France Nous Voici! (Here We Come!)

It is done, mes amies! Two tickets to fly to Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport are now reserved in mine and my daughter’s names…

*Above photo courtesy of

Now the fun begins!

I need your help. Where have you stayed which was beautiful but around $400 or less/night? I did see that we could get bunk beds in a hostel, but would our suitcases and belongings be safe all day while we are out shopping/dining/browsing/touring?

My niece’s wedding is on Saturday in Grenoble, so my thought was take the red-eye to CDG airport on Tuesday/land on Wednesday, check into our hotel, leave our bags and get out right away for sight-seeing in Paris! We land at 1:25pm so hopefully we can get a cab or shuttle to the hotel. We will probably look around a bit, grab an early dinner and head to bed (ha!). (You know me, I’ll be out photographing EVERYTHING!!!)

Versailles ~ Hall of Mirrors

Amy and I will spend two days ooohing and aaahing over Versailles and the gardens, and seeing whatever we can squish into our days there in Paris. We may have a couple of days on our way back from Grenoble, too. I would love to go and see the lavender fields but I just think there isn’t enough time in one week…

What are your experiences in France with security out on the streets or in the hotels? Can we walk around with our purses hanging around our necks or should we just take small wallets and keep in our front pockets??

Now the fun stuff!

We will arrive on Wednesday and stay in Paris for two days. What are your must see things to do?

Which arrondisement did you enjoy staying in the most? Left Bank or Right Bank?

I’ve looked at Courtney of French Country Cottage‘s post The Most Charming Apartment to Stay In as a start for hotel ideas.

On that Friday, we hop on a train to Grenoble. How do we do this y’all? Totally excited, but I am concerned about getting to the train station.

I finally got into the USPS last week and my paperwork is sent/uploaded with “expedite” for my new passport’s return. Amy will go right to the main location there in Austin this coming week and get hers done.

A Grenoble Wedding

five unique summer experiences in france part two

So, yes, we will have to travel to Grenoble sometime during the day. I think there is a dinner Friday night for guests and then the wedding on Saturday. I know there is hiking around Grenoble and it’ll be nice to go for a short hike and just ogle over the scenery! What mountains… Hope the roses and lavender will be in bloom!

Well, I am going to fire off this post and listen to all of your thoughts and comments! Please feel free to share with friends who you think might have some tips and advice for a good trip, thank you!!! πŸ’œ

Here are a couple of other pre-France posts I’ve shared in the past:

About France and a Little More Virtual Travel and French Inspiration ~ really this was my trip to Germany as a 19 year old college student on an exchange program.

Happy Saturday, y’all,

Barb πŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “France Nous Voici! (Here We Come!)”

  1. There is so much here I want to reply to — but I’m going to send you an email. I do have a wonderful hotel on the right bank near the Eiffel Tower and Rue Cler where we stayed — it’s currently 165 e/night (about 177.00) booking through their site. We loved the location. Paris is so walkable or with great mass transit. Check your email later this weekend for the Jeanie recommendations! (After several times there I have a lot of them!)

    The wedding sounds just wonderful — and how fun is that, to go to a wedding in France! You will have the most wonderful time!

  2. Have a wonderful time, Barb! I have been to Paris two times and it was amazing! Definitely visit Versailles!

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