I'm attempting to plan a wonderful -- but brief-- 20th anniversary trip for my husband and I this July.
We have to fly in and out of Charles de Gaulle, so my initial research, and our time constraints, are suggesting to me that we should stay in Paris the whole time and that we will have plenty to explore and enjoy. This will be our first time in Paris, or anywhere in France for that matter.
We are looking to get a sampling of the city, with possible day trips. We know we can't see everything and would like to savor our time and relax, in addition to fitting in some of the must-see sights (Eiffel Tour, Louvre, Notre Dame, Versailles are probably on our list but we are flexible!) We want to stay in a charming, authentic Parisian neighborhood that is safe and quiet-- and well-connected (via Metro) to sights (we usually book on Airbnb).
We'd love to do some romantic, off-the-beaten-path things and not just pack every single second with "touristy" activities. We love good food and wine and rambling through lovely neighborhoods and parks. We don't have any absolute musts in/around Paris in terms of sights. We appreciate art and architecture, but probably appreciate the outdoors and excellent food and wine more...
Give me your favorite couple experiences in Paris!
We have three very busy kids (8, 13, and 15) and a hectic lifestyle back home taking care of them -- and though we had a lovely family trip to the UK last summer, we are looking forward to some quality time with just the two of us on this trip and want to enjoy every minute.