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Jun 10, 2018 - Day 21 - Paris 9

The day started slowly as the streets were relatively quiet of people. The Sunday morning silence broken only by the garbage truck completing its daily run and the street cleaners spraying the footpath and sweeping the road. Breakfast of coffee was the best on offer as we had over eaten yesterday. Damian rang mid morning and we arranged to meet in the Latin Quarter around 1300hrs. Our walking path took us across the smaller of the two islands, the lle Saint Louis up Boulevard Saint Germain to Maubert Mutualite and then to the Pantheon....

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Jun 9, 2018 - Day 20 - Paris 8

We were up early and down to the Boulangerie for the bread and pastries and ready to receive by 0845hrs. I met Damian, Reinette , Pipa and Josh as they emerged from the Metro. We had a relaxing breakfast catching up on the news - I cant’t recall an occasion where everyone drank so much coffee in one sitting. After cleaning up, we undertook a lengthy walk to the Place Des Vosges and then through the area of the Marais, Les Halles and Hotel de Ville. We stopped soon after for a rose break. Our walk continued through the Louvre stopping...

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Jun 8, 2018 - Day 19 - Paris 7

Armed with all my throw away coins to buy this mornings baguette, I was greeted by my friendly Boulanger with a “ going home today? ” - it sounded like he gets to experience the odd traveller or two clearing their shrapnel before leaving Europe. This morning we visited the Palais Garnier for the third time in the past 40 years arriving at 1030hrs. We avoided the guided tour and elected the hour long personal audio tour. It proved to be a good decision as tour groups were prolific and crossing paths with the herds was a regular...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Day 18 - Paris 6

We have returned to Paul’s for our morning traditional baguette as they have an oven on site which gives us a better chance of warm fresh bread. No more pastries as the carbs are getting to us and we still have a long way to go. We were away from the apartment at 0945hrs for the metro to Solferino to visit the Museum D’Orsay. We spent two and half enjoyable hours wandering the museum with audio. My photo’s will be our memory of the many fine exhibitions. Amongst the many exhibits, the cut away model of the Opera Garnier has inspired us to...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Paris the Fabulous

Up at 4:30 am so we could walk to Central Station and get on the train for Paris at 6:16am. We are old but determined. For a brief moment panic set in, the codes printed on our tickets were not letting everyone through an entry gate. We then used Dick’s and the rest of us ran through with the SOS buzzer ringing and flashing. Luckily the security guards were changing shifts. It took a group effort to figure out that we were in car 18 with seat assignments to be boarded under the letter R. The train was a hoot ,we were running on adrenaline...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Day 17 - Paris 5

While I was up early with breakfast prepared, Kaye was dragging the chain having read into the early morning hours. In the intervening time, I explored the nearby shops for particular cheeses recommended by my big brother. I have found one of the four and was told two are no more - not sure what that means so I will keep looking. We departed at 1100hrs and took the metro to Nation and then to Pte de Montreuil to view the often spoken about Marche Aux Puces; the flea market. I had not checked to see if it was open, which it was not. There...

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Jun 5, 2018 - Day 16 - Paris 4

It rained this morning and required a jumper for the first hour. Breakfast menu modified to include a croissant and un pain raisin. We departed with umbrellas for the 11 th Arrondissement to view the 1030 hrs session of the Atelier des Lumieres. This is a sound and light presentation of various works of art with the Klimt paintings as the central theme. The presentation lasted an hour and because it was continuous the audience were leaving as they liked; we were there for just over 90 minutes. It was a spectacular presentation to say the...

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Jun 4, 2018 - Day 15 - Paris 3

Met a nice American couple now living in Luxembourg while picking up the morning baguette. They offered tips on Porto, Portugal and recommended viewing the presentation at the Atelier des Lumieres I made a booking for tomorrow over breakfast. We departed the apartment just after 1000hrs to explore the Le Halles area in search of stores selling prepared French dishes; a task harder than we thought. Our main focus was on the very popular Rue Montorgueil. We circumnavigated the area including a search of the newish Les Halles complex for...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Montmartre and The Dali Museum

We climbed hundreds of steps (how did my knee stand it!!??) in the very cool Montmartre which includes a painters' market where hundreds of artists are painting portraits, still life, landscapes, etc. The Dali Museum which holds the Levi collection is well worth the visit. I've always found Dali unsettling as probably he intended. I snapped a few photos of some that were easier for me.

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Jun 3, 2018 - Day 14 - Paris 2

Our apartment and our bed in particular is very comfortable. The first task for this very quiet Sunday morning which it wasn’t last night for the partying crowd, was to find a Boulangerie for a traditional baguette and several au pain chocolat’s. Being Sunday and 0830hrs an open Boulangerie or Patisserie was hard to find. However, after a lengthy walk the goodies were purchased and our favourite Paris breakfast was consumed. In need of groceries for dinner, we walked to the Sunday Market on Boulevard Richard Lenior. The market is quite...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Musee d'Orsay

The fairly new museum in the restored early 20th century train station is largely dedicated to Impressionism. The city discontinued use od d'Orsay after WWII and the building just sat for about 30 years until it was decided to restore it and turn it into a museum. The restoration is breathtaking. Giant glass clocks allow views of the Seine and Sacre Coeur. The museum is friendly with plenty of places to have a rest, to sit on the patio over the Seine, or have a coffee. I was a little tired from the full morning climbing steps in Montmartre...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Le Marche aux Puces (Flea Market)

The Marches aux Puces is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe. It is huge, a maze of antiques, bric a brac, knock-off sneakers, music stuff, jewelry, well, just about everything. We spent a couple of hours there and saw only a small section. Some of the shops are art works in themselves with shopkeepers displaying tiny beads, bootlegs, tins, miniature plastic toys in the most fabulous arrangements. We had a great time! I found a few goodies that would fit in my suitcase: a delicate white, batiste handkerchief, some large brown antique...

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