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Trip Report Kristina's Big Fat Fortieth in France 2008 -A week in Paris and the Dordogne Trip Report

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Warning, this is going to be long. I have a real problem with self-edit so if you don't like all the gory details, this may drive you crazy. If you're like me and relish in other people's lengthy trip reports for your own planning or just for fun, then hang on...

Preface
I wasn’t planning on going back to Europe any time soon. Not this year. Not having just been to Rome in March and certainly not with the euro hovering around $1.60.

It’s all my mother’s fault.
In the car, after picking my husband and me up from the airport on our way home from Rome, she said, “You’re turning 40 this year so I thought I’d take you on a trip. Anywhere you want to go.”

Sounds great, right? Easy?
Not so fast. That’s just too much choice for me to handle. We talked about Egypt and China and a bunch of other places, but I just could not commit.

Fast forward a couple of months and our friends invite us to join them in France in the Dordogne for their 20th anniversary celebration at a chateau. My husband can’t go because it’s in the beginning of the school year and he's a teacher, but the week coincides with another trip my mother was planning to Germany.
So, I start looking at airfare for our dates and I am appalled to find almost nothing under $1200. The more we talk about it, “How about a few days in Paris too?” (Mom has never been to France), the more we want to go.

So, in the end, this trip becomes my "birthday trip". The trip falls in the week around the Big Day, and my mother buys me an upgradable ticket on United. I manage to cobble together enough miles to get myself upgraded to business class both ways.

Next: The research and planning begins....

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