Subject: RE: Travel planning question
A couple of comments. We've been to France, Paris and other places, several times, and Italy just twice. Choosing is very difficult. I sum up the difference with an analogy. Going to France is like visiting friends and eating in the dining room. Going to Italy is like eating in the kitchen. You get that special event feeling in the dining room, but the kitchen is more spontaneous. Guess we'll just have to alternate.

And a comment about the language. A few phrases in french will be very helpful. When we start a conversation or ask a question in the few french words we can mumble, the french immediately come to the rescue and speak whatever english they know. This happened all the time. I've been told that they are shy about their english skills, until they hear our french!

The late March time frame is good for the smaller number of tourists...