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what to do in and around paris in 4 days

2 50ish girls and parents want to have fun

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In what are you interested? Museums, parks, the zoo, shopping??? It also depends on the time of the year. Do you want to leave the city and go to someplace like Versailles, Chartres, Chantilly, or a bus trip to Normandy? I am sure you will get lots of posts if you give us more information. We will also want to know how mobile you are in terms of walking. Thanks!

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we are mobile but stairs and hills give me trouble. level walking ok. not a dating kind of fun. we plan on main attractions but wondering about anything you mite have stumbled onto. tks

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Of course, you will want do the big tourist spots like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, St. Chappelle, Sacre Couer, St. Sulpice, etc., etc. We like to see some of the other smaller sights when possible. I loved going to Les Jardins des Plantes to see the zoo and the gardens. The Luxembourg gardens were beautiful and a wonderful place to relax. We have also visited the Buttes Chaumont park. I love Monet so we went not only to the D'Orsay but also the Marmottan on the west side of Paris. We took the metro to get there. We also like the Rodin museum. Hopefully, the renovations at the Picasso musuem will be finished soon. We went to the Museum of Jewish Art and the Shoah museum on our last trip. There is also a small Holocaust memorial behind Notre Dame that is very moving. We aren't Jewish but we are history buffs. I enjoyed taking a boat ride on the Seine. On our last trip, we took a late afternoon ride but on an earlier trip, we took an evening ride. The lights of the city were beautiful. There is also shopping at the different department stores that are fantastic. We went to Denhillerin, a kitchen store for chefs. I have never seen such big cooking pots! There always the street market to visit. This fall, I want to take a boat ride on the St. Martin canal and visit St. Dennis cathedral. Others will have many different suggestions. We have used the DK Eyewitness Travel books. I bought the DK Top 10 Paris book. It is great! No matter what you do on this trip, there will be many things to see on the next and the next trip. You haven't even explored Giverny, Versailles, and the sites near Paris. HAVE FUN!

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On page 3 (I think), there is a post about free things to do in Paris. There are lots of suggestions there.

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Larry, with 4 days you will barely scratch the surface, and it will all be great. What are you most interested in? Then we can give you better suggestions. If there are any chocoholics, do take the Paris Walks chocolate tour (check their website) and also go to Angelina's (very near the Orangerie and the Louvre) for hot chocolate, 18th-century style. For good views from above without stairs, go to the Arc de Triomphe (ask for the elevator - there is one, but a tad hard to find). It's open until 10 or 11 pm every night, so you can see Paris after dark too.