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Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare

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Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare


I've booked a week in Paris for our 1-year anniversary in early September. We are staying at the Hôtel Observatoire Luxembourg on the left bank, which I carefully selected for it's proximity to the Latin Qtr, Lux Gardens, etc. I'm guessing I should pre-buy a bus pass and/or a metro pass? We will also likely get the museum pass. The only other thing I'm thinking is that we should book some excursions (Normandy, Monet, etc.). Any thoughts or advice appreciated!


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1. Re: Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare

There's really nothing that you need to pre-buy. With your central location you will probably do fine with a carnet (10 loose tickets sold at a discount) or two of metro tickets. You can get a Paris Museum Pass at any participating museum, which will be easy to do in Paris.

I would only choose one excursion. Many people take day trips to Normandy - but it makes for a long day and you only get to scratch the surface at best. I'd probably leave this for a trip when you have more time to spend there. You can easily get to Giverny on your own.

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2. Re: Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare

thanks. good tip on the excursion to Normandy.

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3. Re: Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare

Unless your visit is aligned with Mon.- Sun. validity of Navigo Pass, which is great - Paris Pass or Metro Pass is way overpriced.

The only advance tickets that may be usefull are Eiffel Tower tickets (90 days in advance).

If you plan on visiting museums learn about Paris Museum Pass (consecutive days).

For such a short visit I wouldn't plan further trips from Paris, like Normandy is. Actually Monet's house and garden in Giverny is in Normandy, but I wouldn't go further than that.

There is plenty to see and visit in the city and close proximity.

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4. Re: Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare

Well what are you most interested in doing? Are you young and looking for nightlife? Or do you usually love museums?

F1Racegirl is right - you don't need advance tickets for those things. The "Paris Pass" is overpriced and not a good value. The Museum Pass can be a good value, if you go to a lot of things on the list. Just keep in mind some things are not on the list, like the Eiffel Tower.

I wouldn't do a day trip to Normandy either -- what a long day!! But if it's a lifelong dream, or your grandfather was there or something, it might be worth it.

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5. Re: Anniversary trip 8/29 - 9/5...how to prepare

It's a good idea to research any excursions of interest so you know time and distance involved, cost, how to get there and back, whether you will want/need an escorted tour.

As mentioned, "Normandy" would be a very long day if chosen as a day trip. The best way to visit Normandy is to rent a car and spend a few days in the area. If you're referring to the WWII sights, there are one day coach tours from Paris, and tours once there.

A visit to Monet's Home and Gardens in Giverny can be easily done independently.

It's probably best to start with a list of places you wish to visit in Paris. As the list grows, determine whether each place is a "must-see", "hope to see", and "if there's time". Note days closed and times open. Then, you can decide whether you'll have the time/desire for various excursions.

Decide how you'll get from/to CDG/Paris. The hotel is only steps from the Port Royal station on RER B, so very convenient (and economical) if you'll be able to manage your bags and other belongings on public transportation.

For getting around Paris, the best bet is probably purchasing a carnet of ten t+ tickets as you need them.

Whether to purchase a museum pass will depend on how many included venues are of interest and whether you want to cram them all into the days the pass will be valid.

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