Bonjour! My mother and I just applied for our passports today to travel to Paris. We're very excited and want to check out the fabulous sites Paris has to offer. Neither one of us have traveled to France before, and this will be our first trip (other than a trip to Canada when I was 16!). We are trying to schedule a trip via the internet to get a hotel/flight deal for around $850 per person for our five day stay. Has anyone heard anything about the Holiday Inn Bastille? I read some reviews and they stated that there is a shop next door. My mother is in her 60's, and I'm not sure whether she would view it as being very safe. We are interested in traveling to the local attractions: the museums, Champ Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, and possibly attend the opera. We are hoping to walk to many attractions, as we are hesitant about our communication skills. My mother is studying up on her french by watching any movie she can that has a french clip in it......I have taken 2 years of french, but am very rusty with it, as that was 18 years ago! We will be purchasing a french/english phrase book to assist us. We plan on doing much of the planning via the internet. Any suggestions would be welcome. We are trying to keep the cost down as much as possible for our flight/hotel so that we may enjoy the luxuries that Paris has to offer. My mom is a big pastry buff!