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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 11:41 AM
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Hi Susan,

I would endorse the HOTEL DAUPHINE, but as my neighbor said who recommended it, “Remember, Helen, the rooms are small and the corridors narrow.” I did not need to use the tiny elevator because I was on the second (what the French call the first) floor.

The bathroom was spacious and modern. Not sure if they have air conditioning which I certainly didn’t need in early June when the weather was cold/damp. To me, the location was what mattered most and it did not disappoint.

I was somewhat flummoxed by my experience on the Paris Metro, particularly at the Charles de Gaulle Etoile (sp.?) stop.

Annhig, that’s good advice. I think that I was focusing more on the number of the Metro line, rather than the name of the end stop. Also did not realize that the doors on some cars to not open automatically. Passengers have to push them. And let’s not forget the stairs.

Patrick London, thanks for the web sites.
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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 12:33 PM
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Also did not realize that the doors on some cars to not open automatically. Passengers have to push them. And let’s not forget the stairs.>>

I watch what other people do. if you are not actually trying to go anywhere much but just practising, it doesn't actually matter if you miss the stop. just get off at the next one and turn round and come back. the advantage of the RER is that there's a nice long time between stops so you have time to get yourself together for getting off.
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Old Aug 1st, 2012, 05:46 PM
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Thanks, Annhig.

Not sure if I will return to Paris in this life, but if I do make it to London again, I promise I will try the Tube!
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 09:54 AM
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ldt - on the tube, you don't need to open the door yourself - they all open automatically.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Old Aug 3rd, 2012, 08:53 AM
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tdk320n - thanks for hanging in to this lenthy report!
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Old Sep 15th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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LateDayTraveler,
After reading your excellent London trip report, I looked for this one that I had read such good things about. I love your writing style and your descriptions of the places that you visited in France. I have taken notes for my next trip to France. I, too, loved Chenonceaux, but had very little interest in Chambord. I agree with you about how nice the Museum Pass is. I was once in a line at Sainte-Chapelle that was being cut off 30 minutes before closing, and only the holders of the Museum Pass were permitted to enter. I was even happier that we had purchased it. I loved the movie Midnight in Paris! As others did, I just added many books to my book collection! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your travels with us.
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Old Sep 17th, 2013, 09:09 AM
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HI KL467,

Thanks so much for your kind words and for plowing through this lengthy trip report. Glad that it brought back memories of your own trip to Paris and beyond. I also enjoy reading the reports of others and reflecting back on my own experiences in the same places.

I do not take pictures (unusual, I know) but I do like to write reports when I return. I intend to gather them (without crosstalk), add Google images of said places, and make some sort of a scrap book for my grandchildren to read in later years when they may be planning their own trips to Europe. Still on my “to- do list.” Any plans for future travel?

Again, thanks for your interest….
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We still haven't decided where our next trip will be. We usually go to Europe annually. Hubby wants to do an Alps trip and then go to Paris. Seems like everything always comes back to Paris. . I thought that I had seen a lot of Paris until I read your trip report! I now have so many ideas for the next trip to Paris.
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Topping to see if latedaytraveler has a newer report.
She always gets some informative feed backs.
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Old Feb 16th, 2014, 07:28 PM
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Hi Cigalechanta,

How nice of you to ask. You may recall that we met briefly last spring at the Fodors meeting in Westwood, MA. We have a mutual friend – CW.

I did a trip report last summer (2013) on my solo jaunt to London, followed by a tour which included Wales. If you click on my name, you will see it listed as “TR: solo again in London and Wales - more art, history, & literature.” Warning – it’s quite lengthy.

I always enjoy your observations, especially about France.
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