What to wear Paris and Provence

Jul 10th, 2001, 07:55 AM
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What to wear Paris and Provence

What should a couple wear and pack light for a 2 week trip. Suggestions for cool weather other than blazer,and wet weather. What kind of shoes do the people in Paris wear for walking. Is their such an item as microfiber mens underware?
Jul 10th, 2001, 08:35 AM
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Silk is warm and cool
Long sleeves (cotton knit or weave)
Lightweight sweater that can be worn by itself or layered
Extra socks, and two pair of shoes
For wet weather, an umbrella (Totes makes one that weighs nothing) or waterproof jacket with a hood

There is "travel underwear" for men; try Travelsmith or Tilley catalogues.

Shoes: I prefer sturdy leather shoes in brown or black with THICK rubber soles. I can't wear hi-tops, so one pair of low-cut ties shoes and one pair slip ons. You'll see all kinds of footwear in Paris; wear what is comfortable for you.
Jul 10th, 2001, 10:12 AM
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Spent several days in Florence and Ligurian coast. First, it is very hot.
Silk, cotton and breathable fabrics cannot be beat. Wife and I saw sneaks and sandals everywhere, comfortable
footwear cannot be stressed too much.
If you can, try to keep it to a few
basics but dress for the heat but be
prepared for cool if you go in the hills. We were very leery about footwear and clothing but found that
simple casual, dress up or down with
accessories worked best. We stayed in
a 4 star conservative hotel in Florence
and saw Germans looking very spiffy at
breakfast, some Swiss very laid back,
other Europeans in (yes) jeans!! but not American types. Happy to share if you want to know more. Tom
Jul 10th, 2001, 10:16 AM
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Chalk that Florence answer up to jet lag- just got back. Went to Paris,
Aix, Nimes and Arles as well - and basically the same thing. The hotel in Aix tended to be a little more dressy.
My wife and I agree that France more formal but nowhere did we find a lack of American type sandals or sneaks. Tom
Jul 10th, 2001, 03:53 PM
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You can find several styles of men's underwear in silk in the WinterSilks catalog. Very fast-drying (overnight) when doing the wash-in-the-sink-in-your-room number.
Jul 10th, 2001, 05:36 PM
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Don't know about microfiber men's underwear, though I do know silk is wonderful, cool in summer and warm in winter. Whatever you do do not buy your poor husband nylon shorts, I did and I am still hearing about it after 15 years, not only that it didn't dry that quickly ( the elastic part) . I always hope for heated towel racks so the regular cotton stuff can be dried overnight.
I find microfiber anything uncomfortble, great for purses but the clothing just does nothing for me!

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