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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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Jun 23, 2016 - Thursday from Paris to home, well Abu Dhabi to start with

Due to METICULOUS planning by the commander in chief of our expedition all went according to the "get to the airport on time plan". Well not if you count both of us getting our suitcases caught in the station turnstiles there was one tiny amusing event. A phone call during the night meant we just waited out the last 4 or 5 hours awake before we were due to get up. Must tell someone about time zones and that the time in Sydney is different to Paris. Plenty of time to sleep on the plane though. Such efficient transport in Paris and the second...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 22, 2016 - Wednesday last day :(

This is our LAST day in France. Mixed feelings. Certainly stress about getting to the airport as there are discussions about a huge demonstration against the new labor laws planned. We will leave early so hopefully will not be affected. Such a lovely sunny day. Blue skies and 28 degrees. We decided to try out a bus to get part way to the airport. Went well until a large traffic jam. So no bus. The ticket lasts for 90 minutes (so our understanding of the instructions tell us) so we go on the return bus because someone in our party forgot to...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 21, 2016 - Tuesday - big day

It is with difficulty I lift my fingers and pound the keyboard. Big, big day. Yes I know starting at 9:30 and finishing at 6pm is not that big, but it was for us. Half hour bike ride to St Servine church with its history and glass. I thought with the organ playing and men at seats in suits reading a sheet that maybe we were interrupting something, perhaps a funeral. So I asked a bloke - 'prive'? It was my best French and yes he had no idea what I was saying. Never mind we got the message it was ok to wander. Great old church. Walk to Arc de...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 20, 2016 - Monday - rainy museum day

You would think we have had enough of history. Not so, especially since the forecast was for rain and it was raining as we left. Not pelting but enough for raincoats and umbrellas. Metro to Cluny Museum. It has another name but it is too hard to spell. Did I say fascinating. Roman and Medieval stuff. The audio guide made it so interesting. But after 2 1/2 hours .... We had had enough. Time for another wonderful lunch. Duck today. So tasty. And the Embience. Such quintessential French people wandering around. So many stereotypes. Still had...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 19, 2016 - Sunday Around Paris again

Let's start with a dance in the street. Oh well, I'll just watch and sing along with the song sheet we were given. Ok I''ll hum. A quintessential French experience as the locals engender a spirit of Paris gone by. Beret, piano accordion, flamboyant dress and old songs. Such a joyous non threatening event. We had a great time. On the bikes again and off to Hotel des Invalides. SO much history again. In 2 hours we saw about half of it. Miscalculated the time it would take. Never mind, next year maybe. Napoleon's tomb is what you would expect...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 18, 2016 - Saturday in Paris

First stop the local antique market. Tonnes of unique items, all very interesting and historic. An enjoyable wander, and it wasn't raining.....yet. Did I tell you the people are still friendly even with all us tourists here. Chris had many offers to carry her bags as she struggled up the metro stairs - even a beggar helped. A young woman offered me help too. No I did not accept. Chris had fun in the chemist. She went for ibrufen and the chemist offered a natural alternative - eucalyptus oil. She was to dab it behind her ears. So I am...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 17, 2016 - Friday Ruswil to Paris

We had list of 17 things to do and a time frame to do them in. Most of them needed the things before to work, or the whole day collapsed. We made it! Car, bus, train, metro and walking. And in a reasonable time frame so that one of us did not stress about missing one of the fore mentioned. All good. A bit of a shock on arrival as there were two small explosions in the train station. It appears the police were blowing up suspicious packages. The noise was deafening. We have a great new home, plenty of room and comfortable. A bit further out...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 13, 2016 - Day Two "Buckingham Palace"

A perfect full English Breakfast at our hotel to start our day. We then hopped on the Big Tour Bus and saw a few more sights on our way to Buckingham Palace. A rainy walk thru St. James park, thru the gates to the Palace drive entryway. Joanne had a quick conversation with a Westminster Police Sergeant and managed to get a perfect viewing spot for changing of the Queens Guards. After about a 1/2 hr wait we along with several hundred others were notified that the ceremony was cancelled due to weather. Hmmmm crap!!!! So we hopped on the tour...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Day 2 in Paris

Dale - Full day in Paris with almost perfect weather. We did a lot of traveling, but no museums yet. They reopen tomorrow since the flood alert expired. Sue - You probably want more details than what you see above, right? I'll back up to yesterday. I didn't write because sheer exhaustion overtook me. It's probably true what they say about fighting jet lag by staying awake while the sun is up in your new country. That's not really as easy as it sounds! The flight was just fine. Landing, well, I thought we were in London. Seriously. The pilot...

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Lehmann Europe 2016

May 28, 2016 - Between Vienna and Mont Saint Michel

We returned from Vienna with a long list of where to go next, but nothing specific. Our first week back in Paris we were pretty lazy. I read a really interesting early book by Michael Pollan about architecture with an easy reading break midway to revisit treasure island. We walked, napped, shopped, looked at baby equipment and stuff, worked on the Vienna blog and continued to be lazy. The laziness seems to have extended to photography, not many photos this week, sorry. Tomorrow we head to Normandy. Our plans for tomorrow’s trip took focus...

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