Paris, Virginia, USA
Paris is a cute little village of less than 100 inhabitants. It is located at the foothills of the Appalachians, not far from the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. So, what's to do there? Well, I suppose you could have a nice dinner at the Ashby Inn (see photo, and website below) . I have to admit I have never eaten there. And you can hike in the beautiful surrounding countryside!
Location: about 40 miles (64 km) West of Washington D.C. on US50. http://www.ashbyinn.com/reviews.html
Place De La Concorde
Formerly called Place De La Revolution, over 1000 people were guillotened here during the French Revolution. Nowadays, it is one of the busiest squares in Paris, with traffic coming from all directions.
see the fantastic and...
see the fantastic and futuristic architecture of La Defence.
I've never seen anything like it, but then I don't come frm Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or New York. Futuristic skyscrapers are new to me. I love it.
Just ti clarify WHY I opened this topic:
Since the beggining of 2008, several brasilians ( I mean here a number around 200 people ) have been sent back from the MADRID, Spain, airport. This has made to the news and several people that we think that should not be discriminated are so. Other have been kept at the airport, for several ahours in a small room, without having access to a phone, barely having access to water.
Of course, I must admit, some of these people should be sent back, since they were trying to ilegally immigrate to EU using Spain as port of entry, due to similarities between portuguese and spanish. Some even did not carry more than US$100 in their pockets.
That trigged a response from customs officials here, in Brasil, and cities like Salvador and Rio de Janeiro started to check documents in depth and sending back spanish people. Retaliation, they say, and several comments on the press report this. This is NOT a official position taken by the goverment, I must say. Just a response from some custom officials.
Then I started to wonder: EU immigration rules are the same for all countries. And I called the French Consulate and got the answer I reported at the beggining of the topic.
I am 62 and do not want to leave things to chance. That's why I would like to get experiences and information on the subject.
I did not make a decision yet. But probably I will buy travellers checks just to show and will bring most of them back, wasting the bank spread and taxes, just to play safe.
I will re-read carefully all comments later on and post any responses, if needed.
Thank you all.
Rain is frequent,so be sure to carry some raingear(especially windcheaters or raincheaters which are more convenient than umbrellas) whatever you carry,wherever you go,be sure to take good care of it!:)