But I am leaving by rental car to the Loire Valley where I'm staying in a chateau! Will tell you where afterward... this is the internet after all, and with my luck this week, I will do no such thing. Yes, I've been nervous for the past few days, because if anyone has ever been to Paris and seen the mass chaos of the Arc de Triomphe (I took a photo of it from the tour bus a few years ago, because I found it to be the craziest thing I've ever seen at rush hour). Well, I will be throwing myself right in the middle of it, within the first few minutes of driving in a foreign country in a manual car. Remember the movie Clueless, when they emerge on the freeway for the first time... let's hope it's not an episode like that. Pray for me... or pray for the Parisians.
Regardless, THIS is the part of the trip I've been most excited for... the next few weeks in the French country, and spent a year obsessing over.