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Trip Report - Milan to Loire Valley to Paris (continuation of our Rome, Bologna, Sirmione, Orta, Milan trip)

Trip Report - Milan to Loire Valley to Paris (continuation of our Rome, Bologna, Sirmione, Orta, Milan trip)

Old Jul 16th, 2002, 03:25 PM
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Sue
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Thank you, you understood exactly what I wanted to know. Your comments confirm for me that so much of the time, how we perceive a place depends on context - what we did just before we visited, what we are going to do later, and of course, whether the 'bang' is sufficient for the buck or time we spent getting there.

I also have to agree with you that the English style 'jumble of flowers' has it all over the impressive but undeniably rather restrained French formal garden. Thanks again for your response.
 
Old Jul 16th, 2002, 06:09 PM
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Russ,
Your comments about Giverny were really on the mark. You stated well what is magic about the place. We fell in love with Giverny the second we walked in and saw the maze of flowers.
I will, however, strongly disagree on one point you made, specifically that you might not enjoy if you had spent a couple hours on a train or whatever getting there. Well, we were stuck in the most horrendous traffic jam possible getting there. A trip that normally takes less than an hour from Paris took nearly three hours. That driving experience didn't dim our enthusiasm one bit....and we'd do it again. Giverny was definitely one of the highlights of our two-week trip.
 
Old Jul 16th, 2002, 06:12 PM
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PS: You might want to check out the photos from my trip which include three of Giverny, including one taken from the window of Monet's kitchen.
http://traveurope.net/fodorite/fodor.htm
 
Old Jul 16th, 2002, 07:51 PM
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Howard,

Thanks for the link to your Giverny photos. If I get my act together, I'll try to post mine as well. I'm glad that you felt that it was worth even the 3 hour trip. To be honest, I probably would have enjoyed the gardens just as well even if it had been more effort getting there.

On the other hand, the guy that said he thought it was a waste of time had gotten off of a tour bus. Imagine what he would have thought if he had actually gone to a lot of trouble!
 
Old Jul 17th, 2002, 10:25 AM
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Russ:
A couple questions about Bologna. We'll be there for the first three days of an October trip.
1. Do you know if there are any direct flights from NY/Newark?
2. Where's a good place to start researching to plan an itinerary? (My searches haven't been that successful.)
Feel free to email me directly to avoid boring others!
 
Old Jul 17th, 2002, 11:36 AM
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Great trip report, filled with interesting dialog and useful information. I've been to these locations -- my favorite in the Loire Valley being Le Clos-Lucé.

Since we're sharing, here's the link to my photos of Giverny.

http://www.travelswithdiane.homestead.com/france3.html
 
Old Jul 17th, 2002, 02:07 PM
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Howard,

I also emailed you, but in case anyone else cares, here is some info:

1) I know of no non-stop flights to Bologna from anywhere in the U.S. You can fly from most European cities, however. I had visting friends stop in London, Paris, and Frankfurt; and I have made stops in Rome or Brussels when I was traveling from LA to Bologna and back.

2) I have a book I like called Bologna Italy by Galliamard Guides. There is also the Blue Guide or Cadogan guide which you can find if you do a seach on Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com.

3) Try this website for more info:

http://www.comune.bologna.it/bolognaturismo/GB/frame_about.htm

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Diane,

Thanks for the compliment and the Giverny photo link. Your photos are beautiful. Some day I'll post mine.

russ

 
Old Jul 18th, 2002, 06:53 PM
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Russ...did you book the Millesime direct or through and agency or website?
 
Old Jul 18th, 2002, 08:42 PM
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I've got a question, Russ... We are planning a cruise next year and will be seeing the Loire Valley prior to the cruise. I'm thinking 4 days in the Loire Valley for a few reasons... 1. we have the time 2. we want a leisurely vist with some chateaux, some wine tasting, some sightseeing in some of the quaint towns Now for the question... do you think we'll get really bored with 4 days? Can we achieve what we want with only 3 days? Should we do 5 days? I'm waiting to hear your answer and thanks for all the information you've imparted in your postings. Sandy
 
Old Jul 18th, 2002, 09:20 PM
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Luann,

I booked with pariserve.com, but received confirmation back directly from the hotel.

Sandy,

We were there for 3 nights, so we had 2 full days for sightseeing. It would have been nice to do some wine tasting, visited some other towns and cities (we bypassed Orleans and Tours completely), and spent more time at our wonderful hotel relaxing. Keep in mind also that we did not see the Loire Valley, we saw part of maybe 1/4 or 1/5 of the Loire Valley.

If I had it to do over again with an extra night, I would book two nights where we were, for easy access to Chambord and Chenonceau, then moved for 2 nights to the west, between Saumur and Angers. The travel day could be spent seeing Tours and Villandry, since they would be on the way. I can't say if I would spend a 5th night. It depends what my other choices were.

Have fun!
 
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