I am scheduled to go on my first RS trip in early September on the "Southwest France: Bordeaux and the Perigord". I just wondered, for those of you who have been, what you think the weather will be like and do I need to bring any dressy clothes? I try to travel light with just a carry-on and don't want to bring too many clothes if I don't need to. Any other suggestions about the trip would also be appreciated.
Thank you! -Carrie
Carrie, I first stayed in the 7th Arr. on a first trip to Paris with Rick Steves tours. I felt comfortable in that area right around Rue Cler. I love being able to have a dozen or so restaurant choices for dinner so can have wine and just a short walk home, lol! I often stay at Hotel Beaugency on Rue Duvivier but have also stayed at Hotel l'Empereur and Hotel Muguet (both on Rue Chevert and owned by the same company), at Hotel du Champs de Mars (altho they have gotten a bit more expensive lately) and a couple others in the area. I want to have a hotel that has someone on the front desk 24/7 and where the reception staff recognizes me after a day or two. I want a Metro stop nearby and prefer it to be on kind of a side street. I want to be able to walk places if I want and I love to be able to walk to the Eiffel Tower on the afternoon I arrive. That view tells me I am IN Paris! I want a variety of restaurants to pick from with terraces.
I have stayed in a Best Western on the Right Bank at the end of a Road Scholar tour (Brittany and Normandy) but while it was clean, I did not like the location - street was a main thorofare and very busy and didn't have a lot of charm in my view. I see some of the Paris tours are now staying in the Marais and it looks like a better location but I generally prefer a smaller hotel. ~Pam