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Old 10-06-2019, 02:03 PM   #641
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Yeah I took the Eurostar a few years ago.

Nice to avoid airports, though I went from Paris to London and in Paris we went through metal detectors too.

At Gare du Nord, when you come out of main entrance, people will approach you to get a taxi. These are not licensed drivers.

The taxi rank is to the side of the entrance and licensed taxi drivers are not soliciting rides.

Otherwise, metro is a possibility but if you're toting luggage, not all metro stations may have elevators.
2 years ago we came in from Brussels on the "3:15 to Paris" aka the movie with the terrorists. Albiet a few years later. I warned Mrs Scrapr & Lil Scrapr about the touts on the way to the taxi stand. It was all that and more. LOL. Knowing about it ahead of time made it almost fun.

We were in Paris nominally 5 days 2.5 years ago. I say nominally because we arrived late on Monday, left on Saturday then spent 2 full days in Normandy. So really only 2 good days there. I loved it. Planning on some small group tours. I was knocked out by Ste Chapelle. They have concerts there and i really want to experience that. Never got to Rodin museum. Although the Gates of Hell in the Musee d'Orsay knocked me out. I loved that. More Napolean's tomb & we never got to Musee d'Armee. And just hanging out in cafes & boulevards
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:48 PM   #642
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Been to the Caribbean, Sedona and Kanab, southern England from London to Cornwall, and Glacier National Park. Next up Acadia NP.
Acadia was disappointing after Glacier. Don't expect it to compare. Enjoyed the White Mountains of New Hampshire much more.
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Is Glacier prettier than The Grand Tetons?
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Albuquerque International Balloon Festiva. The world's most photographed event.
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Is Glacier prettier than The Grand Tetons?
I think so!! Glacier is my favorite national park so far!
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Are there polar bears or any types of bears there?
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Are there polar bears or any types of bears there?
Grizzlies.
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Been to the Caribbean, Sedona and Kanab, southern England from London to Cornwall, and Glacier National Park. Next up Acadia NP.
Acadia is/was beautiful; I've been there 4-5 times. Like most National Parks, they have been over run with people. DW and I hiked the Highline Trail in Glacier Nat'l Park, a 17 mile one way treat for the eyes and brain. But we were never ALONE and I'm not talking about the grizzlies, black bears, Rocky Mountain goats, deer, moose, elk and marmots, that we saw.
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Acadia was disappointing after Glacier. Don't expect it to compare. Enjoyed the White Mountains of New Hampshire much more.
Not expecting it to be the same. Going for fall color. Glacier is already partly closed.
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I don't think I would say that, and I've been to both. I got better photos in Glacier this year than the Tetons 7 years ago, but a lot of that was timing and being there much longer.
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Acadia was disappointing after Glacier. Don't expect it to compare. Enjoyed the White Mountains of New Hampshire much more.
I loved Acadia- I think I liked it better than Glacier. Have fun!
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I went to Acadia NP years ago and have my first trip to Glacier NP scheduled for next summer. Since I want to stay in the park at a historical hotel or one with lake views, I had to make my reservations a year ahead of time. So I have bookings for both early June and early Sept 2020 to try to avoid the crowds and will cancel one of them depending on weather or forest fire smoke - Many Glacier Lodge closes in mid Sept. I may prefer Glacier with the wildlife and glaciers but traveling along the Maine coast with the beautiful deep blue water and historical towns was very special to this desert rat and I would like to go back at least one more time.
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I had an interesting conversation with a professional landscape photographer a few years ago. He said that in his business Acadia NP was near the top. In fact, he said that when you saw a really stunning photo in a magazine, there was a significant chance that it was taken in Acadia.

Even allowing for some hyperbole because it was his favorite, that's a pretty strong endorsement.

I've been there a few times and I can vouch for the fact that there are a lot of nooks and crannies that can easily be overlooked, and the light changes so much during the course of the day that great photos are very possible with some patience.
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You were probably one of the few people there this morning not complaining about the cold. Oct 11 is a little early for near freezing temperatures. Hope you got to see the Special Shapes this morning.
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Why? The views and amounts of wildlife were more prolific in Glacier.
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I went to Acadia NP years ago and have my first trip to Glacier NP scheduled for next summer. Since I want to stay in the park at a historical hotel or one with lake views, I had to make my reservations a year ahead of time. So I have bookings for both early June and early Sept 2020 to try to avoid the crowds and will cancel one of them depending on weather or forest fire smoke - Many Glacier Lodge closes in mid Sept. I may prefer Glacier with the wildlife and glaciers but traveling along the Maine coast with the beautiful deep blue water and historical towns was very special to this desert rat and I would like to go back at least one more time.
We stayed at Many Glacier lodge and the views were SPECTACULAR!!! The lodge is old but the views more than made up for it. I would love to go back!
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