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Wilderness is a necessity. Going to the mountains is going home.
-- John Muir
Paris is a moveable feast - Ernest Hemingway (apocryphal)
Born in SoCal, I was raised with road trips throughout the American West and with visits to family in the old country (Hawaii - Big Island and Maui).
I consider nightlife to be best in Parisian cafés, and love jazz. By "blending in" I mean "don't stick out like a sore thumb, follow local rules of etiquette if you can, be yourself, learn as much as you can about local customs before traveling." Forgive yourself if you make faux pas, everyone does. It's okay to wear hiking boots to the El Tovar Dining Room.