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Plans altered--again--by Hubby! Aargh, but not so bad

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I am sorry this is long--and repetitive to prior posts--but it’s the only way I’m keeping things straight in my head. And I invite answers, comments, and suggestions.

So now he’s dropped NYC from out itinerary--just London and Paris. YAY! This means we get 12 nights in London and 9 in Paris. We can really have a good introduction to both cities. We plan on leaving Fresno April 22. For reasons I’ve posted elsewhere here--and some posters agree; others do not (to each their own)--we will fly out from FAT and transfer, most likely at LAX or SFO. Arrive in London the next day.

Hubby wants to stay near St Pancras; we’ll be taking the eurostar to Paris and he wants to be near the station. I know, there’s transportation to GET TO St Pancras easily, but this is what he wants and it’s really not worth arguing about. So I’m looking up hotels (cheap one) and apartment rentals (thelondonagent.com, airbnb.com, and vrbo.com). We’re liking the idea of an apartment. The cost can be similar (we’re looking at $200 US/night or less), plus there’s more room than a cheap-end hotel AND a kitchenette and washer/dryer. He likes that idea enough to up our hotel budget a bit.

1) Any suggestions on what to look for or avoid on apartment rentals besides reading the reviews in the listing itself? Or on specific places in our range?

We figure we’ll get a PAYG card at Heathrow to get to London. Hubby wants to do Oxford first thing and then we’ll try for Harry Potter the next day, both are high on our “must see” list. So we won’t need a weekly travel card yet--it wouldn’t get used those entire days, I believe. THEN, we’ll get the weekly card (AT A TRAIN STATION for the 2-4-1 benefits) and stick around town. If we want another day trip, it’ll be after the cards expire.

2) Any suggestions for other day trips? He’s not interested in Stonehenge (darn!), but I know some trips include it. Any ideas?

Eurostar to Paris on May 5. As a Monday, we’ll be able to settle in without losing opportunities at museums which would be closed that day. I’ve explained to Hubby, and shown him on the map, that Paris is pretty tight, so taking the Metro out and walking back shouldn’t be too hard on us. Once I showed him that the Champs Elysees is only 1.2 miles from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre, he got the picture. So that’ll be a carnet, as needed.

Hubby wants to stay near Les Halles--and I’ve received lots of advice here: “NO!!!!” I’ll be looking at rental sites, likely closer to Saint Michel. However, Hubby read about the rooms over the hospital by Notre Dame, and likes the oddness of that. Yeah, this is what I’m dealing with.

3) Any suggestions in the $200 US/night or less range? Or websites not mentioned above?

4) Which is the best method of getting from GDN (eurostar) into Paris, the RER or the Metro? I know both Les Halles and Saint Michel are on the RER line to CDG. And that Les Halles is the stop for Disney; and Saint Michel for Versailles.

I believe that taking the train gives us 5 days of 2-4-1 in Paris, so we’ll be gearing our sightseeing for that. After those days are up, we’ll be setting aside a day for Versailles; we don’t have to use the whole day there--playing it by ear. Hubby insists on Disneyland Paris and I won’t argue him on this. We’re big Disneyland fans and, yes, I’ve read lots of negative things about DLP, but we may never be inclined to go there again--and since we have the extra days, one day there is not reducing our sightseeing otherwise.

5) Based on people’s suggestions about the Eiffel Tower, does this sound like a good idea: Pre-buy tickets for dusk; take the Metro to Trocadero and see the Tower and Paris in the light; go to the Tower and stay until dark; reverse direction to the Trocadero to see it all at night. Good? Bad? Take the Metro to the Arc de Triomphe first? Do whatever the heck we want because it’s all good? I’m trying to be efficient--and show off to Hubby how I’ve spent my research time.

Anyway, thanks for reading through all this. I’ve posted short things before and people have questions because I wasn’t clear enough. I’m trying to avoid that, hence the length.

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