Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

"french family's" vacation in South Dakota : a report of 15 days of quasi-perfection.

"french family's" vacation in South Dakota : a report of 15 days of quasi-perfection.

Aug 19th, 2006, 09:13 AM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 9,736
topping for sumreknot
CAPH52 is offline  
Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:30 AM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 17,226
topping
starrsville is offline  
Oct 3rd, 2006, 07:00 AM
  #23  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,588
Thanks for such a fun trip report, monpetit. I really enjoyed it.
sundowner is online now  
Oct 3rd, 2006, 07:50 AM
  #24  
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 8,304
Thank you for a great report. I loved hearing it from someone who does not live here. I also thought your response to Mary Fran's question was well stated and very true. I hope you have a wonderful time in Montana and look forward to your report.
gomiki is online now  
Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:09 AM
  #25  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 34,527
That was just a wonderful report, and a really good answer to Mary Fran's question. I think too often people look at "today's picture" only and can't see it in the context of prior history, if the even know the history. So glad you enjoyed your vacation and Montana is beautiful. I'm heading for Paris in about four weeks, third trip, love it there, and just can't wait!!!!
crefloors is online now  
Oct 6th, 2006, 08:28 AM
  #26  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 941
I certainly hope that your welcome here in the US was as warm as the welcome given to me by the French.

My husband & I have spent 3 weeks in France every year for the past 6 years. We usually spend a week to 10 days following Letour and the rest of our time is spent visiting quiet villages. Though we have never been to your part of the country, my husband prefers to ride his bicycle in the mountains, so we spend a lot of our time in the Alps.

Wherever we have stayed we have been overwhelmed by the kindness and warmth of the people we have met.

We have fallen in love with France and will continue to visit as often as we can.

My French gets better every year but I still have trouble spelling things correctly, so please forgive that this message in in English.
Celticharper is offline  
Oct 6th, 2006, 08:57 AM
  #27  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 556
Very nice trip report, monpetit. I enjoyed reading every bit of it.

I also wanted to add to a couple of things you mentioned about the status of Indian women (you noticed less elaborate graves) and the influence of European settlers. At one time, at least here in Wisconsin (not too far from SD), women were on a fairly equal level with men and had an important part in tribal governance and decisions. This changed once the Europeans started moving into this area and influencing the Indian culture since women had not had this level of stature in Europe.
janeygirl is offline  
Oct 6th, 2006, 10:10 AM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,137
Very nice trip report, merci Erik!
Judyrem is offline  
Nov 14th, 2006, 01:47 PM
  #29  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 17,549
Reviewing this in preparation for a return to S.D. next year. This is a wonderful report and it is heartening that these folks had such a good time on their holiday.
Dukey is offline  
Apr 10th, 2011, 05:02 PM
  #30  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 70,505
One of my favorite trip reports EVER
starrs is offline  
May 1st, 2011, 05:16 AM
  #31  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 9,230
starrs, thanks for digging out this awesome report. I find it amaising how someone on vacation, from another part of the world, can look at a prarie and rocks and with a new attitude turn it into a great adventure. I often can't see the forest because of the trees. Thanks to Eric for taking the time write this deailed report. merci
ziggypop is offline  
May 2nd, 2011, 08:25 AM
  #32  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 720
Yes, starrs, thanks.

We're going to the Badlands/Custer State Park/ Mt. Rushmore, et al area the end of August/beginning of September on our way to Glacier and Yellowstone. Have now added Erik's entire trip report to my travel folder. And, by clicking on his name, I found his Glacier/Yellowstone/Tetons trip report which I've also copied to my folder.

zippypop, you said it.

Fran
Floridafran is offline  
May 2nd, 2011, 02:41 PM
  #33  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 22,590
Trés bien, monpetit! I think you should ask for a refund from the riding. You did pay for 4 days!

It is indeed fun to read reactions to the U.S. by others.

As you say, the truth about us is in the middle-thank goodness modern travel and sites like Fodors make it easy to close all gaps!
TDudette is online now  
May 2nd, 2011, 04:29 PM
  #34  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 117
Great report(s) monpetit,
If you liked South Dakota prepare to fall in love at Glacier National Park; just phenomenal!!!!

Your choice of Many Glacier is just perfect, the best part of the park. Make SURE you get a balcony room or two in the hotel and be aware that there ARE Grizzly Bears close by. We saw one no more than one kilometre from the hotel, not far by Grizzly standards.

You will love Montana. Are you aware that road signs saying "Open Range" - mean "large black cattle but no fences"? NOT a place to drive at night! Enjoy!
madgicsh is offline  
Aug 20th, 2018, 12:09 PM
  #35  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,468
(tops ancient thread just to say: )

Oh, man, Faustine must be age 31 by now.

Where does life go...?


(I was just perusing the site, and it flashed into my head to enter "Faustine" into the search field)

(the only upside to all of this is that people love this long-ago trip report)


All hail Faustine !!
NorthwestMale is offline  
Aug 20th, 2018, 01:10 PM
  #36  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,760
Thanks for topping this thread, NorthwestMale. I was a new member when it was written and missed it. Really enjoyable to hear his views.

Initially I thought it was a current report. It's funny but often when this happens to me I have a sense of loss. How did I miss this? Did the poster stay?

Last edited by 5alive; Aug 20th, 2018 at 01:12 PM.
5alive is offline  
Aug 30th, 2018, 07:33 AM
  #37  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,468
Monpetit is still around when his need arises.


That just isn't every year.
NorthwestMale is offline  
Sep 1st, 2018, 06:41 PM
  #38  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 13,789
Originally Posted by NorthwestMale View Post
(tops ancient thread just to say: )

Oh, man, Faustine must be age 31 by now.

Where does life go...?


(I was just perusing the site, and it flashed into my head to enter "Faustine" into the search field)

(the only upside to all of this is that people love this long-ago trip report)


All hail Faustine !!


I love it that you are still thinking about Faustine twelve years later.
Nikki is online now  
Sep 3rd, 2018, 10:16 AM
  #39  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 70,505
What a joy to see this TR again!
starrs is offline  
Apr 16th, 2019, 06:27 PM
  #40  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,468
Originally Posted by starrs View Post
One of my favorite trip reports EVER

... yeah, because... Faustine!


(I had to search for this thread upon having just read someone write: "I hate it when people top old threads" )


(the Fodors internet misses Faustine)
NorthwestMale is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
coryandcarissa
United States
4
Jan 28th, 2008 07:19 PM
Gpanda
United States
4
Jul 1st, 2007 01:29 PM
Floridafran
United States
5
Jun 21st, 2006 07:10 PM
Suzie
United States
23
Aug 5th, 2004 09:41 AM
ARKANSASNURSE
United States
6
Jul 24th, 2004 12:58 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:49 AM.