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Trip Report 2 Weeks in Paris and Haarlem, Dec 2009

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Ah there is a Santa Claus - I am going to Europe on Christmas Eve ($200 cheaper than on Dec 23rd) and returning on Christmas Day, Jan 6, 2010 - after traveling in Europe annually since 1969, 2009 looked like the first year i would not have set foot in Europe- due to family obligations that dictated me staying home.

But things developed so i have two weeks that will be split between my son's hometown of Orleans - with some day trips to Paris - want to see those department store Christmas windows once again and at a B&B in Haarlem, a short hop from Amsterdam.

I will fulfill a lifelong goal of experiencing New Years Eve in Amsterdam - a bombastic experience i expect (anyone been there on New Years Eve and can describe it a bit?)

I will use Haarlem as a base and take trains once again around Holland and hopefully walk miles and miles and miles around Amsterdam - and for sure stopping and shopping in some coffeeshops - probably starting at the famous Willy Wonka's in Haarlem.

Have a seemeingly cozy B&B in Haarlem, on a canal with canal views, for 32 euros a night, including full breakfast.

So next report will describe landing at CDG in Paris on Christmas Day and walking thru Paris on Christmas Day to Austerlitz station for trains to Les Aubrais, a couple of miles from my son's mom's house.

We'll do some walks in the Foret d'Orleans and visit a Loire castle somewhere and i'd like to do a day trip to Dijon or Angers, two cities i have not been to for ages but which many say are neat.

All the boring details as they come...

Au revoir, mes enfants

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