Paris is wonderful! city of history, great people, wonderful food... My friend and I are home safe after a week long trip. here's what I learned. I picked up so many good tips from Tripadvisor, I hope some of my insights will be helpful to others.
- Museum pass is worth the price for the sake of skpping the lines. If we had to do it over again, we would have purchased the ticket before (at the airport info desk) You can use it any day for how ever many days you bought it for. Line at Orsay was crazy (about an hour long). I wish we had the museum pass before we got to Orsay and not purchase it there.
- Metro pass is pretty convenient. From the CDG airport you pay 8.40 euro for RER B to Paris. The machine takes only coins or credit card. if you arrive late the ticket office maybe closed. My lesson learned: have change ready when you are getting tickets to go back to airport. Metro and bus maps are easy to navigate... well, may be overwhelming if you are not from a big metro city. Def take advantage of buses since it's not underground and you get to sightsee while en route to your destination.
- at the airport, watch your stuff.. duh.. really, if you fall asleep and you have your shopping bag or even a bottle of water someone** will pick it up. we had to spend a night at the airport cos we missed our flight. There were many people camping out like us but there were some homeless people posing as travelers helping themselves to other people's properties. I was there for about 20 hours so I saw them night and day!
- I took a bread baking class with claude. I was a wonderful experience.. I would do it again
- Download Rick Steve's podcast on Louve, Orsay and historic Paris. It's about 50 min each. We rented one of those audio guides at Orsay but I found Rick Steve's podcast to be better. You can listen to it before you go.
I want to thank everyone who gave me many good tips on TA. Hopefully I will return to Paris very soon.