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  •  France is not as expensive as you think (3+ / 0-)
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    sberel, Clem Yeobright, Turkana

    You can have a great time there for roughly $100 a day, including a car, staying at B&Bs and two-star hotels, picnic lunches and 15-euro dinners, and museum admissions.

    The airfare from NM would be the major expense, so don't go in the summer.

    But airlines are offering more deals than ever these days for off-peak transatlatic flights.

    $1,500 or so per person for a week or so in France is not much more than a week or so in NYC or at Disney World would cost.  

    A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

    by devtob on Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 05:19:34 PM PDT

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    •  Can't afford NYC or Disney World either. (2+ / 0-)
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      sberel, Turkana

      $1500 is a lot of spare change for some of us.  And I have relations there, too, and so could save on hotel some of the time.  I like the gites - there are wonderful wonderful places if you can speak enough French to get by.

      The river always wins. -- Mark Twain

      by Land of Enchantment on Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 07:20:23 PM PDT

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      •  we traveled all over france (2+ / 0-)
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        TheMomCat, Land of Enchantment

        drove highways and back roads to tiny villages, world war battlefields and memorials, palaces, castles, medieval monasteries, prehistoric sites, etc., and we have very little, and not very good, french language skills. with the right attitude, it's not at all difficult.

        •  Me, too (1+ / 0-)
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          Turkana

          But there were some times out in the country when the B&B host/hostess spoke no English.

          Somehow, we muddled through.

          And we got to see lots of stuff that's way off the usual tourist track.

          My fave -- following where my grandfather fought and was wounded in World War I, with his daughter, my mother.

          There were literally no other tourists at Blanc Mont Ridge in Champagne, the Montfaucon Monument, and the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon when we were there.

          Granted, it was November.  

          A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

          by devtob on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 04:33:57 PM PDT

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