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Report 653: From the Loire to the Left Bank

By Roz from MA, Spring 2005

Trip Description: When some friends said they wanted to get away for a week, we decided that May in château country, followed by a couple of days in Paris sounded perfect it turned into a serendipitous spring visit to France. May 2005

Destinations: Countries - France; Regions/Cities - Loire Valley, Paris

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Art Trip; Foodie Trip; Garden Visits; Shopping; Sightseeing; Wine Trip; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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Page 1 of 14: It Was Supposed to Be London ....

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Amboise Chateau

This vacation originally started as a trip to London. We had seen some fantastic package deals advertised around Christmas, and decided that a change of scene in London would make a nice getaway from March in New England. So we booked a Virgin Vacation package ... and then our troubles began. I won't bore you with all the irrelevant details here, but we never got off the ground, it was absolutely the worst travel experience of my life, and we will never come within 100 miles of anything offered by Virgin Atlantic ever again. (If you want to know all the gory details you can read about it at http://www.rozault.com/london-not ).

Anyway, we were pretty bummed out by that experience, but fortunately we did have trip insurance. So there we were with almost $2000 of travel-budgeted money to spend, but we just couldn't get excited about starting all over again for London. When some friends said they wanted to get away for a week, we decided that May in château country, followed by a couple of days in Paris sounded perfect.

We must have used up a lifetime of bad karma on that non-trip to London, because everything about this trip to France just fell perfectly into place. Usually we obsess for months ahead of time about our trips, but this one was almost spur-of-the moment, and I don't think it could have been better. Ultimately we decided we really ought to thank Virgin for screwing up our trip to London, so we could have this magical time in France!

(Photo above shows the Amboise chateau and view of the Loire.)

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