Here's the interesting and incredibly challenging part of figuring out the itinerary: we need to balance introducing Paris—and France, and Europe, really—to the boyfriend WHILE allowing a total Paris slut like me to go nuts vis-à-vis shopping and museum visiting.
|On the list|
Example standard first time visit to Paris: Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Marais.
My last trip to Paris before the end of study abroad: Canal Saint-Martin, Ile Saint-Louis, weird Montmartre gallery displaying Pete Doherty's blood-stained, needle-littered artwork.
Is that a good way to show off Paris? Sure. But that ain't no picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, is what I'm saying.
Hence throwing myself into some pre-vacation planning.
|Louvre for a first timer|
|Louvre for an insider|
First up: cutting my list of "museum MUST visits—absolutely have TO DO" from about 12 to 3. THREE. I took a modern art history class in Paris, people, and that made me incredibly annoying about these places. I could spend DAYS expounding Dadaism and pointillism—not very well, but I sure would try; hurrying stunned guests through the Louvre in 20 minutes ("The Mona who?"); and lying through my teeth ("Je suis étudiante en l'histoire de l'art") to gain free entry to all and sundry.
So here's the map of all the best things. I won't show you the actual, edited itinerary because it's bound to change. Also, it's terrifying. Hopefully we can spend time in just a few arrondissements everyday—and while we're there, use the map to find nearby museums, stores and cafés.
View Pareeee in a larger map
What am I missing? What have you always wanted to do in Paris? Have I completely run you into the ground on this subject? Why do I have such a penchant for run-on sentences when I write about exciting things?
(Earlier: my map for the Loire Valley and some Paris inspiration)