I Left My Heart in Paris, France - Page 2
Next on our "to do" list was figuring out transportation from Charles De Gaulle airport to our apartment in St. Germain. We knew from past experience that most Parisian taxi cabs were rather small and would not accommodate five travelers. We began researching private shuttle transfers. many of the shuttle services would transfport us and others travelers into the city from teh airport. It would stop at various hotels for approximately 100 to 120 euros for the five of us. Then we came across Cesare. He would provide a driver, in a private van for just our family, who would be standing outside of customs with a sign with our last name, waiting to transport us to our destination. Again, for us it was the most cost effective way because for 90 euros we would all go into the city instead of for 60 to 80 euros per cab or a shuttle service we would have to share with other families and take longer to reach our apartment.
Now that the three most important travel plans were taken care of, we started checking into which attractions we wanted to revisit. The five of us had been to Paris multiple times. We learned that if you go on the museum website of your choice, advance tickets could be purchased. For example, we went on http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/documents/anglais_2011-02-18.pdf and purchased our tickets. Purchasing the tickets in advance would eliminate unnecessary wait times in long lines to purchase tickets and enter teh museums. We were able to buy them for Le Louvre, L'Orangerie, and Musee D'Orsay.
Upon arrival, we decided that we would first take a tour bus as a refresher. I highly recommend it for those that have never been. There are numerous companies available. We chose L' Open Tours which allows you the opportunity to get on and off at over 50 attractions on any one of their 4 different routes. For three euros more than their regular fare (32 euros total), we were able to take advantage of this for two days. It stops at all the major "things to see" from The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame to the Moulin Rouge and the Bastille.Continued on the next page