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Sept. 2012: Most recent visit to the City of Lights was during a heat wave. It was very humid and hot, but at the same time Paris seemed extremely beautiful under sunny and blue skies. We traveled as a family en route to Manchester, UK. So it was a short but fantastic stopover.
March 2010: Decided to stopover for two days in Paris before travelling onwards to Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. My stay at the famous Hotel de l'Abbaye St. Germain was meh. Yet I loved my visit as I got to stay in St. Germain des Pres again, had wonderful sunny and relatively warm weather, and my flights went off on time without problems. Not sure when I'll be back, but I hope it won't be too long again.
March 2009: What a long time to wait to revisit Paris, but some things are unforseen. Better late than never and all of that stuff...We finally got the reward ticket issues together and booked Air France almost losing our reservations thanks to AF deleting them & our reserved seats! Must have been an omen because this trip the taxi drivers were nuts and tried to be rip off artists as well as the entire hotel staff were let out of the mad house as they were all schizophrenics. So do not stay at Grand Hotel de l'Univers unless you want to be treated badly (and strangely) although I heard that they are trying to rectify this as well as their other oddities (e.g. elevator that's wacko and power that shorts when the lights and TV are on at the same time as you use their hairdryer). Thanks for allowing clients to comment about your properties, Best Western. Better have them get their acts together lest they drive away tourist money in these horrible economic times!
Anyway, some good came out of the visit: the weather was fab (we had one overcast day and the rest were sunny and downright warm for March-NO rain!). And the St. Germain location was fine. Les Deux Magots for a late night meal was a godsend-fantastic servers and not out for any tips just plain considerate, kind waiters. Now why can't the hotel and taxi personnel behave like that?
Was a mixed feeling trip spoilt upon arrival by our hotel staff, but Paris is Paris and that made it all right.
But let's see where else we can venture besides Paris.
To be continued...someday.
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