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Who will be going?

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Laura asks us: “Who will be going?”
Tara asks us: “What is the avg. age of the group members?” (married, singles, size of the avg. group)

We finalize our roster later in the year
To join the group sign up on our Waiting List

We hope for a group of 5 to 15 travelers, creating a diverse and interesting mix for our week together. There are no quotas, our composition varies from year to year. When traveling with a group a reasonable amount and patience and tolerance is essential.

Our members might be active, as we change accommodations four times during the trip – packing up and traveling through the Metro system
(although you could certainly take a taxi)

Some of us are “early birds,” first in line at museums with our Museum Pass each morning.
(although if you prefer to sleep in, visiting museums during selected evening hours is another option – when they are also less crowded)

We go to the first Christmas Mass at Notre Dame, a great way to avoid the crowds;
It’s a beautiful time and place regardless of your denomination.
Afterwards we probably go to a popular big-name Left Bank cafe close-by (you-guessed-it, no crowds)

The evening concerts at Sainte-Chapelle are another way to “hack” the endless line at this medieval attraction. You won’t see much of the 13th century stained glass after sunset, but listening to chamber music in the cold-darkness of this Gothic structure is like-no-where-else. And the nice thing about Sainte-Chapelle: it is relatively small, not a bad seat in the house.

Our group will be not too big to gather at a cafe together or weather permitting, bicycle between attractions, markets and cemeteries.

The gardens of Versailles are a unique place for an early run (or walk) in the emptiness of the dawn hours.
Later in the week – a New Year’s jog on the morning of our departure is a tradition which provides one final look at Paris, before we pack our bags.

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Walk . . .

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Learn the Language, Make a List of What to See, Buy Museum Pass and Metro Card, Renew Passport, Change to International Cell Phone Plan, Subscribe to Paris for the Holidays,

and Walk . . .

Paris Walks (Suggested Routes)
What’s the best kit for walking? (Victoria Lambert: The Telegraph)

You may be fit – bike to work, run 5 kilometers every morning, maintain a proper Body-Mass-Index, eat fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, but not be prepared to stand on your feet for several hours at the Louvre, D’Orsay, or Pompidou. And walk through several churches and cemeteries, move through the Metro, shop the Markets, orienteer to the best Paris boulangerie and climb to Sacre Couer (or up into the Arch de Triumph)

Get up on your feet and walk instead of ride.

Find the shoes you will wear. Balance what is presentable for checking into the Sofitel, with something lightweight, that you can wear on the plane, can jog in, etc. One spare pair of shoes is all that you need if you are packing light and the ultimate scenario is one pair of shoes for the whole trip.
(and it will be wet – you will walk through the rain and step a puddle among the cobblestones)

Paris is an endurance event. Our town of Chicago is a great destination, but there are many areas which we have not discovered. For some reason, when we enter Paris we take the challenge to explore every corner of the Louvre, the depths of the sewers, the remote cottages of Versailles; it’s a bonafide trek.

So walk

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Images:
Bob Shoes (2011) fine walking shoes of leather
Shoes (1888) Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890) Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Monday, December 23rd
Depart for Paris

Tuesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve)
Morning
Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Central Paris

Afternoon
Check into Montmartre (14:00)
Explore Montmartre Retail District
Group Time: Social Hour

Wednesday, December 25th (Christmas Day)
Morning:
Notre-Dame de Paris (1st Mass)
Latin Quarter
Coffee House
Centre Pompidou

Afternoon:
Montmartre Cemetery
Basilica of the Sacré Cœur
Group Time: Cook Christmas Dinner
Movie House

Thursday, December 26th (Moving Day)
Morning
le Louvre
Return to Montmartre for Check Out (Noon)

Afternoon
Travel to Bastille for Check In (Noon)
Bastille Market
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Group Time: Social Hour
Musee d’Orsay (Evening Hours)

Friday, December 27th
Morning
le Louvre
Musée de l’Orangerie
Centre Pompidou

Afternoon
Paris Lunch
Sightseeing
Evening Chapel Concert
le Louvre (Evening Hours)

Saturday, December 28th (Moving Day)
Morning
le Louvre
Check Out of Bastille (Noon)

Afternoon
Travel to Bercy and Check In (14:00)
Sightseeing
Centre Pompidou (Evening Hours)

Sunday, December 29th
Morning
Le Louvre
Bercy Market
Paris Lunch

Afternoon
Basilica of Saint Denis
Group Time: Social Hour

Monday, December 30th (Moving Day)
Morning
le Louvre
Return to Bercy for Check Out (Noon)

Afternoon
Travel to Orsay and Check In (14:00)
Arc De Triomphe
Group Time: Dinner

Tuesday, December 31st (New Years Eve)
Morning
D’Orsay
Eiffel Tower

Afternoon
Paris Lunch
Sightseeing
Evening Chapel Concert
Group Time: New Year Eve

Wednesday, January 1st (New Years Day)
Check Out of D’Orsay
Return to Charles de Gaulle Airport for Departure

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