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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 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 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 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 Day 1 - Arc De Triomphe and Eiffel Tower

We arrived in Paris at 8:00 this morning. It took us 2 hours to travel from the Charles de Gaulle airport to our hotel because of all the traffic. Motorcycles whizzed between traffic and there didn't seem to be too much in the way of traffic laws. LOL!! We are staying at the Hotel Ampere in Paris. It is a very nice and clean hotel. The rooms, elevators, and pretty much everything is smaller than American hotel rooms. After our arrival we were given a quick tour of the street that our hotel is on by our Viking River Cruise hostess. After the...

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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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Jun 19, 2017 - Paris 7

Day 32 - Mon 19 Jun 17 The French have many personal styles that we don't; one in particular is gracefully crossing pedestrian crossings without looking either right or left; eye contact is over rated, confidence is everything.. Today is Vaux-Le-Vicomte day. This is the day where we travel by train to Verneuil- L'Etang , 50 kms south east of Paris and then bus it for 20 mins to visit the Chateau Vaux-Le-Vincomte a 17th Century Chateau; reputed to be the envy of King Louis X1V. It appears Louis when invited for dinner by his finance...

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Jun 19, 2017 - The Iron Lady-(The Eiffel Tower)

Up and at 'em again today especially when I was to meet Adam and Lauren, so no lie in if we wanted to miss the queues. I was running a little late, (I thought) and rushed to our prearranged meeting point. Of course it ended up that we had tons of time and were in the first car to the top. The views were amazing and well worth going up. After we had taken many photos, I walked back to my appartment to grab my bag as I was meant to check out at 11am. I had arranged with Adam to meet him back at his flat and leave my bag there as I was not...

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Jun 18, 2017 - Paris in the sunshine!!

This morning I was up and out the door soon after 8am. I stopped at a local cafe for a coffee and chocolate Croissant mmm delicious by the way..and then was first on the bus tour back at Trocodero Square. It was on the way about 10 minutes after I boarded. I continued on the tour until I got to Notre Dame where there was an advertised walking trip..sadly the trip had been cancelled which was really annoying as I had been looking forward to it. I might have gone with a different company had I known yesterday 񏤔 Anyway I wasn't going to let...

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Jun 18, 2017 - Paris 6

Day 31 - Sun 18 Jun 17 It is Sunday and as I look out onto Rue Saint Dominique, I can see our Patisserie is closed and we are in need of a lovely baguette for breakfast. We have developed the routine of fresh bread, cheese and coffee as the first satisfying act of the day ( after the shower that is). As a consequence it was a visit to the only bread shop open, the local supper market; first one sold out, second had that hard crust, the one that challenges the chewer. Today with Carrefors Orange Marmalade and a Blue de Bresse cheese...

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Jun 17, 2017 - Paris here I come!!

I didn't sleep that well knowing I had to get up early so at the sound of my alarm I was a bit slow but got better once I had my shower. Toni had offered to come with me to the Eurostar station so we were both out the door at 6.45am. The train rides had us at St Pancras in about 40 minutes so we had time to grab a coffee and food for me to eat on the train. Then it was off through customs and shortly after I was on the train. I was very impressed. I think after all the flying I have done, the train seems easier and better. As it travels...

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