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i3prosecco | Feb 8, 201208:21 AM

My husband and I are going to Paris next week for 3 nights/4days. I have been many times but it will be my husband's first visit, so I'm quite anxious and hoping that he will have a good time. Although our visit is short, we plan on eating well, sightseeing, and spending Sunday at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen.

We are both from the NYC area and enjoy eating out. Ambience and service is just as important to us as good food. His favorite restaurant in NYC is Aqua Grill. He prefers quiet intimate places. I often feel like I have to twist his arm to try new things, but when he does he enjoys himself (i.e. Aldea - he loved it). Me on the other hand, I am much more adventurous overall. Since this is his first time (and a surprise birthday trip for him), I'm going to to restrain myself and all the places I want to try and keep him in mind.

So with all that being said, my goal is to gradually introduce him to the Paris that I love. I would like him to experience the traditional places and not necessarily the "hip" new places (maybe that's for our next trip). rI've ented an apartment near Place des Vosges and plan on having a light breakfast every morning. My husband LOVES sweets and chocolates, so I'm sure that part of Paris will win him over.

I've done extensive research on Chowhound reading the boards going back 2 years, as well as parisbymouth.com, fooding, David Lebovitz' blog; and I've printed out Patricia Wells dictionary in preparation for the trip. And this is my proposed itiinerary. I apologize for the very long introduction but wanted to make sure you have enough information to comment. Thanks so much in advance!

FRIDAY (early afternoon flight arrival)
LUNCH - Breizh Cafe
DINNER - Les Papilles
I've already made reservations for 7:30pm. I opted on the earlier side since it will be a long day for us.

BREAKFAST - coffee, crossaints, baguette, cheese in the apartment
LUNCH - open
DINNER - Aux Passages
I have 9pm reservations. But after reading the boards I'm wondering if this is a good choice. My other choices are Au Fils des Saisons or Le Galopin. It might be last minutes so I'm worried about where I can get in.

BREAKFAST - coffee, crossaints, baguette, cheese in the apartment
We will be spending the day at the flea markets at Les Puces de Saint Ouen and Montmartre/Sacre Coeur.
LUNCH - Coquelicot Boulangerie
DINNER - Les Cocottes. No reservations required so I thought we would wing it.

I'm hesitating going to Chez L'Ami Jean, Josephine Chez Dumonet because I feel that will be too overwhelming for my husband - i.e. tight tables, atmosphere, etc.

Again, I thank everyone in advance for any comments and insights, and I promise when I return to provide an update.

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