We had 20 EU and change from our last trip and we got another 150 from our bank before we left. We only used an ATM once in Villefranche for 150 and still had 20 when we got back home. We used our credit card the rest of the time. We did have a bad experience which I posted on the forum about when it happened. Here is the link: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/france/new-pick-pocket-scam-a-pigeon-pooped-on-you
I did check my credit limit and balance every day after this incident and all was well. When I got home and looked at my account on my computer, it was as if the charges never happened. I sort of expected to see the fraudulent charges post, then the minus sign showing they were taken away but they were not there at all, just purchases we had made. Thank you Barclaycard and thank goodness we have different account numbers on our credit and debit cards even though we are one account. So that is the end of that experience, we learned something and time to move onward and upward!!!
I used the Verizon Travel Pass very successfully as I did two years ago on another trip. I would always do that, it works great and many times I needed to use my data if Wifi was not available or strong enough. I have Verizon up so I had been using my credit to get a free gig of data so I would have a few extra if needed.
We each checked a Briggs and Riley carry on size bag. My husband had a back- pack and I had a Vera Bradley bag for the plane. We had plenty of room for all of the clothes we needed as well as space for a few small purchases to bring back. We were able to move around easily and quickly because of the size we chose to manage with.
Food and drink:
We didn’t go hungry although sometimes we were so busy doing things that we ate later than we intended. I think we ate all but one lunch at an outdoor setting. That is what France is all about after all. We knew that we should expect to allow time to enjoy meals and expect service to be slow compared to the US. We were up for that and had overall very good experience and some very good meals. Our favorite meal (lunch) was at a café called “Le Concorde” in St. Germain neighborhood. We had roasted chicken and potatoes. I think the potatoes were cooked in a confit which was all over the plate for dipping the chicken and potatoes. While we were in Paris, we got decided to eat our big meal at lunch and then just have a cheese plate, some cocktails and a dessert in the evening. That worked out great for us, especially since we don’t like to eat that late. We really enjoyed the people watching and and also watching the servers and the dynamics of the various cafes/restaurants. We usually had lovely conversations with people at adjacent tables. My husband spoke French as much as possible and was told he was doing very well. Some servers appreciated it but others seemed to not have the time to want to deal with it! We met people from China, New Zealand, Great Britain, Turkey, France, Corsica and the US of course. Traveling to different countries does make our world seem smaller and it was such a nice part of the experience.
I am sorry this section is in three posts; is there a better way to submit a trip report without limited length?
I will post more specifics about the areas of France we visited and what we did in additional posts.