A trip abroad – Destination Paris

Published 21st March 2014
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The internet is brilliant, yes? You can find out everything you need to know about a topic, and even lots of things you really didn’t want to know too. This “information overload” is the reason for my post.

Planning a trip abroad can be an exciting time. Especially if it’s a ‘reward’ holiday, or one that’s been eagerly awaited for some time. I recently found myself in just that position; looking to arrange a break for hubby and I, as a relax and unwind holiday, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life (or Chemotherapy in my Hubby’s case).

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The beautiful hall in Versailles Palace in Paris.

The destination of choice was Paris. It was an easy decision to make – the automatic response when I’m asked where to go for a romantic break. Plus, we can manage the French language, so no discussions / disagreements over our destination were necessary.

Passports up to date? Check. Euros retrieved from drawers/down the back of the sofa? Check.

The problems arose when trying to decide what to do when we’re there…..

Personally, I like champagne, French food and wine, and to walk for miles in the sunshine, visiting as many “typically French” places as possible. Hubby? Well, his request was simply, “Anywhere that we can avoid crowds”. Oh dear.

With a dining room table covered in printouts of possible venues/sights/places of interest, the task in hand was then to compile a shortlist of ‘possibilities’. My shortlist was anything but short – our five day break would need to be a fortnight long to fit it all in!

The usual tourist attractions were shortlisted – The Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse, a cruise along the Seine (with dinner and wine – of course!), Palace De Versailles, The Champs Elysse, Sacre Coeur, etc. The list goes on, but I’m sure you already know that.

In the middle of my “info-fest”, Hubby declares, “Let’s look online”. Big mistake. Huge. Four hours later, we’re still no closer to compiling a shortlist. I’m starting to feel like I’ve already been and come back – and we haven’t even boarded the plane yet!!!

Next thing to do – practise my French.

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