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Trip Report Dreamy Paris....

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Paris was enchanting! I arrived in Paris at the end of July - solo. Twenty five years earlier, I dined on baguette and cheese and drank wine from a plastic cup. This time I would sit in a cafe and watch the people go by. Fortunately I was able to return to Paris older and wiser...and much more sedate.

I had so much help from the Fodorites here that i wanted to come back and share some of the things I learned. Most of what I can impart comes from traveling solo. So I will start from that point.

In researching for this trip I was very concerned to be traveling completely alone. In the last few years I have taken 3 other trips: Italy with a group tour and twice to the UK where I met up along the way with family and friends. I needed to know that I would be able to walk after dark and feel as safe as possible. So my first point for those women out there who want to travel to Paris and do so, need to worry. I felt comfortable almost all the time (more about that later). It is such an amazing city for a solo traveler. From the cafes to the transportation, I never felt my trip was compromised because I was traveling alone.

Before I go on I would like to thank all those who contributed to my plans. I don't want to miss anyone so I hope those who I corresponded with, see this trip report. I often reflected how using these forums and then going on the trip is much like reading a book a friend has recommended. You read it on their recommendation but the experience might be completely different. It is the sharing that is so important and pivotal to the experience. More tomorrow.....

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