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I really want to go to Paris but am single & old! I am in good shape tho downhill ski, walk, swim,& workout.Hate to go alone . Want to celebrate my 80 th with a trip to Paris. Doable? Nancy

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Comment by Dodge Amaral on December 18, 2007 at 3:53pm
Hi Nancy: Having been to Paris dozens of times, I can easily say that, though large in presence, Paris is relatively small in size, making it a city for walkers. I'll be happy to make it to 80 period but if you're in enough shape to ski/swim/walk/workout, you should have no problem with Paris. Best part is you can enjoy all the great food and walk most of it off, too. Hope that helps.
Comment by Dave King on December 19, 2007 at 5:23pm
My wife and I have done two Paris untours. Don't hesitate. You can do it. People are friendly, the metro is easy, and there are very few hills.
Comment by nancy goughnour on December 20, 2007 at 10:33am
Dodge & Dave..Sounds great, but am wondering if I can do it alone if can't get anyone to go with me Nancy
Comment by Dodge Amaral on December 20, 2007 at 10:54am
Hi Nancy: To be honest, it's hard to say since I travel mostly for work (Untours) and nearly always travel by myself. As opposed to a driving-based trip, where having a navigator is a great help, I don't think city programs have that same dynamic. So, if you're comfortable in your own (tourist) skin, so to speak, I see no reason being on your own should deter you. Having companionship does often make for a more fulfilling trip but I think it's better to do Paris on your own than not do it at all. Hope that helps a bit.
Comment by BrendaF on December 20, 2007 at 1:20pm
I went to Paris alone, and I can't do most of the things you can, even though I'm 25 years younger than you are. I agree with Dodge: it's better to do Paris on your own than not do it at all. I had a wonderful time. I didn't have any trouble getting around -- and I covered a lot of Paris and took several day trips out of the city. I was fortunate to run into some of the other Untourists when I was out, and enjoyed the serendipity of visiting with them on a train ride, before a concert, etc. Do you have specific concerns? If so, let's hear them, and we'll try to address them.
Comment by nancy goughnour on December 20, 2007 at 2:02pm
thanks for the feedback..I'm pretty independent so what the heck why not go..Nancy
Comment by Mary Lou Grier on December 20, 2007 at 7:25pm
When will you be 80, Nancy? I've tried to never stay in
Paris, because the locals have been so rude if you don't
speak French - hopefully that will be better now that they
have a new President who seems to like the USA more.
But I've been to Provence and just love it there - and
they seem to like Americans - and I'd go back there in
a minute. Have you thought about Tuscany? You'd
really love that place!
Comment by nancy goughnour on December 21, 2007 at 9:24am
Mary Lou, I will be 80 July 4 ! I have been to Provance on an Untours trip, loved it too. Always wanted to go to Paris tho..Do not speak French. Does anyone in the world like us anymore? The "Current Occupent" has screwed things up so badl y as to be unretrievable.Nancy.
Comment by Mary Lou Grier on December 21, 2007 at 9:53am
Fortunately, the Italians love us! Don't forget, I'm from
Texas so let's don't get into politics. Besides, I've been
good friends of that family for more than 40 years.
Comment by Marilee Taussig on December 21, 2007 at 12:20pm
Hi Nancy,

Can't help but hop in here (no matter what your politics, Paris is a winner, in my book).

I would choose Paris as a destination as a single traveler any day of the week. There is really no down side.
The city is impossible NOT to fall in love with. I truly believe that Paris --its food, its art, its architecture, its style, its atmosphere --is one of the most delicious experiences to be had on this earth. I have strolled down so many streets, people-watched in so many cafes and been fascinated --all on my own. Its great to share, but also fascinating enough to savor by yourself.

Mary Lou, I have to offer you another way to look at Parisians. With a longer time to get to know them, I found that Parisians, like many city dwellers, they have a different way about them that can often be mistaken for rude (the French in general simply don't smile at strangers....it is almost rude TO smile at a stranger.) They really warm up, if you say Hello first! ("bonjour" even with a bad accent can do the trick as a gesture of respect.) Americans are used to approaching someone and getting down to business without a greeting....that always takes a French person by surprise, as they have been raised to always greet, and say goodbye, in even a short encounter.

In short, GO! I predict it to be the time of your life!

If you go with a positive frame of mind, you will discover one of the most wonderful places on earth.


PS: My husband did NOT want to go to Paris. I drug him anyway....last year for 4 months! NOW, without a word of French, he is trying to figure out how we can RETIRE there!


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