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Jun 25, 2017 - Paris 13

Day 38 - Sun 25 Jun 17 We were away at 1005 hrs having had our breakfast of pastries and coffee. Our first objective was to cross the Champ de Mars and visit the Australian Embassy; being a Sunday we were not expecting anyone to be in attendance and we were not disappointed, even security appeared to be taking a stress break. The embassy is a stone throw from Rue de Grenelle and close to the market we viewed last Sunday. We walked through the market and noted that it was primarily fresh produce and very well patronaged. The market appears...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Paris Day 6 - Giverny (Monet house and gardens), Vernon

Today our ship docked in Vernon. We had the opportunity to visit Vernon, Giverny, and Claude Monet's house and gardens. It was absolutely stunning! He created the colorful gardens considering not to put two of the same types of plants close to each other. He especially appreciated Japanese art, therefore he included a bamboo garden on his property. Looking at his garden pond was just like looking at one of his paintings. He created the pond because he loved to paint the mirror-like reflection. Monet had two groundskeepers. He requested that...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - Paris 12

Day 37 - Sat 24 Jun 17 I was first up again and took to the Seine to view early morning activity. The floating athletics track for the Paris Olympic "Values and Ideals celebration" by the Pont Alexander 111, was set up with a single line of string instrument musicians taking part in what I believe is a simulcast. The musicians, all in black, ran the length of the 100m plus track. Cameras filmed their performance as they played to music broadcast over the river from a central console and sound system. The crowd was dwarfed by the large...

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Jun 24, 2017 - Paris Day 5 - Trocadero Garden, Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, St. Germain,

This morning we awoke on our riverboat. We had a wonderful breakfast and then took a bus into Paris with our tour group. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower so Rod and I decided to break off from the group and do our own thing. We walked around the parks by the Eiffel Tower and crossed the bridge over to the Trocadero Garden. We had a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower! We continued our walk and ran into a group of Paris Police. Rod gave them his Police patches and he received another patch from them. He now has a complete set. The Paris...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 24, 2017 - Paris - Bayeux, France

Friday, Saturday We got to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol without any dramas. The flight to Paris was good on Transavia, except as normal delays before taking off. We had plenty of time to transfer to Saint Lazaire station then onto Bayeux getting there about 5:30pm. The Premier Class hotel where we are I s basic but comfortable, much quieter than Utrecht and weather now cooler about 22-24C. Saturday We tried to book a rental car, but unfortunately no luck, so have been using the public transport, bus system which has worked out fine. After an...

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2017 But's Adventure

Jun 23, 2017 - Paris Day 4 - Paris and St. Germain

Today was another wonderful day in Paris. We woke up this morning and had breakfast in our hotel. We had a few hours, before leaving our hotel to board our Viking Riverboat, so we took a walk around the neighborhood and one of the local parks. It was beautiful! We were able to get a better idea of what it is like to live in Paris. We stopped by a small, local pharmacy just to look around. We also found an interesting little gas station that had two gas pumps beside the road. A car would pull up beside the pump and a lady would go out and...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 23, 2017 - Paris 11

Day 36 - Fri 23 Jun 17 A much cooler start to the day. Having risen early I showered and walked to the Seine overlooking the Grand Palais. The area was already very active with workers preparing for a major event. A large pontoon stage has been assembled on the river just below Pont Alexander 111 with finishing touches being made to the walkway. Council workers are waiting to clean the area and a large group of security personal are on the bridge awaiting a briefing. I wandered the lawned open area of Invalides noting the extensive...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Paris Day 3- Catacombs of Paris and Louvre Museum

Our third day in Paris brought more sightseeing. We woke up early again and ate breakfast in our hotel. The hotel provides a breakfast buffet for us each morning. It is the best breakfast bar I think we have ever experienced. Paris food is amazing! After breakfast we took the metro to see the Catacombs of Paris. This amazing place holds the remains of millions of Parisians. The bodies were gradually transferred there between the late eighteenth and and mid-nineteenth century because graveyards began to pose a public health risk. They began...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 22, 2017 - Paris 10

Day 35 - Thu 22 June 17 The night was very warm and we were thankful once again for a simple fan. I am still at a loss to understand the lack of air conditioning but then how could you have an alfresco styled restaurant or bar with half of the restaurant isolated and air conditioned and the other half outdoors on the footpath exposed to the natural elements; it would not be french. Also, neighbourly noise control appears a big issue for those living in apartments and hundreds of compressors pumping away might just be too much. Thankfully...

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Jun 21, 2017 - Paris 9

Day 34 - Wed 21 June 17 Today was considered best for indoor activities. Deserted by my love one ( not hard to explain why) I made my way to the Musee de l'Armee Invalides at 1000 hrs to view the bi-annual exhibition which presently is "France Germany 1870-1871". I initially revisited the standard museum displays housed around the Cour d'honneur noting the major clean up of the building's facade that is in progress. Where the work has been completed, the building and its slate roof are looking great. These rooms of different displays trace...

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Jun 21, 2017 - Paris Day 2 - Palace of Versailles and Notre Dame

Day 2 in Paris was another HOT day! It reached 100 degrees today!! We toured the Palace of Versailles and Notre Dame. We woke up early and had a wonderful breakfast at our hotel, Hotel Ampere. Delicious cheeses, eggs, bacon, ham, fresh fruit, baguettes with apricot jam, and of course lots of sweets to choose from. After breakfast we took the metro to the Palace of Versailles. We have used Google Maps for every trip on the Metro. It tells us exactly which RER line to take and in which direction. It also displays every stop on the way so we...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 20, 2017 - Paris 8

Day 33 - Tue 20 June 17 - 47 years with the loveliest lady. Yesterday I awoke to an imposed fuel charge of 96€ from Europcar for our rental in Perpignan. This is the third fuel incident over the years I have been with them. The frustrating thing about such matters, especially after the event, is proof. I await the day someone announces the scandal of hire car firms manipulating electronic fuel gauges; they never read below the red line on pick up ( and you have to accept their word they are full) and they never read below the red line when...

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