I am starting to plan a trip to Paris for next August. Right now I have 9 nights and 8 days (not including travel days). Planning on 2 day trips (one to Loire valley and one to Reims). Is that too much time? We mainly like to wander around and stop at whatever looks interesting. We love art (not necessarily in museums), we'll go to museums but don't want to spend a ton of time in them, we love taking a couple hours each day and just take our books to a park and relax. And we'll want to see most of the usual tourist attractions. We also prefer to walk over taking a train or a bus.
If we do spend 9 nights, should we spend it all in the same hotel or move locations? I was thinking same hotel, but my husband thinks we should move. We're looking at the Hotel Regina by the Louvre. The other arrondissement we were looking at is St. Germain, but all the hotel rooms look pretty tiny (Regina is 344 sq ft and St. Germain hotels are half that) Hotel must have AC.
On a side note, we are doing 4 nights in Amsterdam after Paris. Is 3 full days enough? We'll be doing a day trip to Haarlem. We could take a day from Paris and move it to Amsterdam.
And lastly, do we do Paris first or Amsterdam. I was thinking Paris because we can take that first travel day and just relax and not see any sites since we have so much time.