Subject: New members
Hi Ziners: Ruth and I are new subscribers and travelers. In the past few years we have travelled to China, Thailand, Alaska, British Columbia, Canada and cruised thru the Panama Canal with stops in Columbia, Panama, Acapulco and Costa Rica.

Earlier this year we were planning an independent around the world trip for a full year with another couple experienced in independent travel but they pulled out. So, here we are, 2 retired young at heart wanna be travelers...Ruth age 61 and Hal age 69, both in excellent health..trying to figure out what we can do on a rather sparse retirement budget and still enjoy some independent travel.

Last week we looked into a rather inexpensive QUICK and SHORT trip to Paris. Fly out of Los Angeles to Orly..spend 4 nites and 5 days in Paris then home to Sacramento, CA. Trip includes lodging at Hotel Victoria, in Opera area, round trip flight and ONE WAY transfer to hotel. We are thinking of doing this. Can anyone advise us as to how we can transfer back to Airport (Orly) inexpensively?

We figure we could kind of 'get our feet wet' on a trip such as this(probably get rained on, too), and then start planning where to travel in 2002. Presently we would like to work out arrangements, as an example, to visit Ireland, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain by taking 2 or 3 separate trips,(2 or 3 months at a time), during the year. We don't know if we can afford to do this, but we would like to plan it and see. When we travel we each carry a wheeled carry-on ONLY and have set ourselves up to travel light with wash and wear quick dry clothing, waterproof shoes and dress in layers in cold climates. Seems to work for us.

Thanks in advance for any advice and inputs.

Best regards,

Hal and Ruth Cohen