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Paris: Trip Planning

So I’m trying to figure out what to do during the 3 days that we’ll be in Paris.

We will be also be doing touristy things seeing as it’ll be Michael’s first time there and the last time I was there it was a bit of a rush and I had done little to no research.

I’ve started by writing a list of the must-sees and googling what others found to be worth a visit. Also it seems that there are a bunch of events on at exactly the time we are going.

In terms of travel, we are taking the train from Stuttgart because it turned out to be cheaper and it’s just under 4 hours by train. For travel, we are trying out AirBnB for the first time and have a whole apartment for ourselves. Hopefully it’s not too different from the pictures online!

We arrive on a Saturday around 11am where I figure we will visit Galeries Lafayette and then do a free walking tour in the Montmarte area where we will be staying. I want to go to the Cafe des 2 Moulins (Amelie!) and then perhaps do an evening cruise on the Seine or go to watch the fountain show at Versailles.

The next day I plan to visit the Centre Georges-Pompidou and/or Musee d’Orsay because most museums are free on the first Sunday of the month, which happens to be when we are there. Then we will visit Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, walk the Champs-Elysees and stop at Laduree for some macarons. We’ll check out Arcade des Champs-Elysees and then view Paris from atop the Arc de Triomphe.

My friend Amy arrives on Monday around midday so in the morning we’ll head to Cite des Sciences et de I’Industrie which is a hands-on museum (reminds me of the Powerhouse Museum), then walk by Opera de Paris Garnier and then meet up with Amy. Together we’ll do a free walking tour starting at Notre Dame and ending at Jardin du Luxembourg. Afterwards we’ll walk to Sainte-Chapelle and Pont Neuf, stroll by the Louvre (we won’t waste time going in to see the Mona Lisa, etc this time round) and head up to the 1st and 2nd levels of the Eiffel Tower, taking the stairs to save time and enjoy a night view of Paris from above.

On our last day we’ll head early in the morning to Versaille, then on the way back to central Paris we’ll visit Palais de Chaillot, Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), Saint-Sulpice and perhaps go up Tour Montparnasse. La Defense is a bit out of the way so we may skip it this time round.

It’s a busy schedule but there’s so much to see and even though I’ve planned a lot, there are some things that we can skip this time to avoid having a stressful trip. The good thing is that we’ll be packing light so there isn’t too much to carry around!

What do you think of this itinerary and do you have any tips? Suggestions welcome!

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