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Apr 24, 2018 - More Lazing Around

It was another rest day for the three of us. I awoke around 5:30am with a sore throat so gargled with salt water, took two Aleve, and slept some more. We all shared a late breakfast and made a plan for Wednesday and Saturday. We walked into the village to buy groceries for the next few days, made reservations for a visit to Reims and Mumm champagne for a tour and tasting, attended a hosted reception for those in residence this week, talked with our neighbors who are from Manchester, England, and made dinner together in our townhouse. We had...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Pantheon, Luxembourg Parque, Notre Dame, L'Arc de Triomphe

Today we were greeted with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. Nice. We walked to the Pantheon. It is a large Christian church built by Napoleon. He modeled it after the ancient Greek and Roman temples. Inside it has several cupolas and lots of columns...cement not marble. Of great interest was the astrological clock which uses Foucault's Pendulum. The pendulum moves always in a straight line but as the earth turns, the pendulum appears to tell time. By our watches it was correct. Using this methodology Foucault proved the earth was...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Lazing Around

After 8 days of making sure I got up on time to catch the Eurostar, a train or a tour I finally was able to sleep in this morning. It was marvelous! I had a leisurely morning and tracked the arrival of Air France 83 that brought Steph and Dennis to join in the fun. While they left SFO late, they arrived CDG on time. We caught up, they relaxed, Dennis and I explored the property, and I learned more about the Marriott program from Colin (who also tried to sell me a week here in France) and then we walked about a half mile into the village and...

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Apr 22, 2018 - Travel Day

Today was spent primarily traveling from Les Pouleries to Marne La-Valée where the Marriott timeshare is located. Betty and Pierre drove me to the train station in Limoges which is about 45 minutes from their home. The bus left on time and one hour later we arrived in the tiny train station in Le Dorat, which was closed since it was Sunday. Like when attending a fancy dinner, I watched what those with knowledge did, and followed their lead, including validating my ticket in the machine by the door to the station. Once aboard it was an hour...

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Apr 22, 2018 - Orsay Museum

I settled to sleep at 3a. With nothing planned, awakening late was no problem. We were able to change rooms to a quiet room at the back of the hotel. Nice. As we missed breakfast, we bought breakfast crepes...ham, cheese and eggs...at the corner store. We then walked the 4-5 blocks to the Orsay Museum. The Orsay Museum is housed in the old train station. The high arched ceilings gave it a spacious feeling. The center is open with sculptures displayed. An old large gold (colored) framed clock hangs high above the entrance. 6 floors along the...

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Apr 21, 2018 - The Louvre

After a sleepless night ( who cares at 3a that 2 girls are friends forever...sung at the top of tneir lungs at 3a), we walked back to the Louvre, found the Carosel arch with the 'borrowed' Venetian horses originally stolen from Istanbul by the Venetians. Here we met Adam a young Canadian student doing a PHD in Metaphysics. He is from Colesburg, Ontario (southwest). He is Norse descent....blond, blue-eyed...filled with knowledge that he took great pleasure in sharing. We also met the rest of our small group...10 people....mostly American...

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Apr 20, 2018 - Paris Tour, Eiffel Tour and Seine Cruise

We set off early....before 10a....to walk to Rue de Pyramides to locate the tour office where we were to meet the tour bus for our tour. Seems simple but after crossing the Seine using Pont des Arts and strolling through the grounds of the Louvre, stopping to take pics of the pyramids and the triumphal arch we found ourselves lost. Where was Pyramides? After several wrong attempts to locate it and finding our instructions too confusing, we hailed a cab. When he saw the address he laughed. He drove through the Louvre, turned left a block and...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Paris, France

Clayton has arrived! We have crossed Vancouver to the Coast Hotel and are trying to check in with Air France. Perplexing....first they have no record of us, then they do, then we have two tickets...one on a direct non-stop flight to Paris, the other on a direct Air Canada flight with a layover in Montreal! Gord has a return flight and I don't. We phone Clayton for clarification....maybe we've missed something. Finally we give up and take the short walk to Cravings for dinner. After we go back...and nothing's changed. Maybe a phone call to...

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Apr 19, 2018 - A Perfect Spring/Summer Day in Paris

Why do I say Spring/Summer? Well, yesterday the high was 80F and today it was 82F. I loved seeing everyone out in their shorts and sleeveless dresses, soaking up the sun. Luckily I came prepared with some summer clothing in case the weather got hot and plenty of sunblock which I slathered on myself before leaving the hotel. Walking outside the front door, the Thursday market was in full force on the sidewalk. When I arrived yesterday I noticed the metal piping for the stalls with the covers turned back and presumed the market was probably...

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Apr 18, 2018 - Back to Paris

Today was mostly a travel day, heading back to Paris from London on the Eurostar. The check in and security process was entirely different on this end than at Gare du Nord. St. Pancras station has been modernised (notice my UK spelling?) and the check in and waiting areas were lovely and the process was completed efficiently. We departed and arrived on time. Once back at Gare du Nord I bought my Metro ticket and headed for my hotel on the #5 line. To avoid having to transfer to get to the closest stop, I got off at Place d'Italie. I don't...

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Apr 14, 2018 - 4 nights in Paris

As many of you know, I usually do a daily travel blog which I print into a photo book after the trip as my record of travels. I haven't been very successful in keeping it up this trip, possibly because I am in charge this time and I haven't got Brett here to set the itinerary and choose the good restaurants while I write! Also, we usually drive, well Brett does, while I write. Anyway, needless to say, I am very behind, so you are getting city updates on this trip. We loved Paris, a lot. We loved the colours, or colour, of the buildings, the...

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Apr 14, 2018 - By plane, bus, and Metro - but No Upgrade

I started on the United upgrade list at position 4, moved to 10 by bedtime Thursday night, and ended in the unlucky 13 spot. By a few hours before our flight, all 36 fully paying Polaris class passengers had checked in, dashing the hopes of all of us on the ugrade list. I'm glad I at least had purchased Economy Plus seating when I bought my ticket in January. As is usual these days, every seat on the plane was assigned. The flight was uneventful, except for the announcement just as we were over the Atlantic asking if there was a "licensed...

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