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Sep 22, 2019 - Paris - Day 3

After last nights very late night, we had a late start today. We headed back to Luxembourg Jardins. Unfortunately it started raining, so we went looking for a restaurant for brunch and to escape the rain. Its seems that everyone else had the same idea, as everything was full! We headed back to Galeries La Fayette where we had brunch and then strolled around. From here we headed for a walk along the river Siene. We stopped at a small restaurant in a lane near Saint Chapelle. We all ordered our dinner in French. I am now sitting here typing...

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Sep 21, 2019 - Paris - Day 2

We started today with breakfast in Rue Montgereill which is a beautiful little lane that is home to Stohrer's. Stohrer's is Paris's oldest patisserie. It started business in 1730. We got a sweet from here which was amazing! From here we got confused on the train network as the station we wanted was closed which meant we were using multiple lines to get around it. We sent up the funicular  to Montmartre and Sacre Couer. This is the highest land point in Paris and the views were beautiful. We wandered through the markets of Montmartre...

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Sep 20, 2019 - Paris - Day 1

We started today with a visit to Arc de Triomphe, then a stroll down Avenue des  Ćhamps Élyseés. We stopped for a croque monsieur for lunch then continued across to Saint Chapelle via  Trocadero to take a quick look at the Eiffel Tower. We plan to go back to the Eiffel Tower at night. Sainte-Chapelle was absolutely stunning, and features an amazing amount of stained glass. There are actually 1113 stained glass windows. It was built in the 12th century to house valuable relics of the passion of Christ including the crown of thorns worn by...

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Sep 19, 2019 - PARIS - Part 2

Paris - Part 2 Our visit to Notre Dam was, of course, from afar with all the barriers set up around it. We did see Sainte Chappell which was originally built to house the Crown of Thorns. This church, now decommissioned, is undergoing a major restoration due to the massive stained glass windows. Also, as they do this restoration, they are developing an ethics policy for all future restorations. The Musée d’Orsay was one of the highlights of our visit. It was great to see the paintings by the impressionists and to learn the story of how the...

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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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Sep 7, 2019 - First week in Paris

The first two day while we were in Paris we managed to buy groceries and train passes for our transportation to and from Disneyland. Second day was a challenge for us as we manoeuvre through the train station during rush hour. I thought Vancouver rush hour. Judy Hnit did an excellent job getting us there and back. The Louvre was magnificent but Mona Lisa was not a big deal for me as you are rushed looking at her and there were a lot of people trying to get a photo of it. Loved the opera spectacular architecture. Our Starbucks coffee at the...

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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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