Hi, I'm going to Paris, in two weeks, after saying au revoir to my daughters in London, arriving mid-afternoon. I had my first trip last year, it all seems such a blur, but this time I want to really see the things I'm passionate about - history, architecture and art. I've seen the Louvre. But what is high on this agenda is Fontainbleau, Versailles (day tour) and the Loire chateaux. I'd love to see Giverny, but I'm running out of time, with all the other things I want to see/do. I'm prepared to ditch Giverney in place of Chartres (I think). If I go to Chartres, I must feel comfortable and safe about doing it by myself, or are there tours?
The tours I've booked all include hotel pick up and return, as I'm travelling alone and in my 60's. I'm nervous, but excited about the whole thing, and never thought I'd ever do something like this by myself. I'm staying at the Hotel Left Bank in St Germain des Pres.
So - so far I've got : Monday 22 Aug - free (so far)
Tuesday 23 August: Maybe one of the Paris walks - French Revolution maybe, or the Marais.
Wednesday: Fontainbleu - half day tour
Thursday: Versailles - full day tour
Friday: Loire Valley and Chateaux.
Saturday: free so far
Sunday: Train to Nice
My dilemma: I dearly want to see: Place des Vosges, Notre Dame, Les Invalides (Napolean's tomb), St Chapelle, and saunter along the Champs Elysees, and Paris by Night.
Any suggestions on how to fit everything in, and how to best include the extra places (as above) in??? I also would like some time to do some shopping!!!! I don't want this trip to be hectic like last year, but that was only five days. I really want to soak in the history and enjoy my time this trip. I leave early on the Sunday by train to Nice to meet up with my daughters for our Cannes holiday!!!
Many thanks for any ideas!!!