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Jul 20, 2015 - Paris - Montmartre - last day

Last day in Paris - Montmartre We had one last gastronomique destination before home and that was Chartier in Montmatre. Our favourite New York celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, who shares with us a love of food, travel and the off the beaten track, had featured this restaurant in one of his TV series. The Bouillon Chartier was originally created as a benevolent soup kitchen, to feed the poor and the prostitutes of Montmartre, in a different era. Today, it is a restaurant, guaranteed to serve great French food at a reasonable price, with a...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Paris - days 1 and 2

Paris - Days 1 and 2 Our arrival in to Paris was by bus from Amsterdam, travelling through Antwerp. The bus was our least preferred mode of transport, due to the length of time in transit, but it got us in to Paris in the afternoon, rather than midnight. So the bus it was. The bus trip itself was reasonably pleasant, although the bus driver's choice of music (which he was obviously seriously in to - due to the fact that he cranked up the volume, sang along and drummed in accompaniment with his hands on the steering wheel) was excruciating....

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Jul 18, 2015 - Back in Bordeaux

It is hard to believe, tonight is the Captain’s Disembarkation Dinner. We have absolutely loved our cruise. Uniworld does a great job of organizing tours and all the related functions. It is an all-inclusive cruise, that has not disappointed in any way. The meals have been absolutely phenomenal. The bar is stacked to the 9”s. We end every night with a Glenfiddich nightcap. How can I complain. We have enjoyed every minute of our Bordeaux tour. I would recommend this cruise line to anyone. We have loved it! Our next adventure is a train ride...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Paris July 10 - July 15

We have been back in Paris for a week and board the Eurostar in a few hours en route to London. On July 11 we met with Hedwig and Duncan to attend a concert by Boubacar Traore. The concert was part of the summer Paris Jazz festival held at the outdoor amphitheater in the Parc Floral of Bois de Vincennes. It cost €6 each for admission to the fabulous park and then the concert was no additional charge. The band was three persons, guitar, mouth organ and percussion. The percussion was unlike any we had seen before. He stood behind a black box...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Bastille Day

We are docked in Libourne, which is on La Dordogne river, a short distance away from Bordeaux. Today is Bastille Day, which is a holiday in France celebrating the end of the French Revolution. The stores are all closed today, so for me that's a good thing. We took a short bus tour to Saint Emilion, a nearby town that has a church that was built underground. The church was carved into the limestone, which was cut out and sold as the church was built. It took 50 years to build, and is a huge, beautifiully carved church completely underground....

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Jul 13, 2015 - And the cruise begins

We are having a wonderful time with Cathy and Chris, and Liz and Tom. We have toured many places along the way. After leaving Paris, we took the high speed train south to Bordeaux. Bordeaux is the largest grape growing / wine making region in the world. After arriving in Bordeaux we checked into our hotel and did a walking tour in our area. These towns have rich histories dating back to the Romans. I have been so looking forward to our cruise ( maybe not quite as much as Glenna). We boarded our ship yesterday and familiarized ourselves with...

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Jul 11, 2015 - D-Day Beach Landing

Today we drove 3 hours to the north-west to the town of Bayeux, on the English Channel. It was near here at Juno Beach where the Canadian soldiers landed on D-Day. We toured Juno Beach and the surrounding area and retraced the path the soldiers took on D-day. Our local tour guide went into great detail explaining to us how the landing took place and proceeded. Many soldiers lost their lives here and there are many tributes to them. There is a military cemetery here that is over 90% Canadians. It was a very sombre experience. The relatives...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Paris from June 23 until July 6

Since the last post we have been in Paris and Amsterdam, but I will devote a separate posting to Amsterdam, so this posting covers our doings up until July 6. We had a bit of excitement when our monthly mail arrived to find a letter from the IRS with a misunderstanding about our 2013 filing. With some emails, phone calls and trips across the street to the office store, the drama quieted down and we send thanks to Roxanne and our Iowa accountant for helping to deal with this. Tom bought a drill at Bricorama and since a man does not live by...

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Jul 9, 2015 - Paris-Day 2

We had a good sleep last night and set out to check out Paris this morning. We did 14000 steps of touring today as well as a boat tour that highlighted some of the things to see. I've posted some pictures of some of our highlights. The statue of Liberty was a gift to USA by France, and they have a petit version in Paris. We enjoyed good food today, and a few drinks during our travels. We stopped at a little pub near our hotel for a night cap before retiring for the night. Tomorrow we travel to Bayeux and Normandy for a tour to Juno Beach....

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Jul 3, 2015 - Paris-Switzerland - Day 9

Today is our last day in France for the moment as we head down to Switzerland to meet up and stay in our Swiss home with our French family Pieter & Marina, Maela and Silouane. We are so excited to be seeing them again. But firstly lots of packing up to do. We've bought a wee bit since we left NZ but thankfully our bags weren't tightly packed in the first place, and secondly we have a spare backpack and Johanna bought a cute backpack in Singapore. We are soooo thankful for our small luggage, and even wish we had brought less.... truly! Less...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Versailles - Paris Day 8 of Trip

Today, we woke up bright and early (as usual here - now why can't I be like that at home?) and decided to enjoy the freshness of the morning to go on a walk. Everyone else was fast asleep so we snuck out of the apartment out to another beautiful Paris day. Strolling along the river Seine with the gorgeous light of the morning still waking - it was memorable for sure. Our destination, yes we actually had a purpose for our strolling, was to get to the island that Jean-Francois & Claire used to live on. We found their street and apartment,...

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Jul 1, 2015 - Le Louvre - Day 4 in Paris, Day 7 of trip

This morning we headed off following Aaron to a classy breakfast place called 'Klaus' about 7 min walk from our apartment. Most of the fun we're having is just walking the streets of Paris. There is so much to see on the way to and back from things we're doing. We had a delicious breakfast, a mixture of a German and French breakfast actually. There was still the croissants and brioche, but also grainy toast bread, poached eggs, and granola soaked in muesli. Certainly not typical French. A very busy little cafe though, all painted white and...

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