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  1. Ellyn
    September 12, 2021 @ 8:22 am

    Love flea markets! I am due to visit family in Belgium for celebration next week, and then Paris and then visiting friends in the south of France. Can you tell me if it is true that I, an American, will have to take covid test over there several times>. I am taking a flight to the South, and then maybe back to pAris and then out of Paris to NYC,,, Is it true that the covid test for foreigners is around 100 Euros each time? Yes of course I am vaccinated and will take one here for the plane before I go ( they are free in NYC ).. but what is the cost do you know in Europe>. France? I am also watching daily for the Schengen edicts that are coming out, and of course to both France’s and Belgium’s responses. Slowly the EU seems to be closing down, and my trip looks more than problematic! I am surprised you dont stay thru October, Sept is one of the best months, and I also loved Oct there! Actually I just loved living in Paris!
    Stay safe!

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    • lspalla
      September 12, 2021 @ 12:54 pm

      The rapid COVID tests are available at almost every pharmacy and cost 29 euros. The results are back in 10-15 minutes. Very efficient. We have to get one before we can re-enter the US 48 hours before departure. If you are inside the EU, I’m not aware of any tests you have to take but since that’s not been our experience, I’m not 100% positive that I am correct. As to staying through October, we have been here for several October experiences and usually the weather is quite nice, but after trois mois, it’s time for us to head home. Also about out of money and a place to stay!

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  2. Monica & Marlyn
    September 12, 2021 @ 12:03 pm

    The red sofa also perfectly set off that new blazer!

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    • lspalla
      September 12, 2021 @ 12:47 pm

      Oui!

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  3. Ellyn
    September 12, 2021 @ 1:02 pm

    Thanks for your answer. I was told by friends here that they had to pay 100 euros… and in some places 120. Is the 29 for europeans?I realize or at least I think neither of you are, thought if your husband was born in France, he probably has dual citizenship which might cover you ( though you as his wife might also have it???)… anyway, I am also thinking that if I take a plane I have to have taken a covid test before…… So many things to have consider now. Not so easy just popping on a plane! thanks though….

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    • lspalla
      September 12, 2021 @ 2:04 pm

      My daughter and grandson were here in July and took the rapid test for $29 euros each to go back into the States. There was no issue for them and they flew Delta. Perhaps your flight requires the more sophisticated test and that would be more expensive, I guess. The PRC or something like that. We had that one before departing the States coming over and it was more expensive but covered by insurance. There are tents set up EVERYWHERE here administering both the tests and the vaccine. I believe France now has 70% of their population vaccinated. People for the most part comply but there are still “manifestations” against it.

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  4. Pat
    September 12, 2021 @ 1:47 pm

    Professions of the guests and decoration of the apartment — that did sound like an interesting evening. Did Vincent vouch for the accuracy of the ‘Mad Men’ series. Sybil has become a fan of dragonflies, the piece of dragonfly jewelry caught her eye. Thank you.

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    • lspalla
      September 12, 2021 @ 1:58 pm

      Funny you should mention “Mad Men.” I tried several times to bring it up in conversation but couldn’t get a word in the conversation.

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  5. Peggy Bilbro
    September 12, 2021 @ 2:17 pm

    Ellyn, we did not have to retest when flying from Italy into Charles de Gaulle in July. We did have to test before entering the EU and before returning home. It is very easy to find a test site and be tested when you are in Paris. As Linda said, every pharmacy and pop-up sites on street corners make it super easy. Our tests were 25€ each. Our experience has been that the European countries and people are very careful to observe COVID precautions. Make sure that your Covid vaccination card has a lot number. If it does it is an easy process to go to a pharmacy where they will create a Qcode for you, which allows you to enter your information into an app on your phone that you can show instead of pulling your card out at every restaurant and museum. The app is the French ‘AntiCovid’. It took a bit to figure it out, but once we did, it was smooth sailing! Have a wonderful time with your family and on your travels!

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  6. Christine
    September 12, 2021 @ 9:51 pm

    I must say that stall selling the baskets would have been my downfall. How to get them home though? LOL

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  7. Pat
    September 13, 2021 @ 12:58 am

    I was way away and had a good time at your party. Good share.

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