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Old Jul 12th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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Thank you, Latedaytraveler. You provided wonderful information and very practical advice. It was a joy to follow along with you on your travels.
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Old Jul 12th, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Wonderful report, latedaytraveler. Lots of tips for future trips and some reading and preparation beforehand.

You're an inspiration to those who find excuses to put off their desires - and to the rest of us.

Merci beaucoup.
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Old Jul 13th, 2012, 05:18 AM
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Kansas and Eigasuki,

Thanks you so much for your kind words. Paris is a jewel with so many facets – each of us explores and refracts it in our own unique way.
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Old Jul 14th, 2012, 08:39 AM
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Another errata – the Gipper gave his speech at Pointe du Hoc in 1984 - not 1884 LOL
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Old Jul 14th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Wonderful trip report. I've been to many of the places you described. Thanks for bringing back happy memories. Now I need to plan another trip to Paris, but first I want to read the books you mentioned.
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Old Jul 14th, 2012, 05:16 PM
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Saraho, thanks for your kind words. Are you planning another trip to Paris soon?
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 10:17 PM
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Dear Late Day Traveler, I'm loving your report; I will be in Paris this next June (along with the Dordogne region). I'm also an English teacher, and have taught Ethan Frome. Love Edith Wharton, so I will attempt to visit her home there. Thanks also for the information on Marottan- Monet. I also want to do the Hemingway walk.

In addition, I plan to find some of the Chopin places, and will visit George Sand's home in Nohant.

Thanks so much for sharing your rich experience. I usually travel solo, and will this time, as well.
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 05:08 PM
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Susan001, thank you for your kind words – nice to hear from a fellow traveler, particularly on who is into Edith Wharton. I did not see the sign on her abode on rue Varenne, but when I googled the name of the street, I found a copy of the plaque – very interesting.

My problem was that I forgot my notes with her exact address the day I went to the Musee Rodin which is at the end of the street.
Just wondering, where are these “Chopin places”? And where is Nohant – read about it lately.

Haven’t been to the Dordogne but I hear it is beautiful. Do you speak French?

All the best…
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 06:28 PM
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Just found this thread and really enjoyed your trip report. We too thought the Paris Museum Pass was well worth it and we also enjoyed Musee d'Orsay and Rodin, especially the gardens at Rodin for relaxing.
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 06:35 PM
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Fabulous! Thank you so much for putting in the time for this incredible trip report. I am traveling solo for the first time Paris in September and it is quite encouraging to hear how it went from another solo female. It is much appreciated.
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 07:51 PM
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I forgot to mention, when I went to Paris in '05, I bought my museum pass ahead of time online and it was waiting for me at my hotel when I arrived. I wish I could remember the name of the company I bought it from -- well worth it!

I agree with the others that this is a fabulous trip report.
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Hi, LDT, I just saw your reply. No, I do not speak French beyond some basic polite expressions. I'm reading a biography entitled Chopin in Paris (I'm also learning one of his Nocturnes). I found a couple of sites that were helpful regarding Chopin & Sand places, including these:

http://www.travelsignposts.com/Franc...g-chopin-paris
http://www.francetoday.com/articles/...opin_sand.html

Thanks for the information regarding Wharton. I'll make sure I have an address.

Nohant is located south of Tours (but north of the Dordogne) in the region of Berry.
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 03:41 AM
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Europeanovice, thank you for your kind words. The MUSEUM PASS is really great – it sort of propels you along. Example, on my last day in Paris I would not have bothered getting into that very long line in front of Saint Chapelle if I had to buy a ticket – guess it’s just psychological, eh?


Mogsanova, good luck on your first solo trip to Paris. As I said in my report “it’s an acquired taste.” My focus on this trip was to see those museums/places that interest me. I checked them out thoroughly on line beforehand as I am sure you are doing. Where are you staying in Paris? The city is much more spread out than I had imagined.

Looking forward to hearing about your trip in September.
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 03:44 AM
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I am still enjoying this post - I just saw the Chopin references. I leave soon - I had better stop reading...my list is getting too long.

latedaytraveler - which tour company did you use for the Loire?
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 06:23 AM
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Hi Kelsey, I also found Chopin references very interesting. No matter how much you plan, you can't do it all.

Tour- GLOBUS "NORMANDY, BRITTANY, and CHATEAUX COUNTRY" first 2 night and last one in Paris. Four nights on the road.

Personally, I prefer INSIGHT TOURS but they are more costly.
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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Again, a wonderful TR and I enjoyed your final comments. I do agree about taking tours when they get the tickets bought, do the driving, and provide great info.

Hub and I took from Paris a Cityrama tour of Loire. We visited Chenenceau, Chambord and Cheverny. The latter was occupied so it was even more interesting to see evidence of modern life. There are over 100 hunting dogs.

Glad you are still able to get around well by "footmobile"--it makes a big difference!
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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TDudette, thank you for following along on this safari. Didn't think it would be so long

Agree about the tours - really makes it easier.

Happy travels to you ....
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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Hi Susan001,

Thanks for the websites that feature Chopin in Paris – very interesting. Regretfully, I am not well versed in classical music but I do like Chopin. Good for you to be playing his music.

Following his trail will really enrich you trip. We will all be waiting for a report.

Happy travels…
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 06:26 PM
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We loved Saint Chappelle and we went into the Conciergerie next door because we had the museum pass with us and said why not. It was interesting too.

We didn't like the Orangerie museum as much either. Next time we have to check out the MUSEE MAROTTAN-MONET.

Glad you had a wonderful time.
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Old Jul 18th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for a most unusual, informative and and entertaining report! It was fun to read, and will be earmarked for future trips! (And future reading!)
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