I have learned a lot by reading this forum- though I am sure I have much more to learn! I appreciate all the information everyone has shared and look forward to continuing to learn.
My husband and I will be in Paris the last week of November 2014. We will be staying in an apartment at Saint-Augustin metro stop. We arrive on a Saturday and leave on a Saturday. We will probably buy Navigo Decouverte passes (effective Monday, so a carnet to last us until then) and a 6-day Museum pass. I appreciate any thoughts and guidance on this "rough draft" itinerary. My husband has been to Paris several times, but in his early 20s (25 years ago!). I have never been to Paris. Days can be interchanged as needed for weather or other reasons, though I have tried to make sure I am cognizant of days sites are closed.
Arrival day: Arrive at Orly at 13:30. Settle in apartment by 4:00. If needed, do a bit of shopping for necessities at nearby Fanprix. If weather is nice, hop on Metro line 9 to Trocadero, walk grounds, enjoy view and light meal in cafe in Musee d'Architecture. The sunsets early, so if weather is good, we will have our first night view of the ET.
* Notre Dame (get in line for bell tower climb- looks like it opens at 10:00 a.m.), listen to organ music after morning mass (did I make this up?) while exploring inside.
* St. Chapelle
* Ile de la Cite (lunch, people watch, explore)
* Sacre Coeur
* Place Vendome
* Opera Garnier
* Eglise Madeleine (quick stop to peak in)
evening: view Christmas displays at Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, view of city from one of rooftops
* Evening- possibly attend concert at Notre Dame (20:30)
* Arc de Triomphe
* Champs Elysees
* Grand and Petit Palais (not for exhibits- just walking through area)
* Place de la Concorde
* Louvre for late afternoon and into evening hours
* Musee D'Orsay
* Explore St. Germain area
* Cluny (not for long- but want to see Unicorn tapestry)
* Luxembourg Gardens
* St. Sulpice very briefly
* spend evening exploring Latin Quarter, visit Shakespeare's
*Eiffel Tower if we had not done already on first day
* Batobus or Seine boat tour
* Musee de l'Armee (husband's request)
* Musee de Rodin
Depart (flight at 11 a.m. out of CDG- yes, different airport than arrival)
One thing- my husband had all these things on his list, plus Catacombs (but he hates lines, so this will not likely happen). He also had hoped to make a trip to Normandy D-Day beaches and Mont St. Michel, but we would have to cut out two full days of the above itinerary, plus leave our apartment unused and pay for other lodging for the overnight. We do not think there will be a "next time" in the next 5 years. Since he has been to Paris, he would really like to add in the two-day trip (deleting 2 of our days from Paris), though we would have to either more heavily load other days in Paris with sites/attractions, or forgo some of our plans.Edited: 05 September 2014, 19:14