, you might want to leaf through it for some (slightly) "off the beaten path" ideas...

Another suggestion for "off the beaten path" and "true Parisian" areas is to look at posts by kerouac, either here on Fodor's or on anyportinastorm.proboards.com (he's known as kerouac2 there). At the very least, his photos will really put you in the Paris mood!
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Jan 26th, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Forgot to mention these audio guides - I love the ones for NYC even though I'm a local!

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