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Jul 24, 2016 - End of Tour and bus tour to Paris to Scenic Gem Ship

Today we head off to Paris where we meet up with the Scenic Gem Ship for the next leg of our trip. Our bags had to be out again at 7.30am and off we went in the bus at 9am. Along the way we went back to Caen and visited the William the Conquer Tomb in Abbaye aux Hommes. This church (we have seen so many churches) was quite plain compared to others we have seen but is quite old and its stained glass windows were marvellous. Inside the church is the tomb of William the Conqueror who was depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. We then headed to...

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Jul 14, 2016 - happy bastille day!

Happy Bastille Day! It would have been a better celebration last night and today if france had not lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 finals. The consolation, of course, was that France made it to the finals. We may not follow soccer, but the participation in the games was unavoidable. Following the semi finals, the cheering and car honking in public places shook the windows until the early hours. Our time in europe is growing short and we still have so many places to visit. we are continuing to concentrate on Paris, but not forgetting the...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Our last stop - Paris

Our final stop. Everyone else left for home at the crack of dawn this morning. We are headed for a couple of days in Paris. We have a civilized flight of 1 pm so after a late morning and leisurely breakfast we head down to meet the taxi. It is only 20 minutes but check-in for Easyjet priority takes longer than security. Unfortunately sign of things to come. When it is time to learn our gate there is no announcement. More time passes and finally we go to their website to learn of an hour delay. Which they fail to tell us until original...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Day 4 - Sight seeing around Paris for the last time before our tour starts

Today we are giving ourselves a bit of a breather, and have slept in a bit later - 7pm. Our breakfast still is complimentary with the room, and is very pleasant. We again used the Metro to get across another part of Paris and visited a market which sold mainly fresh produce, meat, fish, bread, cheeses etc. There were a lot of people at the market, and most of them seemed to be local people. We purchased a banquet meal for lunch and had a bread stick, piece of a camembert type cheese and a couple of slices of fresh ham, also a punnet of...

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Jul 2, 2016 - 4 Paris

4 Paris Hi, all, We're finishing up in Paris and have really enjoyed our time here. Tracey booked us an apartment in St. Germaine-des-Pres just a 10 minute walk from the Louvre so easy access to everything. I think the big city contrast from Iceland (and home) was a bit of an adjustment initially for the kids but it didn't take long for them to appreciate the abundance of cafes, boulangeries and stores. They've been really interested in the museums and other sites which has been great - we don't feel like we've been dragging them around...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Day 3 - Sight seeing around Paris by ourselves

Michael had organised another big day today. It started at 8.30am and we returned back to the Hotel at 4.45pm. We used the Metro quite a few times today to get around to locations and also the Hop on and Hop off Bus. The Metro is very easy to use as all the train track areas are coloured coded and have numbers such as 8, and the maps are everywhere with the colours on it. It is very clean and people are reasonably polite as well. Today we visited the Sacre Coeur church and did not have to line up as we were early. It is a very old church...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Busy in Paris

Since the last update to the blog, we have been busy, although I must confess to some unfortunate procrastination which has stretched this period of silence into two weeks. When we returned from our excursion to Bretagne, we holed up in an Airbnb near gambetta to regroup, and get the five postings organized and written. During that weekend, to stretch our backs, we visited the pere lachaise cemetery, only a few blocks from the Airbnb, for the first time, and found Oscar Wilde’s grave. French cemeteries are really interesting places to walk...

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Lavender's Travels

Jul 1, 2016 - Day 2 - sight seeing in Paris by ourselves

Fortunately I woke up feeling quite well except for the cough still existing. Needless to say we wont be going back there again!!!! We had breakfast in the Hotel as it is part of package, and it was very nice with lots of fresh fruit to be had. Today we were on a tight schedule as we had a tour organised at the Louvre and had to be there by 9.30am. We took the Metro and worked our way up out of the bowels of the underground and arrived at the enormous Louvre. There is an enormous amount of police presence in the city, and armed soldiers at...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Day 1 Paris - sight seeing by ourselves

We arrived at our Hotel at about 8.30am, and as was expected our room was not ready. We were able to stow our bags, and sit in the lounge with an expensive cup of coffee and work out what we were to do for the day. Fortunately Michael is the expert travel organiser and had everything worked out, and so far it is running like clockwork. After the cup of coffee we purchased Metro train tickets for the coming journeys we will make. It was very easy, and nothing as complicated as our Myki ticket system. We love the Hop on and Hop off buses...

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Jun 29, 2016 - City of Lights

Soooo welcome folks!!! We have gotten a late start on the journal. We have been so busy. Plus it stays light so late here (10 pm ) that we eat dinner at 8:30-9:00 and then fall into bed by midnight exhausted !!!! We are 8 days into the trip but will catch you up quickly. Paris was amazing, not crowded yet at all. Our flat was amazing! I have learned however after making the choice twice, that in a description, when it say location on a pedestrian street (one would think quiet....right?) that means tons of bars and restaurants. So once...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Notre Dame, St. Chapel, Louvre, Champs Elysees, Arch de Triomphe

Today was a very busy day and we walked over 10 miles! We saw Notre Dame and St. Chapelle first. The stained glass windows in St. Chapelle were incredible. All of the walls were covered in stained glass and each panel tells a story from the Bible. It starts with Genesis and moves forward in time. Next we went to the Louvre. It is ginormous! We followed a Rick Steves audio guide, which took us to the highlights in the museum. We saw The Mona Lisa. We all agreed that it is over-rated. We saw a sculpture from Michelangelo. We also saw The...

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Jun 23, 2016 - Arrived in Paris!

We missed check-in for our train by five minutes and they made us wait for the next train to Paris. That was $150 mistake we will not repeat again! It took us 2 1/2 hrs to get to Paris. It took us another 45 minutes to check our luggage at the train station so we could go walk around while we were waiting for check-in at our flat. We walked to Monmartre and saw Sacre Coeur. It is such a stunning white church standing at the top of many flights of stairs. We had lunch at an outdoor cafe just below Sacre Coeur. Our waiter was the traditional...

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