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I made it back (obviously). Had a wonderful time the first few days and then I got really sick (still sick now). Nothing like trying to find a doctor in a foreign country at 2am. Frown I spend a couple of days in bed, but then I was back out on the street because I had so much I wanted to see. BUT, other than that, everything was wonderful. Yummy, yummy pasta, magnificent sights (all the monuments are sooooo HUGE! everywhere I went I felt so small and, sort of, insignificant), really friendly people, relatively calm flights (Air France has a free open bar the whole flight! even champagne!!).

The only sort of bad experience was in France. Charles De Gaulle Airport is the absolute worst place to make a connection (half the airport collapsed so have have to be shuttled around on a stupid bus and checked through security at least 4 times, before you get on another bus that will drive out to the runway and barely stop long enough for you to jump out and get on the plane) and the ground crew there is INCREDIBLY RUDE. I have never seen so many different people have the same rude attitude. Makes me not want to go back and tool around France.

art_gurl, I thought of you on my trip. I was in a restaurant one night and met a lady from Australia. I said "Oh, I have a friend who lives in Australia!" and she says "Where in Australia?" and I got a stupid look on my face and blurted out "Well, I don't really know." laugh Thank goodness the food arrived before I had to explain my way out of that one.

Glad I went. And now I am obsessed with owning a Smart Car!!!!! They have the coolest cars in Europe. All the minis are great. Most of my pictures are of the cars I liked tongue

Almost forgot! Gypsies! For the most part, they would just sit on the side of the road close to the tourist attractions with their babies with a cup for money. Which was completely heartbreaking because after sundown it gets pretty cold and you'd see this tiny little baby shivering in a thin blanket. Most people gave something. The one stereotypical experience was at the Vatican where 2 women got very obnoxious with people and started blowing their noses in close proximity to people (not in a napkin, just blowing snot onto the sidewalk), and arguing with each other. They had a small baby with them as well. They did a kind of fake crying/whine when they asked for money. So, twas all very anti-climactic.
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