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What does "Best of Paris" NOT cover that we should try to see?

This your covers SO many things, but am wondering what ideas are out there for free time.
(I am aware Eiffel Tower is one!) Thanks!

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My last 2 visits in Paris have included popping down into The Crypt (crypte), just off the plaza in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. I know it was not in Rick’s France book the first time. It’s an archeological revelation of a bit of ancient Paris, from Roman Empire and Medieval times. Unfortunately, it’s now inaccessible to the public because of closures during the restoration after the awful cathedral fire earlier this year. It’s a treat, when it’s finally open again. The access is a little door, and you’d never know it was there, standing among the hundreds of people out at street level by the cathedral. Hope the repairs get done thoroughly but quickly.

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Basilica St. Denis on the 13 metro line is the most amazing little visited site in Paris. Definitely get to that one:
https://janettravels.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/confronting-mortality-at-st-denis/
I love the parks of Paris and if you haven't spent time in Butte Chaumont, Monceau, Luxembourg gardens etc you might want to visit one of those.

There are lots of 'Paris walks' books with routes to. explore neighborhoods -- the Butte aux Cailles or the interesting architecture in the 16th are both great self guided strolls.
There is the Promenade Plantee from Bastille to Vincennes -- a high line type walk. And both the Bois du Boulogne and Park Vincennes are interesting.
I found Lafayette's Tomb at the PIcpus Cemetery very interesting but you do have to make sure of the hours at they are very limited.
https://janettravels.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/lafayette-we-are-here/

If you like photography there are a lot of photo exhibit spaces in Paris; one that is often interesting is the Jeu de Paume in the Tuilleries.

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If you can manage arranging a visit, the Pasteur Museum at the Pasteur Institute is pretty amazing.

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Oh, and The Monde Arabe (Arab World) a fabulous center showing Arabian life, architecture, gardens, and a museum, a place of beauty and serenity on the left bank of the Seine river. There’s a nice cafe and restaurants there, too. Officially called l’Institut du Monde Arabe, even the “English” part of their Website still involves some French wording: https://www.imarabe.org/en

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The Galleries Lafayette store has a great view from the rooftop. The glass ceiling is wonderful. The Opera Garnier is next door. A booked tour is nice.

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I don't know what the RS tours do or don't cover, but I would add the Marmotten Museum to a list of sights. It is in a nice neighborhood away from the crush of tourists, and has an amazing collection of Monet and other Impressionists.

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You will probably be staying near the Eiffel Tower, so will pass Les Invalides numerous times (can't miss that big gold dome!) It is included on the Museum Pass you will get. In addition to having several museums, Napoleon's tomb is there. The day we arrived prior to the Paris tour it was pouring rain, so our thoughts of strolling all over to head off jet lag went out the window. After a quick, soaking walk up to take a look at the Eiffel Tower, we decided indoors was the place to go. Les Invalides also was a short distance away and was an interesting way to spend several hours before we could check in to the hotel.

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I would definitely make a visit to the Marmottan Museum if just to see the painting that is credited with inspiring the name of the Impressionist movement: Impression, Sunrise

If you arrive early you can sometimes catch some dogs playing in the nearby park.