I don’t think Mom and I were consciously avoiding the big, famous attractions in Paris, but that’s pretty much what we ended up doing. We didn’t climb the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, get very close to the Arc de Triomphe, or climb the towers of Notre Dame. Mostly, that’s because we’ve been incredibly privileged in Mom’s (and Dad’s) work travel situation, which has resulted in many previous trips to Paris for her (she was a postdoc in Strasbourg, which helped) and several previous trips to Europe, including Paris, for my brothers and me. We’ve already done all that famous stuff, it was pretty much uniformly awesome, and I’m grateful for those opportunities. I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone who feels that their Paris experience is incomplete without some or all of the big-name experiences from seeking those out. It’s all famous for a reason, after all.
Still, I’m glad that this time around, we stuck to the smaller (and cheaper) side of things. There’s a lot of wonderful culture and history to be found in Paris, and seeking out the “boutique” experience ensures that you’re have a lot of unique memories of your visit!