|Sign in Vernon, France|
Still, I am pleased that David and I saw so much, visited so many places, ate so well, and had a wonderful time--despite the weather. We drove over 1,100 miles, saw much of the beautiful French countryside, spent chunks of time in some of the loveliest cities in Brittany and Normandy, and enjoyed a week in London seeing all the sites on our list.
|A French butterfly|
Our lodging costs for accommodations that were historic or charming, or both, averaged $54 per person per night. This is a bit above our average which is usually less than $50 per person, but London is an extraordinarily expensive city for Americans. (In May, it took $1.33 to equal a euro, but in London we spent $1.55 for each pound.) Our nightly lodging cost in France averaged just $46 per person, but London added considerably to that total. (To read the previous posts describing our accommodations, click on the words, "Older Posts" at the bottom of the blog entries on this page.)
|This deliciousness cost only pennies.|
We have relatives that are, as I write this, on their way home after spending eleven nights on a Grand Circle River Cruise that traced some of David's and my route. They began in Paris and followed the Seine River with stops at Giverny, Auvers sur Oise (This charming village was Van Gogh's last home.), Rouen (Home of Joan of Arc), and ended in Honfleur. They covered about one-fourth the territory David and I did in France and did not spend any time in London, yet they spent almost three times per day per person what we did! So, even though our daily budget was a bit higher than usual at $104* per person, they spent $276 per person! That pleases us immensely.
|French pastry shops provide a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!|
*Our $104 daily figure includes all food, transportation (excluding airfare), admission, and lodging costs.