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In desperate need of trip planning intervention!!

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About a year ago I asked my husband what he would like to do to celebrate his 60th birthday and after the obligatory "I want to be turning 50" answer, he answered with "Paris of course!".
We leave on September 3 for a week in a lovely apartment on the Isle St. Louis .

This will be our 5th visit to Paris and I thought how nice it will be to not feel rushed, take our days leisurely, not try to see and do too much and simply enjoy our days sipping champagne on our teeny tiny balcony overlooking the Seine.

Well, I am out of control as I enjoy the planning process almost as much as the trip itself. My husband leaves it entirely in my hands and is always happy to go along for the ride, but having been called the trip nazi on more than one occasion I have cause for concern! The more I dive into the planning, the more I realize all that we have not seen or done in Paris and I fear I am cramming way too much into our week.

Here goes:
Day 1- Arrival day
We arrive on a direct flight from Boston on Friday September 4th at 9:00 AM. The rental company will provide transportation from CDG to their office located on the Isle Ste. Louis. As the apartment is rented the night before our arrival, we will not be able to check in until after 2. They will not only store our luggage, but will have it brought into the apartment as soon as it is ready.
I thought we would take the metro to Place de Madelaine to buy two more of our champagne flutes which we will be able to enjoy all week. Perhaps a stop at Maille to stock up on mustards to bring home.
I have made a 1:00 lunch reservation at Benoit, after which we will go back to the rental office and check into our home for the week. Shower, freshen up , unpack and walk over to Blvd Henri IV to stock up on some staples for the apartment and stop at Nicholas Wine on the Isle to stock our "cellar".
I am waiting to here back form L'Ange 20 to confirm they we will be re-opened for dinner that night, if not, Chez Allard. Perhaps if we are too exhausted, pick up a roasted chicken and have a casual dinner on our little balcony with a nice bottle of champagne in our new glasses.

Day 2
I have booked an 11:00 walking food tour in Montmartre. Normally we don't do much in the way of tours, but for some reason or another I have booked several this time around!. This is a three hour tour, 6 stops , lots of food and wine along the way. After the tour a visit to Sacre Coeur and the Dali Museum.
Dinner is booked at L'Estrapade
Cafe Laurent for a nightcap and jazz

Day 3
9:30 departure in front of the Musee D'Orsay on Canal St. Martin river cruise- arriving at Parc de la Villette at 12:30. (Unless the weather is bad we will walk the Covered Passages instead)
After strolling around Canal St. Martin area for a while I thought we would have lunch at La Verre Volè and gradually walk our way back to the apartment with a stop at the Pierre Lachaise cemetery and the Picasso Museum , ending up with a stroll around Place des Voges.
Dinner is at Ciel de Paris, hopefully to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the top of Tour Montparnasse

Day 4
Covered Passages (unless it rained on day 2 in which case we will switch the plans of Canal St, Martin)
Walking from the apartment stopping at Passage Colbert, Gallerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy.
Lunch Les 110 Taillevent- after lunch a walk down Rue du Faubourg Saint- Honorè ending up up Galerie Lafayette Haussman for a glass of champagne at Bar a Bulles and a little shopping.
Dinner at Semilla at the chef's table

Day 5
Another walking tour?! I don't know what got into me this trip.
Chanel tour by Paris Walks - put this one by my husband before booking and he said he was interested in the whole Coco Chanel history, so yes he says,it sounds interesting.
Meeting point is 248 Rue de Rivoli , two hours or so later ends at Hermes .
1:30 lunch at Cafe Marley- it's "our" thing
After lunch a little shopping at Dehillerin (we always bring back a copper pan or two)
a stop at Magasin Sennelier and then on to the Museè Delecroix .
Dinner- Les Papilles

Day 6
Cluny Museum
Jardin des Plantes
Lunch at Reminet
After lunch- Musée des arts et métiers- looks very interesting especially for my husband
Galeries Vivienne and then on to the Paris Ritz for a glass of champagne

Dinner: Still undecided as I am seriously considering Yachts de Paris for a really special birthday dinner cruise on the Seine but it is VERY expensive. We have friends who have done this and raved about it-\
Nightcap and Jazz- Cafe Laurent

Day 7
Musee Rodin
Lunch at Comptoir
Bon Marchè and La Grande Épicerie
maybe- Petit Palais if we are still standing
Dinner- Verjus
Nightcap and Jazz- Cafe Laurent

Day 8
12:00 noon direct flight back to Boston

We will walk most, take metro some and even a few taxis. ( to Ciel de Paris in the evening)
With a few shopping exceptions- Dehillerin, Sennelier, Baccarat, Bon Marche, and a few restaurant exceptions- Semilla, Les 110 Taillevent, la Verre Vole and Cafe Marley, and one museum exception - Rodin (many years ago) everything will be a new experience.

I know it is "doable" but likely we won't do it all. What is you opinion- way too much? No time for sipping champagne on our balcony? Though what to cut? Where to cut? The Canal St. Martin day?
I'd love to hear an opinion of two.

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