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ladybug33 Nov 14th, 2012 05:44 PM

We're going to Paris in December for the first time as well. I'm from Europe but haven't been home for 4 years so I'm just excited that I will be in Europe again. We'll be in Paris for 6 days before continuing further east to be with my family for Xmas. We were thinking about going to museums but decided against it (except for Louvre and Versailles). There is so much more to exploring the city than getting stuck at museums (although I love them). So we decided we'll probably do Louvre, Versailles, Les Invalides, ET, Sacre Coeur, L'Arc de triomphe, etc .... the usual touristy stuff. Then Christmas markets and lots of walking around, eating, mingling with the crowd. Our hotel is at Montmartre and it was under $100 per night. (Honestly, what's the point of paying for expensive hotel if you'll just be returning there to sleep?!)
I am not a super experienced traveler but I can tell you this: although you want to be ready and want your trip to be perfect, there will be times when things won't be so smooth. (I certainly don't want to freak you out). When I came to NYC for the first time on my very first trip by myself, I accidentally gave $100 to a cab driver instead of $30. Sucker didn't say anything :-) I cried for a few hours and I learned my lesson (and it never happened to me again.) Now it makes a really good story to tell my friends.
You just need to relax and stop over-reacting. Asking if the French people are nice, etc is pointless. You'll find out for yourself. So take it easy and enjoy Europe!

ladybug33 Nov 14th, 2012 05:46 PM

I heard French are kind of reserved, too. But whatever. My husband is one of those easy-going, happy people that like to have fun and be silly all the time. So it will be an experience for us as well as French people! :-)

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 14th, 2012 07:58 PM

Oh, how exciting for you! I hope you have a great time!
Yeah, everyone's probably right telling me I'm over thinking this trip. But I just want to make sure I absorb as much information as possible!
Hope you have a great trip!

DebitNM Nov 14th, 2012 08:00 PM

"not something tourists would know of"

go back and re-read that article.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 14th, 2012 08:16 PM

I did. Am I missing something?

Jinky Nov 14th, 2012 11:10 PM

First off, great info here! Second, will someone please make this thread into a film? What with the overprotective uncle paying for the posh 5 star hotel, the bratty spoiled cousin, and the currency converter vs electrical converter conversation, etc.. this has the makings of a comedy.

Read all of it this evening and I have to say, it was insightful and entertaining!

I love this place.

"Everybody is supposed to be going somewhere -- it is not a chatroom." -- kerouac :D

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 14th, 2012 11:14 PM

Glad you enjoyed it.

Jinky Nov 14th, 2012 11:18 PM

ladybugg33 said:

<<<Our hotel is at Montmartre and it was under $100 per night. (Honestly, what's the point of paying for expensive hotel if you'll just be returning there to sleep?!)>>>

Oh no. Please tell us it's not the same one ratty one up thread that the OP ended up canceling - Hotel Gerando. Is it? :/

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 14th, 2012 11:43 PM

Have you been to Hotel Gérando?

By the way, I was wondering if there's a place on this website where I could document my trip? I know these threads are for questions, but is there anywhere I can post the details of my trip just to share?
I feel like I want to write it all down. Hopefully people will read it. And Jinky thinks it has the makings of a comedy, so I'll make sure to document everything my cousin says.
So where would I post this?

StCirq Nov 15th, 2012 01:28 AM

Have you not noticed that people use this site to post "trip reports" ALL the time? That's where some of the most valuable information comes from.

annhig Nov 15th, 2012 01:38 AM

By the way, I was wondering if there's a place on this website where I could document my trip? I know these threads are for questions, but is there anywhere I can post the details of my trip just to share? >>

passionfruit - if you scroll back to the top of this thread, look on the left of the screen and you'll see a button called "start a new topic".

click on there and follow the instructions. easy peasy.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 15th, 2012 04:38 AM

No I haven't noticed these trip reports.

Thanks for making that clear for me, annhig.

annhig Nov 15th, 2012 06:51 AM

no probs, passionfruit.

if you want to read some trip reports [and there are loads on Paris] scroll back up to the top, and click on the "search this forum" button on the right.

enter PARIS, and then select the trip reports - they have a special orange square next to them.

happy reading!

[BTW, if you look on the left-hand column where all the current threads are listed, you can tell which the trip reports are by the same orange square].

kerouac Nov 15th, 2012 07:00 AM

You can also click on somebody's name to see what else they have written about on this board (for example, if you click on my name you will find a certain number of things labeled trip reports even though, uh, I didn't actually have to make a trip to report about Paris).

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 15th, 2012 07:37 AM

I'm jealous. I want to live in Paris so badly.

Jinky Nov 15th, 2012 09:15 AM

Passionfruit, yes, please make a report! I think you are adorable.. and I hope my girls are as inquisitive, adventurous, funny and sweet when they are your age.

And we want photos, and videos if possible! I'd love to see you drag your cousin to Père Lachaise, preferably when it's dark.


passionfruitdrink37 Nov 15th, 2012 09:23 AM

That's so very kind of you to say! Thank you!
I will be making a report, so people can get some information, and at the very least, be entertained. This being my first trip, I'm sure I'll make some mistakes people will find amusing.

ladybug33 Nov 15th, 2012 11:43 AM

Jinky: haha but no, it's not Hotel Gerando. It's Hotel Jardins de Paris :-) I do read reviews before making reservations for hotels/campground/cabins etc. Most people had a really good experience, some not so much. You can't please everybody. So we'll see. Honestly, as long as it's bedbugs free (here's to hoping), has warm bed and hot shower, I'm fine.
Besides, all the hotels were full or almost full (this one had 2 rooms available) when we made our reservations in March or April.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 15th, 2012 04:36 PM

Wouldn't it be funny if I walked past you in Paris in December, ladybug? Without knowing who you are! Ha. Or maybe I'll have an altercation with one of you who live in Paris.

annhig Nov 15th, 2012 11:10 PM

I've got a Fodors bag [a bright unmistakable orange] that Moolyn very kindly gave me when we had a mini GTG on her last visit to Cornwall, but I don't feel like carrying it around with me everywhere when I'm on holiday, though it does come in useful when as usual i've bought too much at the market.

as an alternative, i think that Fodors should offer us an orange tie, scarf, or even a brooch. then we wouldn't sit there like lemons wondering whether someone we've just insulted in the lounge is actually sitting at the next table.

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