Subject: Paris taxis/ driving licenses in Italy
Hi Ziners:

Re Paris taxis: Cabs are available 24/7, but are hard, if not impossible to find on the street at odd hours. So, if you are staying at a hotel, ask your hotel concierge or desk clerk to call one of the cab companies and reserve a a cab for a specific time in the morning. If you aren't staying at a hotel, call one of the two main cab companies and reserve a cab in advance. The companies are Taxis Bleus (Blue Taxis) at 08 91 70 10 10 (my preference) or Taxis G7 (pronounced ``Jay Set'') at 01 47 39 47 39 (my company's preference). (Warning: both taxi companies use computers and voice mail, all in French. Generally if you punch in 0 on the phone you will get a live operator, who likely speaks English, or who can pass you to someone who does. If you speak French then no problem).

As for driving in Italy, my thanks to those who responded to my question about whether I would need an international license to drive in Italy or rent a car (the answer: no) . You have put my mind at ease. (If anyone dissents, please let me know.)

Bons voyages! Evan in Paris