photos here are from Photostock and are of the Reims region. We loved our Rick Steves Tour earlier this year. The guide was incredible and the 21 days went quickly. We actually left on the 19th day as I said in an earlier post, because our daughters newborn baby needed a liver tranaplant. So we never got to France. We think we will spend a week in Paris on our own that will be interesting. As travelling partners Adrian and I don't always see eye to eye. I am very methodical and Adrian less so. I plan and he just goes. I like to eat for hours in a wonderful restaurant or park of cafe, drinking in the atmosphere, he will grab a quick bite and keep going. So like in Sydney we sometimes have conflict when we are making decisions. And the fact that I am a total control freak doesn't help. I think I am right all the time, and I am, and Ade hates that. So the trouble comes when I let things roll along, trying desperately not to take over and we end up starving with no where to eat in site and me cranky, saying (read yelling) I told you so. Hmm a week on our own will be interesting. But we love each other and after 27 years of marriage actually it will be 28 by then we kind of have it worked out. So it will be fun. Then we'll do the tour, so looking forward to that and we are trying to decide if we will go to the Cinque Terre for a few days at the end or go to Nice or the French Riviera. Any suggestions? We loved the 21 day tour, but we saw a lot of museums and galleries and to be honest I was a bit over it by the end. I like having company, new conversation, new people, but as far as spending hours in gallery after gallery and another museum or church, well really I'd rather find the best food and wine and kick back for a few hours with a great view and friends. Is that silly when you've travelled half way round the world to see these things. Umm who knows, I guess it's horses for courses.