I'm working on a Paris itinerary for a second visit. The only things I'm repeating on this visit that I did last year are the Louvre (because my art major husband feels like we rushed through it) and Orsay (for the Van Gogh exhibit). It rained daily the first visit so I'm looking forward to fitting in some picnics this time!
I think I've checked all the open hours. I'm planning on getting a 4-day Paris Pass and activate it on Monday, so something to keep in mind. I'm going to mostly keep lunch open and make dinner reservations for around 8 pm. I have a few restaurants in mind, but please feel free to give any recommends, esp for Sunday.
Day One Saturday: (half day after train from London arriving around 2pm): Exploring Rue Montorgueil, probably with a stop at Patissier Stohrer; Dinner at Les Papilles (Question: Is Saturday afternoon a good time for this area, i.e., things are open, etc.)
Day Two Sunday: Exploring Le Marais (self-guided walk starting at Bastille) with a stop at Marche de la Bastille market and Place des Vosages; Dinner ???? for birthday!
Day Three Monday: Opera Garnier either guided or self-guided tour, Galleries Lafayette, Printemps, and if I'm not too tired, move on to Left Bank places - Bon Marche, Longchamps and Poilane bakery; Napoleon's Tomb and Orsay (but may save these for another day). Just a note: I'm not planning on doing major shopping, but I haven't been to any of these stores and I esp want to see the views from the rooftops of Lafayette and Printemps. I want to browse mostly, but buy a Longchamps bag and chocolate and pastries from Pierre Herme and Gerard Mulot; mustard, honey from Opera Garnier. Anyone had Franck Kestener chocolate on Left Bank? There are NO reviews of his shop!
Day Four Tuesday: Perhaps Auvers-sur-Oise Day Trip (but should probably decide between this and Versailles to have more time for the Left Bank stuff I have on Monday)
Day Five Wed: Versailles Day Trip (Since I didn't go before,but playing with the idea of Brugges instead. This is here since it's less crowded on Wednesdays.)
Day Six Thur: Sainte-Chapelle and Louvre (I hate to leave the Louvre for the last day in case there's a strike, but this seems to be the least busy day to visit and it's closed Tuesday.)
Leaving early Friday.