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Aug 2, 2018 - Paris Bus Tour and other things

This morning we had a lovely breakfast at the Hotel before setting off to do a bus tour of the city. Although we had been on bus tours on our first days in Paris this one was specific for APT, we did see a lot of what we had seen previously, but we did stop t the Eiffel tower and ogt another close up view from the other side - alas it was closed due to a strike - in relation to the online ticketing system that was causing longer line ups. We stopped for coffee at a little cafe right near Napoleon's Tomb at the "Les Invalides Hospital" site....

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Aug 1, 2018 - Paris APT - Joining the tour

This morning we had a lazy morning - packing the bags and cleaning the BNB. We had Brunch at our favourite Pub/Restaurant Bolivar for our final meal. After a wonderful breakfast we headed back to the unit to finalise packing and waiting to meet Sandrine to say au revoir, and get teh cab to the hotel to join our tour. We managed to get to the hotel without any drama, no crashes, no fires and no strikes. we met the lovely Evelin our cruise director and went to our rooms, settled in and then decided to go for a walk. WE made our way to the Arc...

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Jul 31, 2018 - Paris - Doing our own thing

Today we decided to do our own thing in gay Paris. We started the day on the Metro and headed into the city centre, we have booked for a tour of the Notre Dame. Although the cathedral looks very similar to the one in Reims, this one does have its own stories and history. Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) is one of the largest and best known churches, it is of the Gothic style with 2 bell towers, it has been ransacked and parts destroyed over the centuries and rebuilt and is currently having restoration work done, in the 1800's Victor...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Paris - Reims Champagne Tour.

This morning was an early start as we were picked up at 7:20 for our small group Champagne Tour - Stephanie our tour guide was a lovely lady! There were only 6 of us on the tour and we learnt a lot about the Champagne making process. The other couple were from Atlanta Georgia, USA. They were a lot of fun! The drive to Reims takes approximately an hour and a half, and it is lovely countryside, we did see the turnoff to Eurodisney, we did not end up going as Tracey has hurt her leg...... not enough alcohol!! We arrived at Reims and the first...

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Jul 29, 2018 - Paris - Hop on Hop off Bus tour

So this morning we got up and showered and then set off for our adventure for today. We went back to Cafe Bolivar for breakfast and then went to see if we could conquer the Paris Metropolitan.... We caught the train to the pickup point for our Bus tour - the only thing was we were going to miss 2 spots due to today be in the completion of the Tour de France - but matter not - we would do the best we can, we saw a lot of old Paris, including the Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, by passed the Champs-Elysées and Grand Palais (near the Arc de...

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Jul 23, 2018 - Day 7: June 24, 2018

Day 7 began with a huge performance, and was truly the culminating experience of my Masters Degree! Today was the day we performed in the Holy Mass of Notre-Dame! **NOTE** Due to larger photo files, I have uploaded Day 7 pictures into a photo folder on my Google Drive. Copy and paste this link to see photos of the performances in Notre Dame!** https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VkiPrKTQ-GDarssOpoy3yKq_SLuHurDf?usp=sharing We loaded up the bus from the hotel around 9:00 am in order to warm-up as a choir, approximately an hour before...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Paris—End of Week

On Thursday Pastor Chai arranged to take us on a road trip to the little town of Noyon. Apparently, in the 10th Century, Noyon was a larger city than Paris boasting a much larger Cathedral with a much more important Bishop. Today, it feels like a sleepy town with a few interesting sites to keep tourists making a stop along their way. For us, Noyon was simply the birthplace of John Calvin, probably the most significant French Reformer, barely escaping the massacre of Protestants in Paris and fleeing to Strausburg, then onto Geneva,...

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Jul 11, 2018 - Paris. Again

On Wednesday, Pastor Choi took us to meet a couple that are here in Paris with the IMB. They serve to support Baptist ministers who are here. We had a great lunch with them. Kind of fun to talk American. Afterward, we went to see the Pompidue Center. It is a bizarre cultural center designed by an Italian Archetect who apparently thought French people belong in hampster tubes. It was closed. We went to an ancient church called the St. Germaine Church. Apparently, the priest here were slightly more open to the budding French Reformation....

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Jul 11, 2018 - Paris—ATI Class

On Sunday, David and I got on the road early. The drive back to CDG airport was uneventful. We turned the car in. Unfortunately, I had 10 days to throw stuff in every conceivable corner of the car. I had never taken my suitcase out of the car, figuring I was never going to be any place long enough for it to matter. So, I had dirty clothes thrown all over the boot. David was kind enough not to laugh outloud at me as I pulled all my junk into the Hertz parking lot to get it repacked for the short subway ride into town. We found the...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Day 6: June 23, 2018

Day 6 of the trip was scheduled for “free time on your own,” so it became a “choose your own adventure” day! The morning certainly started off with a mini-adventure as I attempted to access my few years of high school French to help me navigate into Paris. The train station closest to our hotel was closed for the weekend as part of the Paris train strike, so I learned how to navigate the Paris bus, train, and metro systems that morning in order to meet back with my parents and aunties for our day of museum touring! Before any touring could...

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Jul 6, 2018 - Day 5: June 22, 2018

Today was the day that we would give our first of two concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral!! The entire choir took this concert very seriously and we all had to work through various emotions of awe, nervousness, excitement, overwhelm, etc. Thankfully we had time to rehearse in the space prior to the concert itself! After a lovely breakfast provided by the hotel, we boarded our coach bus for Notre Dame. Paris traffic makes Denver traffic look like a picnic, so we planned lots of travel time into our morning. When we unloaded, we went to a...

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Jun 28, 2018 - Day 39-41- Homeward bound

While the car was fueled and prepared for return, Kaye was still apprehensive of the time needed to drive the 5 km to the Hertz drop point so we left the hotel just after 0830 hrs. CDG is still the most frustrating airport in the world and after quite a few loops and a visit to a carpark we made it to the terminal and cleared the car without further problem. It’s a pity pickups aren’t as efficient. A crowded airport, a very slow shuttle service between T1 and T2 and an unattended bag left at security added to the slow clearance process. We...

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