Subject: New Member going to France
I have been lurking on this list for about 2 months now. This is a great list - very friendly and absolutely no flames. I have found it incredibly fascinating and at the same time I am way jealous of all the great trips.

I have a question. What 2 areas of France would you go to if that's all you could do (Paris not included)? My family consists of me &my Husband and 2 kids - boy aged almost 12 and girl aged 10. Both kids have been in French Immersion since Kindergarten and will be acting (hopefully) as our interpreters. I consider this to be the honeymoon stage with my kids - they still like us and want to be with us. So we are taking advantage of this and travelling with them as much as we can till such time they won't be seen with us.

I have bought numerous guide books and everything sounds great. Now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. It was much easier last summer because for most of our vacation we took a small (only 2 families - 7 people) tour for active families of Great Britain. All the work was done for us. We also spent a week visiting relatives in Amsterdam and a couple of days in Belgium to practice French for a total of almost 4 weeks of vacation. Unfortunately, we don't have that much time this summer, only 2 weeks.

The big cities were OK but the part they enjoyed the most was hiking, kayaking, the little towns and generally being outside in Great Britain. Scotland was my favourite. They loved the history of the Roman occupation (especially my son) and walking along Hadrian's wall was fun. Their least favourite was Edinburg but that was because we made a mistake by arriving there during the Fringe Festival. It was at the end of our trip and it was too crowded and most of the entertainment was for adults. However, the street performers were fun. I would love to go back when they are much older.

I should probably introduce myself. I'm Diane from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is still very cold here and there is lots of snow. If anyone needs any info on this area I would be more than happy to answer.

I shall now go back to lurking. I try not to write in very often on the mailing lists I am on because as you can see I am very long winded and don't want to outstay my welcome.


Diane Ottawa, Ontario, Canada