France and Barcelona : 2016 Trip Report

Sep 14th, 2016, 06:56 PM
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Thanks Ackislander, tomarkot, Bostonblondie and ms_go for the very generous appreciation. Glad that you all liked the TR.

Ackislander, thanks for clarifying what was particularly "intrepid" and "civilized" about our travels . It is you who have made my day by your lovely comment !
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Sep 15th, 2016, 01:25 AM
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Lovely TR, helpful details and a great read. Sorry about your dreadful pickpocket experience.
We are too nervous to drive in Europe, so would probably miss a lot of wonderful sights.
Sounds like a wonderful holiday.
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Sep 15th, 2016, 05:48 AM
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Great TR, thanks! Very sorry to hear you were pick pocketed.
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Sep 15th, 2016, 04:11 PM
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Sounds like you had a great time. Love that you rolled on along after the pick many would get focused on what can't be undone and ruin the remainder of their trip. Cheers to you. I love all the ice cream you had...I know it was a hot summer in Europe and ice cream always brings a smile.
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Sep 15th, 2016, 05:55 PM
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Thanks for a terrific report. "Attitude is Everything" helps when it comes to your train experience. It sucks, but life goes on. You handled it well.

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Sep 15th, 2016, 07:08 PM
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Hello Indiancouple!
I've just stumbled on your France jaunt's jottings.

I remember you from your trip to Australia & NZ - and an looking forward to reading this TR. And getting some tips as I have a Paris trip in my sights.

Thanks in advance for a great read - I've only read your first post & it has your usual interesting, entertaining & optimistic flair.
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Sep 16th, 2016, 12:49 AM
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Just finished reading your wonderful trip report.
Thanks for sharing your travels and experiences.
We will be back in France next year can't wait.
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Sep 16th, 2016, 01:30 AM
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Glad to hear you enjoyed Barcelona so much, a wonderful city.

You obviously were in medieval and vibrant El Born, a fabulous part of town:
Among many, many other things, there are plenty of top notch tapas bars here, just a tip for your next visit:
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Sep 16th, 2016, 04:30 PM
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This is such a wonderfully detailed and upbeat report. I agree with the comments above of how wonderfully you handled whatever came your way.
When we were planning a trip to Provence, a friend told us to "X Aix" -take it off of our list and we did. It appears that she was correct!
Thank you for sharing your experiences in France and Barcelona with us.
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Sep 16th, 2016, 05:19 PM
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Only just discovered this absolutely wonderful trip report. Fabulous reading, so much so the dusting and gone by the wayside!

I think intrepid and civilised are perfect words to describe your travelling style. I could feel the gentleness coming through in your words.

What a complete bummer about the money, but great attitude dealing with it.

I have friends who have just bought a house in Biot so was interested to read about someone who has travelled through it.

Thanks again for such a descriptive report, my type of report....
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Sep 17th, 2016, 10:10 AM
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Thanks everyone for the kudos. Sorry, I have been travelling, and could not respond earlier.

Bokhara2, I too remember you as you have often responded to my trip reports.

kimhe, you were obviously right about El Born. I had forgotten the name of that area, was trying hard to remember it, and you were spot on. Lots of boutique shops there. Did not stay till late evening, so did not sample the tapa bars in that area.

denisea, maitaitom, thanks for encouraging me throughout the progressive installments of this TR.

Adelaidean, joannyc, aussie_10, HappyTravlr, schnauzer, thanks to all of you for the very kind and appreciative comments. You people make it worthwhile to put in all the effort to write the report.
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Sep 17th, 2016, 03:02 PM
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I thoroughly enjoyed your trip report! Thank you for sharing it!
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Sep 17th, 2016, 07:10 PM
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Hello indiancouple, good to hear from you again. I am always amazed by your and your companions' energy.

So, someone from Mumbai also appreciates air conditioning. This makes me feel a lot less like a wimp when I wilt in the heat!

I am sorry that your trip to Versailles was a letdown. There is furniture in the place, but a lot of it can only be viewed if you take one of the tours offered of the private apartments. Glad to hear the gardens were pleasing.

Re the unpleasant theft: You were not a "sucker". It is simply that someone of positive disposition such as you, is apt to think the best of people. It is just unfortunate that this time, you were wrong. I am very glad that none of your party was physically hurt during the incident.

Thanks again for the report.
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Sep 18th, 2016, 11:06 AM
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Thanks travlsolo2 ans Sue_xx_yy for your kind words.

The reason I felt like a "sucker" after the pickpocketing, was that I had almost experienced an identical situation earlier in Greece. When we were travelling from Athens airport to city centre in the metro, a similar trick was attempted on me - a stranger tried to help take down my luggage from the rack, to distract me and put me off-guard, while his partner in crime attempted to dip his fingers in my pocket. Fortunately, I was more alert then, and sensed the finger going into my pocket, and shouted. The attempt was aborted, and the thieves fled.

This had happened in 2011. I knew about this trick, and should have sensed it when a stranger tried to help me with my luggage in France. However, being in a 1st class train compartment, it being not very crowded, and Provence not being notorious for such things, all this lulled me into complacency. Anyway, will be more prudent in future !
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Oct 13th, 2016, 08:21 AM
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Indiancouple, as always excellent trip report. Sorry to hear about the pick pocketing. You being such a savoy traveler and getting robbed tells the thief's are way too smart to trick people.
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Oct 18th, 2016, 04:55 AM
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Thanks mycruise. Have forgotten about the theft by now !
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Oct 18th, 2016, 06:44 AM
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Just saw this (am traveling). Always enjoy your TRa and this is another good one. Sickening about the pickpockets.

Am glad to hear others were not wowed by Aix. I wasn't sure how much of my reaction had to do with the bad weather.
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Oct 18th, 2016, 07:09 AM
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I just found this and am loving it but had to stop at Oct. 13 and your comment about Aix. DH and I based in Aix and my notes read: "If Cours was all I saw of Aix, I'd be disappointed." We stayed in the northern part of the town and it had a different 'feel' I think. Also, we were not in a car and I think that was easier.

OK, back to your wonderful report! I just had to put in a good word for Aix.
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Oct 18th, 2016, 07:10 AM
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Oops, make that Sept. 13.
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Oct 18th, 2016, 12:15 PM
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Hi again, indiancouple. I loved your TR and your easy writing style. So sorry about the pick pocket.

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