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Dec 13, 2014 - Versailles

Astounding, magnificent, majestic, amazing...! It definitely has a Greg “wow” factor! We had seen the “Little Versailles in Vienna but this Versailles (vehr-sigh) is over 721,000 square feet which makes it one of the largest palaces in the world. Yes, Greg, it is a WOW. As you enter the front gate you are greeted by the gilded face of the chateau which glows from the reflected light of 100,000 gold leaves. It was Louis XIV who moved the royal residence from Paris' Louvre Palace (remember Mona Lisa?). He wanted a residence outside of the...

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Dec 12, 2014 - Christmas in Paris

Today was a day for enjoying the Christmas season. It's not quite like it is or was in the USA but still it gives one a sense of heightened excitement. This is especially true for Greg as at heart he is still a, 5 year old awaiting Santa Claus. Speaking of the Jolly Old Fellow, you won't find him over here. In fact it's difficult to find Noel Pere the Santa Claus equivalent. What will catch your eyes are the MONSTERS! These dancing, jiggling, multi eyed creatures were the featured actors in the Galeries Lafayette department store...

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Dec 10, 2014 - Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, and the Louvre

Our first full day of touristing and we chose to start it with a visit to the most famous Gothic church in the world, Notre Dame. You look at the exterior and you think what perseverance it took to bring it to fruition. The most notable feature for its time was the use of flying buttresses to support the walls. This freed up space for windows and they were put to magnificent use. The interior is awash with stain glass. Most famous is the Rose window with it's beautiful hues of blue and purple. The entire interior was not devoted to...

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Dec 9, 2014 - Eiffel Tower

Paree! Paree! Paree! Greg and I arrived in early afternoon to the capital of France. We had to suffer thru a really expensive taxi ride from the Charles de Gaulle airport to our apartment on Rue Martel Street. We were lucky though because Paris Perfect, the management company of this apartment, arranges a flat rate with a reliable cab company. It was costly but not as much as it could have been. Our apartment is within a block of Rue Clar where those in the know shop for fresh fruit, flowers and vegetables at its outdoor market. It is...

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Nov 15, 2014 - Fiesta Week

Hi Everyone We have arrived safe and sound in sunny Benidorm and plan to stay until the end of March. We were lucky enough to find ourselves a pitch on our favourite street on the camp site and were warmly welcomed by our friends and neighbours. On our drive through France Paul gave way to my nagging (me nag, never!) and agreed to visit Disneyland Paris. It was Halloween when we arrived and we watched in stunned silence as hundreds of witches, ogres and other macabre characters, covered in festering wounds and dripping with fake blood,...

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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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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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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 - 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 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 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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