Last week, I got all of our final plans in place. Our Italy leg is all planned out by Inspired in Tuscany, so I only needed to make travel arrangements and schedule some tours for Paris and for one day in Florence.
One thing we wanted to do this visit was to see the French countryside, so our big excursion is a day trip to Reims-Champagne with Artventures France. We’ll be visiting a couple of champagne houses for tastings, an old village, and a cathedral. I am so excited for that day!
We are also doing two tours in Paris with Localers again. We did our Flea Market Tour and Sweet Side of Paris tour with them last year and both were excellent. We did the Sweet Side of Paris tour on a whim and it was such a wonderful surprise and memorable way to experience the city.
I am so excited to get to go back to the Louvre and to experience it when it’s not crowded. It was pretty hoppin’ when we were there last year and I was practically bowled over at one point by a tour group as I was looking at a painting that was next on their schedule.
Our tour is scheduled for 5:00 pm on the day we arrive (at 7:00 am), so we’ll be running on fumes! It’ll keep us awake, though!
We don’t have anything else scheduled for that first day, so we’ll mill around and get settled into our apartment. We may catch a nap, so we can make it through the Louvre tour.
We’ll be staying in a Paris Perfect apartment again in the 7th Arr. with Eiffel Tower views. We had the most breathtaking views last year and it was definitely a highlight. I could see the Eiffel Tower sparkling from my bathroom window as I was getting ready for bed each night. How cool is that?
One of my highlights in Paris (and there were a bunch) was eating a picnic of baguette, butter, fruit, and cheese on the balcony one evening after a long day. We sat out there until it was dark and just soaked in being in Paris together.
We will definitely do some more picnicking this year! It was a bit of last-minute idea last year, but we’ll plan for it this year, so gathering the goodies can be a part of the experience.
We have four full days in Paris, so we have plenty of free time around our planned tours. As I did last year, I targeted a few shops I want to visit – a stationery & pen store sited in the book A Paris Year, the famous Shakespeare & Co book store and Charvin Arts. We’ll do a Seine River Tour again. It’s just a nice way to relax and see the city.
We’d also like to visit Montmartre to check out artist’s square. We’ll just go where curiosity takes us. I prefer to not have every moment planned, so we can hit a free museum or feel like we can just sit on the balcony at our apartment if our feet need a rest.
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