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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 19, 2019 - Disney Character Breakfast

This morning we surprised the kids with an extra morning in Disney that they were not aware of. We also were lucky enough to have a beautiful breakfast at Disney's Plaza Gardens Restaurant where we met Geppetto, Goofy  Pinocchio, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger and Mickey. While we were there we also did one more lap of It's a Small World, and had a photo with Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and the Queen of Hearts. We headed back to our hotel to collect our cases and transferred into our next Hotel which is in Paris. When we arrived we actually chilled...

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Sep 18, 2019 - Disneyland Paris

Back to Disneyland Paris today. This was our to do list: 2 laps of Hyperspace Mountain Got our photo taken with Pooh Bear Watched 4D show of Mickey et son Orchestre PhilharMagique 2 laps of Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast Bought some collector pins and key rings for school bags Stop for a quick croissant for lunch Saw Peter Pan and Wendy Went on Pirates of the Caribbean Went on Le Pays des Contes de Fées Went on Casey Junior - Le Petit Train du Cirque Went on Orbitron Went on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Stopped for Waffles Visited...

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Sep 17, 2019 - Walt Disney Studios

We spent today at Dinseyland Paris - Walt Disney Studios. We went to line up for the Lion King show, but we left as soon as we realized that it was just a video of the stage show. Instead we went to see Mickey and the Magician. This was a stage show that tells a story of Mickey with The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. It was absolutely brilliant!   Next we went on Les Tapis Volants (Aladdins flying Carpets), followed by Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin. We were lucky enough to bump into Max for a quick catch up and a...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Disneyland Paris

We had a reasonably early start today at St. Pancras station to catch the Eurostar train to Paris. We had to be there early for border security and as this is an international train ride from he UK to France. Given how many people were there it actually moved very quickly. The UK passport check and the French passport check are about 5 meters apart. UK seemed happy to see us go, but the French person was grumpy!  There are a lot of Eurostar trains, and the one we were on was 15 carriges long, and quite full. We had 2 sets of tables, most...

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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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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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