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Old 06-12-2012, 02:46 PM
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Default Planning a trip to France...suggestions?

I have finally given in to my wife's begging and pleading and have booked a trip to France. I have never been there, or out of the country for that matter, so I am looking for suggestions as to what we should do. We will be spending a week in Nice and a week in Paris. Either way, it looks like the boat purchase is being put on the backburner again for this vacation...thanks for your help and suggestions.
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http://www.francecruises.com/

You'll get to see a less touristy view of France and get to go boating at the same time...
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Read about Paris..it's divided into Arondissmonts spiraling from the center out. Lotsa really neat museums, cemeteries, historic stuff. Food sux. Rooms are not what you're used to. Learn and use the Metro..it's great. Watch out for gypsy pickpockets and purse snatchers.

Go the Pere Lachaise cemetery. Of course the eiffel tower. Walk alot.
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Do your self a favor and find the wine country and coast, med. coast and at least try to spend a week between the two. Great little towns and bed and breakfast. I spent a month there backpacking. Loved it.
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The segway tour of Paris was a highlight for us and the kids. I was skeptical, but it was a blast. Go for 4 hours.
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Versailles was awesome. I didn't think I'd like Paris, but I did. I went to Marseilles also, was nice to see the med but there's prob better cities....
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Buy up as many WW2 French Army rifles as possible. They are cheap. "Never fired - dropped once." If you get a rude waiter just remind him if it weren't for us he'd be speaking German right now.
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Don't believe the hype, the French wine here is much better, it's imported!
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I would recommend taking a couple of Valiums before going out to eat
in Paris. This will help you control the normally overwhelming desire to
choke the living shit out of the snotty waiter who will spit in your food,
you American swine.
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dont dress in jorts, sneakers and t shirts. try to speak a little of french, at least the formalities, be polite and not an ugly american and you'll be fine just about anywhere you go.
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
dont dress in jorts, sneakers and t shirts. try to speak a little of french, at least the formalities, be polite and not an ugly american and you'll be fine just about anywhere you go.
Sorry BB but I had to pipe in my thoughts on this. They're the snotty SOB's if it weren't for the Brave American Soldiers the French would be speaking German as GL had stated.
I would never visit France, those assholes should worship the ground that touch the feet of Americans. IMO if my wife had to go she'd go with someone else and I'd be buying my boat.
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Originally Posted by CJS View Post
I would recommend taking a couple of Valiums before going out to eat
in Paris. This will help you control the normally overwhelming desire to
choke the living shit out of the snotty waiter who will spit in your food,
you American swine.
LOL! Yea, they're there. (snotty is redundant when talking about a French waiter). Try to avoid the tourist places...no, AVOID the tourist restaurants!

The French don't use ice, btw.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post

The French don't use ice, btw.
They don't wash too frequently either. Nor do the women shave their armpits or legs

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Here's my suggestion....go to Italy instead! Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii......you won't be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by gator56 View Post
sorry bb but i had to pipe in my thoughts on this. They're the snotty sob's if it weren't for the brave american soldiers the french would be speaking german as gl had stated.
I would never visit france, those assholes should worship the ground that touch the feet of americans. Imo if my wife had to go she'd go with someone else and i'd be buying my boat.
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1. Don't be in a rush at any meal. Service is not a French "Specialty".
2. Cash. The rest of the world hasn't caught on to the whole Credit Card thing.
3. Skip France. Goto Italy.
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Originally Posted by jaredsrt View Post
1. Don't be in a rush at any meal. Service is not a French "Specialty".
2. Cash. The rest of the world hasn't caught on to the whole Credit Card thing.
20 years ago, even the crummyiest of French cafes would swipe your Visa card AT THE TABLE!. We're just now getting it. Amex, forget it. Sure, cash works. Don't take anything bigger than an American $20...they won't take it, even at a bank.

BTW, French tv sux, but the phone system is great!
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The French Alps are spectacular. Val dIsere and Chamonix are not to be missed!

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Go to the supermarket, bags of escagot in the frozen food section, excellent selection of foreign beers and baguettes go so good together.

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The impressionist/post impressionist/Beaux arts stuff is at the D'Orsay, not the Louvre. The Louvre houses La giconda (Mona Lisa). It's a tiny painting with layers of glass and surrounded by orientals.

Take a day trip to Giverny, monets country home.

Watch the great LeLouch movie, Rendezvous, before you go. L'toile to Sacre Cours in 10 minutes.....

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