Monday, September 5, 2011

Paris details

Paris is the second stop on my trip. I was last there in 1988, and this is the last stop that I have already been to. Here's what I came up with back in March.

The first two full days in Paris are front-loaded with museums. I was pretty much forced into putting them on Saturday and Sunday since most are closed on Monday and/or Tuesday, and I arrive in Paris at lunchtime on Friday and leave Thursday morning. I'll get a Museum Pass, which is free admission to all the places on those two days with an asterisk in front of the name. I tried to lighten my days on Monday and Tuesday, since I will not have had a day off since I got to Europe - late starts, strolls, etc.

I've got a couple of cousins I've never met who live in Paris (our great-great-grandfathers were all brothers, making us 4th cousins), I'm hoping to be able to meet up with them at some point.

Day 7 Fri 9/23
Day 8 Sat 9/24 (Museum Pass)
  • 0800-1200 Paris historic walk: *Notre Dame, Deportation Memorial, Ile St Louis, Latin Qtr, *St Chapelle, Palais de Justice, Coneciergerie, Pont Neuf 
  • 1300-1600 *Louvre (ancient thru 1840s)
  • 1600-1700 *Orsay (1840s-1910s)
  • 1700-1800 *Orangerie (Monet)
  • 1800-2000 Champs Elysees 
  • 2000-2100 *Arc de Triomphe 
Day 9 Sun 9/25 (Museum Pass)
Day 10 Mon 9/26
  • 1000-1200 Catacombs 
  • 1230-1430 Rue Cler lunch, walk 
  • 1430-1530 Napoleon’s Tomb 
  • 1530-1730 Sewer Tour 
  • 1800-2000 Bateaux Mouches cruise on the Seine at dusk 
Day 11 Tues 9/27
  • 1000-1130 bus #69 from Eiffel to Lachaise cemetery 
  • 1130-1200 Pere Lachaise Cemetery 
  • 1230-1500 Jewish Quarter, Holocaust Memorial 
  • 1530-1900 Montmarte, Sacre Coeur 
  • 1900-???? Dinner/evening TBD 
Day 12 Wed 9/28
  • 0825 train to Amsterdam


  1. Mike,
    I realize that your times are just estimates, but there is no way you can spend just 30 minutes in Pere Lachaise, or 1 hour in d'Orsay, or 1 hr in L'Orangerie. I mean, it's physically possible, but you won't be taking any time to absorb what you are seeing.

    Seeing something just to see it isn't as satisfying in the long run.

    Just my 2 cents.

  2. Yeah, I know. I'll most likely have to choose between the Orsay and the Orangerie, not both. I was trying to squeeze them both in on the same day so that I could get in free on my Museum Pass. If I have to choose one, I'll most likely skip the Orangerie.

    As for the cemetery, that's not as big a deal since the rest of the day is mostly just wandering around with no time constraints.

    But thanks for the insights, I will keep them in mind.

  3. Having been there, I suggest d'Orsay, incredible.

  4. Where is sitting at a cafe, drinking coffee and people watching on this itinerary?

  5. Becca - on Friday I've set aside 3 hours to hang out at the Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower, on Sunday I've got a couple hours in the Marais not including the museums, on Monday I've got strolling around and eating lunch on Rue Cler, and Tuesday I've got time in Montmarte.

  6. Be sure to be at Sacre Coeur at dusk, so you can sit and watch the city light up as it gets dark.