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Sep 14, 2019 - Paris Part 1

Paris - Part 1 Ah Paris! City of Light. City of Love. City of world iconic buildings. City of a million museums (we will see 2 of them.) On our first day, we conquered the Paris transit system, walked 20,000 steps and 17 flights of stairs, fought the crowds at the Louvre, experienced the Mouff (Rue Moufftard), picniced in the Jardin du Luxembourg, and managed to stay up till 9 pm. (Helped by a little shut-eye on the train coming home). Knowing we would be awake early and not knowing how and where to catch the bus and train into Paris, we...

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Aug 29, 2019 - Paris - Day Two

We arrived in Paris yesterday after taking the high speed train from London. I haven’t been here for many years and had prepared myself for drastic changes. There are obviously more tourists but it really seems essentially the same. I’m so happy to be here. Peggy A last I am in Paris! We are in a comfortable hotel in the Gare de Lyon. Mastering the transportation system is high on my list. The staff in the metro are eternally patient with my poor French. So far we have not made any wrong turns. This metro system is the best that I have see...

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Spanish Sojourn

Aug 28, 2019 - Paris - Day One

It’s Wednesday and we’ve made it to Paris. Before leaving London we walked through Hyde Park. It was very fun to see—it’s often referenced in the English mysteries I read and now I can picture it in my head! We had some extra time to admire to Eurostar train station because we missed our train and had to wait about 4 hours for the next train...and pay a $50 fee each to change our tickets. It it’s a pretty fancy train station with upscale shops and a champaign bar, so there was plenty to see as we waited. RATS! Barb and I slept through the...

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Spanish Sojourn

Jun 25, 2019 - Guten tag from Germany

Guten tag from Germany. Well actually, we've now arrived in Italy but I'm a bit behind with this journal due to issues with my tablet. But let's move on. Our visit to Cologne (Köln) started in a leisurely fashion afer our comfortable train journey from Paris. I had booked a hotel near the famous cathedral and fairly close to the train station. We headed off with map in hand but it was no use. Google maps was sending us in a direction that didn't correspond with street names. Finally I asked the concierge of a fancy hotel and he didn't...

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Jude's 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - Paris and Burgundy with Lorri

Bonjour mes amis, Lorri has joined me as part of my continuing celebrations for my 70th birthday. She arrived in Paris on Monday morning and that first day was spent phaffing around and just enjoying Paris which feels like a second home to us. In the morning we went to Fragonard to buy some perfume Lorri loves but couldn't get last time. To her delight they are stocking something similar in their new boutique. Another errand was to The House of Cartier to buy refills for her pen. Well that turned into a comedy of errors. Firstly, we went to...

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Jude's 2019

Apr 14, 2019 - Paris and Beyond

My sister, Terry, has a friend, Ronda, who lives in the suburbs of Paris. Using her apartment as home base, I explored Paris on foot for three days(35 mile warm-up). Everyone knows what the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre look like so I am not including pictures from the city. It was a first for me, though, navigating a huge foreign city on my own. Trains, buses, metro lines and street signs! Thank goodness for Google maps and Google translate!! I took the eurail to Pau, in southern France. My childhood friend, Tina, connected me with a couple...

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Camino de Santiago

Dec 2, 2018 - Paris

After a smooth checkin which involved more security screenings than any we had encountered earlier we settled in for the usual 'long wait'. After finally boarding we took refuge in our 'pointy end' seats which were brilliant. Not those at the nose these were at the tail and we found them spacious and quiet, just perfect, as was the flight. The flight path over Kabul and the Himalayan Mountains was both fascinating and eery.

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Dec 2, 2018 - Paris

The drive to Paris was relatively easy even though light rain fell most of the way. Coffee stops at small villages went well but even better there were no blockade disruptions. Great roads and very few vehicles to contend with made things all the more enjoyable for our last day on a European road. After washing the car we checked it in and bid it farewell, it had served us well. The next check-in went smoothly as well at the CDG Airport and we were soon playing the 'waiting game' for our flight. Next stop, New Delhi, and a reunion with...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Cemetery city

We had a more relaxed start to the day, as we were free to do as we pleased. Also we had spent the night fighting off a barrage of mozzies, so we appreciated the sleep in. We caught the metro from Pont de Sèvres station and about 45 minutes later arrived at Père Lachaise Cemetery. This famous cemetery is the largest in the city, with over 1 million having been buried there over the centuries. It is, of course, the final resting place of many famous people, including Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Colette, Molière, Poulenc, Jim Morrison, Simone...

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Oct 13, 2018 - One Day More (Who can figure out this reference?)

Today’s itinerary was to do a walking tour of Montmartre led by Maxine and her tour book pages. We walked up our street, Rue Muller, and then up a path and steps to Sacre Coeur. We were that close. The Grape Harvest Festival was in full swing with hundreds of booths, thousands of people and lots of food and drink going on. We found our way through security, the festival, and then out onto the crowded streets near Place du Tertre where many artists set up their easels each day for the tourists. Walking past that, we headed to find the one...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Sailing into Paris

Today was our last day of riding! The tour has been quite tiring because we didn’t have a rest day in the middle, so we are all feeling it a bit. Before describing our day though, we should say a little about our fellow cyclists. We have really enjoyed this trip, not least because of this really lovely group. As mentioned, we had seven Canadians, six Americans and us two Aussies. All the Canadians were technically travelling as a group, although in fact some of them had never met. The key central person for their group had at the last...

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Oct 11, 2018 - Louis Vuitton, Sort Of

Today we traipsed across Paris on the metro to the Foundaton Louis Vuitton where there were no signature items to be purchased. Instead, there was an impressive museum. After arriving about 11:30am we waited in line nearly 2 hours to buy our entry tickets. Note to self - order tickets online next visit. After scouting out the lobby and seeing a film about the museum we decided to have lunch before heading to the two main exhibits. After this very expensive lunch (which we thoroughly enjoyed) we headed to see works by Egon Schiele (Austrian...

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