A tip on souvenir shopping...
I just got back from this trip & I wish I had done more shopping earlier in the trip instead of waiting until I got to Paris. I had not wanted to lug around my souvenirs, so thought that waiting until the end was the logical thing to do. Unfortunately, I discovered that the opera quarter of Paris is over-commercialized and the neighborhood surrounding the ending hotel (Hotel du Louvre) was swamped by hordes of tourists that have pushed up the prices of everything. Many people have been to Paris, but I had never been before, so I did not know this.
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