This year, we celebrated Arlene’s birthday in January by enjoying an extended weekend in Paris. We flew from Rome to Paris-Orly and stayed in a small hotel footsteps off the Rue Cler in the 7th. The atmosphere was traditional Parisian residential with specialty food shops, cafe’s, small restaurants plus a short walk to the Eiffel Tower. January in Paris is bound to be ‘seasonal’ but the over riding benefit is being tourist low season. Paris is an under two hour flight from Rome and budget air connections make the wonderful experience very attractive.