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Jun 3, 2018 - Hello Berlin

We’ve said Au Revoir to Paris and Hello to Berlin. Our two hour flight went smoothly except for my luggage being singled out to be thoroughly checked. Apparently the blade on the scissors I put in my carry-on bag did not meet security standards (blade too long) and was confiscated. Art was prepared to say sure-gonna-miss-ya and continue on his way. Funny guy. The apartment here is a slightly larger than the one in Paris. However, the best thing about it is that the apartment faces the courtyard and is really quiet (except for the...

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Jun 2, 2018 - Day 13 - Drive to Paris

The day started with the promised hot breakfast which was not hot, at the hotel at 0830 hrs. We had lost favour with one couple in the very tight breakfast room when we occupied the table they had occupied which in fact was the one we had occupied first but they had not seen our possessions below the table top. The French gentleman was less than gentlemanly to Kaye however his wife was very sweet about it all - what fun! We were not disappointed to leave our sullen hostess. Having refeuled at Vulaines with personalised service we made our...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Paris

Day 14. Paris 1/6/18. Friday. Overcast, chance of rain 15-32. Rain showers This morning we joined a coach to drive to The Palace of Versailles, but first we had to get out of Paris! At 9.15, the traffic was just about at a standstill, but there was a slight accident further down the road, which was the cause. But it’s still ‘heart in mouth’ watching the traffic from the bus window! Apparently traffic on your right has right of way around the Arc de Triomphe. The Palace of Versailles is huge and has beautiful painted ceilings and the rooms...

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May 31, 2018 - Lyon to Paris

Day 13. Lyon to Paris 31/5/18. Thursday. Raining and cool in Lyon; sunny and warm in Paris. We left Lyon at 8am, a bus taking us to the train station and then the high speed train to Paris, arriving about 11am. A bus tour of Paris, going around the Arc d’Triomph - scary - past the ‘lovers’ bridge that was covered in locks 3 years ago when we were here, and now all the locks have been removed and it has Perspex panel sides, past 4 or 5 red and yellow Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s which people can hire for 30 minutes, just parked on the edge of...

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May 30, 2018 - Paris Museums

There are over 100 museums in Paris and as I kept telling Art, “you can’t see them all.” Guidebooks provide a good list of the “top 10” and “not to miss” museums most of which are obvious. They are the biggest and the oldest ones in the city. I think we did a pretty good job in our selection during our stay. My favorite museum was Musee d’Orsay. The museum is housed in a former railway station which, in itself, was gorgeous. The lighting was perfect for the sculptures in the lobby but most importantly, the museum was much more manageable...

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May 28, 2018 - Paris Greeters

There are many licensed tour companies in Paris that lead walking tours throughout the city. Usually, the groups are pretty large and not very personalized. For a more personalized and intimate tour we tried out an organization called Paris Greeters. Paris Greeters is a non-profit organization with a host of volunteers that lead free “strolls” throughout the city. There isn’t a set of tours that you select from but rather you indicate your interest and the organization connects you with one of their volunteers. We expressed an interest in...

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May 25, 2018 - Walking Among the Dead

I like visiting old cemeteries and there are two within central Paris. One is called Pere Lachaise, opened in 1804, whose “residents” include famous artists, writers, statesmen and musicians such as Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison (yes, that U.S. musician). Another is the Montparnassee Cemetery, opened in 1824, with notable writers such as Samuel Becket, Simone de Beauvoir, and Susan Sontag. We learned that it is quite acceptable to visit the cemeteries in Paris. Parisian’s enjoy the peace and quiet within a cemetery while tourists come...

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May 21, 2018 - Day 1 - Departure

We awake earlier than our 0545 alarm; both having had a good nights sleep. Kaye dresses and completes her new Jane Fonda hairstyle while I complete the final domestics of closing down all utilities and securing the house; this year I am using a video surveillance system. Neighbour and friend Russell arrives at 0815hrs to drop us at the bus station in Civic. Our 0900hrs Bus departs early at 0835hrs which is welcomed by us however the head start does not last long as the driver is recalled to the station to pickup a passenger who had wandered...

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May 21, 2018 - The Louvre

The Louvre in Paris, once a former royal palace, is now the world’s largest museum of arts and antiquities in the world. Nearly 8 million people a year visit the museum and it displays only about 35,000 of its 550,000 objects on multiple floors. It is home to one very famous portrait that people from all over the world flock to see. With so many other art and antiquities on display, what makes this one so special? Is it her sly smile or the myth surrounding who she really was? Is it the theft in 1911 or perhaps the acid thrown on her face...

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May 20, 2018 - Intuitive - NOT

(Art writing) When we arrived at our apartment the manager went over the appliances quickly. Basically she mentioned that “all we had to do is push a couple of buttons” to get them going. OK, no problem. I should be able to handle this. If these appliances were really intuitive I should be able to program them without the use of a manual. Let’s start with the microwave. Most microwaves in the States have a keypad with zero to nine buttons along with a couple of other buttons such as “clock”, “power level” and perhaps a couple of cooking...

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May 19, 2018 - Montmartre

We’ve been making good use of our monthly transportation pass this time taking us to a section outside of central Paris called Montmartre. Despite crawling with tourists, it has a number of things that are unique. First, at a mere 420 feet, it is the highest point in Paris. Once you get to the top of the butte, the century old white Basilica of Sacre-Coeur dominates the skyline providing an amazing view of Paris. At one time, artists such as Rodin and Renoir made Montmartre their home. It was cheap living compared to Paris and most...

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May 14, 2018 - Parisian Bakeries

Before coming to Paris I read about the flaky, buttery croissants made here along with the long, thin crispy-crust baguettes. I’ve seen pictures of people toting around their banquettes in paper bags. I heard that both these items were “to die for” but being the skeptic that I am, I didn’t set my expectations too high. However, I am happy to say YUMMMMMMY. Near our apartment and in nearly all the other neighborhoods we’ve visited, there are many bakeries on every short block. Each bakery has its own personality and often has something a...

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