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Subject: Vacationing for four days in Paris
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: beccagrim-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 29 Dec 2005 13:46 PST
Expires: 28 Jan 2006 13:46 PST
Question ID: 611038
My husband and I have four days to spend in Paris in early July. He
has never been there and I haven't been since I was twelve.  I speak
French very badly and he doesn't speak any. I guess my question is,
what should we do while we there as we only have four days?

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 30 Dec 2005 05:14 PST

I began to write a wonderful itinerary (I've already completed one
day), but then found this:


Would this be acceptable as an answer, naturally with several other
recommendations and findings of my research, or would you like me to
continue with my own suggestion (it is very similar to this, so either
that great minds think alike, or that I am useless...).

Clarification of Question by beccagrim-ga on 30 Dec 2005 05:59 PST
I'd love to hear your suggestions. Thanks!

Clarification of Question by beccagrim-ga on 31 Dec 2005 12:09 PST
Thanks that was a wonderful response!!!

Clarification of Question by beccagrim-ga on 04 Jan 2006 10:56 PST
Could you please post the itinerary you had in mind? Thanks.

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 05 Jan 2006 14:21 PST
I haven't forgotten you. It is due tomorrow!
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 06 Jan 2006 05:24 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear Becca, 

Sorry it took me a while, I've been to somewhat crazy days lately.
Here's the itinerary.

Day I

Start the day with the Eiffel Tower. From there, take the train, or
walk (it is within walking distance) to the Invalides - the compound
containing Napoleon's tomb. If you're interested, go to the military
museum nearby (but this would, of course, mean that you'll have to
sacrifice time in other places). From this area, take the train to
Place de la Bastille and begin the walking tour suggested by Frommers
in the Marais (see link below). The Marais is full of restaurants, and
you can surely find something that you'd like there. From Place de la
Bastille (at the end of the tour), take the train to Champs-Élysées
(here I shall quote Fodor: ?if you'd like to walk most of the broad
avenue, get off at the Franklin-D.-Roosevelt stop. If not, get off at
George V (near the top) or Charles de Gaulle Étoile (by the
roundabout) and head to the Arc de Triomphe. From the top of the arch
there's a great view of the "star" of avenues. If platinum-card
shopping is on your list, head to avenue Montaigne, which branches off
the Champs.?). The Arc is especially beautiful in the early evening or
the afternoon. From there (or before ? the Arc is open till 10:30 or
11 PM), a dinner would be recommended.

Nightly options: 
-	Opera back in Marais 
-	- See a performance at the Centre Ppompidou

Tour Eiffel (Web Site)
Opens at 9:00, open every day. Ride in the lift all the way to the top
costs EUR 10,70 pro person. The earlier you come, the less you'll
queue; plus, it's better to come on a weekday, if that works for you.

Wikipedia - Eiffel Tower

Les Invalides
<> - Open every day of the year, except for
the first Monday of every month, and January 1st, May 1st, November
1st and December 25th.
Open from 10:00 to 17:00, from October 1st to mars 31st,
and from 10:00 to 18:00, from April 1st to September 30st.

Wikipedia - Les Invalides  

Frommer?s suggested Marais walking tour

Champ Elysees

Wikipedia ? Champ Elysees

Arc de Triomphe
<> open from April 1 to
September 30: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
from October 1 to March 31: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 
The cash desk close 1/2 hour before
Closed on January 1, May 1,May 8 (morning) July 14 (morning), November
11 (morning) and December 25 Admission 7? ($8.05) adults, 4.50?
($5.20) ages 18-25, free for 17 and under

Recommended Restaurants in the Marais:
(Review of Bofinger at Guardian Unlimited's Food Monthly: 

Chez Clement

Recommended restaurant in Champs-Elysses
La Fremette

Ladurée Champs Elysées 
75, avenue des Champs Elysées - 75008 Paris
Tel : - Fax :

Restaurant open daily 7.30am to 12.30am 
The shop is open daily 7.30am to 11.30pm ? for the chocolates,
macarons and that Champs Elysees coffee.

Notes on Day I
-	If you want to go to the opera or to a performance at the Pompidou
Centre, you?ll do wisely to buy a ticket through the Internet.
Museums, too, sell their tickets through the Internet, and I?d
recommend reserving a place in the restaurants, too.
-	To avoid the horrible Eiffel queues, and accomplish all of those
places in a day come to the Eiffel early. Naturally, this itinerary is
a bit faulty in a foggy day, but that could be said about the next
days as well?
-	It is the common touristy cliché to sit and drink coffee on the
Champs-Elysees. The problem is, that Paris in general, and this area
in particular, is full with horrible tourist traps with atrocious food
and ghastly prices. NEVER agree to order without seeing the prices ?
the vilest joints use this tactic. Don?t even follow the crowds,
thinking ?this place is full, that probably means it?s good?. They are
probably misguided tourists who don?t use Google Answers. I recently
told French friends of mine that in my broke back pack? tour to Paris
I?ve ended up ? how pathetic ? drinking my dreamt on coffee at the
Champs-Elysees McDonalds. Their answer: we too. I do recommend Ladurée
Champs Elysées, which is expensive but good.

Day II
Start the day late (after last night?s opera) in the Musee D?Orsay.
The daily guided tours in English start at 11:30. From Musee D-Orsay,
take the train to the Denfert Rochereau station. You can visit the
Paris Catacombs there. Spend the afternoon in the Latin Quarter, using
the route suggested by Frommers. Whatever left of the afternoon and
evening could be spent shopping. Tomorrow you start really early.

Musee DOrsay
< > 

Wikipedia ? Musee DOrsay

Show Caves -Catacombs

Frommer?s Walking Tour ? Latin Quarter

Julien Degorre?s recommended restaurants in the Latin Quarter 
<> (PDF)

Day 3
This is going to be a very exhausting day ? so much to see, so little
time. Start your day at the Louvre museum. The Louvre has a guided
tour, daily, and it might be best to take it. Check when you get in.
The Louvre ticket is a day ticket ? you can get out and in as much as
you?d like, and you might just like to skip the rest of the day and
stay there, depends on how much of an art lover you are. After you
leave the Louvre, exit towards the Samaritaine department store, and
admire the Art-Nouveau building from the outside (it is closed for
renovations). A nice restaurant in the area is Café Marly, if you
haven?t used the restaurants inside the Louvre. Take the train or walk
to St. Chapelle. From there, lick some afternoon ice cream at
Berthillon, and continue to Notre Dame. For the late afternoon and
early evening you can see the view from Notre Dame, but also take the
train and continue to Centre Pompidou, a centre of modern arts and
museums. Since it should be already at dusk or later, don?t miss the
panoramic view on Paris (6th floor).


Wikipedia ? Louvre

La Samaritaine

Café Marly
Tel: +33-1-4926 0660; Fax: +33-1-4926 0706; 93 rue de Rivoli, Cours
Napoleon; 75001 Paris 1er ; Open: Mon-Sun 8am-2am; Metro:

Wikipedia - St. Chapelle 


Notre Dame

Centre Pompidou
<> - The Centre Pompidou is open every day from
11am to 10pm, except Tuesdays and May 1.

Wikipedia ? Centre Pompidou

Notes for the 3rd day
-	Pompidou and the Louvre are shut on Tuesdays. 
-	Naturally, this is a relatively good option for a rainy day. 
-	As mentioned before, you can buy tickets through the Internet, and
it would save you time standing in line. Since the name of the game at
the Louvre is to save time, this is important. Another tip on saving
precious Louvre time is not to enter through the main gate (the
Pyramid), but from another gate.
-	It is best to plan your Louvre time well. If you don?t buy a guide
that would help you with that (or use the daily guided tours), spend
at least few minutes deciding what is the most important for you to
-	If you?re not totally exhausted, try a performance at the centre Pompidou. 

Day 4
You have several options for the last day. You can go to the
Eurodisney, if this is your ?thing?, or to take the train to
Versailles. However, my recommendation is different. This day would
start with a walk (again, as prescribed by Frommer?s) in Montmartre.
While the remains of the afternoon could be spent shopping, or
visiting additional sites not featured in my itinerary, I recommend
returning to the area for some night entertainment at the Moulin

Frommer?s ? Montmartre Walking Tour

Moulin Rouge



Further Information
Events in Paris in July 

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.
beccagrim-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $50.00
Thanks for spending so much time on this question!!

Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: mizzouguy08-ga on 29 Dec 2005 14:28 PST
As you will find in most major tourist cities, major landmarks are
very rarely a problem for language barriers.  Staff will most likely
have English skills or some may even be very fluent in various
languages.  Additionaly, you will find that most signs and important
information will be written in English as well.  Especially
foreigner-friendly sights in the city will include the Louvre and the
Eiffel Tower.  Also keep in mind that in Paris, many sights won't
require you to be able to understand any French to appreciate them. 
The Arc de Triomphe, the Catacoms, etc!!
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: beccagrim-ga on 29 Dec 2005 16:19 PST
I guess I'm looking for a sort of suggested itinerary for four days in
Paris to maximize what we can do and see.
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: myoarin-ga on 29 Dec 2005 19:15 PST
Aren't you lucky!
I would start with a half day bus tour of the city, easy on the feet
and jet lag and gets you past or in the "must have seen" sites and
gives you an orientation.
Book an evening at the Follies, Lido or Moulin Rouge (hotel can help
you, or book online in advance.  Good entertainment  - also for you
Buy a good guide book or two and do your homework.  Interests are
different, and yours and his too, maybe.  You both don't HAVE to go
all the same places, although he may prefer to tag along if you want
to go shopping (to hold the credit cards, not to carry the bags  - or
maybe so).
IF you have special interests at the Louvre, check the web for the
days when sections are closed and see about ordering tickets in
advance (avoid the long line).  Also look for special exhibits if that
is what you are interested in and get tickets in advance.
I am too much interested in museums and churches to advise on other
things, but you shouldn't miss the Louvre or Saint Chapelle (sp?) with
its stained glass (on the island with Notre Dame), or - for my money -
St. Denis, and I wouldn't miss the medieval art (esp. the tapestries,
but that's my thing) in Museum Cluny.

Here is walking tour:
and more from that link:

IF you happen to be near La Madeleine, don't miss the Art Nouveau
public convenience there, "near the flower market, there are some
steps leading down to the most amazing ..." (closed 11:30 to 12:30.
Someone just gave me the book: "Unexplored Paris", Parigramme)  It
could be the most expensive way to go, but if you have to ...

But why I am trying to tell you anything; it's all here, except the last:
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: myoarin-ga on 04 Jan 2006 08:49 PST
Since Politicalguru has shown such interest in answering your
question, perhaps you could post another clarification explaining if
you would like her to post "her" itinerary as an answer or to post the
Fodor site as such  - or something else.  She will get an email
advising that a Request for Clarification has been posted.
I enjoy trying to comment on questions like this, but yours really
deserves a Researcher's response.
Regards, Myoarin
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: omnivorous-ga on 05 Jan 2006 15:23 PST
Beccagrim --

If you're interested in cooking a food, the venerable Cordon Bleu does
day tours of Paris markets --

Select July for the "short courses" and you'll see a bunch of options!

Bon appetit!

Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: myoarin-ga on 06 Jan 2006 07:50 PST
Fantastic, fantastique, fantastisch, Politicalguru!
Reading your itinerary, every time I thought:  "but she should have
mentioned ...", it was on one of the walking tours!

I avoided the Eiffel Tower for years, but didn't regret it in the
least when I finally went there.  It's much more filigrane and
remarkable than any pictures can express.
Being an early riser, on the second day I would try to go the St.
Denis, the first Gothic church and site of the French kings' graves,
before going to the museum d'Orsay.

IF you and your husband are like me or can't sleep because of jet lag,
  don't fight it but get out early while the streets are still being
cleaned.  Have an omelette for breakfast in a bistro while you read up
on your day's activities.

And  - unfortunately -  I should mention to watch out for your
handbag, everywhere.  One was stolen during breakfast from a lady in a
group I was with in the hotel's restaurant that was crowded with

Have great trip and enjoy anticipating it with more reading!
Regards, Myoarin
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: politicalguru-ga on 06 Jan 2006 11:34 PST

First of all, thank you for the rating and the tip. And, if you don't
mind me asking, I've seen your other question regarding the scrap
book. So, congratulations on the birth - are you going to take your
then one-year-old with you?
Subject: Re: Vacationing for four days in Paris
From: beccagrim-ga on 07 Jan 2006 07:04 PST
No, LOL. The little guy is staying home with Grandma. Mommy and Daddy
are going to remember what its like to be adults. Thanks again!!!

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