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Sep 24, 2016 - Paris 2

September 23-24 Paris Friday morning I eased into the day to explore a different neighborhood. I took the metro to Bastille and changed lines to go to the Hotel de Ville (city hall) stop. It was one of those changes that took quite a walk! My first stop was the BHV department store. It was one of the ‘grand magasins’ I hadn’t been to before. I was reminded of when I moved to Portland for college as a kid, and went downtown to Meier and Frank and rode the escalator all the way up and down to check it out. I did the same thing today, and it...

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France Road Trip Two

Sep 23, 2016 - It's time to go!

Friday 23rd September 2016 The day has finally arrived…. After months of thinking, planning, worrying and excitement it’s time to head off for a few months of adventure! I woke this having a pretty poor night sleep in anticipation for what was ahead. Spurred on by endorphins I made my way back to Faye’s to do my last bit of sorting before heading over to meet Sarah at Peckham Rye station to begin the journey. I am so glad Sarah decided to come to Paris with me on the first leg of the trip as it made the whole thing a lot less daunting! ...

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Sep 22, 2016 - Paris 1

September 21-22 Paris Tuesday evening after my last post, I went out to see the ‘luminations’, a rare night outing! I had seen a night ride on the little train, so I thought I would check it out. Earlier in the day, it didn’t look like the train was going. There was quite a group standing by the train, and I got on when they all did. No one came to collect money—I appeared to have crashed a French retirees tour group! At any rate, we went off through the city. The commentary was in French, of course, but it was a good ride with several...

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France Road Trip Two

Sep 9, 2016 - Day twelve: departures and final thoughts

The drive into paris was horrid. The traffic was bad for a solid hour and we could not wait to get rid of the car. We had booked a room at the airport sheraton since i had understood saturday morning departures out of cdg to require four hours advance arrival. I'm glad we did but didnt find the airport to be that crowded. Because we stayed at the airport we were able to enjoy a leisurely morning including an hour at the nicest airport lounge i've seen -- the admiral's club in terminal 2a was spotlessly clean and it had a nice buffet...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Paris - city bus tour

We realized that we weren't in top "travel shape" anymore and doing this on our own was taking up too much effort and cutting into our wine drinking time! So ... We bought a two day "Hop on Hop off" ticket ... Got ourselves on the first bus we could catch ... Then sat back and enjoyed the drive and english commentary. We saw a lot of the main attractions Paris has to offer and we didn't have to walk :). Enjoy the sampling of pics from the last two days ... Bones n Babs Xo

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Sep 3, 2016 - Paris - Museums, Parks, lots of walking, bike ride and more

I am sure we walked over 20 km today, and our feet are feeling it ... But it was all worth it. We started by doing our own "walking tour" by meandering thru the streets around the 7th ARR ... and visited some of the museums at the top of our list. Hotel des Invalides, Musee de l'Armee, Rodin Museum. Then took a break for a walk along the Seine river and crossed Alexander Bridge. We spent the afternoon at the Musee d'Orsay and then finished our day off by renting bikes and traveled home along the beautiful Siene pathway. We of course...

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Sep 2, 2016 - Paris ... We arrived!

We got here safe and sound! We landed in Paris at 9:30am Sept 2nd and because we were able to pack light and only take carry on, we quickly breezed thru the customs and baggage gauntlet. First challenge ... Buy a train ticket. Second challenge ... Stop speaking spanish and pull out the french from our high school memory banks. ... Done and done. We had a nice 45 min train ride into the city center, where we caught a second metro that pretty much went right to our hotel. We dropped our bags behind the front desk and decided to hit the...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Day four: from Paris to Beaune

Today we took it much easier. We had a leisurely breakfast at cafe verenne, a place apparently adored by the barefoot contessa. We particularly liked their espresso and baguette. After a short ramble around the neighborhood we checked out of the hotel and metroed to gare de lyon. We had tickets for the 11:57 train. We hurriwd through the little market for sandwiches, beer and wine and boarded. The TGV is fast, running over 150 mph. We made it to dijon in less than two hours, transferred and caught our 20 min train to beaune. On arrival we...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Day three, or this is not a death march

Day three, or this is not a death march Maybe we are doing too much. My fitbit insists we are doing 15,000 steps each day we've been here. Tuesday it believed we did 30,000 but i've found international travel to give it some form of its own jet lag and the first day is always off kilter. We started our morning with a terrific breakfast - while every cafe on every corner offers the croissant, baguette coffee and juice, we happened onto a spot where you could add eggs and bacon. Sold. And super efficient -- we were done in twenty five...

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Aug 31, 2016 - Day two part two: dinner

After yet another nap we had out for dinner. The the hotel's suggestion we go to georgette, a little place pooular with locals and apparently enough tourists they also have an english menu. We split a carafe of chablis, eric had chicken and i had a salad. We treated ourselves to our second dessert of the day ( i wish i'd had the presence of mind to photograph them). I have already eaten more desserts since arriving than i've had all year.

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Aug 30, 2016 - Day one: Paris

5:58 am, or, a flight attendant is full of himself We are 30 min out from landing at cdg. I'm flipping through a french phrasebook i borrowed from the library. One of the bilingual but amerivan flight attendants looks at me, then the book and quips, "its too late for THAT." I get French people insisting one speaks French. I don't get Americans lording their linguistic superiority before we even reach French soil. 8:25 am: what hump? After hoofing it from Notre-Dame St. Michel about a half mile to the left luggage facility, not sleeping on...

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Aug 30, 2016 - Day two part one: Paris (interesting moments)

Today's not over yet -- we will soon head out for dinner -- but wanted to share a few "visual postcards" 1) over breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien: after greeting the waitress in French we were inundated with many words and at least two questions. Seeing our blank stares, she smiles and asks "English?" 2) Ducks in the large fountain at Tuileries Garden, looking mostly like our ducks at home but much quieter (not a quacks) 3) Walking toward the Palais Royale, we see a dogwalker with at least six dogs, and a leashless dog that appeared to be his...

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