DA VINCI CODE TOUR
To follow the same tour we did, just log on to my March newsletter (here's the link). We followed it almost to a "T," including getting a DVC tour from Connie Kubicek, an American-living-in-Paris tour guide. She works for Classic Walks, which offers a daily Da Vinci Code Walk at 10 a.m in front of the Ritz. The 2-hour tour takes visitors through the pages of Dan Brown's novel. Da Vinci Code Tour by Classic Walks Paris, everyday at 10 a.m., costs �20 ($24); tel.: 33-0-1-56-58-10-54. Reservations are not required, but may be made in advance by logging on to their website or through Viator.com.
With cameras following our every step we walked to the Louvre, via the Jardin des Tuileries gardens. We spent only 10 minutes in the Louvre, viewing the inverted pyramid believed to house the Holy Grail. Detailed Louvre tours are available from a number of organizations. For a detailed article on the Louvre, read this story titled "Unlocking the Louvre's secrets" by Susan Spano of the Los Angeles Times. The Louvre, open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesdays and the following holidays: August 15 and December 25, 2006. It is open until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Cost: 8.50 � ($10.70). Tip: Admission to the Louvre is free on the first Sunday of every month! The Louvre.
THE CHURCH OF SAINT-SULPICE
Our last stop on the Classic Walks tour was the Church of Saint-Sulpice (it may be closed on Sundays for Mass). It's located on the Left Bank in the gallery district. This is where Silas, the Opus Dei monk, goes to find the keystone as he follows the infamous Rose Line to the towering obelisk where he mistakenly believed the Holy Grail rested. This is also where I met up with my brother Frank, who flew in from Connecticut to help us with production. It was perfect timing, because he was ready for his first scene where he plays the role of a killer monk who follows me around. His part is hilarious.