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Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

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Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!


My husband and I will be visitng Paris for 4.5 days in late March. I am afraid that we will run out of things to do! Most "sample" itineraries are for 3 days. We plan on covering all of the usually recommended places like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, d'Orsay, Notre Dame etc. Any ideas for things we should check-out that are not listed on most itineraries found in books, on the web, etc.? My husband and I are in our late twenties and he is a history buff! I would also welcome any suggestions you may have for "night-time" activities...shows, clubs...we are on a "newly-married couple" budget. ;) Thanks a bunch!

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1. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

Once in Paris, get one of the weekly what's on (Pariscope, L'Officiel, Zurban) available at every newsstand. They all run from Wed-Tue and cost about 0.50€.

You'll find everything in there, from museums, special exhibits, concerts, incl. hours.

Also, check the Paris Tourist Office site for special events:

www.parisinfo.fr (the click English version).

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hi... if a visitor came to New York City, would they run out of things to do after 3 days? I think not!

I'm going to Paris for 11th time and still trying to see some places that I just don't get to do before my trip has ended! Your list of 'to do' things get interrupted with cafe stops, little shop stops, pretty park stops every day.

The first 'real' time we stayed in Paris for 12 days. I haven't even re-visited many of those places - since 1997.

So I don't think you will run out of things to do. :)

There is no way anyone could do all this (or your substitutes) in 3-4 days:


Musee du Louvre

Musee d'Orsay

Musee Rodin

Musee Cluny

Musee Carnavelet

Musee d'Armee (Invalides)

Musee des Arts et Metiers

(these are all very different museums)

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Tuileries

Champ de Mars (Eiffel)

Parc Monceau

Notre Dame

St Severin

Sacre Coeur

Montmartre / Abbesses

Arc de Triomphe

Tour Eiffel

Tour Montparnasse

Cimitiere Pere Lachaise

Seine Cruise

"VO" movies along Champs Elysee

(usually UGC Normandie location has some English-lang movies)

Caveau de la Huchette in the Latin Quarter

Bars/clubs along rue Oberkampf in the 11th

Watch the rollerbladers go by on Friday nights after 10pm

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3. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

Glaring omissions:


Saint Chapelle

Latin Quarter walks (meandering)

Marais walks (more meandering)

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4. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

Le Musée de l'Armée at l'Hotel des Invalides is a typical hit for history buffs. You might want to find a nice café nearby to wait for him now because he might get stuck in there.

Actually, can you be more specific as to what kind of history buff? Paris is replete with history.

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5. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

No way will you run out of things to do! As a matter of fact, you won't want to leave! If you will email me, I'll send you my Paris notes. There's a lot of useful information and some ideas of things to do that you may not have thought of. We, too, like to do Paris on a budget, so I've got some tips in my notes for that as well. My email address is vickisfloyd@hotmail.com. Happy travels!

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Hi...the last time my husband deigned to

accompany me to Paris we planned to stay a

week. Having been there a number of times

before, he kept asking, "What will we do in

Paris for a whole week?" There was not a problem! We walked, we ate, we sipped, we

listened, we watched, we took the Batobus a

lot and the trip on the St.Martin canal. You

hardly need to be "programmed" every minute to enjoy the wonders everywhere! There are

parks for picnics! The Batobus is filled with

people eating their sandwiches (purchased up

by the stop at the Eiffel Tower) while being

"taxied" from one spot to another! Jardin des

Plantes is a great place for a take-out lunch

and it affords many inexpensive glories! The

Canal trip is serene and relaxing. I recom-mend the Metro back. Paris may just be the #1

city where the Best Things in Life are Free!

You can spend hours watching people feed the

birds in front of Notre Dame. Will you be

there over a weekend? The "rarees" up on the

steps to Sacre Coeur don't cost a cent! You

will find out you could stay another 4.5

days and STILL not have "seen" or heard it all. I'd not suggest you blow a lot of money

on a "Show." Your history-buff husband and

you could do a day-trip to the D-Day Beaches

for less money than you'd have to spend for

a somewhat tacky stage show and less than

memorable dinner! Do you know where you're

staying? Did you know that as long as you

have an Orangina, a coffee cup,or a glass of

anything on your table at any outdoor (or

indoor I should think)bar/restaurant that seat is yours for as long as you sit there, writing postcards, people watching, resting

tired feet,etc.! Have a great trip and


people watching, whatever

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7. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

I think you could stay all summer and not run out of things to do, but pick out as many of these as you need...a little history, geography, dining suggestions.



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8. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

WOW! This is great. I should have posted sooner! I have been so concerned about our trip. Thanks for the great ideas and reassurance that there is plenty of fun to be had!!!

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9. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

Just trust us when we say that a 'newly married' couple with limited funds will NOT run out of things to do in Paris!!!!!

Walk your happy little feet off...take good shoes so you can do it again the next day...

Sit in the cafes with a demi-bouteille and gaze at the sights...gaze at each other...gaze at the other people gazing at the sites or each other...

Walk the quais by the Seine...preferably hand in hand...ditto the parks..Luxembourg, Tuileries, Champs du Mars...

Seriously do restaurant research so you can be sure to catch a romantic dinner in a bistro that doesn't bust your budget...They abound..

Satisfy your history buff ( I and my late husband history buffs too) with any of the suggestions posted so far...I also suggest the Cluny for medieval history, the Pantheon to pay your respects to the grands hommes ( great men) of France..Voltaire is entombed here..ditto Rousseau..ditto the Curies..she the only woman and she had to ASK permission to be there...Versailles?!...bien sur...of course...LOTS of history there and you'll understand why it was good to be king and then later not so good to be king...The Egyptian collection at the Louvre...These stops will probably be more than you can do in the time you are there..

They say Virginia is for lovers, but frankly, I think Paris has Virginia beat...It is probably the most romantic city in the world..and it doesn't take any $ to enjoy that...

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10. Re: Help me entertain my husband for 4.5 days!

Hey, if your hubby is a history buff then HE should have a list of things an arm long he would want to see!