We're going to France this summer, a childless trip to celebrate our 20th and my 50th. We can't stay as long as would make for perfection, but beggars can't be choosers.
We began by looking at the frequent flyer situation. Because our dates were limited by Evan's schedule, we didn't have any flexibility. And wow, they want 60,000 miles per seat each way? We didn't want to use all the miles because we may go to Sanibel next Winter. We'd been talking about Paris, and I also wanted to try a new area. The Alsace region looked better and better the more I researched--pretty villages and countryside, interesting city (Strasbourg) and towns, lots of museums, sites and things to do, good food, hiking. OK, so Boston-Frankfurt was showing decent prices, then Paris-Boston to return. I'd been watching the airfares on several sites for a few weeks, and was kicking myself for not grabbing a $921 open-jaw flight on Iceland Air a few weeks ago. It's been steadily going up, and up, and up. Finally, this week Swiss (the former Swiss Air) announced a good sale, but they immediately sold out of the specially priced seats for the Paris-Boston return flight. So, I grabbed two one-way Bos-Frankfurt seats at a good price, and two ff direct seats for the Paris-Boston return.
In Alsace, we're staying at what looks like a lovely apartment in a village. Take a peek:http://i-love-alsace.com/
And in Paris, I was thrilled to find that the place we loved on our last visit is available. It's in the 14th, around the corner from the lively rue Daguerre market street. http://www.vrbo.com/127079