Paris Plans (the Itinerary)

bassist, computer sketch by aka Lavenderbay, 2008

If music be the food of love, play on! — John Keats.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with either stupendous hubris or daft optimism that I unveil to you… my proposed 10-day itinerary of our vacation in Paris!

It is also with an ulterior motive that I do this: you and I will have a reference point for each daily post-card-length entry. You can do your own research (Who was “Jean Sans Peur”? What’s the Pantheon? How did the Latin Quarter get its name?) . Then when  I write things like, “Windy, so no Eutelsat. 😦 ” , you’ll know what the heck I’m talking about. Here goes!

 key: museums; castles, palaces, and prisons; greenspace; churches; music; other

Tuesday, May 27: Fly to Paris [Already plans are awry: no seats left. We’re going to Frankfurt instead, and doubling back, arriving five hours later than we had originally planned. Eesh! ]

Wednesday, May 28: Locate apartment and landlord, 2nd Arrondissement. Get groceries on nearby rue Montorgueil. Turtle takes Jack to final day of Foire du Trone funfair [this last plan is already scuttled since we’ll be arriving so late. Not batting a thousand yet, am I?  Instead, after supper maybe we’ll go up the Eiffel Tower — the crowds are thinner at night.]

Thursday, May 29: 1 000 ans du Rive Droite (1,000 years on the Right Bank)

  • 10 00  Carnavalet Museum (historical artifacts of Paris)
  • 11 30  Victor Hugo’s house
  • 12 00  find a creperie or something
  • 13 30  Cognac-Jay museum (French objets d’art, mainly 18th Century)
  • 14 30  the Tower of Jean Sans Peur (a real-life “Brave Sir Robin”, for Monty Python fans)
  • 15 30  Musee des Arts et Metiers
  • 18 00  supper at the apartment
  • 20 00  Messiaen centennial organ concert at Holy Trinity Church (where he played for 60 years)

Friday, May 30: Les Jardins à travers le temps (Gardens old and new)

  • 09 00  look around the Jardin des Plantes
  • 10 30  buy picnic things on Avenue Mouffetard
  • 11 00  visit the Museum of the Middle Ages, including a presentation of medieval motets, and the medieval garden
  • 13 30  picnic lunch in the Luxembourg Gardens
  • 15 00  Bourdelle museum
  • 16 00  Post Office museum
  • 17 00  Jardins Atlantique; then home for supper

Saturday, May 31: Versailles, including the Grandes Eaux Musicales; home in time for supper

Sunday, June 1: Les Musées sans frais (Free museum day, 1st Sunday of each month)

  • Morning:  choice of Louvre, Orangeries, Orsay, Pompidou, Rodin, or Picasso; lunch at a café
  • Afternoon:  a different museum from the same list; home in time for supper

Monday, June 2: Chartres. See the Cathedral, explore the town; home in time for supper

Tuesday, June 3: La génie de Paris (The genius/engineering of Paris)

  • 10 00  Le Corbusier house, 16th Arrondissement
  • 11 00  buy lunchables in Square d’Auteuil
  • 12 00  Parc André-Citroen; picnic; 10-minute ascent in the Eutelsat balloon (the following day, June 4, is the 225th anniversary of the first public flight of the Montgolfier brothers’ invention!)
  • 14 00  walk along the Seine past the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower; visit the Musée des égouts; home in time for supper

Wednesday, June 4: Les Savants (The Learned Ones)

  • 09 00  Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
  • 10 30  the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle
  • 12 00  walk through the oldest Latin Quarter streets
  • 12 30  picnic in the ancient Roman arena
  • 13 00  the Pantheon and/or the Marie Curie museum
  • 14 30  visit to a post office that houses a bit of the old City Wall in its basement; buy souvenir envelope there
  • 17 00  home for supper
  • 20 00  musical “Porgy and Bess” at the Opéra Comique

Thursday, June 5: Le 8ième (How to Spend Next to Nothing in the Most Expensive Part of Town)

  • 09 00  window-shop on the rue Royale (and look for the Nicest Bathroom in Paris); church-hop the Madeleine Church and St-Augustin
  • 11 00  buy lunchables at market on Corvetto Street
  • 12 00  picnic in Parc de Monceau
  • 13 30  Arc de Triomphe; walk down the Champs Elysées
  • 15 00  Stamp Market, then the Petit Palais across the street
  • 17 30  home for supper
  • 19 00 Musée d’Orsay open late

Friday, June 6: Memento Mori (All good things must come to an end)

  • 09 00  Père Lachaise Cemetery
  • 11 00  Belleville Cemetery entrance (highest elevation in Paris); buy lunchables at market in Place des Fetes
  • 12 00  picnic at Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
  • 13 00 shopping, packing
  • 17 30  supper at the apartment
  • 20 30  concert, Duruflé’s Requiem at the Basilica St-Denis 

Saturday, June 7: Skedaddle to the airport. 


11 Responses to Paris Plans (the Itinerary)

  1. goodbear says:

    wow. you’re going to be busy. there’s no down time to recover from eating to much cheese and there’s no free space to go get stolen passports replaced!
    just kidding!
    sounds like so much fun!

  2. lavenderbay says:

    Yeah, I’m much better at making lists than fulfilling them, so we’ll see. I tried to cover the interests of individuals in our groups (e.g. the stamp stuff for Jack), as well as fit in the must-sees. I’ll try not to pout too hard as I watch my itinerary disintegrate.
    Ooh, cheese burps at the passport office! I think we’re free Tuesday evening…

  3. Shelley says:

    I’m tired just reading it!

    I guess that wouldn’t make me a good traveller!

  4. twobarkingdogs says:

    You left out my favorite all-time museum in Paris .. Le Musée d’Orsay. Absolutely not to be missed!

  5. lavenderbay says:

    Well hi, Twobarkingdogs, and welcome to my blog!
    You’re right, I missed Orsay. It should be on the Free Sunday line. We could also see this museum after supper on June 5, since the admission is reduced on Thursday evenings. I’ll edit this itinerary right away!

    Not a good traveller, Shelley? Kentucky dog shows don’t count as a vacation?

  6. jamesviscosi says:

    Wow, sounds like a lengthy, fun, and exhausting trip! Just make sure to get back before Cananda vanishes into the mists for another 25 years!

  7. lavenderbay says:

    Oh, golly, you’re right! My favourite part is when the toothpaste-pink Newnfoundland dogs do the limnbo to Olivia Newton-John classics under the Nornthern lighnts… I can just smell it now…
    (For anyone wishing that I eschew obfuscation, go here: )

  8. livingisdetail says:

    Wow, that is a great itinerary. I can’t wait to read the stories you’ll bring back. Thinking about yummy French food I would not eschew a chocolate croissant right now come to think of it. Or some Camembert on a thick slice of crispy baguette…

  9. lavenderbay says:

    I suddenly realized, Livingisdetail — I’m hungry!!! Time for breakfast. Let’s see, there’s bran flakes…

  10. Checkers says:

    Love the drawing. I’m exhausted just perusing your itinerary!

  11. TheAgedCat says:

    So jealous. Absolument vert!

    (I warned ya about all that eschewin’.) 😀

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