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Apr 19, 2014 - Saturday

I have been pretty fortunate to be able to sleep until 9:30 or later most days. Today we hung out at the apartment waiting to hear from Office Depot. Tom and I did go out for food supplies for the next three days. Because of Easter we are not sure what will be open so we stalked up. We walked to the G20 market for staples and the fixings for a salad for dinner.. G20 is just around the block from the apt. We retuned home dropped all off, then walked to the vegetable/fruit market, Nicholas Wine store and to the bakery for our baguette. All...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Friday Night

I slept poorly Thursday night, so I was determined to sleep well and late today. Woke at 10:00 a.m which is pretty good for me. I found my roommates sitting at the table on their computers sharing my post about my husband "accidentally" bumping me to the ground, making it sound as if he did it on purpose! (For some reason he is not viewing my trip journal. Maybe I failed to invite him.) I found a fresh pot of coffee thanks to my most loved wonderful husband, (I truly mean it) and my most favorite pastry purchased at the local Boulangerie...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Paris

Paris - Actualités Comme je ne vous ai pas écrit depuis la déconfiture du PQ au dernier scrutin, vous devez surement, si vous écoutez les nouvelles internationales, que comme Pauline Marois, François Hollande et son parti de gauche, n’ont jamais été aussi bas dans toute l’histoire de la République. Un Hollande à 18%, du jamais vu, comme pour le PQ depuis sa formation. Une explosion à Paris, bientôt dans toute l’Europe et le monde : La cigarette électronique. Plein de boutiques hyper spécialisées et sophistiquées, même sur les Champs...

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Apr 17, 2014 - Liege to Paris and rest day

Day 15 After a slightly later breakfast we gathered outside the hotel to load our baggage AND our bikes onto the truck. Overnight, Karol had driven from Holland with a hired minibus. Some luggage as well as three bikes on a rear rack were loaded into this. There were still three spaces short on the vehicles so Rob, Lois and Paul organised to go by TGV (the super fast train). After carefully watching in which vehicle one particular group member (who seldom stops talking) decided to ride. Ian and I climbed into the other one. The loading...

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Apr 16, 2014 - Napoleons Tomb and just walking.

Day before yesterday, we were strolling along Ils Saint Louis just window shopping, when I took a tumble. Well, Tom actually pushed me over by accident (allegedly). I was walking on the cobble stone street, as many locals do when he stepped off the curb, having not seen me to his side, knocking me to the ground. Several men rushed to my side, including Tom who felt so bad. I landed on my left hand/ wrist and it is badly swollen and bruised, but nothing broken, lucky for him! He was very emotional for having caused me such pain. I love him...

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Apr 10, 2014 - My trip to Giverny

This posting is to get the map to show me going from Bayeux to Paris and back out to Giverny. The train station transfer went perfect. I went from Bayeux back into Saint Lazare, which I had been in before. I didn't have to change transit types (kept on intercity trains so I didn't have to fool with the different levels of the metro). I grabbed a sandwich at a kiosk at the station. Here they put ham and cheese on a long thin baguette (oh yes, they always butter them) and are very skimpy with the ham. I encountered my first European pay...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Musse Jacquemart Andre, Le Bon Marche, and a Lesson on the Metro

Today Tom and I ventured out on our own, visiting the Musee Jacquemart Andre, and Le Bon Marche a large high end Department store. Tom also decided I should be able to figure out the metro, just in case I got lost or wandered off. Apparently I do that sometimes. The following is a bit on the Musee Jacquemart Andre: Édouard André, the scion of a Protestant banking family, devoted his considerable fortune to buying works of art. He then exhibited them in his new mansion built in 1869 by the architect Henri Parent, and completed in 1875. He...

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Apr 7, 2014 - Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Todays visit is to Père Lachaise Cemetery. Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is probably one of the greatest collections of (dead) human talent in the world. Père Lachaise is claimed to be the most visited graveyard in the world, and with so many famous people interred there it may well be true. Posted at the entrances are maps pointing visitors towards the most famous graves, but on every path there are monuments which make you stop and stare. It might seem a bit of a macabre way to spend an afternoon, but because there are so many famous...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Wandering Around

Day 6, Sunday was a day to wander around. Was not quite as crowded with as many tourists as yesterday until later in the day. Tom and I just walked around, stopped by a gallery, stopped for a delicious crepe which we ate while we walked past Notre Dame and to the deportation area. This exhibit is where the "undesirables were shipped out of Paris on orders of the Nazis. It was an area at the Seine River level where Jews, Gypsies, the handicapped, etc. were sent to concentration camps via boat. We stopped by the Centre Pompidou to walk...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Today we ventured to the Luxomborg Garden for a planned picnic. We took the Metro and walked the short distance to the gardens and found a nice shady spot to sit. Below is a brief description of the Gardens for your information. "The gardens are a backdrop to the Palais du Luxembourg , built in the 1620s for Marie de Médici, Henri IV’s consort, to assuage her longing for the Pitti Palace in Florence, where she had spent her childhood. Since 1958 the palace has housed the Sénat , the Upper House of French Parliament, which is occasionally...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Flight to Paris/Train to Bayeux/My hotel

I was to leave CMH at 1:41 pm to meet my flight to Paris in Newark, NJ. My Paris flight was not to leave until 6:10 pm so I had plenty of float. The plane coming from the east did not arrive until about 3:00 so I ended up with only about an hour to kill in Newark and that actually worked out fine for me. We got all boarded on the United flight to Paris and pulled away from the gate at 6:10 as scheduled - so United gets its gold star for departing on time but in actuality we didn't get off the ground until well after 8:00. It could have been...

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Apr 4, 2014 - Saint Denis Basilica, Paris

Took the longest metro ride yet to go to the Basilica of St Denis. Since I never remember anything, I have provided a snip-it from Wikipedia with regard to the Basilica for your reading pleasure and to get an idea of what we saw. This article is about Basilica of St Denis. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis Location Saint-Denis, France Affiliation Roman Catholic Cathedral Status Active Architectural type Church Architectural style Gothic The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis is a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a...

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