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  1. #1
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    My French Adventure

    I am going to start a new thread to write about my trip to Provence. It's now about 5:40 PM, we are going out to get a quick dinner, before the limo comes at 8 PM. Our flight doesn't leave until 11, so I actually might get some sleep. We originally booked on economy plus, and this morning we had an offer to upgrade to business class for a very cheap price, and we did it, so I'll have a flat bed seat. Not that I slept last time I had this, but that flight left a lot earlier.
    I've packed for these types of trips so many times, it's routine. I packed my bike clothes last night and my regular stuff this morning. Then I took a very short ride (<10 miles), since I've been resting, and went and got a gel manicure, something I only do before a vacation. Picked DH up at the body shop, so he can have some work done on his car while we are gone, and then we brought my bike to the LBS, since we discovered the embedded GPS sensor on my Silque was rubbing against stuff. They put on a smaller one; duh, small bike, should have a small sensor.
    Excited about seeing Paris for the first part of the trip. We are going out on Friday night with one of DH's colleagues and her husband and son. She has been to our house and we took her on a tour of historic sights in town (on a freezing January day), so it will be interesting to see her in her home environment.
    Au revoir (the extent of my 4 years of high school French).
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    Bon voyage et amusez-vous bien.
    Helene
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  3. #3
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    Merci!
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  4. #4
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    Sounds like a wonderful adventure is in store for you. I look forward to reading about it.

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    Bon voyage!!
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  6. #6
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    We have arrived in Paris. Actually slept some on the plane.
    Good sign is the flight attendants all tried to speak to me in French, so I guess I don't look like a "dumb American."
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    I've been really enjoying your posts on your great trip. I'm looking forward to your photos!

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    ShootingStar, we *did* see awesome scenery, and passed many castles, farms, chateaus, etc. I was very conscious of noticing this stuff, as I rode, because sometimes, I get too wrapped up in the riding. Just seeing the fields of sunflowers was above expectations. However, on other supported bike trips I've done, they always arranged walking/historic tours, trips to breweries, wineries, etc., sometimes places that the ordinairy traveler might not know about. And the restaurants we ate in (some with the group, others on recommendations from the leaders, on our own) were nothing but fantastic. The only cultural thing that was part of the trip was a cooking lesson/demo at the restaurant we ate in on the last night. We wanted the time to relax, and I am glad we did. I think part of it was dinner was scheduled too early, and I just felt like i had less time.
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    Very enjoyable to read about your tour. Sounds like it was a great experience. I sort of wish I could get DH interested in this sort of thing, but then I remember what a pain in the butt travelling to Italy was.

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    Why was traveling to Italy a pain? I guess, as a traveler, you have to be prepared and accepting that certain stuff does happen. And, in the world of air travel, it is worth it to pay a little more for upgrades. We are lucky that 1) we live on the coast and have access to a lot of non-stop flights (though when we went to Italy 2 years ago, we did fly through NYC) and 2) DH traveled for business, every week, Monday-Thursday for any years. He has permanent gold status on Delta because of this, so even if we are flying coach, we get to check in in a separate line and board earlier. On this flight, we had booked our trip on premium economy and got offers to upgrade 2 days before our flights. It was worth the extra money we paid each way. Let's put it this way, if we had originally booked business class, it would have been another 3,000.00 each and this way, we each paid an extra 300.00 going there and 180.00 coming home. The flat bed and the service are worth it, if you can swing it. We also paid 100.00 to become part of the TSA/Customs Trusted Traveler program. We went to the customs office and were interviewed and they do a background check. So now we get to go through a separate security line, no taking off shoes, etc. in most airports in the USA. We do not have to go through the regular customs line when we get back to the USA; just swipe your passport on a machine, it takes your picture and fingerprint, and that's it. No one looks through your bags, either, you just show your receipt.
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    On the flight out, we sat on the runway for 5 hours before they decided to scrub the flight and start over in the morning. During the trip, the 9/11 terrorist attack occurred and my flight home was 5 days after that. It was utter pandemonium! Getting out of Italy wasn't so bad, but the connecting flight out of Heathrow was pure hell. I remember standing OUTSIDE the terminal for several hours in the rain just waiting to get in the line to get in line inside the terminal. Not typical travelling conditions, but it made me wary of international travel...

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