Critique my 5-day itinerary in Paris

Jan 20th, 2014, 12:32 PM
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In my youth I was engaged to an organist so I learned to appreciate organs, St. Sulpice has a really nice one that's played on a normal schedule. (Sadly some churches with good organs don't' use them every Sunday)
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Jan 20th, 2014, 08:21 PM
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Good stuff and a great start. I would echo calls for a visit to St. Chapelle (first thing in the morning to avoid lines), river cruise, Arc (strongly prefer it at night, personally) and Musee d'Orsay (even just for 2 hours).

I would walk the river somewhere...maybe from the Eiffel Tower to d'Orsay if you like to walk. The bridges at night around cite, too, are magical.

I personally think Rick Steves oversells walking around the Marais and Rue Cler... there is a limit to their charms for me that kicks in sooner than Rick. Try the canal St. Martin area for something a little different.

Good luck!
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Jan 21st, 2014, 06:26 AM
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Thanks all! Is the Marais overrated? I heard it was pretty beautiful if you walk through the streets and don't just hit the main sites.

Also, any suggestions for some non-touristy things? Some of our favorite moments in Rome when we went last year weren't the Colosseum/Vatican/Pantheon/etc. but the hidden gems. Granted, there are some things you MUST see while there, but I'd love to do a few of those "off the beaten path" things as well.

Appreciate it.

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Jan 21st, 2014, 07:46 AM
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You will encounter lots of "off the beaten path" things by simply walking around Paris. Don't walk on the Champs Elysee, but stroll on the back streets. Paris is a much more walkable city than Rome so it is easy to find charming areas without relying on Rick Steves. We love the Marais, especially the Place des Vosges area. The Rue Cler can be enjoyed in a half hour and is definitely NOT off the beaten path.

Paris is so full of delightful things. You will love it. Simply sitting at an outdoor cafe and watching the passing scene is lots of fun and many have outdoor heaters which might come in handy in March.
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Jan 21st, 2014, 07:47 AM
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I haven't read anything about the Marais that was so extraordinary as to suggest it's overrated. It's just an area of Paris and no more beautiful than many other areas. I would not say the entire Marais is beautiful as there are many plain areas and some, what I would term, ugly areas.

Off the beaten path is very subjective. There are tons of museums where you'll find very few people. Jewish Museum, Post Museum, Maillol Museum, Bourdelle Museum, Tapestry Museum and tour.

Not far off the beaten path but a very nice outing would be Val de Grace church (limited opening hours) and the Mosque, ending with tea in the garden. You could continue with a visit to St-Etienne-du-Mont church with its lovely rood screen and the Pantheon.
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Jan 21st, 2014, 07:54 AM
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Danzaman:we were in Paris two years ago and purchased our tickets for the Crazy Horse at the site, the afternoon of the day we attended the show.
Really beautiful women and nothing more, more strip tease than a show.

You will enjoy Paris, no doubt.
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