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#21 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 2351 PM

Any thoughts on a base?  I think we will have to move around rather than staying in one place.  Certainly Vimy & the other WW 1 battlefields are doable from Paris (there are even tours if we want to put it in someone else's hands), but I think we will need to stay somewhere to do Normandy and Cherbourg and then Saumur.

 

Post trip, I am planning a few days in London to do some more sightseeing. This time, I think the RAF museum and maybe another trip up to Duxford...


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#22 Harold Jones

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 1051 AM

Just looking at the map Caen might make a good base for the Normandy portion.  Realizing that Tanknetters will expand any activity to consume all available time, and that no battlefield marker or museum is too obscure to be bypassed, here is my rough guess at a schedule.

 

June 13-15 Paris

16-19 ww1 Battlefields 
19 travel to Caen
20-21 Normandy 
22 Cherburg
23 Saumur 
23 Back to Paris

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 1146 AM

Les Invalides are whole day visit, it took me two tours of about 3 hours each just to skim it. It works IIRC 9am-5pm.


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#24 Harold Jones

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 1157 AM

Les Invalids & Musee d'Orsay are the only two museums I plan on visiting in Paris this time around.  If I can figure out how to get there and have time https://www.abmc.gov...morial-cemeteryis on the list as a nice to see.


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 1913 PM

Looks like I can travel then



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 1336 PM

Looking good.


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#27 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 2316 PM

I wonder if going with something like this for the WW1 battlefields might not be worth taking a look at:

 

http://www.terresdem...e-two-day-tour/


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#28 Harold Jones

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 1510 PM

Could be pricey, but otherwise looks like a good option.  


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 1553 PM

Bumping this as we are getting to the point where early flight and hotel bookings pay off.

 

The big question is whether to do self guided tours or arrange something like the one Allen posted earlier. There are a variety of guided tour operators, and most offer both day trips and multi-day tours.  Several will also offer customized itineraries for small groups. 


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#30 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 1710 PM

I agree, we need to get moving on this. I am fine with self guided or going the tour root.

I think the first step should be a roll call of whos in and whos out.
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#31 Leo Niehorster

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 1756 PM

I'm in.

 

Need to fix the exact dates.

Next, let's agree on an itinerary, and then on accommodation(s).

I rather liked the object-orientated, local guided tours, such as we had for the Maginot Line and Westwall. Obviously, where offered.

[Alternatively, we can read the book, wander around aimlessly, and just enjoy the sights and company.]

 

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PS

I personally feel that a roll call for "who's out" would be excessive. :P


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#32 Harold Jones

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 1807 PM

Since no one else has complained I have decreed the exact dates are to be all of or some portion of June 13th-24th.  I'm planning on the full range, but I understand some folks may only be available for a smaller chunk.

 

Edited to add the tentative Itinerary.

 

June 13-15 Paris*

16-19 ww1 Battlefields 
19 travel to Caen*
20-21 Normandy 
22 Cherburg
23 Saumur 
23 Back to Paris*
 
*Hotel locations

Edited by Harold Jones, 13 March 2018 - 1823 PM.

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#33 Allan Wotherspoon

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 2351 PM

Looks good.  I will probably arrive on the 13th in Paris and I will depart for London on the 23rd in the evening or the morning of the 24th.  Going to spend 4 nights in London and try to fit in another visit to Bovington.

 

Where in Paris do we want to stay?  Transportation wise, I would be happy to contribute to renting a vehicle.

 

Who's in?


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0301 AM

Looks like I could be in. Currently looking hotels around Montmartre, at about $100/night (have some discount through hotels.com), and somewhat near the ring road. Could rent a car in my name, as mine is too thirsty.

 

Alternatively, we could hire Durandal's services, at market rate. I think Tony met with him recently in Paris.

 

Also, Saumur is in the Loire Valley. WAGs could be interested in some castle touring instead on some of them grate steal baests.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0333 AM

Looks like I could be in. Currently looking hotels around Montmartre, at about $100/night (have some discount through hotels.com), and somewhat near the ring road. Could rent a car in my name, as mine is too thirsty.

 

Alternatively, we could hire Durandal's services, at market rate. I think Tony met with him recently in Paris.

 

Also, Saumur is in the Loire Valley. WAGs could be interested in some castle touring instead on some of them grate steal baests.

 

How thirsty? :)


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0416 AM

 

Looks like I could be in. Currently looking hotels around Montmartre, at about $100/night (have some discount through hotels.com), and somewhat near the ring road. Could rent a car in my name, as mine is too thirsty.

 

Alternatively, we could hire Durandal's services, at market rate. I think Tony met with him recently in Paris.

 

Also, Saumur is in the Loire Valley. WAGs could be interested in some castle touring instead on some of them grate steal baests.

 

How thirsty? :)

 

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0425 AM

9-10 ... would be pretty economical for me, mine is 21-22 l/100 km. :)


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0532 AM

9-10 ... would be pretty economical for me, mine is 21-22 l/100 km. :)

 

Well, if you drive a BTR...


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 0538 AM

Nah, 1999 Lexus GS300. It's a city consumption, exceptionally high because I drive fast when I can and it's mostly very short distances (~3 min to work when the traffic lights are nice to me and 6 min when they aren't), so the engine sometimes won't even have time to warm up properly. On a highway it's 12-14/100 usually.


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#40 Ken Estes

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 1625 PM

I'm good for 19-22 June, will bring Genevieve unless her work conflicts.

 

Last time in Paris, we found good rates/value at this one in the Campanile chain: 

Hôtel Restaurant Campanile Paris Montparnasse
146 Avenue du Maine, 75014 Paris, France
 
+33 1 53 74 60 00
 
Nearest pt of interest: Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean Moulin is a  museum located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris at 23, Allée de la 2e DB, Jardin Atlantique, Paris, France. 
 
We also liked this one a year or two earlier:
 
Hôtel Median Paris Porte de Versailles
1 Boulevard Victor, 75015 Paris, France
medianparisportedeversailles.com
+33 1 40 60 16 16
 
Basically, if you stay out around the Peripherique [Beltway] you get more value for the dollar/euro. The Metro system then delivers you to almost any point of interest.

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