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Europe in August better than expected

Weather in Paris has been excellent with no rain and daytime temps in the 70s this week. Some shops and restaurants are closed but most are open. Crowds are down. Hotel rates are soft. I was able to book a room at my favorite hotel (JEANNE D'Arc) fairly last minute at a good rate. Threatened Eurostar strike is not expected to cause a lot of disruption. I was able to book a room at Number63 in London yesterday for three nights beginning tomorrow, with a discount (1/2 off on Sunday for staying 3 nights over Sunday) and I expect that other hotels in London are making deals. I scheduled an August trip due to the scheduling of my medical eye appointments, and was dreading the thought of heat and summer stickiness. I will spend a couple of weeks in England where I expect even cooler weather, but it should be nice.

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Thanks for the update! I can't believe you're already back in Paris again...I'm so jealous.

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I had United FF miles I wanted to use, and my scheduling worked best for now. It's been so pleasant here I'm shocked! I rode a bus past D'Orsay midday today and there appeared to be no line. There were lots of people at the Louvre pyramid. The only cloud so far has been talk of Eurostar strikes this weekend and two weekends later. It seems that trains will run. I have reserved seats for the Paris-London run. Tomorrow I'm off to London and will visit Buckingham Palace if I can get a ticket. That's not a deal breaker, tho. My hotel is across the street from Hyde Park. I love to walk there. I plan to take a day trip to Bath, maybe on Sunday. After that it's a couple of nights in Portsmouth to visit Henry VIII's ship, Mary Rose. On to Ryde on the Isle of Wight for four nights, four nights in Bournemouth, back to London and on to Paris to finish it off.

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There will be a heat wave from Sunday to Tuesday in London.

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Against the trend of the last several years, trans-Atlantic flight prices are in decline for early fall, at least from the eastern side of North America and in particular Canada. Capacity has risen while demand has fallen (at least in part, I am sad to conclude, from fear.) So it is bargain-hunter alert time. If I get to Europe cheap any time, let it rain!