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Oct 13, 2018 - Cemetery city

We had a more relaxed start to the day, as we were free to do as we pleased. Also we had spent the night fighting off a barrage of mozzies, so we appreciated the sleep in. We caught the metro from Pont de Sèvres station and about 45 minutes later arrived at Père Lachaise Cemetery. This famous cemetery is the largest in the city, with over 1 million having been buried there over the centuries. It is, of course, the final resting place of many famous people, including Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Colette, Molière, Poulenc, Jim Morrison, Simone...

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Oct 13, 2018 - One Day More (Who can figure out this reference?)

Today’s itinerary was to do a walking tour of Montmartre led by Maxine and her tour book pages. We walked up our street, Rue Muller, and then up a path and steps to Sacre Coeur. We were that close. The Grape Harvest Festival was in full swing with hundreds of booths, thousands of people and lots of food and drink going on. We found our way through security, the festival, and then out onto the crowded streets near Place du Tertre where many artists set up their easels each day for the tourists. Walking past that, we headed to find the one...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Sailing into Paris

Today was our last day of riding! The tour has been quite tiring because we didn’t have a rest day in the middle, so we are all feeling it a bit. Before describing our day though, we should say a little about our fellow cyclists. We have really enjoyed this trip, not least because of this really lovely group. As mentioned, we had seven Canadians, six Americans and us two Aussies. All the Canadians were technically travelling as a group, although in fact some of them had never met. The key central person for their group had at the last...

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Oct 11, 2018 - Louis Vuitton, Sort Of

Today we traipsed across Paris on the metro to the Foundaton Louis Vuitton where there were no signature items to be purchased. Instead, there was an impressive museum. After arriving about 11:30am we waited in line nearly 2 hours to buy our entry tickets. Note to self - order tickets online next visit. After scouting out the lobby and seeing a film about the museum we decided to have lunch before heading to the two main exhibits. After this very expensive lunch (which we thoroughly enjoyed) we headed to see works by Egon Schiele (Austrian...

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Oct 10, 2018 - Late Start to the Day But Still Saw Lots

After traveling to and from the Dordogne October 6-9, and staying busy while there, we had a leisurely morning and did not leave the apartment until almost 11:00am. Our first stop was the Tour Eiffel. Once past security we learned the line for those without reservations to take the elevator to the top was a three hour wait... so we left. We walked down the street and went to the Musee du Quai Branly. I have always appreciated the outside of the museum where walls stretching to the sky are a vertical garden. The inside is spectacular with so...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Back to Paris

We arrived in Paris at about 2:30pm on Tuesday. After buying our train tickets to go to Chartres on Friday, we headed home in an Uber and resettled in the apartment. Early evening we walked UP the 140 steps at the end of our street to Sacre Coeur and found a nice restaurant for dinner. There were so many people up there just hanging out enjoying the night view. We also saw a a “Pigalle Track Club” of about 20 people doing an evening run around Sacre Coeur. There is a lot happening in our neighborhood!

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Oct 9, 2018 - Last day in Paris

Last year the Opera House was closed for some reason but today I was in luck and able to get a ticket for the 11:30 tour in English with guide Martin whose English was very good. Designed by Garnier it was built in 14 years ats aproject of Napoleon the Third who died three years before its completion and by the time it opened Garnier, as a friend of Napoleon p, was out of favour and not invited to the opening but was able to purchase a ticket. The magnificent entrance with grand staircase is in a mix of styles - baroque, neo classic,...

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Oct 8, 2018 - Chartres

Well today was a journey discovering how French women keep slim. I had booked my train tickets to Chartres as I have heard so much about the cathedral there. Left the nearest station "Villers" on Line three, changed at St Lazarre to Line 12 to Bienvenue Montparnasse which involved much walking up and down stairs and along corridors and then had to get to Gare Montparnesse which involved what seemed like never ending redirections not made any easier by the renovations going on. Very pleasant trip and arriving at Chartrescould immediately see...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Museum day in Paris

No photos with this posting as I deliberately did not take my camera. Saw both Helen and Dallis off this morning and Jan was to leave around midday. I left to go to Musee Marmottan which I'd wanted to see last time in Paris but it was closed on Monday. At least I knew where I was headed so off in slight rain got my train tickets, managed the transfer at St Lazarre and found my way out of La Muette metro stop into familiar territory. Walking through the park in a slight drizzle there were groups of cubs doing various activities and they were...

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Oct 6, 2018 - In Paris

Left very wet Corsica after a drive through the mountains with small waterfalls cascading down the hillsides and across the road while one river we crossed had become a fast flowing torrent. Apparently there are a number of drowning deaths each year as rain in the mountains quickly translates into fast flowing rivers and hikers can get caught. All smooth at the airport and we arrived in Paris to sunshine and 23 degrees. Picked up in a huge bus for just the five of us. Two American couples are staying at the airport as they have early...

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Oct 5, 2018 - The Yin and Yang of Art

Today was a great museum day. We started at the Musee d’Orsay in the morning and went through the special Picasso exhibit, learning about his early years. It was fascinating. I then wandered through the galleries finding all of my favorites and a few new ones that are pictured here. I enjoyed a cafe au lait and felt fulfilled when we left. We walked across the bridge near the Louvre and through Tuileries Garden to the Rue de Rivoli. By fate we walked out of the gate one block down from Cafe Angelina, so I introduced Betty, Diana and Maxine...

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Oct 4, 2018 - From Art Nouveau to the Decorative Arts

What a great museum day we had! We met my friend, Betty, at the Musée de Luxembourg just as it opened for a special exhibition of the works of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech artist who known for Art Nouveau painting, illustrations, advertisements, postcards and designs. Seeing his prints reminded me of how much I like Art Nouveau design. It was mesmerizing. Then we took the bus part way to her friend, Solange’s, apartment walking through a lovely residential area filled with energy and students, finally landing at a great place for lunch. We then...

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