Me and my wife will be in Paris this December, arriving around 11 a on the Eurostar from London. We'll then be returning back to London late two days later. So basically 2.5 days for fun. A short stay, but long enough to get something out of it I think.
This will be my second time to Paris. The first was over 20 years ago and I saw all the major sites so I don't feel any real obligations this time. We already have tix booked on our first (and only) full day for the Leonardo exhibition in the afternoon so that should take up 3 hours or so at the Louvre. We'd also like to visit Musee d'Orsay at some point- maybe the day we arrive? It isn't far from our hotel near the Eiffel Tower.
I'm just debating whether to go to Chartres that third and final day. I am a huge lover of gothic architecture, and it doesn't get any better than Chartres Cathedral. It's also a site of pilgrimage for Catholics and at Christmastime I imagine it to be extra special. But... maybe it'd be better to stay in Paris that final day and see more of the city. We also love Picasso and we could visit that museum if we stayed in town.
Are there any thoughts on Chartres following the renovations? I thought I read that now ANOTHER section is under scaffolding which always takes something away.
Thanks for the thoughts and recommendations! I have enjoyed posting on the England forum so far and look forward to hearing from the crew on this board. (oh and I am following the strike developments, I'm posting assuming we'll be able to get around w/o issue, if that isn't the case obviously our plans may get thrown out the window)