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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 - 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 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 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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Jun 17, 2017 - Paris 5

Day 30 - Sat 17 Jun 17 We were away this morning at 1030 hrs and our objective was to visit the 3rd Arrondissement and our old stamping ground for a month, the Marais in 2013. We crossed the river at Place Concorde and walked the route through Madeline to the Place Vendome. Significant renovations were in place last we visited and all signs of construction, except for a small area in the centre of the Place have been removed. It now looks great with the towing plynth reflecting Napoleons campaigns standing majestic. The shops lining the...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Paris 4

Day 29 - Fri 16 Jun 17 We were late starting and away from the apartment by 1030hrs. Our task was to attack the 16th Arrondissement. We crossed the Seine at the footbridge Passerelle Debilly and headed for the Palais de Chaillot. Our route was defined by major intersections where restaurants and shops congregate and several defined landmarks; everything in between was to be of interest as well. Initially this took us to the seven way intersection at the bottom of Rue de la Tour and then north west to Rue Paul Doumer before turning south...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Paris 3

Day 28 - Thu 15 Jun 17 I was awake from 0425hrs but did not rise until 0715hrs to shower and walk to the corner artisan patisserie for pastry's which we had with coffee in the apartment. Kaye dressed and we departed at 0930 hrs to walk to the metro at National Assembly. In doing so, we retraced some of our stay in Varenne. Our objective for the day was to revisit Basilique du Sacre Couer and then to wander the streets back to the apartment. When arriving at the station Abbesses we were very thankful we were not carrying cases; there are no...

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Jun 14, 2017 - Paris 2

Day 27 - Wed 14 Jun 1 We were in need of a good night sleep in the understanding that we have twelve more days to visit the corners of this city which we have not visited in the last seven visits and will need the energy to do,so. I arose earlier than Kaye and put to rest the fuel payment problem we had in Perpingnan. I still cannot understand why an oil dispensing company can put a hold on additional funds for a simple fuel purchase until the transaction is validated ; all without notice; defies simple logic. We left our apartment and 0930...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Paris 1

Day 26 - Tue 13 Jun 17 Depart Perpignan for Phase 2, Paris Stay Very leisurely start as the hotel is alongside the station. We boarded the TGV at 1025hrs for our 1053hrs departure, having bought 2 sandwiches for lunch. We have been allocated the two worst seats in the carriage; facing backwards with pillar obstructing view. We moved to two forward facing seats and thankfully we did not have to move for the entire trip. The TGV is a very comfortable way to travel and to view the lovely green scenery was a bonus. Our only complaint was the...

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