I'm traveling to Paris on 5/26 with my sister and friend. We have rented a studio Apt.on line. I hope that wasn't a mistake. We are all retired but active. What kind of passes do you suggest? Any suggestions on planning the 13 days with some day trips?
A nice daytrip is one to Fountainbleau&Vaux le Comte as well as the others mentioned. A mistake for us during our one week stay in Paris was a four day museum pass since we had not been to the usual ones in ten years--just too much to see in four days and we were "overdosed" on museums. Everyone has their own interests, etc but the visit to the Pompidour was definitely a one time experience for me. We allowed too little time to wander, relax, and savor the delights of Paris. We are, depending on volcanic ash situation, headed back next month and it will be a slower paced visit to Paris. Enjoy!
You can cover a LOT of ground in 13 days. Figure out what suits you personally and base your activities on that... it's all here in Paris. I've taken day trips to see Gothic cathedrals (Chartres, Rouen, Laon, Bourges, Amiens, Reims) and if you plan two or three railway trips, I suggest a senior French railpass (first class is very nice on most trains). If any of you have knee trouble, I'd recommend the bus system instead of the Metro -- there are stairs, stairs and more stairs at every Metro station (and transfer stations) which can be a problem. The buses are a bit slower but cover the city. Get Rick's Paris 2010 guide -- it's all there for you. Have a wonderful time - it's a wonderful city. (Your apartment is probably fine -- mine turned out even better than I expected.)