Kip Abbott / Manchester travel / Virtuoso / November 2018

We arrived at 5:30 ( 11:30 Paris time) & decided to stay at the Hilton.  In the past, Steve would always have driven. Life changes now that we are in our 80’s!  Steve is hiking to the airport to get the bus to the long-distance parking lot. Thank you for your part in what I think we all feel was a trip that could not have been better.  In the beginning, I thought the trip was a day or two long;  in the end, we found we did not have a day to shop! All pre-planned excursions & events were perfect. Our guides were ideal!  Have only positive things for you to report: friendly, accommodating & Smart.  Jillian did the transportation to & from the airport. He gets top rating from all of us.  We have no idea what his knowledge is outside of Paris.  One would not find a more knowledgeable guide than Jean Noel.  His depth of knowledge was extraordinary!  It appeared he knew everything there is to know about Monet & Chartres.  We also learned he is an World War I & II historian.  We did wish it had been a day trip to Chartres so we could have visited the shop & seen the town.  We all thought it might be fun to take a day trip with him to 1 or 2 chateaux another year!  As we breathed a sigh of relief leaving Boston 10/28, the thought of another trip was not in our minds!

We all enjoyed the Lutetia.  It is very modern.  We experienced only slight inconveniences because everything is electronically controlled.  Since it only opened 3 months ago, much work was in progress, principally a bistro on the street corner of the hotel.  At the moment, dining is limited.  We think that the large room where they serve breakfast now might be turned into a formal dining room.  I think Judy might be open to another trip, another stay at the Letitia to see the changes! :pensif:

No complaints!  These are simply 2 thoughts for us to keep in mind for our next trip!  We would have been more comfortable with more than the 3 hours between pick-up at hotel & flight time.  We had 2 quick stops for EST & one purchase, but we had the longest possible walk to the gate.  Second,  we really enjoyed our lunch at the Eiffel Tower and would go again.  On another trip, we will not schedule it for Sunday noon as we had to miss the organ playing at Saint Suplice!  The options for dining (bistros, brassieres & restaurants)are mind boggling.  We made out very well!

I copied Judy on this to make sure she agrees with everything I said.  She said it would be fun to meet you for lunch in Manchester sometime. We would enjoy that.  Again best to you and our sincere thanks, Val & Steve