2019 Paris Itinerary

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Here is an draft of the Paris Itinerary
What follows is simply a suggestion

10 Nights
5 Hotels

The year of the Hammam
This year we may finally visit a Hammam
The ultimate spa day (Sundays and Tuesdays for Men)
Women on remaining days
A rough and abrasive defoliation
Followed by a deep massage
It’s a scary foreign men’s locker room bathhouse environment
If the experience is as authentic and intense as we hope,
then this would become a part of our annual itinerary

Sunday, December 22nd 2019
Depart for Paris
If you can, shop for a reasonable Non-Stop Flight
which arrives in Paris early in the day
Things will be so much easier
-You will have most of the day to become situated
-If there is a delay, then you will still be fine

Monday, December 23rd 2019
In a change of Strategy, we start with Versailles this year
This meshes with our respect for weekdays, which are precious and few
The Chateau of Versailles will be closed Monday and Christmas
The Gardens of Versailles are open every day of the year
Be Careful: It’s Jet-Lag-Day – your nerves with be frayed and your patience has been spent,
So it’s time to engage your “sangfroid
Conduct Airport Business (Museum Pass, Postage Stamps)
Buy an RER ticket into Paris and a stack of 10 Metro Tickets “a Carnet” for travel through Paris
Travel through Paris Center briefly to see Paris
Maybe have breakfast at Pied de Corchon
Check-in to the Versailles Hotel (Breakfast Included)
Our best way to adjust your body-clock to Paris time is to go to bed early and get up and get out of bed early the next morning.
Don’t do too much the first day, other than a bath
Versailles is always Closed on Mondays and Wednesday (Christmas)
(Although the garden is open 365)

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 (Christmas Eve)
A Day with So-Many-Possibilities
Breakfast in Versailles
Musee D’Orsay is the only Major Museum open on Tuesdays
Museum Pass Day #1
It is a Weekday, it is before Christmas – treasure it
Over the Holidays everyday seems to be either the weekend or Holiday
So Weekdays are precious
Have a Special Lunch (Chez Denise?)
Or maybe the Hammam
Tour of Bridges, Fountains or Cemeteries
Get in line early after visiting Eric Kaiser for a Pain au chocolat or Pain aux raisins and our daily Baguette aux céréales
Back to Versailles on RER
Tour the Chateau or the Grounds of Versailles
Discover Versailles, located in the western suburbs of Paris
Tour the Chateau (if the line is manageable)
Otherwise tour the grounds and outlying buildings
There are a variety of bakeries and groceries in historic Versailles, we avoid the other touristy side of town
Tour the Chateau or the Grounds of Versailles
Shop for Groceries and Supplies in some stores which will be closed on Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 (Christmas)
Christmas Morning Run
One of Our Favorite Days:
RUN Versailles
This is a day to enjoy the morning, sleep-in, RUN the grounds of Versailles
The hotel has an excellent breakfast, it’s one of the few Paris Hotel Breakfasts worth paying for
Check-out of Versailles
Move to Momartre (Sans Breakfast)
Montmarte on Christmas Day (Sacre Couer)
Museum Pass Day #2 (Pomdidou)
(Notre-Dame de Paris)

Thursday, December 26th, 2019
Up and Out, Early and in-line when the Museums Open
Museum Pass Day #3
Le Louvre
Day #1 of Velib 7 Day Pass (Thursday, December 26 – Wednesday, January 1st)

Friday, December 27th, 2019
Bercy (early move) (Breakfast Included)
Museum Pass Day #4
If you Move Early – Not required to leave museums early
(and spent multiple hours shuttling between hotels)
Able to have lunch, visit a second museum and utilize a precious weekday)

Saturday, December 28th, 2019
Breakfast in Bercy
Maybe bike into an early Church Service
Saturday Morning 9:00
Up and Out for a Saturday morning RUN (Lets Run Paris)
Visit venues not covered by the Museum Pass
Velib to Naturalia

Sunday, December 29th, 2019
Perhaps an early Church Service before the Museums
or Early Move to La Defense (Breakfast Included)
Hammam Opportunity (drop off bags)
Breakfast in Bercy
Bike to Church
Museum Pass Day #1

Monday, December 30th
Monday Night 8:00
Day Run La Defense
Museum Pass Day #2
Up and Out Early (maybe bike)and in-line when the Le Louvre Opens

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 (New Years Eve)
We call this our final day in Paris (although it is not)
Visit a Museum, transact our final business, so
Moving Day (from La Defense to Bagnolet) Breakfast Included
Discover Père-Lachaise/Gambetta Neighborhood
Hammam Opportunity (drop off bags)
Museum Pass Day #3
It’s guaranteed to be a wacked-out crowded, crazy day in Paris
Up and Out Early and in-line when the Museums Open
Le Louvre
Then Tie Up Loose Ends
Do some final shopping

Buy some groceries and New Years Eve goodies, maybe some Champagne
Relax and enjoy your last afternoon in Paris
The last two (3) years we purchased theater tickets, but it is not the best night to be out in the Metro returning to our hotel at 11p while people rush through the subway on the way to midnight celebrations. So celebrate early and visit churches and theaters the night before (you can be practical in Paris or you can succumb to the tourist experience)
There have been no fireworks in Paris on New Years Eve for several years
Last year there was an impressive light-show at the Arc de Triomphe
Although we are seldom up for midnight, La Defense has an spectacular plaza overlooking the City Lights of Paris

Wednesday, January 1st 2020 (New Years Day)
Initially, New Years Day was the day to fly home
Now we arrive one day earlier, stay one day later
New Years Morning is like Christmas Morning
-Go to Church
-Go to Breakfast
-Walk some empty street (perhaps the Left Bank)
Final Day in Paris (But almost everything will be closed)
Museum Pass Day #4 Pompidou
Finish your correspondence and write Postcards
(Best Selection of Postcards on ground floor of le Louvre and a post office to buy French stamps)
Breakfast in Bagnolet
Maybe a good day for a Movie
Ride the Velib

Thursday, January 2nd 2019
RUN Bangolet
Breakfast in Bagolet
Mail your postcards (or leave them at the Front Desk – to amuse the staff)
Check-out then ride Metro into Paris and RER train to Airport
Departure from Paris (CDG)

* A good traveler has no fixed plan and is not intent upon arriving” – Lao Tzu

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