I know a Paris itinerary is an oft-repeated request, so I have tried to do as much research as possible before putting this together, and to include as many specific questions as I could.
Some information about me first -- will be traveling with my wife, our first time in Paris. I am a relatively adventurous eater, and while my wife is not particularly picky, I usually steer away from no-choice or even limited choice menus. My wife is also pregnant, so that means that only one of us will be enjoying raw milk cheeses, foie gras, wine, etc.
Please critique away, and will absolutely promise to post reviews when we return (although the trip is not for a few months).
Dinner -- Arrive CDG 4pm. Unless folks strongly advise otherwise, I am leaning toward Au Petit Sud Ouest for our first meal in Paris. My wife loves duck and I can't get enough foie gras (particularly given the ban here in California). Added bonus is proximity to the Bateaux Mouches -- would also like to try a late night (10pm or so) ride as an introduction to Paris. Would an 8pm dinner reservation leave enough time to do the airport / customs / check-in on one side and still make a 10pm boat?
Lunch -- L’ as du falafel for lunch, with a snack at Berthillon while exploring that part of town. My wife is not a big fan of falafel -- anything else worth trying there or will she have to settle for an extra scoop of ice cream?
Dinner -- L’Ami Jean? Reviews are obviously stellar, but there is an undercurrent (at least on other sites) that dinner may be overpriced. Is this true, and should I try a lunch there instead? If so, other ideas for this night would be Josephine Chez Dumonet, La Regalade, Chez Denise or Bistrot Paul Bert. Any thoughts?
Lunch -- Picnic at Versailles -- will buy the provisions in town the night before.
Dinner -- Would we have enough time after returning from Versailles to take a trip to Sacre Couer at dusk, followed by Dinner in the 18th? If so, was thinking Le Coq Rico, Jeanne B or Sens Uniques based on John T’s posts / website, but am open to other suggestions. Hoping to keep this meal somewhat casual and relatively low-priced.
Lunch -- Louvre in the morning, with a hot chocolate at Angelina. Any thoughts for lunch in the area?
Dinner -- Opera (Garnier) in the evening. Likely have to eat dinner beforehand (not sure the pregnant wife will make it until a 10:30pm dinner). Am also coming up empty for a suitable dinner near the opera at that time, so suggestions greatly appreciated.
Lunch -- Guy Savoy 110E lunch already booked. I am strongly leaning towards this as opposed to Ledoyen, Le Cinq, etc., as Guy Savoy appears to offer many more choices than the similarly priced options elsewhere, which works well for my wife. But please advise if you would suggest otherwise.
Dinner -- Something light, perhaps Breizh Cafe or Le Pot o Lait depending on what part of town we find ourselves in.
TGV to Avignon for 5 days in Provence. Any ideas for a final breakfast or pastry near the train station? Will post later regarding my initial plans in Provence, and of course would very much appreciate any insight.
Thanks in advance.