Today’s wholesale rate on the euro is â‚¬1.0 = $1.20. That’s an excellent exchange rate–and it makes a trip to Europe more affordable. Photo: checking out the hill town of Menerbes in southern France. Let’s go through the checklist:
a. Getting there. That’s easy. Condor has three flights a week from Anchorage (Tue/Sat/Sun) and one from Fairbanks (Thu). Fly nonstop from Anchorage on June 13, returning of June 22. The cost? Just $835rt all-in. Wow! Better deal? Fly from Fairbanks on tomorrow’s flight (June 10), returning June 17. Just $692rt all-in. Suh-weeet.
b. What’s going on? We went to France–and used the Bonjourparis.com site for information on activities, events, tips, advice–the works. Travel expert Karen Fawcett does a great job. Check it out. Subscribe. Photo: “Le Notre” in Paris’s 8th Arondissement.
c. Gear up. Magellan’s is your one-stop travel shop. We got those nerdy passport pouches, the handy power converters, airline-tough roll-aboard luggage and more. Check ’em out.
d. Train, train, train. You’ll love the TGV, France’s high-speed rail. Check out the Alaska Dispatch article I wrote. raileurope.com
e. Rent a flat in Paris. That’s what we did. Pascal has about 20 apartments from which to choose. Think kitchen, free wireless, phone, more room than a hotel, no pesky surcharges. Pascal even puts a cheat sheet in each apartment about where to find groceries, gifts, public transit–and the best patisserie!! GREAT for families. www.rentalfrance.com
Stay tuned–I’m editing all the video footage. Should be some nice stuff!
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