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Jun 26, 2017 - Day 2 in Paris - lots of walking and looking.

26 June, 2017 Exploring new sights and a few familiar ones in Paris Weather: Very warm, top of 28C Steps: 15 200(I didn't leave the hotel until after 1:00pm) After long flights and a busy day upon arrival, it was a morning for a sleep-in. I set the alarm for 8:00am and listened to 3AW 4:00pm news on my App on the iPhone - amazing!!! I decided to eat breakfast in the hotel and it was fine, nothing spectacular but adequate for €10. I then returned to the room to 'do' the Blog for the flights and Day 1 and add images. I am using a new Blog as...

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Jun 26, 2017 - France Day 7 - Rouen and Normandy

Today was another beautiful day in France. We started the day with a buffet breakfast on our ship and then took a walk into Rouen. Rouen dates back to 744 AD when the Roman Catholic archdiocese created this city. In 1841 the Vikings overran Rouen and found the colony led by Rollo who was nominated count of Rouen by the king of Franks in 911. The young French heroine Joan of arc was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in the old market Square in 1431. Rouen was decimated several times during the middle ages by fire and plague, and later...

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Paris Summer 2017

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 I was 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 to...

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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 25, 2017 - Flights over and Day 1 in Paris - YIPEE!!!

FLIGHT OVER AND DAY 1 IN PARIS Flight Over: I now appreciate the benefits of flying in the comfort of Business Class!! It is a %^&*)$%! long way to fly. The flight from Melbourne to Singapore was full but at least I had an exit row so that gave more leg room. Down side was when I booked the seats I ended up with the one in middle of three so that was where I was for the flight - luckily it went by quite well with a number of movies watched - in fact over both flights I watched 4 films [Hidden Figures (very good movie); The Girl on the Train...

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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 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 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 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 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 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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