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May 4, 2017 - The Passport Debacle

!LONG POST ALERT! Well, I could not bear to write yesterday, as I was so worried, but now that all has ended well, I feel free to update you all... Yesterday we left the Loire Valley; stopping for one last Chateau; Cheverny, which is well known not only for it's hunting dogs, but also as the inspiration for the Chateau of Capitain Haddock in the infamous Tin Tin series. Several of the Tin Tin books revolve around this chateau and it's mysteries. The chateau has (unusually) been in the same family since 1623, the guide book says that the...

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May 1, 2017 - The endless day

It was a smooth trip - no problems but what looong day - we all got up around 7 a.m. on Sunday, and about 26 hours later on Monday afternoon we landed in Rome. We had a 5-hr layover in Paris which added to the time on the road. Oh - a big coincidence - at the SeaTac airport we saw and chatted with Suzie and Steve Gierke, former ISD teachers. We saw them several time en route on the plane and as we zig-zagged through the customs line in Paris before they split off for their Viking Cruise from Switzerland to Amsterdam. Haven't seen them in...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Fancy Windows and Waiting in Lines

Since the last journey entry we have been all over Paris! We capped off last night with a cold but beautiful ride on the Bateaux Mouches (boat ride down the river Seine) and I finally got my night view of the Eiffel Tower. :-D After a late dinner across the street (pretty standard steak, potatoes, bread & wine) we went to bed way too late, again. Today we managed to hit the Notre Dame, the tower (from Hunchback of Notre Dame stories), Archaeological crypt under Notre Dame square, Saint Chapelle (more stain glass windows) AND the Eiffel...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Nous sommes arrivés à Paris

We left Seine Port yesterday afternoon and were chauffeured into Paris by the Barbier's (which was fortunate as my luggage has somehow gained in both weight and unwieldiness since I left the US. I don't understand how that happened). We toured the Musee D'Orsay, which is located in a lovely Art Deco Train Station and houses Impressionist and post Impressionist Art. As usual, I had trouble orienting myself on the cryptic map,so we wandered through all the art leading up to Impressionism, finally locating the main area of interest 1/2 hour...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Louvre Mapping project

Today I spent 7 hours (straight) walking every floor, room and staircase in the Louvre. I wrote down every turn, room, staircase and bathroom I came across. I went up and down each staircase to see were it came out on the floor above or below. At times this was very confusing and required me to start over in an area. This process was made more difficult because the official map is not that helpful, lacks a lot of detail and includes areas that are closed to the public. In addition, the Louvre has added walls that are not included on the...

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Mar 7, 2017 - American Library in Paris part 2

The American Library in Paris has speakers a few evenings a month (in English). Tonight's speakers discussed the Paris food markets. It was interesting hearing about the 60 food markets around Paris. I included more pictures of the Library. They have interesting ceiling lights, kid/teen book rooms and comfortable chairs.

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Mar 7, 2017 - High-line Paris

The New York High-line (raised park walkway on an old railroad track) was modeled after the Paris High-line. The Paris High-line is 3 miles long (I walked it) with has lots of plants, benches and street viewing areas. The view from 20' high is different then from the street. They have attached playgrounds and outdoor workout areas. People walk and jog along the walkway.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Pavilion De La Reine hotel

The Pavillon De La Reine hotel rooms start at $575. This is a boutique hotel/spa just off the Place Dea Vosges square. They have a nice seating area outside with interesting sculptures. The lobby is a great place to sit and relax with very comfortable chairs and couches. The staff is friendly and have no problem with non guests sitting in the several lobby rooms.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Lauren and Connor

Just a few days before leaving Lauren and Connor (her boyfriend) decided to spend Spring break in Paris. I was happy to have them join me. They left two days after me and are returning two days before me. We see each other in the morning and sometimes for dinner. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are all going to the Louvre. They will stay an hour to see the highlights. I am staying 6 hours to draw my own map. I can find a good map of the Louvre.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Place des Vosges square

Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It was completed in 1605. The king gave the land but required it remain open to everyone and that the buildings facades matched. The square gets crowded during warm weather. The covered walkway around the square has several cafes and art galleries.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Bakeries and Chocolate stores

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo Bakeries and Chocolate stores are everywhere in Paris. Some chocolate stores put carved chocolate displays in the window to attract your attention. This bakery made only an icing covered cake that is popular.

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Mar 6, 2017 - American Library in Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo I purchased a one week membership to the American Library in Paris. This is a private library supported by membership dues, corporations and donations. They have thousands of english language books you can read or checkout. There are over 200 english newspapers and magazines to read. The membership includes access to free wifi and computer. They have meeting and reading rooms. A few times a week they have guest speakers on Paris related topics. This week there is a speaker about...

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