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Feb 6, 2016 - Between Mulhouse and Geneva

We had a gray and rainy week in Paris with two cultural highlights, two social highlights and a bit of economic support for the French economy. Our planning continues for a walk of about 115 km of the campostela from Tui to the cathedral. As part of the planning we have purchased walking sticks and a good backpack. We watched several utube videos on how to hold and walk with our new toys and in spite of the rain, we have been hiking several miles in butte Chaumont or along the canal daily so we get accustomed to them. We love them. You feel...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Palais, chateau, quartets, Dumas, improv

One of the many advantages to having a 5 zone monthly navigo pass for the Paris metro is the freedom to wake up in the morning and randomly pick a destination somewhere within the extensive network for a free expedition. Saturday found us on the RER bound for Ecouen the location of the Chateau d’Ecouen, aka the national museum of the Renaissance. It was a cold day, but we have added more layers to our wardrobe and thus the mile walk from the train through the forest to the chateau was really quite pleasant. The direction is well marked and...

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Jan 15, 2016 - Culture abounds in Paris

It has been a culturally eclectic start to 2016. Thursday night we used our new Essaion theatre 10 show ticket for a two person show titled “au bar de l'estran”. The show was performed in the smaller of the theatre’s two stages by Rachel Pignot and Emmanuel Depoix (next door neighbor of France). Evan and France went to the show last week and it was sold out and they gave it very good reviews. Sadly, there were only 5 of us in the audience the night we attended. Admittedly, we didn’t understand anything, but the singing and musical...

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Jan 7, 2016 - New Year in Paris

Happy new year to all of you! I hope you all are eating some delicious galette des Rois as we prepare for the 12th night after Christmas, the epiphany! Perhaps you are not familiar with this treat? Here is a copy of an article for you. KING FOR A DAY: THE GALETTE DES ROIS IN JANUARY by Vivian Thomas January 6, 2015 As soon as the bûche de Noël disappears from French bakeries, another holiday sweet, the galette des rois (kings’ cake) takes its place. Named for the Three Magi, the galette traditionally appears before the feast of the Epiphany...

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Dec 30, 2015 - Between Stuttgart and Venice

We returned from Stuttgart on December 16. The week that followed was filled with social activity, a little culture, one full day of staying in bed reading, and a flurry of welcome last minute planning to meet daughter Yarrow and her wife Jen in Venice on December 26th. Prior to our trip to Stuttgart, we had ordered tickets for a tour of The Musée des Arts Forains - Collection Jean-Paul Favand, a private museum of funfair objects located within the Pavillons de Bercy. The museum was created by Jean Paul Favand, an actor and antiques dealer,...

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Dec 8, 2015 - Between Nice and Stuttgart

This posting is being typed aboard the TGV train taking Tom on a much anticipated pilgrimage to the world famous Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. Stuttgart will be next week’s subject, today’s posting will record how we spent two fairly quiet weeks in Paris between the return from Nice and the pilgrimage. The Key Wester’s reading will remember Loui Franke, formerly of Key West, now resident of Paris. We met her for lunch at her neighborhood couscous restaurant where she and Tom shared a platter of meats, heaping platter of couscous and pot of...

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Nov 12, 2015 - So, where was I?

In London! I'm going to zip through this and get caught up - we seem to go until we drop and I never find the time to sit down and type this. David has gone out to see a friend, so I'm washing out a few things and posting. Finally. Nov 12 we we did a little bit of hop on, hop off and found our way down to Oxford Circle and to the Palladium Theatre, which is right by Carnaby Street. We had an excellent dinner in a local Indian Restaurant and then saw Cats. I think everyone should see it once, because it is unique, and the dancing and the...

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Nov 11, 2015 - We speak the language!

Woke up yesterday in Mont St Michel. We stayed in a centuries old hotel where we climbed multiple flights of spiral stairs in a narrow hallway to get to our room, where there was very limited wifi access. There was a bird in our room, until we opened the window. It's like being in another world. Mont St Michel may be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been and they have the most amazing omelette that you can only find here. It looks like a regular omelette on the outside and inside is like foam - maybe like meringue? I'll add a...

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Nov 9, 2015 - Omaha Beach and Ste-Mere-Eglise

Today we left beautiful Honfleur and headed farther down the Normandy Coast to the beaches where the WWII landings took place. It's always a little overwhelming here. You start at the visitor's center at Omaha Beach and see a short movie and read little bits about some of the people who participated and died. It's made more powerful when you see the actual beach - it was like shooting fish in a barrel. No way those soldiers didn't know exactly what was going to happen to them, but they went anyway. The cemetery has close to 10,000 graves...

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Nov 8, 2015 - Au Revoir Paris!

Today we left our Paris hotel and dragged our bags, kicking and screaming, back to Gare du Nord to pick up our rental car. We got a snazzy Peugeot, which held all our luggage easily with room to spare if we decided to shop. We left Paris around 9:30 and thanks to Sunday traffic, arrived in Honfleur on the Normandy coast about lunchtime. We checked into our hotel, which was right in the center of town and headed out to lunch. Honfleur is a tiny fishing village that seems sort of stopped in time. The buildings are old and tightly built next...

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Nov 7, 2015 - And the wi-fi is working!

Thanks, Victor, for fixing that! Today, David is off to Versaille to sit in the gardens and drink wine and eat cheese and bread. I am not off to Versaille, because my legs are made of wood and every joint is sore and swollen. The Metro is very much like the Underground in London, except there are no escalators. Paris is not the city of lights, but is the city of steps and I have taken about a million of them since I got here. So since the wifi was fixed and since I've been to Versaille and sat in the gardens and drank wine and ate cheese...

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Nov 6, 2015 - Sacre Bleu! No, Sacre Coeur

Took the Metro to Montmarte area, which is an exciting area with lots of artists and restaurants. Went to see Sacre Coeur, which is at the top of hill overlooking the city and is very beautiful. This is where you will find the Moulin Rouge and all the Sex Shops. We didn't go into any. David was sad. We had a wonderful jambon and gruyere crepe (and beer!) for lunch and then took the tiny train down from the church through town. There was a commentary, but I have apparently lost my ability to understand English when spoken by the French. I...

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