As per a request, I include the title of the article I read: which prompted my post to the forum: What to Expect When Travelling to Paris: Expectations vs Reality -Time to shatter your illusions. I just tested it and if you copy and paste the title - it will bring up the article.
I want to thank each of you who took the time to respond to my post. I am so appreciative of your candor, your kindness, your humor and your insights. Even the posts that were slightly more caustic were helpful.
I have travelled to England, to Ireland and to China. This trip to France will be my first.
It has been more than six years since I boarded a silver bird to fly across the seas.
Thank you for pointing me in the right direction...