Just got in from Paris!

Apr 12th, 2002, 05:36 PM
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Ooops. Sorry, I see you said "round trip" which brings it back into the realm of reality. But I'd still rather pay a few extra dollars for my own taxi and not have to allow the extra time and the extra stops.
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 08:42 PM
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Thanks to whoever topped this...but it wasn't me (message posted 4/12/02 at 8:20 PM). Glad that you have enjoyed reading about my experiences however. I haven't been back a whole week yet and I am longing to return to Paris already. I'll spend the weekend sipping on some of the wines we brought back and sampling the pates, mustards, and chocolates...ahhh!
 
Apr 12th, 2002, 09:05 PM
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thanks daphne for the info... leaving for paris in one week... looking forward to the the trip to the wine country!
 
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:30 AM
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Kim - have a great trip and do enjoy the wines!

On my next trip (!!!)...I'm already making a list of things to do and places to go that we missed on this trip; we will definitely plan on going at a time when the vineyards are ripe with grapes. What a breathtaking sight that must be! The growing season had just begun when we were there this time, so we missed out on seeing miles and miles of grapes everywhere.

Kim, I hope the weather is as great for you as it was for us. We had sunshine and temps in the mid to high 60's every day...perfect sightseeing (and walking) weather!
 
Apr 13th, 2002, 05:09 AM
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Thanks for a great report, Daphne!
Paris *is* a special state of mind indeed I can't wait until I will be back there this June. YES!!!!
 
Apr 13th, 2002, 07:32 PM
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daphne, im hoping my travel buddies read your strand... very helpful. i too hope the weather is great.. keeping an eye on msn weather. kim
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 02:45 PM
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had to reply to this message one more time. too good for people not read. thanks again daphne! leaving for paris one week from tuesday! what was the weather like? warm enough for a short sleeve shirt and a blazer? or will i need a coat? thanks again for the wonderful info!
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 03:29 PM
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Kim:

Watch the weather reports before you go. I just got off a plane from Paris a few hours ago - it's been incredibly cold and windy there, and in the southwest it's been cold and rainy for the past 10 days. I almost died of heat stroke when I came outside at Dulles thi afternoon wearing the wool jacket I'd been wrapped in for days in France!
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 03:35 PM
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Daphne,
When you arrive in Paris and immediately have to call the Shuttle Co., do you need to have a telephone card to operate the phone?
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 07:00 PM
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Kim: I, too, will be on my way to Paris a week from Tuesday! Unless the weather improves, it appears we'll need clothes to counter both wet and cold conditions. I've been checking the daily temperatures. They've been ranging from the mid-thirties to mid-ffties, with cloudy skies. Yikes!

And I'm from Florida. Don't care, though. Paris would be great if I had to paddle a boat down the street and wave to polar bears on the corner.

Thanks for the trip report, Daphne!
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 08:03 PM
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I suspect Daphne's PariShuttle included a handling charge on the agent's part because the website quotes 17 Euros per person for a party of two (this is what we were quoted for our upcoming use this week). And, you don't need a telephone card - you just pick up the phone and dial the toll free number. The friendly person on the other end will speak English once you say "hello." I know there is a lot of debate about the shuttle, taxis, RER and the Air France bus, but my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the convenience of the shuttle even though we did not go to our hotel via a straight line. After all, it is Paris you are driving through!
 
Apr 14th, 2002, 10:17 PM
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Fodorites wanting to use Parishuttle contact me directly , quote Fodors & I will offer you a reduced rate for your transfer.
Looking forward to meeting the Fodorites that are already here this evening , Monday ,at the Café Conti.

See you there


best regards

Mark
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Apr 15th, 2002, 03:19 AM
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Yikes! Looks like I brought the good weather back home with me! (it's been lovely here in NY).

The Paris Shuttle does not require a phone card. You can just dial direct. And it is true that we did not mind at all that there were others being dropped off first...we had a good "sighseeing" trip along the way!

I do believe there was a handling charge added to our Paris Shuttle fee, but it was all done online through an agent, so this may account for any extra money we may have paid. The service was wonderful though and we have no complaints. After such a long plane ride we were thrilled to find our minivan waiting at the curb when we got there.

For Kim, Kathleen, Beth and everyone else leaving for Paris soon...enjoy your trips! and please let us have a report when you return. I'd love to hear how it went for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for good weather for all of you.

I hope you all have the most comfortable walking shoes as you'll wear your feet out if you don't. I had read all the threads here about which pair of shoes is most comfortable and did some shopping a few weeks before my trip. I found a pair of Aerosoles that seemed comfortable enough and wore them for a full week at home before leaving for Paris. I have no complaints at all about the shoes, they were indeed comfortable, but my feet and legs were still sore and swollen at the end of the day. Thank goodness for all the long lunches we ate...gave me a chance to rest my poor tootsies! A nice soak in the tub with some bath goodies purchased at Yves Rocher also helped out quite a bit!

BTW...if you like Yves Rocher products, they are incredibly inexpensive in France...well worth trying even if, like me, you have never tried them before. We found a store in Beaune and stocked up on bath fizzies and other items. L'Occitane stores are also everywhere if you like the higher end stuff. There's one just off Rue Rivoli in Paris and there's also one in Beaune. I stocked up on their olive oil soap and scented lavender candles.
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 05:10 AM
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Enjoyed the report. We will be in Paris, Versailles, Giverny, Beaune & Chamonix in June. What kind of wine is produced at the two wineries you mentioned? When you bring back cases of wine through customs, do you check it as luggage? Can you recommend good, reasonable restaurant in Paris (we're staying near Les Invalides)and Beaune area that my picky 12- and 14-year-olds will enjoy?
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Pam
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 08:35 AM
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Mark at PariShuttle is good for his word. Last week he contacted me and gave my party a discount on our ride in from the airport.
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 04:46 PM
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For Pam - the two wineries I mentioned here produced chardonnay, aligote (the white chardonnay style wine used in making Kir), and various red wines such as pinot noir. My boyfriend is the true wine connoisseur...I just drink what I like. We both enjoyed the wines at these two wineries. We had the Bouley vineyard chardonnay this weekend with chilean sea bass...really wonderful! It is called Saint Romain Blanc Chardonnay.

We checked our wine purchases (properly packaged) as luggage.

As for restaurants that your kids will enjoy, I would look for any sidewalk cafes that offer the menu in English as well as French. We saw quite a few in Paris as well as Beaune that had the English translation right under the French menu item. The sidewalk cafes are pretty good about posting their menus right on the street so that you can pick and choose among the literally hundreds of cafes you will encounter. I would think that the ones with the English translation might cater more to American tastes if that's what you think your kids will be most likely to eat. Most places offer chicken dishes like coq au vin, and remind them that whenever they see the word "frites" it means french fries! I'm sorry that I don't have any places in particular to recommend...we usually made a little game of choosing where to eat by walking a block or two and reading all the menus. If all else fails and the kids don't like anything at all...there are plenty of McDonalds in Paris. We even passed a Planet Hollywood in Paris (might be in the 9th arrondissement on Blvd. Haussman).

In Beaune there are many places to eat as well as little shops where you can stop to get a croissant, or a small quiche, or a sandwich...just as long as the kids realize it won't be bologna and cheese or peanut butter and jelly!

Have a great time and enjoy!
 
Apr 15th, 2002, 05:52 PM
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Daphne, this is a great report. I've copied it for my file (going in October). I've been to Paris, but never ventured out into the country, which is my goal this trip. I'll definitely try to use your tips for wineries and the market. Oh, and Paris shuttle!

If you think of anything you forgot, please post again.
 
Apr 16th, 2002, 02:42 AM
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For Mel - I don't know if I could stand it, waiting until October to go to France! But it's definitely worth the wait! One thing you will see that I didn't is the vineyards in full "bloom". If I'm not mistaken, you will be there at about harvest time as well.

You will love the French countryside. I have never seen anything quite so beautiful.

One thing I would recommend is going everywhere yourself rather than doing the tours. Although I don't have anything against tours, we just wouldn't have had the same experiences. We took our tiny rental car up and down the small cobblestone streets in the hilside villages and were able to stop where and when we wanted to. This gave us the opportunity to meet the local French people and get to know them and the way they live.

Also, if you do a search here on the towns or areas you want to visit, you will find even more information...some of it quite detailed. We also printed out some of the postings, specifically for the Beaune/Dijon areas and were very happy to have information on where to go/things to do/hotel recommendations, etc. We had read the Fodors travel book on France, but the recommendations found here were even better.

Have a great trip and do take pictures of the vineyards! They spread for what seems like miles and miles over the countryside!
 
Apr 20th, 2002, 08:27 PM
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Planning trip to Paris, Burgundy Region Sept/Oct. and very excited. Daphne, I'm pleased to hear you can send wines home. Where did you order? I've been told you can't do that due to regulations. Thanks for your report.
 
Apr 20th, 2002, 09:25 PM
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We will be there between mid-May and 1st week of June, is it hard to make a train reservations (on TGV) there? should we make a reservation here before we go, just to be on the safe side? Any suggestions? The reservation fee is $11 USD for each segment on Eurail.com
 

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