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Nov 28, 2017 - Kilmuckridge/Dublin/Paris

Just a final story about Ireland – as travellers know you can strike up friendships very quickly with locals and visitors alike, something about ships passing in the night I think. Anyway, met John (about our age with a beautiful singing voice) in the pub who told us of the recent loss of his much-loved younger brother from pancreatic cancer. John explained that as much as both men dearly wanted to, they just couldn’t bring themselves to actually discuss the prognosis. After the brother’s death this poem sort of appeared in his head without...

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Oct 17, 2017 - Paris - Arc d'Triumphe and Champs-Elysees

Another beautiful day in Paris. Last night we took a mini-cruise up the Seine to be nearer the Eiffel Tower. On one of the bridges near the Eiffel Tower is a miniature Statue of Liberty. You know that the French gave the Statue of Liberty to America; well, America gave this miniature version to the French. They have 5 other copies around the city. This morning the bus took us to the top of the highest of the 7 hills of Paris (it is built on 7 hills, as are Rome and Istanbul), Montmartre. It is primarily known for its artistic history, the...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Paris - Notre Dame

Ah! Paris in the Fall!! Wonderful!! Magnificent!! Amazing!! Glorious! In other words, we are enjoying Paris in the fall!!! The air is fresh; the sun is warm; the people are friendly (well, most of them). We're having a great time!! This morning we took a bus ride around Paris and saw all the greatest sights. The Eiffel Tower; Notre Dame; Arc de Triomphe; Champs-Elysees; the President's residence; the Louvre; the Musee d'Orsay; the left bank of the Seine; the right bank of the Seine; the Sorbonne University; the Opera House; the House of the...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Bus Ride through the Loire Valley to Paris

It appears that I will only be able to upload 10 pictures with each narrative. So since nothing happened today, here are the pictures from the other day. Today we checked out of the hotel in Blois, got on the bus and headed back to Paris. We checked onto the boat, Le Bizet, moored on the Seine River, near the Eiffel Tower. Our guide, Anne, took us on a short vicinity walk to familiarize ourselves with where the bus, train and subway stations are. We will take bus tours of Paris for the next two mornings, then have the afternoons to...

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Sep 18, 2017 - The long trip to the start of Dubrovnik to Venice adventure

Having been enticed to take this trip by the offer of a 20% discount by the company that ran the cairns to uluru camping trip, i think the discount disappeared in air fares! To get here (which at the time of writing, is Paris...another 6+ hours before i make it to dubrovnik! Yes paris! The cheapest option was with Etihad then Air Croatia, stopping first in Abu Dhabi, then here. First stop long enogh to stretch the legs and move around a bit. This one, not long enough to get out of the air port given the time to get to the city, then the...

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Sep 3, 2017 - First in Line

Up early to head to the shopping mall entrance to the Louvre. We mapped out our route last night. We were there in 10 minutes. The guard at the entrance couldn't believe we were there 45 minutes before opening! We were first in line and shortly after the line started forming. Some lady and her child got to go in before us. WE raced off to see the Mona Lisa and got passed by 2 guys. We could have beat them except we were too tired to run up the steps! The lady and her child were already there, but we arrived before the crowd and were able to...

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Sep 2, 2017 - Which way is the River?

Due to lightening we were a bit late leaving RDU but arrived in Paris with half of China. Took a little bit to get through immigration but we were glad we had not checked any luggage as it looked like a zoo in baggage claim. Purchased our museum passes, metro tickets and train tickets into Paris before leaving the airport. Managed the train and metro no problem and found the apartment of Ms. Dulac, the sweet 90 year old lady that would hold our luggage for us until 1:30 when we could check into our studio apartment. Decided we had time to...

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Jul 14, 2017 - Paris, well, Orly Airport

Get up early and pack our suitcases and take them to reception so they could be stored until we got back. Then down to the corner and got a cab to our meeting place near the Louvre. It was outside a gift shop so we waited a while. Cars could not get close to the museum because of Trump and the holiday, but there were groups of (mostly) Rumanian (mostly women) scammers all about. They would approach with a petition to help… any sort of cause, starving children, deaf people, all sorts of stuff. If you’d sign they’d ask for a small donation....

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Jul 13, 2017 - Paris and Trumped

Up and down for some breakfast – Alice sleeps in. Then back up and head out to our walking tour. Decide to walk down to the tour site and we head along the main road and see lots of Paris – deliveries, pickups, trash, smells… A different side. We get to where we think the tour should be but realize we’re off by a bridge, and finally meet up with the group. Our tour guide is friendly enough but nowhere near as entertaining as the one from yesterday. After an architecture lecture, we head off through the streets and see “the oldest street in...

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Jul 12, 2017 - From London to Paris

We slept a bit late and I went down for breakfast. Order the English breakfast but by an hour later they still hadn’t come to take my order so I asked for my money back – which they did with profuse apologies. Nice folks and a nice hotel really, just a mistake. Went back and with only a couple of complaints we headed out o Kensington Park. It was cool and windy but no rain. Wandered into the park to Prince Charles’ garden then walked along the Serpentine a bit. Came upon a flock of lorikeets that some folks were feeding – they got on you...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Port Villez to Paris

Well the last few days have been interesting to say the last. First off, I learned not to book a place that is not within walking distance or local bus service to the train station. Giverny is a very small town just across the Seine from Vernon, which is where the Gare is. There are few places to stay in this area - mostly expensive bed and breakfast places that cater to people going to Monet's house. While Monet's house brings in over a million tourist a year apparently, they mostly come for just the day from Paris either by train, tour...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Day 5: In Reims

Day 5: In Reims – looking around the city and a champagne house tour. Weather: Expected of 23C but reached 21C. Steps: 17 900 (10.1km) – plenty of walking today!! I ended up sleeping with the window open which was good and gave an airflow which was great. My washing from last night, which I did while ‘waiting, waiting, waiting’ for the images to upload, was well on its way to drying (and it was dry by the evening). Breakfast downstairs was fine, nothing too exciting, but nice to have some toast with a selection small jams – the fig jam was...

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