We just got back from a four day, adults only long weekend in Paris. DH had a Saturday board meeting, but I just got to play all day, every day. I'll post day 1 here, and the following days as replies. Thanks again to everyone who contributes to this Forum and for all the help and tips that made out trip even more special!
We arrived on Friday and after making our way through CDG, we jumped on the shuttle from terminal 1 to the RER train station. The Blue line took us directly to Gare Du Nord, where we left our luggage ( 7.50 E) for the afternoon. Then it was off to the Musee d’Orsay, which meant a ride on the metro, and a wonderful walk along the Seine. DH and I were hungry, so we grabbed two crepes from a stand nearby and began our stroll. They were so yummy, and really took the edge off our hunger and rejuvenated us from our 3 AM start to the day. We shared a ham and cheese crepe, and a nutella and banana crepe—soooooo good!
We were shocked when we arrived at the Orsay that there was NO LINE, because on our last trip we had waited more than an hour to enter. In we went, and I was once again captivated by the gorgeous setting, the sculpture hall, and of course the clock. We spent several hours strolling through the halls, revisiting old favorites, and enjoying pieces of art we had not seen before. Degas’ “Little Dancer” never fails to impress! No visit to the art museum is complete without a stop off at the book store, and sure enough this time we chose a wonderful summary book of the Impressionist pieces at the Orsay to remind us of our time and hopefully inspire the kids in their artistic endeavors. Outside again, we enjoyed the fantastic Paris day with another stroll across the river, through the Jardin des Tuileries and the Arch de Triumph du Carousel with the Pyramid in front of the Musee du Louvre off in the distance. I was thrilled to see the Ferris Wheel in the garden, and we added a ride on it and enjoying the views from above to our itinerary for later in the weekend. Back at Gare du Nord again, we grabbed our luggage and made the longish journey to Evry, met friends, and were off for dinner. The day lasts soooo long in Paris at the end of June, and before we knew it, it was 10:30 and time to head back to the hotel and to bed. By midnight we had collapsed into bed after a wonderful day in beautiful Paris.