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Advice on Scotland, Paris, London

wlw18 | Apr 16, 2002 12:25 AM

Hi all,

I'm an SF 'hound beginning to plan a late June/early July trip with my fellow food-loving S.O. to Paris, Scotland, and London, and I was hoping to get some advice from those most in the know. Here's what I need:

a) restaurant and hotel rec's for Paris
b) general advice on Scotland (where to go, where to stay, where to eat)

Here's what I'm always willing to get:
c) general tips on any of the above places :)

I've been combing the boards here and have some hotel and restaurant ideas for Paris--I want to stay in the St. Germain area and would like to stay under or around $150-200/night. Restaurants I'm thinking of for the big nights out are Arpege, Spoon, L'astrance and Hiramatsu. Thoughts? Would also like more casual options, as well as general recommendations for small cheese and wine shops, bakeries, etc (though I know I can find more info on that by further perusing the board and taking good notes).

Biggest question is about Scotland, I've never been there and with only 3 days or so, I'm not sure where to go or where to stay. Was first thinking of Edinburgh, but would like to make it up to the Highlands for a night or two--no idea if it would be possible to do both given our short timeframe. How long would the drive be from one area to another? Would it be better to start from Glasgow, or is Edinburgh worth visiting first and we should save the rest of the country for another vacation (or is there great countryside worth visiting a bit closer to the city?) Thoughts? Would also be up for a nice country-house hotel type of place, and might be willing to forgo time in the cities for the countryside in Scotland as we'll have both time in both London and Paris. My boyfriend would like to visit at least one or two distilleries. I'm in a quandary here and would appreciate any help.

London: have family to stay with, so don't need hotel help, and I've been reading the boards on restaurants here as well. We may be up for one big splurge here, but would also like to try one or two excellent, unique, off the beaten path places too. Again, any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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