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A wonderful week in Paris

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Hello Paris lovers and fellow travelers -

I am so grateful that I stumbled upon this site. Fodor’s is such a lovely travel community online.

Need your expert advice.

I am planning a trip to Paris for the first time. In fact this will be our first trip to Europe.
We are celebrating my 40th birthday. We toyed with the idea of doing a grand European holiday; London - Paris - Venice - Florence - Rome. But after reading all your expert advice, decided against it as there is so much to see and experience in each city. Just felt we would not be doing justice to any city if we just went on a whistle stop tour. Also we would like to come back to Europe to explore some more.

We want this to be a truly relaxing and comfortable vacation. I love nature, art, museums, history, architecture, fashion and shopping. My husband is a nature lover, loves gardens and appreciates art. He would also appreciate visiting some fine churches in and around Paris. We are both foodies, love great wines and love photography. We would enjoy visiting some local farmers markets. We would enjoy a comfortable vacation. However we believe in getting value for our money. We do not have too much of vacation time hence would not hesitate to fly if we receive suggestions for a great weekend trip.

We depart from the US May 18th 2012. Arrive Paris May 19th 2012.
Depart from Paris May 27th 2012. Arrive US May 28th 2012.

Would you please advise -
1. What makes more sense us renting an apartment in Paris or staying at a centrally located, hotel. Any suggestions for a centrally located clean, comfortable, great value, good service apartment/hotel, with basic creature comforts like a hot shower in the room, lift/elevator to the room/apartment.
2. I have seen great restaurant suggestions. However my husband is a pescetarian. He eats fish, vegetables etc, but does not eat meat. Any suggestions for restaurants which serve great seafood and vegetarian food (dairy and eggs is ok).
I eat meat and would love to be adventurous and experience great French food.
3. What is the best way to get to and from the airport and travel in and around Paris? Suggestions?
4. Suggestions for great travel companies offering great sightseeing city trips with expert guides.
5. Suggestions for must see sights in Paris and great weekend trips.
6. Locations to purchase museum passes.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

With gratitude,
Kalinaturegirl

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