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Jul 14, 2017 - Paris, well, Orly Airport

Get up early and pack our suitcases and take them to reception so they could be stored until we got back. Then down to the corner and got a cab to our meeting place near the Louvre. It was outside a gift shop so we waited a while. Cars could not get close to the museum because of Trump and the holiday, but there were groups of (mostly) Rumanian (mostly women) scammers all about. They would approach with a petition to help… any sort of cause, starving children, deaf people, all sorts of stuff. If you’d sign they’d ask for a small donation....

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Jul 13, 2017 - Paris and Trumped

Up and down for some breakfast – Alice sleeps in. Then back up and head out to our walking tour. Decide to walk down to the tour site and we head along the main road and see lots of Paris – deliveries, pickups, trash, smells… A different side. We get to where we think the tour should be but realize we’re off by a bridge, and finally meet up with the group. Our tour guide is friendly enough but nowhere near as entertaining as the one from yesterday. After an architecture lecture, we head off through the streets and see “the oldest street in...

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Jul 12, 2017 - From London to Paris

We slept a bit late and I went down for breakfast. Order the English breakfast but by an hour later they still hadn’t come to take my order so I asked for my money back – which they did with profuse apologies. Nice folks and a nice hotel really, just a mistake. Went back and with only a couple of complaints we headed out o Kensington Park. It was cool and windy but no rain. Wandered into the park to Prince Charles’ garden then walked along the Serpentine a bit. Came upon a flock of lorikeets that some folks were feeding – they got on you...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Port Villez to Paris

Well the last few days have been interesting to say the last. First off, I learned not to book a place that is not within walking distance or local bus service to the train station. Giverny is a very small town just across the Seine from Vernon, which is where the Gare is. There are few places to stay in this area - mostly expensive bed and breakfast places that cater to people going to Monet's house. While Monet's house brings in over a million tourist a year apparently, they mostly come for just the day from Paris either by train, tour...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Day 5: In Reims

Day 5: In Reims – looking around the city and a champagne house tour. Weather: Expected of 23C but reached 21C. Steps: 17 900 (10.1km) – plenty of walking today!! I ended up sleeping with the window open which was good and gave an airflow which was great. My washing from last night, which I did while ‘waiting, waiting, waiting’ for the images to upload, was well on its way to drying (and it was dry by the evening). Breakfast downstairs was fine, nothing too exciting, but nice to have some toast with a selection small jams – the fig jam was...

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Jun 29, 2017 - France Day 10 - Malmaison and Paris at night

I'm very sad this is our last day in France. We have had a wonderful time and such a great experience in this beautiful country. Today we visited Malmaison and toured the Château of Napoleon Bonaparte. This is an amazing château that his wife Josephine bought while Napoleon was away. He had told her they didn't have enough money to buy it so she waited until he was away on a military conquest. She paid €350,000 for the Château and the many acres of garden's surrounding it. Eventually a businessman bought the majority of the gardens that...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - France Day 9 - Les Andelys - Chateau Gaillard

Today we sailed down the Seine river and docked at a little town called Les Andelys. This is a small town with quaint little shops and only a few streets. The homes are made of brick and timber. They are very similar to the historic structures of Rouen. We were able to tour the Chateau Gaillard which was once a virtually impenetrable fortress built by the infamous and seemingly invincible Richard the lion heart(King Richard I) back in the 12th century. As we walked around the ruins we were able to walk in what was once about a 20 foot moat...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - Day 4, travelling to Reims.

Day 4, travelling to Reims – a day of travel, a little incident and taking it slowly. Weather: Expected of 24C. Sunny prior to leaving Paris, with showers and some very heavy rain as I drove early afternoon to Reims. Cloudy for the rest of the day. Steps: 13 800 steps (8km) – more than I thought I had done. After packing up everything back into the case and bag, I decided to return to Le Pain Quotidien for my petit déjeuner (breakfast) as it was yummy yesterday – it was just as good this morning. It was a slight detour but worth it. They...

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Jun 27, 2017 - France Day 8 - Normandy Beaches

Today we had the privilege of going to visit Normandy beaches. This was the site of the liberation of France on D Day on June 6, 1944. The first beaches we visited were Gold and Juno. I was surprised to learn that the majority of the soldiers died from drowning and not gunshot wounds. The reason for the heavy casualties to drowning was because they opened the front of the landing craft before they were in shallow enough water. The soldiers heavy equipment then drug them underwater. We had a special opportunity to collect sand from the...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 27, 2017 - Day 3 in Paris.

Day 3 in Paris – a busy but most enjoyable day of great food and ‘culture’!! Weather: Expected top of 27C. A little rain early this morning, before I arose! Sunshine then showers for a long while this afternoon – I needed to use my portable umbrella. It was very handy indeed. Steps: Sore legs so must be high after 11 hours away – 21 000 steps (12.3km)!!!! Woohoo! After needing to use the A/C on two occasions last night as it became quite warm in the room, I woke around 7:30am but waited until 8:00am to arise after hearing the Melbourne news...

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Jun 26, 2017 - France Day 7 - Rouen and Normandy

Today was another beautiful day in France. We started the day with a buffet breakfast on our ship and then took a walk into Rouen. Rouen dates back to 744 AD when the Roman Catholic archdiocese created this city. In 1841 the Vikings overran Rouen and found the colony led by Rollo who was nominated count of Rouen by the king of Franks in 911. The young French heroine Joan of arc was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in the old market Square in 1431. Rouen was decimated several times during the middle ages by fire and plague, and later...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 26, 2017 - Day 2 in Paris - lots of walking and looking.

26 June, 2017 Exploring new sights and a few familiar ones in Paris Weather: Very warm, top of 28C Steps: 15 200(I didn't leave the hotel until after 1:00pm) After long flights and a busy day upon arrival, it was a morning for a sleep-in. I set the alarm for 8:00am and listened to 3AW 4:00pm news on my App on the iPhone - amazing!!! I decided to eat breakfast in the hotel and it was fine, nothing spectacular but adequate for €10. I then returned to the room to 'do' the Blog for the flights and Day 1 and add images. I am using a new Blog as...

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