But really, all I need to know how to say is, "where is Chopin?"
That's easy, tell the cab driver, "Cimetière du Père Lachaise, s'il vous plaît." On the plackard, look for plot: Division 11, No. 10. If you have your GPS, type in (lat/lon): 48.86025, 2.39263. M. Chopin will be waiting for you. You can't miss it, it's the only grave in the section with beautiful flowers. Take an ipod with you to get you in the mood along the way.
1. Salle Pleyel
: debut of Op. 9a, b to Parisian public - Sensation! befriends Camille Pleyel. It's truly a beautiful hall!
2. Arcades of the Palais Royal
: Chopin was a frequent customer
3. Eglise de Madeleine
: 3000 attended his funeral. They sang the Mozart Requieum (female singers hid behind a black veil) Now females are welcome!
4. Tuileries Garden
: Palace burned down in 1871. Chopin played for Louis-Phillipe then Duke of Orléans.
5. Musée de la Vie Romantique
: Ary Scheffer's home 1830-1840s paintings of Chopin, Sand, Liszt, Delacroix, etc.
6. 9 Square d'Orléans
: Residence. Sand is #5 I think??
7. 12 Place Vendôme
: last residence. Now Bulgari occupies 10-12 - Zoinks!
8. Salle de concert du Conservatoire de Paris
: He played there, despite his aversion to the public. Old hall restored close to original.
9. Père Lachaise
: Go alone, that's what I did. I didn't want bavardage around me for something this memorable, powerful, and moving. Make it count!
10. Musée Adam Mickiewicz
: I mentioned this Polish museum in detail in another thread, located 6 Quai d'Orléans in Île Saint-Louis. You'll find a lot of Chopin memorabilia, letters, manuscripts, and his death mask.
Any time from April to September is good. Don't go too, early in April as I did once because the flowers along the Champs de Mars won't be planted in front of the Tour Eiffel. It's a beautiful site. Flowers are a big deal in Paris. I always go to Europe in May or September to avoid the crowds and brats. The weather seems to be perfect for promenades during that time. For hotels in Paris, I usually stay at the Hotel Scribe - centrally located and walking distance to the Opera, shopping, Olympia, Cafe de Paris - love that place!
Wow, and what's the theme for Italy?... that's a lot in one trip, but if you need any help with itineraries, transportation, etc., let me know... Here's one of my favorite series called "Charming Small Hotel Guides." I actually took their advice and stayed one of the recommended hotels in Amalfi - breathtaking!http://www.amazon.com/Charming-Small-Ho ... -1-catcorrhttp://www.amazon.com/Southern-France-C ... 907&sr=1-1
A few France one's I forgot to mention: Too bad they've jacked up the price. I got the DK at Costco for 13.99! Zoinks! Might want to check there?!http://www.amazon.com/H%C3%B4tels-auber ... 70&sr=1-11http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Travel-Guid ... 056&sr=1-6
Happy Birthday in advance!