I pack a smaller suit case with my art supplies for my checked bag and put the clothes in a back pack and have to carry the easel separately. Security does not like the easel and I am forced to pay 60 euros to check the easel or ditch it altogether. I pay.
My sister found this beautiful home owned by Jonell and Werner on Air Bnb.com They give us a beautiful room and are fabulous hosts. It also helps that my sister is fluent in French.
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