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    Three days in Paris - MUST DOs, not necessarily touristy... ???

    Ok, our Paris time is being shortened to three days. We're going in May so weather should be ideal. I don't need to go to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, or the Picasso Museum.

    We will go to the Musee D'Orsay and probably Notre Dame.

    What is the single best thing you've done in Paris that might not be on everyone's radar? I'm fine just walking around and seeing where the streets take us, but would like to get an idea of whether there are "musts" that we might not think about....

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    As you are going to Notre Dame - Sainte Chapelle - wow!
    http://sainte-chapelle.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/
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    Rodin Museum
    http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/musee-rodin
    Stunning rose garden.
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    Musée de l'Orangerie, Tuileries gardens, Paris
    You only need 30 minutes to see the fabulous Monets - space designed by him to showcase his panels.
    http://www.musee-orangerie.fr

    None of these three museums need more then 30 minutes but they are a BIG wow for me.

    Also just climbed down the stairs and walked along the banks of the Seine.
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    Have you been to Versailles?

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    I would put in another vote for Versailles. I would also second the suggestion of visiting Sainte Chapelle when you visit Notre Dame.

    And a tip for Versailles if you decide to go: instead of standing in the long line for the general admission, head to the right and do the private residence tour (I think that is what it was called) -- it was well worth the small extra fee. There is usually no line for that, and it includes the general admission (which was about a hour long line when we were there).

    Kurt
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    For us, this small (actually a mansion, but small for a museum) home museum is what we have continued to remember in detail and tell others not to miss. It's small enough to be totally manageable; headphones with English are included in the ticket price; and it really lets you enjoy turn of the century Paris: http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/en/home
    "You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity." Adrian Rogers

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    LOVE the hot chocolate at Angelina's
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/281536

    You knew I would have to add a food thing, didn't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by happymum View Post

    You knew I would have to add a food thing, didn't you?
    Oh goody, a precedent.

    Glitter, how about a cooking class?

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    I loved the bike tour of Versailles. We took a train to Versailles, picked-up our bikes and went to outdoor market for picnic provisions, then biked out to Petit Trianon, picnic lunch on the far lake. Caveat, it is a full day adventure.

    I enjoyed wandering Le Marais for an afternoon - medeival, cobblestone, authentic.

    The sunset boat tour of the Seine (not dinner) was beautiful. If you time it right, you'll return to the dock with lights sprinkling on the Tour Eiffel.

    OOOH, I want to return to Paris!!!!

    Maria

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    Versailles is out - no day trips this time. But the rest sound great, thanks!!! Love small museums and neighborhood walkabouts. And yes, Happymum, I expected nothing less, and by all means, people, food suggestions are absolutely welcome!

    Carol, is the cooking class in English? I am considering brushing up on my french before this trip but not sure I'll actually do it.

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    Warning - do not make the mistake of ordering a chocolate desert to go with the hot chocolate. I nearly blacked out.

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