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The first time I went to Paris I had a terrible time--my entire trip stepped off on a wrong foot after being accosted by a happy-pantsed gentleman on the metro to Monmartre. This second stay in the City of Light was much more enjoyable, although like London it was gruelling. Including our day trips to Versailles and Chartres, we hit the town hard and saw most of the major museums and sights.
THE LOUVRE: A must for any visit to Paris. Early in my travel career I hit upon the idea of saving my museum floor plans and checking off the areas I visit so I can revisit my favorites then skip ahead to areas I missed last time.
MUSEE D'ORSAY: A wonderful compliment to the Louvre, as much Impressionism as you can stomach.
MUSEE CLUNY: A last minute stop, this is really only going to be interesting to medievalists--I loved it, but anyone who isn't into the middle ages can skip this one.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU: A fun building and an amazing collection of modern art. I don't even care that much for modern art, but this was a good time.
MUSEE RODIN: Enjoyed the Thinker and the Gates, but too much of a good thing...
LES INVALIDES/MUSEE DE L'ARMEE: Very cool-- Napoleon's stuffed dog, Napoleon's stuffed horse (very little!), the entire room in which Napoleon died.
Aside from all the museum hopping, we also took the cliched but wonderful Bateaux Mouches ride along the Seine at sunset, attended a Bach concert at Saint Chappelle. In what free time we had, I spent my time hanging out around St. Michel and Marais. As of 2002, there was a pretty good Easy Internet cafe in St. Michel that I frequented-- we also were regulars of a particular crepe stand (Nutella of course-- Mmmmm) and an Indian restaurant/hooka bar. Marais I love for the fountains and the FNAC.