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About MURPHY27

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    Rumson, NJ
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    history and culture, travel, volunteering, Mah Jongg
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    Viking River Cruises
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  1. The best location, I think, for first time visitors is by the Chain Bridge. Many hotels are in this area. I’ve stayed at both the Corinthian & Marriott. So much is within walking distance and/or tram.
  2. For group tours, there are several companies. Viator is a 3rd party booker as is Get Your Guide.
  3. I have had excellent guides found through both TripAdvisor & Tours By Locals. Check the tours offered for Nice on Tours By Locals & you can get an idea what’s offered; friends have used Catherine.
  4. We rented a farmhouse a few years outside Avignon & loved the city. Favorite day trips were Uzes, Ax, Isle-de-la-Sorgue, San Remy & Bonnieux. We often went on their market days.
  5. I have stayed in Lyon twice. Once at the large Sofitel overlooking the river and once at La Royal Lyon which I preferred. It’s smaller and well located on Place Bellecour & the metro.
  6. Yep! Same happens at CDG, AF often gets priority for takeoff & landing to keep their ontime statistics from crashing
  7. I was told VRC does not go to Honfluer because they can not get permission to dock there. Whether it’s because of ship design or oversaturation of cruise ships, etc, who really knows. Would be nice if the newly designed ships, not only dock again in Paris but eventually can sail past Rouen. I myself would do a second Seine cruise if it was single direction & not Paris to Paris.
  8. 1:30 is fine. The walking tour ends in time to return for lunch & afternoon excursions.
  9. Lines can be long, prebuy your tickets. You can get tickets & tours online @ http://en.chateauversailles.fr/ I used the Paris Museum Pass which offers untimed skip/the-ticket line “passport” admission to multiple areas & we also pre-arranged a tour, then bought tickets at the garden gate for access there & rented a golf cart to visit the back Trianon area. If in Paris at least 2 days & touring at least two sights/day, the PMP pays for itself and where necessary offers a separate less crowded entrance solely for the security line.
  10. I agree it’s very walkable. We did the morning walking tour which gave a good orientation to the city. Afterwards, we stayed in the city for free time. its very easy to walk to the bridge and take an elevator to/from the river. As to La Couronne, I have dined there twice, once long ago and again when on the Viking cruise-wonderful! I reserved in advance and it was full at dinner.
  11. RER B line offers both regular local & express trains from GARE DE NORD to CDG. Have to check SNCF if traveling in Europe.
  12. I’ve brought family to Versailles on the 9am train, did a complete tour & even some had time for the garden. Was back in Paris by 2pm train, but it does take a big block of time. Since short on time, stick to basics & forget rest. The Musee d’Orsay is a few blocks from Louvre- easy walk. There’s no way you can see everything, so walk through the statues to the back and take elevator to 5th floor & see the famous Impressionists. Then go back down & go to Van Gogh, skip everything else. Directly across the Seine is L’Orangerie. Go directly to the Monet Water Lilies & then leave. You will have see the best of both! Sainte Chapelle is great if sunny, the stained glass is then beyond lovely! Next door, is the Concergerie (where political prisoners were kept during the French Revolution, many on way to guillotine). Marie Antoinette cell has been converted to a chapel but an adjoining room is set up as her cell. Interesting, less than perfect, but the history is there. The Paris Museum Pass makes it easy to just pop in and not feel compelled to see everything.
  13. I use TSA locks and never have had one broken off.
  14. Never “ran” into the bird before. I probably witnessed most of the others however. Even once was ripped off by a Prague taxi that hotel had called; shame on me to auto assume the desk would call an honest ride. We had two cars- one was 90 krona and mine was 200! Lesson learned and now insist on only using a few companies.
  15. I don’t know of Parisians that would actually stop to help either. More like snicker & keep walking. Paris is like any big city, everyone has someplace to get to & they do not go out of their way to help unles maybe if you approach them for directions.
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