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As many of you may remember, and as info for newbies, I won a RT Business Class ticket to Paris in an OpenSkies sweepstakes.:happy dance: They're a part of British Airways, but thankfully not the part that keeps on striking.:smheat:

Anyway, the time is finally here. My DH and I leave on Friday for a week. Our home exchange is all set...it's the best way to make you clean your house. Our charitable giving went up about 500% this week. We're staying in the 16th arrondissement in an apartment and I just wanted to ask if anyone has some must do, see or eat ideas that we might have missed. We were in Paris in 1986 (I was in diapers...yeah, that's the ticket:innocent:) so it's been a while. We're planning as side excursions to Versailles and Giverny. If anyone has some great tips, let me know.

I'm so excited especially since I've been traveling for business over the last two months so much and barely spend time with my DH, whats-his-name.:HistericalSmiley:It's not quite that bad but I think a week in Paris is the perfect romantic place to fall in love all over again...with a French Hottie. I'M JUST KIDDING!!!!!! Don't tell my husband.:blush:
 

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I've never been, so I have no suggestions. I did think of you going to Paris this morning when I doused myself in " Rive Gauche". I wish you and your husband, Sue, a wonderful and safe trip.
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Oh Sue, the trip does sound so romantic......and you meant toddie instead of hottie...lol!!:HistericalSmiley:! It does sound wonderful and take lots of pictures....we want details girlfriend~!!!! Have a new experience in Paris and fall in love all over again!!!:wub:
 

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Sue...

I was in Paris a few years ago with my
daughters and it is truly a beautiful city. We were told to
watch out for pickpockets around the Eiffel Tower, too... and
not the cute kind of pickpockets like Tyler either!

We saw all of the usual tourist attractions... but we didn't
have time to see Versailles or Giverny... a good reason
for a trip back... right? Any room in your suitcase?

Have a safe and wonderful time!

Debbie
 

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Sounds like a really fun trip!!! Have a good time!!
I was suppose to go about 8 years ago and then I got pregnant and my dr. didn't think I should go that far so I didn't go. But hope to go one day when my daughter is old enough to remember and enjoy it. And the food allergy issue with her is another big fear I have.
 

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Versailles is a must as is Notre Dame and the Louvre. If you can do the Louvre over multiple days, that's best - that much incredible art is overwhelming so more than a few hours at a time is almost too much to bear.

We also did a barge cruise on the Seine at night - fantastic! And saw Napolean's tomb which was pretty cool too. And . . .

Have an absolutely wonderful time!!!! Raise a glass for your SM friends who will be wishing we were there with you!
 

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Never been there, but it sounds so romantic and beautiful!!! I hope it's everything you were hoping it would be. .....and 1986 wasn't all that long ago....:angry:.

Be careful and come back to us safely. I'm so excited for you!! :chili:

Where's Tyler staying??
 

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I think I mentioned this in the other thread, but if you get a chance to check out the Musee D'Orsay, definitely do so. It's much more manageable than the Louvre. You can really get a glimpse of everything in one visit (although you COULD stand looking at just one painting forever..) Much of Monet's work is there (it'd be a great precursor to Giverny) as well as Van Gogh, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Cezanne (others, too...). Plus, it seems to be less crowded than the Louvre, and much less overwhelming. I much prefer it, myself. I feel like with the Louvre, it's impossible to see everything, and everyone knows that. So, you have thousands of tourists scrambling around to see the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It can be VERY stressful and people can be rude in their haste so make sure to schedule some time to sit by the Seine or in a little cafe and have a baguette or a cafe afterwards with hubby to unwind ;)

I'm sooo jealous. The first time I visited Paris it was this time of year and it was a really gorgeous time, right before prime tourist season kicks off. Hopefully by this time next year, Leila and I will be in Paris while I get my Master's and I can personally escort SM visitors around! :)
 

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Thanks so much for all the well wishes. I can't wait!!
Deb - sorry not enough room in the suitcase for everything I need. Don't think I could even fit Tyler in, though I'm sure he'll try.
Tyler's vacationing at Chez Miller -- our friends who live in NJ. The mom works at home and they have a 22 year old daughter who adores Tyler so I think he'll be good. We visited Easter Sunday and they always come to our VT house for Christmas week so Tyler's used to them.
My DS's allergies are part of the reason he isn't coming. Other than fish, shellfish and nuts, he's allergic to dairy and with everything made with butter, cheese, cream, etc we figured it would be pretty tough. He also had break from college during Passover/Easter week and I couldn't get my ticket then. So it will be a romantic getaway.
I have Musee D'Orsay down. I love impressionism so much and catch all the exhibits I can at the Met in NYC. There's also a little museum in Paris in our arrondissement called the Musee Marmottan-Monet, a wonderful Monet museum. I agree about the Louvre. Last time we were there (before the Pyramid was built) we were very short on time and just ran to see the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and the Venus De Milo, so this time we'll have more time to branch out.
I'm a little worried about the weather since it's been so bizarre here this spring -- 93 degrees one day; 40 the next. I think layers will be the key:)
 

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Sue...

I was in Paris a few years ago with my
daughters and it is truly a beautiful city. We were told to
watch out for pickpockets around the Eiffel Tower, too... and
not the cute kind of pickpockets like Tyler either!

We saw all of the usual tourist attractions... but we didn't
have time to see Versailles or Giverny... a good reason
for a trip back... right? Any room in your suitcase?

Have a safe and wonderful time!

Debbie
she is right, watch out for pickpockets especially in the metro.
 

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You're right Versailles is a must do. We did a tour of the castle but missed seeing the carriage house. So if you're there, definately see it. Also take in a cabaret. The Moulin Rouge is the most extravagant and popular but there's also lots of others that are cheaper. I would definatly skip Fouquet's on the Champs-Elysées for dinner. It was a $400 dinner (many years ago) that we didn't enjoy and ended up having to get pizza afterwards. Have a great time.
 

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Thanks for the link Janine. I see full suns for when we are supposed to be there. Not that a week out means much. I was going to take umbrellas but since we're home exchanging I'll let them know where ours are and they'll let us know where theirs are. I just love this.Our exchangers are super nice, have sent us tons of info about their apt and neighborhood and things to do and even offered to buy us metro tix so we'd be ready to go when we got there. Amazing.

I'm on guard for the pickpockets. It's so funny because that's the way it used to be in the old days in NYC. Now I never give a second thought to my bag slung back over my shoulder. Crime's gone down so dramatically here over the years. But for our 25th anniversary trip to Italy last May, I got a small purse that is flat and I can put over me and hold close since two of my friends had their things ripped off by gypsy kids swarming them in Rome. Our antennae were up like they used to be in NY and there was only one time at the train station that I got a bad "mommy gut" feeling and gave my Dh the look "let's get out of here" and we did, so all was fine. So I'm taking that same bag with me. Thanks for the warnings though.
 

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Never been there, but it sounds so romantic and beautiful!!! I hope it's everything you were hoping it would be. .....and 1986 wasn't all that long ago....:angry:.

Be careful and come back to us safely. I'm so excited for you!! :chili:

Where's Tyler staying??
LOL Pat, Yeh, 1986 was not that long ago Missy :angry:

Have a wonderful safe trip....enjoy every moment!!!
 

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You know....I'm really not 'speaking' to you since you've won this faboo trip to Paris.:eusa_hand:

I keep doing the "forum" version of putting my fingers in my ears and singing "la-la-la-la-la-la" when I see a post about this trip to such a dreamy place like Paris. But sitting at the computer with my hands over my eyes is NOT my idea of a good time.:huh:

So I've decided to be a good sport and a good friend and wish you the best trip you could possibly have. The best weather with all the trees & flora in full spring bloom when you're there. Guilt free eating of all that rich Parisian food, glorious cheese, and decadent desserts. Total indulgence in the wonderful wine. Enough time to see all the sights you want to see and experiences you want to have without making you so exhausted you come home sick with nothing but blurry memories. I wish you safety, relaxation, and fun.:wub:

:mellow:....oh yeah...and I hope you gain at least 15 lbs.:smtease:

Love ya gf!:heart:
 
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