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Trip Report A wonderful month in France

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We arrived home last week from a month stay in beautiful France and whilst my body is back home, trying to carry on with normal life, I seem to have left my heart there and am longing to go back and fetch it. Our family of 5 loved every minute of our journey and have made the most incredible memories. The outline of our journey was as such: 6 nights in Paris, train to Strasbourg where we hired a car for the remainder of our stay. 3 nights in Riquewihr followed by 4 nights in Beaune, 3 nights in Annecy, 6 nights in St Remy de Provence and 4 nights in Nice. Thank you to every person who gave us suggestions and tips in the planning process. I can honestly say there is not one thing I would change about our trip. I'm not much of a writer, so not going to write a detailed report but thought I would record a few details that might help someone else in their planning. So here goes:
My husband and I did a few French lessons before our trip and so could do basic phrases which helped a lot. We also taught our kids basic phrases such a Je Voudrais, Bonjour, Merci, Sil vou plait etc. I truly think being able to speak a bit made our journey better.
The French people completely blew us away. We were slightly nervous and expecting a bit of unfriendliness or maybe stiffness based on hearsay[I hope that came our right and I haven't offended anyone but hopefully you know what I mean] but we only experienced warmth and friendliness from the people in every place we went to. At one crepe shop in Paris, the owner invited my 2 boys behind the counter to make their own crepes, and everywhere we went, people went out of their way to allow us to practice our French and were very forgiving of our primitive attempts.
I had quite a detailed trip planned but found the best approach was to certainly be flexible. Some things I had planned we didn't get to , but then we did other things that I hadn't planned which were amazing. Certainly with kids, I found it helped to have a bit of down time here and there where they could recharge their batteries and then keep going.
Everything was much easier than I expected. I was nervous of working out the metro and public transport in Paris[coming from a country where we don't have much of a public transport system] but it was really easy. We even caught the RER train from CDG to St Michel Notre Dame on arrival which went really well.
As far as safety goes, we were careful. We never left bags on the floor and on public transport we would put our hands over our bags, but never once did we have any problems. We saw a few scam artists and even a few tourists being taken in by them but nobody bothered us at all.
My advice to anyone visiting another country would be to do as much reading up before that you can. The forums helped a huge amount in my planning process and just being prepared. My overall impression of France and my trip: France is incredibly beautiful and we found it very varied in the landscapes we visited. Our trip was filled with laughter, delicious crepes, croissants, adventure, busyness but also rest and I cannot wait to return one day. I'm quite happy to answer any questions anyone has or if you want some ideas or information about the places we visited.

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