Our trip to France starts in 27 days. Watch this space for daily info and photos once we get there. For now, a few practice posts. The most recent post appears at gocek.org.
Wow, my spellchecker really doesn't want me to type French words. But AAA wants me to have euros, so we got some in preparation for our trip to France. I think we got a good exchange rate ($1.19 per euro when the official rate was $1.11). When we get to France, I will be interested to see what my credit card company charges me. The word on the street is that there really is no such thing as "no foreign exchange fees". You either pay a fee, or you pay a less favorable exchange rate.
I have my high-security blazer with lots of zippers and buttons and such. I got an A/C voltage converter, too. Most devices can be plugged in to the wall outlet with just an adapter, but my limited experience suggests some small devices don't love 50 Hz / 220 V.
Friends have suggested an ice cream shop in Paris, and that no one really wears a tux at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo. Keep those cards and letters coming.