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    France travel question

    In about 3 weeks I'm taking a trip to France. We are going to be in the Normandy area for a couple of days and then 7 days in Paris.

    Any recommendations besides the basics?


    We normally don't do tours but we are going to do a day long one in Normandy.



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    Re: France travel question

    The Louvre...



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    Re: France travel question

    I don't know, the French are ***holes...


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    Re: France travel question

    Speak in a cheesy French accent, they love that!

    Do go to the Louvre, allow at least half a day.


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    Re: France travel question

    No jokes yet about asking for freedom fries with your 'amburger?

    Anyway I'm jealous, that would be a lotta fun!



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    Re: France travel question

    Do NOT walk up to the guy at the front desk of your hotel and demand to know "Where your nearest McDonalds is"



    My friend and I still making fun of that girl for doing that



    Also if you want to take a picture of a McDonalds menu board that has "Royal with Cheese" on it, I don't recommend the one near Versailles, as the manager may come out and yell at you in french and delete the photo from your camera.

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    Re: France travel question

    Museums like the Orsay and Louve of course. I think the Louve is free after 5 on a particular day of the week

    I've heard the catacombs are good


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    Re: France travel question

    If you're an art lover, there's no way you can see the Louvre in one day...we tried. Also, we liked the Musee D'Orsay (lots of Impressionism there) very much, too.

    It costs a lot to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you're cheap, try finding another way to get a great view of the city.

    You have to check out the traffic around the Arc D'Triomphe. It's so crazy, I have heard that no insurance covers cars in that specific location. Stand and watch people get in near accidents and shout at each other.

    Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is a lot of fun. I was leaning against the wall, near the bathrooms waiting for my wife, when a Japanese tourist came up really close to me and started inspecting me like I was one of the statues. I intentionally made a sudden movement and she about wet her pants. The statues are that life-like.



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    Re: France travel question

    oh wee monsieur bonjour cool cat,
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    maurice a vaulzey effeil tower,
    o wee maria bagette vouze,

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    Re: France travel question

    Get a Beret that says "Rusty".


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    Re: France travel question

    I desperately want to visit Normandy someday. Congratulations on a trip that makes me jealous.



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    Re: France travel question

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    It costs a lot to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you're cheap, try finding another way to get a great view of the city.

    We only went to the 2nd level but it was still an impressive view. We went at night too, it was pretty spectacular


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    Re: France travel question

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Do NOT walk up to the guy at the front desk of your hotel and demand to know "Where your nearest McDonalds is"



    My friend and I still making fun of that girl for doing that



    Also if you want to take a picture of a McDonalds menu board that has "Royal with Cheese" on it, I don't recommend the one near Versailles, as the manager may come out and yell at you in french and delete the photo from your camera.

    maybe.
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    Re: France travel question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    In about 3 weeks I'm taking a trip to France. We are going to be in the Normandy area for a couple of days and then 7 days in Paris.

    Any recommendations besides the basics?


    We normally don't do tours but we are going to do a day long one in Normandy.
    You probably have your tour all lined up. In case you haven't I would strongly encourage you to hire this guy - Monsieur Bacon. Excellent tour. I have used him and people I have recommend use him have also used him. Never a complaint.

    And as far as the French being ********, I haven't had that experience, save for a time or two. And I don't have to travel outside of Polk County to find ********. On Monsieur Bacon's hotel or restaurant front door is a sign that says, welcome our heros - Americans, or something like that.

    Normandy tour hotel bayeux, visit of the beaches of the unloading d-day, overlord, in Normandy France

    Other tips:

    Travel light. My wife and I traveled with one suitcase and one carry on. Makes things much easier.

    Get your metro and museum passes here. don't be afraid of the metro! fantastic, easy to understand and use. don't forget your metro map! if you have a museum pass, it allows you to go to the front of the line. Yes, some museums have free days, but they will be more crowded. Get a few euros here before you get there - just so you have some "hit the ground running money". your metro map should also have locations of the attractions. if not, get one.

    have a picnic in the area of the eiffel. get some cheese, a loaf of bread, some strawberrys and a bottle of wine and eat it on a nice sunny day around the eiffel, instead of going to the top of the eiffel. good experience and save $$. we did this and purchased from a grocery store nearby.

    enjoy the heck out of your normandy day. Wow, what a place. watch saving private ryan before you go over there. that cemetary and museum experience is an experience you'll never forget and is a reminder of what so many sacrificed so we could post on cyclonefanatic.com. everything in that area was left as-is. so you'll see bomb craters as is - just overgrown with grass. german bunkers still there - and all black inside - from being flamed out by US.

    Try and speak the language. It is fun! and the French will appreciate you even more by making the attempt.

    "un carafe d'eau" is an expression you should learn if you want to save money during meals. you will get a pitcher of water this way, instead of buying bottled water, etc. meals add up, and it is a good way to cut a little corner. I will copy and paste a good way to say it from another website:
    At the restaurant, the menu has a fixed price including the dishes and the tip but NOT the beverage. If you ask for water, the waiter will bring you a bottle of water (still or sparkling) which will be added to the bill.

    "2 sentences can help you to save some money :
    1) 'Avec une carafe d'eau s'il vous plait' (with a carafe of water, please)
    and when the waiter come back with the meal,

    2) 'Excusez-moi, vous avez oubliť la carafe d'eau' (I apologize, you forgot the carafe of water).
    The 'carafe d'eau'' is free (the refill too) and they are reluctant to supply it."

    So much to see, so little time. You can easily spend a full week in Paris and still not see it all. One day in Normandy is good. were comfortable shoes (running shoes if you have them, and make sure they are broke-in).

    Ok, enough for now. Let me know if you have any specific quesitons.

    Other than that, I am jealous!!



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    Re: France travel question

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    Museums like the Orsay and Louve of course. I think the Louve is free after 5 on a particular day of the week

    I've heard the catacombs are good
    When my wife and I were there last year in Oct, we got in on Sunday for free (was good all day). Large crowd, which was to be expected with free admission.

    I'd recommend doing one of the open bus tours, should be able to get information on one just about anywhere. You get your ticket, and they shuttle you around town to the various stops, you can get off, spend as much time at each location as you want, then just catch the next bus to take you to the next stop. And when you're on the bus, they have headphones for you to listen to a narrator talk about various sights along the way. Definitely worth the cost (I'm thinking around 40 Euro per person?).



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