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Program #21095RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
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Gail Michaels Jul 15, 2014 at 09:18 PM

Anyone going on the Oct 9 trip?
Judith Stearns Aug 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Yes, I am. I live in CT and will fly to Paris from here. This is my first Road Scholar trip and first time in Paris.
Gail Michaels Aug 10, 2014 at 09:46 PM

Hi Judith! I will be flying from Orlando and then Atlanta. This is also my first Road Scholar trip and first trip to France. I'm a native of Maine and lived in NH most of my adult life. Now a full time resident of Florida. Will you be traveling on your own? I was hoping there would be a few "singles" like me on the trip.
Judith Stearns Aug 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

How great to hear from you! ME and NH are long time hiking and vacation places for my family. Yes, I am traveling single, I lost my husband about 5 years ago, am 79, but very independent and active, fit, and energetic. I am excited about the trip and have begun to think about clothes and especially shoes. Hope to chat again, Judy
Gail Michaels Aug 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I'm sorry about the loss of your husband. It sounds like you are active and involved in life. I am not as active and fit as I should be but definitely fortunate compared to many others my age and even younger. I am 63 and just retired from the US Forest Service last week. This trip is a retirement gift to myself. I've been thinking about clothes and all that for a couple months now- the anticipation is fun in itself! I'm most excited about Normandy- I've always wanted to see it. A little worried about speaking French- I took a couple years in high school but was never very good at it. I want to work on it before I go.
Judith Stearns Aug 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I think we might have quite a bit in common. My husband was extremely involved in the Catamout trail, back country ski trail, 300 miles in VT from MA to Canada. He worked for years as a volunteer on the Trail and as Chairman of the CT Assoc., and made many friends in the FS ( Green Mt. Nat'l Forest) and worked very closely with them. Where were you stationed? Am reading Adam Gopnik's "Paris to the Moon" - a great look at Paris and France in general.

Carol Hitchie May 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I'm on the Oct 03 departure; anyone arriving a day early? Thought of getting a Paris Greeter arranged for a 3 hour walking tour and relaxing a bit before the tour begins. Carol
Pauline S May 22, 2014 at 03:17 PM

Carol fyi I arrived a day early on the April trip and couldn't check into the room until 3pm. I was able to leave my suitcase in a room at least.

Linda C Mar 01, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I am enrolled in the September 5 trip and am interested in chatting with others who are registered. This is my first RS trip.

Bernie D Feb 13, 2014 at 03:01 PM

I am enrolled in the April trip but arriving the day the program starts.
Pauline S Feb 13, 2014 at 04:41 PM

Is this your first trip with R.S. it's mine.
Bernie D Feb 13, 2014 at 05:20 PM

Yes, Pauline this is my first trip. I look forward to meeting you!

Bernie D Feb 13, 2014 at 02:59 PM

I am enrolled in the April trip and arriving the day the program starts.

Pauline S Jan 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM

I have enrolled for the April trip,arriving a day early and wondering if anyone else is.
Pauline S Feb 06, 2014 at 05:29 PM

Pauline S Jan 27, 2014 at 04:00 PM

I have enrolled for the April trip,arriving a day early and wondering if anyone else is.

Pauline S Dec 21, 2013 at 05:48 PM

Thinking of going on April trip. Anyone willing to discuss?
Nancy Hess Jan 14, 2014 at 08:37 PM

Have you signed up yet? If I go this spring, it will have to be May 15 the trip. Interested in sharing a room?

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