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  1. Kimber C
    August 1, 2019 @ 2:29 pm

    I just found out, my daughter and SIL are taking me in February. Do you recommend Airbnb’s or hotel/hostiles for a week long trip? We understand weather can be anywhere from 37°F-50°F which is fine, cold weather never bothers us. But will most shops and places be open or do they shut down for winter?? Hope that’s not an ignorant question

    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2019 @ 1:06 pm

      Not an ignorant question at all! Since Paris is a big city, I wouldn’t worry about things shutting down. Tiny touristy places, like certain Greek islands might, but not a big city like Paris. Some attractions might have shorter hours, or a tour might only be offered certain days of the week instead of every day, but things will still very much function. As for where to stay, a week might be a good length of time to consider an Airbnb because it gives you access to a kitchen, which means you can eat in sometimes. Even if you only ever eat breakfast in, that can be more relaxing and save you some money. Plus if there are 3 or 4 of you, you might be able to find an apartment with 2 bedrooms and you can all stay together, whereas with a hotel you probably need to book 2 separate rooms. It’s probably worth doing some searches for both and see what prices look like and what’s available in the area of the city you want to stay in. I don’t think you can go wrong though whether you pick a hotel or an Airbnb.

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    • Ali Garland
      April 18, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

      Sorry, I’m not a travel agency. But luckily this is all doable on your own! Any text in the post that’s green is a link, so you can click on tours I recommend, search for hotels, etc. and plan things out exactly how you want it. If you’re nervous about traveling independently, signing up for a few day tours like the ones I mention in the post is a good way to go.

  3. Denver Hollingsworth
    January 24, 2019 @ 10:22 pm

    Hi! Great itinerary. I have a question. Do you suggest doing a guided tour of Versailles or walking around yourself? Thanks!

    • Ali Garland
      January 25, 2019 @ 5:43 pm

      Hi Denver! I think that’s a judgement call. If you take a tour, you’ll get lots of great info from the guide, but you’ll also have to deal with being herded around, possibly with several tour groups in the room at once. If you go by yourself, you can avoid the crowded rooms, wait for those groups to move on, and then go into those rooms. But you won’t get the interesting info. Another option is to get an audio guide, which isn’t quite as good as a live guide, but it’s better than no info at all. You can get them near the entrance/ticket desk. So I think it’s all about what you think you’d enjoy the most. Sometimes having a tour is really great, but if you want more flexibility, you might be better on your own or with an audio guide.

  4. Anna
    November 22, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

    Yes, yes, yes, this is super cool! Will be in Paris over the winter, trying to spend at least 7 days there. Let’s see…

    I am thinking of doing some Airbnb, seems to be the best option!
    Totally visiting as well Moulin Rouge.

  5. Caroline
    May 27, 2016 @ 3:32 am

    So much to see, but I love to insert a day in these intense itineraries for lazing about … makes things flow a bit easier!

    • Ali Garland
      May 28, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

      Yes, a slower day to relax is always recommended. The Montmarte day is pretty much that – go see the church, wander, see the views, wander, hang out at a cafe… And you can always decide to change things up.