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Oct 11, 2014 - Paris

Paris Highlights - accompanied Patricia to Paris to help with the final parts of her apartment renovation before re renting it - dinner on Fri 10th at the local bar. 'The Honest Lawyer'. A place with great atmosphere and good food - Sat 11th spent in house all day building ikea furniture and moving existing furniture around. - a quick trip for coffee (and macaroons from a nearby bakery) at the Honest Lawyer. - dinner in another part of Paris at a gluten free cafe (Biosphere Cafe) where we both had savoury buckwheat pancakes and a...

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Pauline Carries On

Oct 4, 2014 - Another day in Paris

Well, yesterday's huge Eiffel Tower crowds were nothing compared to today, Saturday morning. We just didn't realize that we should have gone up Thursday morning when we first got here. It will have to wait for another visit. We walked and walked today. First of all after the Eiffel Tower we crossed the Seine to look at the Maritime museum which was closed....then walked to the Grand Palais which was closed.....then the Petit Palais which was open and beautiful and free. We went to their cafe for a break.....here is the dialogue.....Me - Tea...

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Europe 2014

Oct 3, 2014 - Paris

Breakfast at Mcdonalds. 5 Euro for 2. Started the day laughing as the American lady in line ahead of me was asking for "home fries", no fries or has browns at Paris Mcdonalds.....John had hot chocolate and it was a little package of cocoa mix and a cup of steamed milk...so nice. Then we walked to Les Invalides which is where Napoleon's tomb is. I think he was a short guy but the tomb could accommodate a 7 foot person no problem. The display of armour back to the 1500s was amazing. Spent a few hours there. Then a nice boat cruise on the...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Paris, the 'City of Light'

Up at 6 am to get ready for the day. On the bus at 8 am to go on a guided tour. First stop Notre Dame Cathedral. It took 175 years to build and is protected by its rooftop Gargoyles. It is beautiful inside and out! We then walked through the garden at the Cathedral and then over a bridge that was full on both sides with love padlocks put there by people from all around the world. From here, we drove through the Place de la Concorde where the guillotine once stood and down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triumphed. Now to the Eiffel...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Paris

We had a great 11 Euro breakfast at the hotel today, the best croissant ever was part of it. Walked 15 minutes to la tour Eiffel, very impressive, massive lineups. We bought the hop on hop off bus pass with the Seine cruise for 38 Euro each and started our adventure. Did the whole circuit once, then got off at the Opera house, walked to the Gare du Nord station to buy our Eurostar tickets for Sunday....for future reference, these are a lot cheaper if you buy them in advance! On the way back to the bus stopped at Mcdonalds. So different...

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Oct 2, 2014 - On our way to Paris

Up at 6:00 am to be on the bus by 7:30. It is going to be along drive! Was very foggy as we started to drive through France. Paris has approx 12.5 million people. Any words ending in ment and ble come from Feench. Saw the first ever TDG (Train) at Belfort, France. The train was made in France. We then stopped for a break at Belfort. Buene, France is the center for Burgundy wine production. We stopped in Chablis, France for lunch. Paris is known as "Ville-Lumiere" - City of Light. We arrived in Paris and checked in about 4:30 pm. We had...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Moving Day

We are pros at the trains now. I was a bit worried because there was a transit strike today, bus and Metro, trains not affected, and we were fine. Got to right track 24 and train hardly full. 12euro each to airport. Then, we had rearranged all our luggage so that we only had 1 piece each to carry on after our 30pound extra bag cost at Gatwick and the checkin agent offered to check all our bags for free! Who can get it right? Anyway, we checked everything, had a nice 1 hr 40 min flight to Paris, bags came right away and we took a taxi to our...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Day 5 Paris

Today is our last day of sightseeing in Paris, and we’ve got a big one planned. We had our leftover cake from the patisserie downstairs, which was a knockout. Tess wanted more for our dessert tonight, but the store is closed on Tuesday’s. Very disappointing! We walked all the way to the Eiffel Tower, as we wanted to get a souvenir medallion, which is something Tess has been doing where we can. We couldn’t get one from the Eiffel when we went there for dinner, but what was a bunch of souvenir coins from Paris without having an Eiffel Tower...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Day 4 Paris

We’re struggling to get moving today, as we’re both wearing down, and we have things to organise. There are three boxes of souvenirs to send home (we’ll get under 30kgs for the flight home for sure now!) and although the boxes are basically packed, we need to do all the paperwork and seal the boxes up. Tess has much nicer handwriting than me, so she has volunteered to do the paperwork; I just need to seal the parcels. After getting ourselves ready I had the boxes completed and was waiting on the paperwork. We hadn’t eaten breakfast, and the...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 3 Paris

This morning we have left nice and early as we have organised a tour to Giverny to see. The motivation to visit Giverny came from an exhibit we saw at the National Gallery of Victoria, based on Monet. At the end of the exhibit they showed a video which was on a massive screen, that was 180 degrees of viewing pleasure. We both were really moved by the video, and thought if we were to ever visit France, we’d hfsave to go here. Today we’re turning that bucket list item into reality. We’d decided we’d cab it over to the meeting point, so we...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Sacre Coeur, Mont Martre, painters, flea market and dinner Chartier

Last full day in Paris and another one with warm and sunny weather. We have truly been blessed. Firstly off to Sacre Coeur. Missed the start of 11.00am Mass, but in time to celebrate the 2nd half after worming through hoards of people trying to sell bracelets and other 'junk' stuff on the steps of the Sacre Ceour. And then we climbed to the top (no small effort after all the coffees and cakes lately) where there was a great view of the Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower towering over everything. Then down to the crypt where a number of...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Day 2 Paris

Tess has me up very early this morning, well early for the last week of a holiday. Last year she came to Spain to see me while I was working, so we went to Paris for a weekend. We tried to go to the catacombs whilst we were there but got taken to the wrong place by a taxi driver who didn’t know what he was doing, and by the time we were able to get to the correct location the queue was massive and we couldn’t stay. Tess was adamant that we wouldn’t run into the same problem again today, as we were going to arrive as early as possible to...

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