I think this will be our seventh trip to Paris. Still haven't nearly covered everything of interest, and there's so much to revisit. Since the charm of just sitting in a cafe, drinking a glass of rose and people watching is so seductive, why rush?
I still speak little french beyond menu french and basic tourist-speak, but I'm much more relaxed now about sounding like a two year old with developmental delays. Thank goodness Larry has more of an ear for language than I do.
We'll be staying in this cute apartment in the southern part of the 14th. http://www.vrbo.com/127079 Many years ago we stayed in this area, and enjoyed it. It's a real neighborhood, not as charming or glamorous as other districts, but very genuinely Paris in a different way. It's a bit of a schlep, but we're fine with that. There's the rue Daguerre market http://www.americablog.com/2007/09/market-at-rue-daguerre.html nearby, neighborhood restaurants, easy bus and metro connections.
A basic list for our six days:
Walking walking, walking
As many markets as we can get to
A candelight concert at Sainte Chapelle
Batignolles neighborhood (organic market Saturday)
Saint Denis--Cathedral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Denis_Basilicaand the town museum http://www.musee-saint-denis.fr/
Musee Marmotan http://www.marmottan.com/
Butte-aux-Cailles park and neighborhood http://www.parissweethome.com/parisrentals/art_uk.php?id=59
evening picnic at the Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air on the Seine
stroll the Marais for a day, pop into the Carnavalet http://www.paris.fr/portail/Culture/Portal.lut?page_id=6468 and the photography museum http://www.mep-fr.org/us/actu_1.htm
An exhibit about cities at the Pomediou http://www.centrepompidou.fr/Pompidou/Manifs.nsf/AllExpositions/EDA9BD60C0D898F5C12571920045CEE6?OpenDocument&sessionM=2.10&L=2
Visit the Chateau de Vincennes, with the rebuilding finally completed. http://en.chateau-vincennes.fr/