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A few observations

We just arrived in Paris and will begin our RS tour tomorrow. Last week we were in London on our first RS tour. Here are a few of my observations! We had a great time and our guide, Jeanie, was fabulous. The tour was well organized and skipping long lines was an extra bonus. It helped us immensely to arrive a few days before to get over the time change. London is an interesting city, very busy, lots of tourists. The tube is the most amazing rapid transit, we never waited more than a minute or two for a bus or tube train, but it surprised us that it was so hot and stuffy underground and on the buses, too. The positive side of lower a/c is that you don't freeze in restaurants and theatres. Tickets to shows were easy to get and the theatre district is always hopping. While planning this trip, I read lots of forum posts on clothes and packing. I hope I can ease some minds about "what to wear". All I can say is don't worry, as people wore about everything imaginable, even the dreaded white socks I've heard mentioned. We were so confident in our ability to use the metro after a week riding the tube in London, that we were able to get ourselves from the train station to our hotel in Paris without difficulty. When my husband saw some of the large luggage people were dragging along, he said, "thank goodness you listened to Rick's advice about packing light ". It certainly made our travels easier. We loved our time in London, shared our week with wonderful people, and look forward to an equally great week in Paris. Happy travels!

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608 posts

Glad you had such a great tour! Hopefully you will love Paris! I don't know what I expected, but I loved it even more than I thought I would and think all the time about when I can go back. Have a great time!

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958 posts

BK, happy to read that you had such a good time on your London tour. We thought the same thing about public transportation and packing light. Smart thing to back to back your tours and we are considering both of those tours. I hope you will post in depth reviews when you return.

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27743 posts

The new style routemaster buses are particularly bad for heat and ventilation.

Don't you mean Roast-Masters? And how many thousand quid per copy? Three hundred fifty something thousand quid per bus isn't it?

And the third door rear platform conductors seem to have blown away in the wind....

BKMAT62 - I'm so glad it went so well for you, and I'm sure you will have an equally impressive Paris!!!!

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1068 posts

Enjoy your trip. I have done 7 RS tours and enjoyed every one, although I did London and Paris on my own. I'm jealous, wish I was there now!