July 25 - Arrive at JFK early for our flight to Nice... very
long lines checking in, but then a wait in the lounge before boarding.
We then sat on the runway for a long time before takeoff. Flight
was pleasant, the plane was half empty and everyone was encouraged
to spread out. Even the food was decent. Arrived a few minutes late.
We were thankful that we were able to change flights and got a direct
flight to Nice rather than having to spend much of the day at Malpensa
It seems like everyone in France has a dog. The hotels all have
special dog rates. They are everywhere - including restaurants,
cafes, museums, you name it. The only place we found dogs not welcome
was on the cable car at Mount Blanc.
Seems that half of France was headed to the South or the Alps in
RV's. They seem mostly smaller than what you find in the USA, but
far more plentiful.
The French travel as a family. Nearly everyone of the appropriate
age (and some not so appropriate) had a kid or more with them and
often grandmere and of course the family dog. This is a country
with REAL family values.
- We didn't run into many on the entire trip. Some Brits, but few
Americans anywhere. We never had a problem and were treated well
by everyone we met.