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Friday, February 23, 2007



It all sounds wonderful to me!


Wow! What a cool trip you have planned! Good for you for getting out of Dodge. ;) Always nice to get out from under the raindrops and see some new stuff and find inspiration in a new chunk of land somewhere, eh? Have a super time and don't forget a little pad of paper and pencil to jot down the things that catch your attention and motivate your creative side!! My only suggestion-----eat lots of bakery!


Have a nice time, a safe trip and a lot of of new things to find....


wow! how fun is that! I was gonna tell you about the "best small town in Texas". They have a replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas and I heard they added a huge red cowboy hat to the tip of the tower, so go figure! Anyway, you will have so much fun in France! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Barbara W. Klaser

Never been there, but I look forward to your travel tales. I have a fascination, for a few years now, with the Eiffel Tower. I don't know why. . . Maybe it was the spectacular display for the millenium New Year's celebration.


I would agree with Sarah. I don't remember where I have stayed in Paris, but the hotels in town are much more convenient for sightseeing. (but not as great for getting back to the airport) Annecy has canals like Venice! I am so jealous. I have never been there, and it looks beautiful!!


How fun for you! I am turning green here. I have never been more than a hundred miles across any border. Know nothing of France.


I'm just linking through blogs and came upon yours. I know this seems kind of random, but I lived in France for awhile - first studying and later working - and after half a million trips to Paris that left me staying in hotels all around town, I finally started staying at the same one every time: the Mercure Paris Opera. It's typically out of my price range, but it has a great location and the customer service is extraordinary. I can get to the bus, train, or TGV station in a matter of minutes, plus the shops and the banks and a church are all nearby. And once I turned up a day early and they moved me into an empty room at no charge for the night. That pretty much sold me on them right there. It isn't super close to either of the airports, though. When I flew out of CDG, I used to take the train from St Lazare to Gare du Nord and up; it usually took me about 40 minutes to an hour depending on the time of day and the foot traffic.

The one thing I did notice about Parisian hotels and airports before finding the Mercure, however, was this: if I was within about ten minutes, taxis wouldn't pick me up and there were no bus or train stations within walking distance. The hotel shuttles typically ran on French time and were unreliable the closer to the airport they were located (once I waited SIX hours before I finally called a taxi to take me 20 euros into town, at which point I got onto a bus and took it to the airport - all in business attire in the dead of winter so I was uncomfortable and freezing - not fun at all!)

So even if you don't stay at the Mercure, I'd just stay in the cheaper hotels that are farther from the airport and have more reliable transportation getting to the airport (whichever one you're flying into).

Okay, sorry this is so long-winded from a stranger. I hope it helps. Anyway, enjoy your trip! Good luck with the travels! =)

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