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June Newmark Aug 12, 2015 at 06:05 PM

weather was perfect in june of this year. check temps before you leave--in the literature r s sends they have the climate fairly close to what it is. layers are perfect, umbrella necessary, scarf helpful as well.
Shirley Gasparich Aug 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM


Shirley Gasparich Aug 11, 2015 at 12:58 AM

June, did you stay in Caen on your RS trip? What's interesting to see / do there?
June Newmark Aug 11, 2015 at 10:37 AM

during the day you will be very busy with tours and the late afternoon hours before dinner the walk about caen is quite nice. your guide will give you suggestions of what to do there. the city is a very historic area and many buildings have photographs of what the original places looked like pre ww 11. many original buildings are remain. we enjoyed the time there as well.
Shirley Gasparich Aug 12, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Thx. What month were you there. wondered how chilly it might be at night.

Shirley Gasparich Aug 11, 2015 at 12:21 AM

Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, our tour does not begin in Paris as I had thought it would. We do not stay in Paris the first night. After all flights arrive (8 - 11:30 am), luggage is collected (12 noon at earliest), and participants assembled, our tour group boards a bus for Caen (Normandy area) which is 3-4 hours from Paris, I'm told. The prospect of sitting in CDG airport from 8 til noon, after sitting during a 7-8 hour overnight flight), then sitting on a bus for 3-4 hrs. is not something I'm looking forward to. We do stop for lunch enroute (more sitting). Thought perhaps Road Scholar might plan a site seeing activity/ bus tour, etc. of Paris for those participants arriving early.
Would there be enough time to catch a train into downtown Paris (Eiffel Tower), etc. and get back to CDG before tour group leaves for Caen. How difficult would it be do do this?
June Newmark Aug 11, 2015 at 12:45 AM

i would not advise leaving the airport--there is congestion there and the time you arrive is around the same time we arrived and there is much traffic. the drivers who take you to and from the airport are pre arranged by road scholar. if you do leave the airport there is always a chance that you will be late in returning and cause delays. i probably am not much of any help to you as our experience was different. keep me posted as to what you learn.
Linda Haller Aug 11, 2015 at 07:49 AM

I forgot how large and varied the airport is. A friend of mine got a manicure there. There are lots of shops and places to eat. You could wile away the hours and get some exercise.
Linda Haller Aug 11, 2015 at 07:54 AM

Although, once you deplane and go through customs, I'm not sure how much of the airport is accessible to you.
Ellen DuFour Aug 11, 2015 at 02:38 PM

For only 3 to 4 hrs i would not advise leaving the airport. By the you get to Paris it would almost be time to come back to the airport. CDG has wonderful cafes. I suggest grabbing a cafe au laiit
Ellen DuFour Aug 11, 2015 at 02:40 PM

And a real croissant and stroll around a bit. Also by the rime you clear customs and get your luggage at least an hour will be gone.

June Newmark Aug 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

once you arrive at CDG you will be met by a road scholar employee who speaks english. there was not much time wasted--the airport guide helped us with our luggage and our limo/bus took us directly to the hotel.

check in time was mid afternoon so we left our bags with the receptionist and located a near by restaurant.
after eating, we walked about the area and enjoyed the near-to-the-hotel sites. i suggest you investigate the hotel location and find restaurants within walking distance of the hotel you will be. (we also did that with other places during our free dinner times.)

should you have the same guide we had (OLIVIEA) please do give him my regards. he was more than a guide he became our friend. enjoy the trip!

Shirley Gasparich Aug 10, 2015 at 07:14 PM

My husband and I are doing the September 2 - 15 RS program: Seine: D-Day Beaches to Paris. Traveling St. Louis to Detroit and Detroit to CDG. Arriving 8:05 am on the 3rd. Any ideas about how to productively spend our 3-4 hours while waiting for other flights to arrive?
Linda Haller Aug 10, 2015 at 08:10 PM

We did this trip last year, and we're lucky enough to be the last arrivals, so we had no waiting. Hanging around the airport that long would be no fun. If I were you, I'd take the train from the airport into the city, we did it on another trip and it was easy. Then from the train station taxi to the hotel and dump your luggage and walk around the neighborhood. It would be a lot more pleasant than the alternative.
Gregory Osborne Aug 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM

My wife and were the first ones last year. We found the place to meet and waited and waited. New folks kept arriving and finally our host showed up. It really wasn't that bad. After all, we were in France!

Charles Sasser Jul 30, 2015 at 04:04 PM

My wife and I are doing the September 2 program;anyone else here doing this one? We are from Indian Trail NC and will be flying out of Atlanta.
Ellen DuFour Aug 01, 2015 at 07:58 AM

Hi! My husband and I are also on that trip. We live in Beaufort, SC. We are also flying out of Atlanta but leaving Aug 30. Looking forward to meeting you!
Charles Sasser Aug 11, 2015 at 07:42 AM

Ellen: do you plan to stay in Paris before meeting with the group? My wife and I look forward to meeting you and your husband.
Ellen DuFour Aug 11, 2015 at 02:31 PM

Yes, we aill be there a few days and meet the group at the airport. Looking forward to meeting you both!

June Newmark Jul 20, 2015 at 06:16 PM

thank you elizabeth from road scholar. you were compassionate and concerned over my evaluation--thank you for listening to the description of my awkward and most difficult accommodations during the seine:D-Day Beaches/paris program.

Judy Johnson Jun 12, 2015 at 08:07 PM

Thank you all for your information. We'll try lookinig elsewhere with less walking.
Kathy Blatt Jun 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

I was in the May 15th group. Some other things for you to research. European hotels and tour groups do not have the handicapped accessible features that are required in the US. For example, no grab bars in the bathrooms, tiny elevators, retrofitted bathrooms with 6-12 inch steps up to the shower/tub, no curb cuts etc. Large cruise ships stop at LeHavre, and have wheelchair accessible shore excursions.
Kathy Blatt Jun 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM

Margaret Prentice Jul 09, 2015 at 01:59 AM

I'm now remembering that a local company in Bayeux offers guided D Day tours by limousine. This might be perfect for you.

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