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First day in Paris in January itinerary suggestions?

First day in Paris in January itinerary suggestions?

Jan 4th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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One nice thing to do is head to the Arc de Triomphe shortly before dusk and climb to the top. Watching the lights come on in the city from that vantage point -- especially with the traffic on the Champs Elysee -- is just magical. Admission is included in your museum pass. It's a good way to spend the witching hour on that first, exhausting day.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 09:44 AM
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P.S. If you have time to track down a copy of the Paris Map Guide, by Middleditch, it's a great resource. We've used it on every trip to Paris and lent it to friends as well. If you search for it on Amazon, I believe you can peek inside and see the format. More detailed than a large laminated folding map, but easy to carry around in a purse or backpack and it really gives you the layout of each area.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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I'd second the Vedettes de Pont Neuf. After dropping off luggage at your apartment, get outside, in the daylight as much as possible (not likely much "sunlight" in January) and get to know your immediate area for groceries as mentioned above. I'd meander south - southwest until I hit the Seine, then walk to the Pont Neuf Bridge, cross to the Ile and take the stairs down to the Vedettes location at dusk - 4:30 ish - and take the tour. When it returns, I'd take a different route back to the apartment or resto you've selected. FWIW, we never have reservations, we simply walk by the restos, and if it looks inviting, seek a table. If full, we move on. If you're searching for dinner before 7:30, you'll likely find a place you like without reservations.

As for jet lag, I recommend staying up as late as possible the first day after a red-eye. If you can make it to 9 or 10 local, you'll be able to get 10 hours of sleep and still bet out of the apt. by 9 the next morning!

Good luck and enjoy!
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Jan 5th, 2012, 03:38 AM
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This is the kind of info I was looking for. Thank you! Is there a shop you would suggest nearby the Vedettes de Pont Neuf where we could buy a bottle of wine and glasses (and I guess a wine opener too?) to take on the tour? Being from the US it seems so unusual that you can take a bottle of wine on a tour (and drink it!). One of the cultural differences we're looking forward to experiencing in Paris!
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Jan 5th, 2012, 04:34 AM
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I'd have a little corkscrew in your pocketbook for the whole trip!! Cups can be a problem, but if you plan ahead, take some glasses off the plane, now that you have this in mind. Or ask at your hotel when you leave the luggage.
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Jan 5th, 2012, 05:39 AM
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There is a Nicolas wine store on the main street of Ile St Louis. Also a cheese store,etc..

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Jan 5th, 2012, 06:36 AM
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As for glasses and corkscrew, I'd use the apartments. It'll surely have them both. The Marais is a large area if you gave us a rough idea of where the apartment is located, someone here will have direct information for you specific street, etc.
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