My apologies if these questions have been answered previously in other threads!
All my research until now has been on the transportation. I have not spent as much time with the actual sightseeing. So here goes ... as of now, the following museums/monuments are in my wish list. I understand that in two days, it is practically impossible - if not truly impossible - to get through all of these. So, we will likely prioritize based on the queues and our interests:
- Eiffel Tower
- Versailles Palace
- Arc de Troimphe
- Orsay Museum
- Cluny Museum
- Notre Dame
- Sacre Coeur
I am also hoping to take in these sights - just take a photo or two:
- Mahatma Gandhi Road
- Place de la Concorde
- Fountains (I forget the name of this place - this is the one where there are statues/figurines in the fountain)
- Opera House
- Pere Lachaise cemetary
- Statue of Liberty
Louvre: Is there an entrance that is less well-known/crowded than others? I saw a recent comment about there being an entrance off the RER underground stop. How many entrances are there in all?
Versailles Palace: Assuming there is a long queue to go through security (Museum pass includes ticket into the palace), if one person stands in the line, is there anything the others could do around the grounds to take photos? Specifically, I saw a pond with statues around it - is that part of the sights you see after admission/entry into the palace or is that counted as outside the palace? Or do we need to get the gardens (?) ticket to get into that area? It looks like we need the admission ticket, and then don't need any more tickets for that part; also, because of it being November, we don't need to worry about the Musical Fountains either. Please confirm ...
Eiffel Tower: I read somewhere (maybe on this website) that it is better to buy a walk-to-second-floor ticket and then take the elevator ticket to the top. Are the walk tickets also timed just like the ones online? Or can I buy the ticket in the morning and use it later in the afternoon/evening?
Notre Dame: I understand that the Museum Pass lets you climb up the tower. Is it worth it? Is there a big crowd for this as well?
Mahatma Gandhi Road: I saw this on the map yesterday. It is just outside the Peripheral Boulevard but I believe it is within the metro zones 1-2 (a short walk from Les Sablons). I was thinking that maybe it is a good idea to visit just to take a photo or two (if we have the time).
Re: the museums that I've listed, are there any specific "must see"s that you don't want to miss? For instance, in the Louvre, it appears that everyone's bucket list has Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and Venus de Milo.
Thanks in advance once again!