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Old 02-14-10, 10:25 AM   #1
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last day of the tour 2010

As a birthday gift this year, my wife and kids are sending me away. To Paris, for the last day of the Tour!

I work for an airline, so the flight is cheap and my daughter is married to the son of a high ranking British Rail executive, so the high speed rail is next to nothing. I have a 4 day weekend, so I'm flying to London to meet my daughter, taking the train to Paris the day before the final day of the tour, spending 1 night in Paris and spending the last day watching the race before heading back to London to sleep before leaving Heathrow the next morning so I can get back to work the next day.

Has anyone spent just one day (well, good parts of two) in Paris to watch the last day of the tour?

Anyone have any recommendations so I don't kill myself by trying to do too much?

Would it be best to just walk around the first day and sit at a bistro the second?
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Old 02-14-10, 10:51 AM   #2
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Imagine walking into work after your trip,someone asks "What did you do on your days off", being able to say,"Oh,I flew over to Paris to watch the end of the Tour d'France." Priceless!!!!!!!!!!
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Congratulations...... You will want to see something of Paris other than the Tour.. ?.. how can one not go up the Eiffel Tower.?. That is not much time.. I'd get a book of ten subway tickets and zip around the town.. A Carnet.... To me the top Paris stops are the Eiffel Tower , Musee d'Orsay, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. .. But, you probably wont have time..
Seen the TDF about 5 times but never in Paris.. I'd expect the crowds to make getting about difficult.. Paris is a beautiful busy city.. Expect life to at a fast pace than in the countryside , where people are more relaxed..
A cafe, bistro.. They rip you off on the Avenue d' Champ -Elysees.. Expect to pay twice the national rate for a cup of coffee and 1-2 euros for a pastry there.. Look for a side street cafe off of a square facing Jardin du Luxembourg ,it will be friendlier and people watching more fun.. 1.5 days.. Not much time..Particularly with the TDF crowd about , pushing and shoving after the tour passes..
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Imagine walking into work after your trip,someone asks "What did you do on your days off", being able to say,"Oh,I flew over to Paris to watch the end of the Tour d'France." Priceless!!!!!!!!!!
When you're working for an airline, it's not that uncommon. Lots of people go to Hong Kong or Beijing for the weekend, and there's lots of people who have family in Europe that they see quite often. I once took the family to Disneyland for the day. Took the 7 am flight down, took the 7 pm fight back. Went to San Francisco for lunch once too.

The big issue is stamina. Flying over and back in a weekend takes it out of you. There's also the issue of flying stand by. You can get bumped and end up stuck some place. Might even have to buy-a-ticket to get home. As cheap as it is, you still end up spending cash getting around and doing stuff.

I think I might have to play it by ear. We have Marriott points so I think I can get a room fairly close to the Arc. I'll probably be bushed so I might just do a couple of things. My daughter lives in London and has done Paris a couple of times, her husband is a lifetime Londoner and has done it many times. I'll enjoy spending the days with her. I never thought of doing this trip, but it's my 50th and I guess it's about time.
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