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    This is a thread is us traveling through France (Paris, Provence and the beaches of the Mediterranean) during Covid. There are few international tourists here currently. Covid is being managed nicely. The are few lines and the best things that make France special are open. Epicurean delights wherever you go which exceed your expectations. Markets are open, prices are bargains, Joy of freedom in the air. Youth are out. Beautiful women in summer clothes taking in the last days of warm weather. People polite and courteous to one another. Shops decorated and glad to see you. Unpacked metros, easy tickets on fast trains, and inexpensive rental cars and parking a breeze. Vive a la France.
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    We arrived in the morning jet-lagged and waited for our room to be ready…

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    Attachments come up as invalid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Attachments come up as invalid.
    working on that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Attachments come up as invalid.
    fixed!
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    Thanks, Ted.

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    Looking forward to this.
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    We have a Dutch expression: " Living like a god in France" , I wonder if you have achieved that.

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    a prediction: ted is about to kill it on the 'what's for dinner' thread
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    More postcards please

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    All I can say is "What kind of person goes on vacation during a pandemic? My answer to that question would likely get me banned.

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    I think the pandemic is being managed better and more sensibly in a lot of places. Ted it looks like you are having fun. It is inspiring and gets me further along thinking about taking such a trip myself soon.
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    Looking forward to details. How was the flight? Was testing involved? How often must you present proof?

    BTW: my memorable meal was at this very casual and welcoming restaurant. It’s at the north end of that Royal Garden beside the Louvre.
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    Looking forward to details.
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    If there was ever a time to visit France it is now. There are few foreign tourists. No tour buses. Lines are short for museums. Dining at your favorite cafe or Michelin star restaurant is only a stroll or a call away. Train passages are nicely distributed. No crowds pushing to get on. A vaccine card is requested were ever you go. Hotels offering mid week specials at half the rate of the weekend. Music is played on the street and laughter is filling the air. France reached 50 million vaccines over the weekend; leading it to one of the safest places in the world.

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    Place Des Vosges, in the Marias is a great place to stay. The antiques market was filled with treasures and the modern art was astounding. Definitely a place to return.

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    In Paris with little crowds on the street and a feeling of being safer here than in New York, San Francisco, Portland or Washington DC… you can walk for miles. And we did. Averaging 4 to 6 miles a days, people watching, photography, eating/dining at the center of finest as well as casual dining on the planet and taking note of the changes the city of lights.
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    The advantages of being jet lagged in Paris means your hours are off the peak. It makes for fine magic hour photography. Norte Dame being rebuilt

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    A walk over to the Latin quarter for a ham and cheese crepe, wine in a bag (or Orangina) and to sit and watch the boats go by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Looking forward to details. How was the flight? Was testing involved? How often must you present proof?

    BTW: my memorable meal was at this very casual and welcoming restaurant. It’s at the north end of that Royal Garden beside the Louvre.
    Dépôt Légal Palais Royal
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    https://goo.gl/maps/XRUhzEbfnWSXcQ1DA
    I’ll check that place out!

    Flying on United was ok. Economy plus almost as good as business class on the 767. Service was a bit rougher than other carriers and the food was ok. I am guessing American would be better. Coming from California it made sense as we already bought air tickets to Annapolis/Washington to see my son in the navy. on a personal note - we were going to drive to New York and Martha’s Vinyard but it proved a big hassle. The rental car alone there would have been at least 1200 dollars for the 10 days for a crap tin Nissan. It looks like we saved money by flying on United credits and touring France instead! We have taken trains, rented a luxury car for 40 a day, rode electric bikes, boat rides and walked everywhere. I feel although I have eaten my way through - we/I am much healthier due to the high quality of food and physical activity. Can you imagine that?

    as for getting here - you need a vaccination card from the CDC and a valid passport. we are using a credit card for most purchases which give us a stable decent dollar to Euro rate. Cash for tipping as very small purchases. You must carry your CDC card everywhere to go do anything. When outside or dining, you don’t need a mask. Out of dozens of times I have been here, I never have seen it so easy to travel, safer than I have witnessed and so open. since mostly French are only here, it is incredible. No seriously.
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    Speaking of the Place Des Vosges…there were some cool cars to check out that one doesn’t normally see.

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    someone’s daily driver.

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    My darling wife has a saying, why wait for dessert? If you walk as much as we did, you earn the right to eat every calorie! (i may have to repost do to a internet hang up)2FE5383F-BBBD-4555-A0E3-9228709BE83C.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    My darling wife has a saying, why wait for dessert? If you walk as much as we did, you earn the right to eat every calorie! (i may have to repost do to a internet hang up)

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    A shame as I enjoyed all the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
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    A shame as I enjoyed all the others.
    I was posting from the TGV at 296 kph.

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    fantastic. er, ah, fantastique.

    i did not know that "fruits" is french for "fruits".

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    I’ll tell you this… this French pizza is the best. Sorry Joe. The pizza from the 11th beats what ever I had in Brooklyn, Manhattan or Connecticut. The flour is French not American. My Gluten free wife ate a nearly the half pie herself. She did not get sick or feel icky.

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    I am constantly amazed at the quality of food here. the additives and poisons the US puts in the foods should give us all pause. No wonder we are fat and sick and the French skinny, healthier and live longer despite the smoking and drinking.
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    Also why is it that I live in and among Silicon Valley and I get 10 percent the internet speed at home (which I pay business class premium) that I get in a 16th century hotels at no additional charge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    I’ll tell you this… this French pizza is the best. Sorry Joe. The pizza from the 11th beats what ever I had in Brooklyn, Manhattan or Connecticut. The flour is French not American. My Gluten free wife ate a nearly the half pie herself. She did not get sick or feel icky.

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    https://www.peppeparis.fr/en/

    I am constantly amazed at the quality of food here. the additives and poisons the US puts in the foods should give us all pause. No wonder we are fat and sick and the French skinny, healthier and live longer despite the smoking and drinking.

    Probably the lack of glyphosate use on the wheat over there more than anything.

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    Was the silver car with the louvers at the Louvre?
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    fantastic. er, ah, fantastique.

    i did not know that "fruits" is french for "fruits".
    And the French do not have a word for entrepreneur.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    I’ll tell you this… this French pizza is the best. Sorry Joe. The pizza from the 11th beats what ever I had in Brooklyn, Manhattan or Connecticut. The flour is French not American. My Gluten free wife ate a nearly the half pie herself. She did not get sick or feel icky.

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    https://www.peppeparis.fr/en/

    I am constantly amazed at the quality of food here. the additives and poisons the US puts in the foods should give us all pause. No wonder we are fat and sick and the French skinny, healthier and live longer despite the smoking and drinking.
    Yep, even a fast food van at a Brest IFOS had a note pinned up identifying the farm that supplied the meet in the burgers.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post



    Yep, even a fast food van at a Brest IFOS had a note pinned up identifying the farm that supplied the meet in the burgers.
    is 'meet' the french word for 'meat'?

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Looks wonderful, Ted!

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    Fine, that you enjoy it! Many French (as many Italiens, Greek, Spanish, ...) do appreciate good food. And are willing to dedicate either time or money to it. Or both. The farmers markets with their affordable prices allow even people on a budget to eat well with good ingredients - if they prepare the food themselves.

    It is not impossible to find mediocre restaurants in France, but it is easy to find very nice ones.

    About travelling during a pandemic - at the moment might be one of the best times!!! I think you really picked the timing very very well. Risk is low if you are vaccinated, businesses and attractions are open again for the vaccinated, precautions are routine by now and there are only very few other tourists around, so, the staff has more time to look after their clients. It was a bit similar when going by boat this year - berths available everywhere, restaurant seats available in most places without prior reservation, nearly everywhere staff friendly and attentive instead of overstressed ... It won't last, likely next year, it will be back to normal. But this year - enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    is 'meet' the french word for 'meat'?

    Only in the south of France.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henning 4148 View Post
    Fine, that you enjoy it! Many French (as many Italiens, Greek, Spanish, ...) do appreciate good food. And are willing to dedicate either time or money to it. Or both. The farmers markets with their affordable prices allow even people on a budget to eat well with good ingredients - if they prepare the food themselves.

    It is not impossible to find mediocre restaurants in France, but it is easy to find very nice ones.

    About travelling during a pandemic - at the moment might be one of the best times!!! I think you really picked the timing very very well. Risk is low if you are vaccinated, businesses and attractions are open again for the vaccinated, precautions are routine by now and there are only very few other tourists around, so, the staff has more time to look after their clients. It was a bit similar when going by boat this year - berths available everywhere, restaurant seats available in most places without prior reservation, nearly everywhere staff friendly and attentive instead of overstressed ... It won't last, likely next year, it will be back to normal. But this year - enjoy!
    Thank you and well said. This unique window in time will not likely be repeated. Already things are changing and a new normalcy returning. The hustle of urban life and return to work is happening.
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    maybe the most disappointing meal. The tomatoes and cheve were good but the love was lost. It is nice to drink the old coke formula without the corn syrup..

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