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Sep 20, 2014 - Ooh la la, its Gay Paris

Huge rain storm with massive thunder and lightening woke us up this morning. It was bucketing down. The first really heavy rain we have encountered through the trip except for the day we drove to Cesky Krumlov. Kicked myself because I had only the day before decided that I wouldnt need my lovely orange polka dotted poncho that I bought back in Cambodia a few years ago and had never used until Cesky Krumlov for about an hour. However, by the time we had breakfast at the hotel, the rain had cleared and there was beautiful blue skies above....

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Sep 17, 2014 - Paris - Day 6 - A walk to the Louvre

Today we walked to the Louvre. We walked down the Champs de Elysees and window shopped. Then walked to the obelisk donated to Paris by Egypt. Martine explained that it was set at the site of the guillotine that killed so many people during the French Revolution. We walked through the Tuileries Gardens which are in front of the Louvre and then waited in a short line to get through security and into the courtyard under the glass pyramid. Then we had to buy tickets. We all took off in different directions and agreed to meet in two hours. I...

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Sep 17, 2014 - Paris - Day 5 - Eiffel Tower

AAA could not get me a ticket for the night train from Dijon to Milan which I will need October 1st. The problem was I waited too late to order it. AAA said I had to have a ticket not an e-ticket. AAA no longer can issue Eurail tickets and I would have to wait to have them shipped but I asked for them too close to the day I was leaving Columbus and there was no guarantee they would arrive in time so I was going to have to buy them when I got to Europe. Although I had been to a train station that sold train tickets on Sunday I did not have...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Paris - Day 4 - Sacre Coeur & Arc de Triomphe

Today I met up with the group of friends I'll be traveling with for the next 2.5 weeks at about 11:45 am at a different hotel. I had to switch hotels because the one I am currently at did not have single rooms so I chose to stayed at a hotel nearby until they got here. The group I'll be with is: Martine, a friend of another friend I met in Costa Rica 14 years ago; her daughter, Margaret; her brother, Jim and his wife, Donna. To save us all money Martine booked the five of us in a room for four. Jim and Donna each have a single bed and...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Paris - Day 3 - Monet's Garden

I walked to the closest metro station, which was the #3 line and took it to the #2 line, changed lines and got to the train station, printed out the tickets AAA had reserved for me, took a 1 hour train ride to Vernon and then caught the bus to Monet's Garden. Easy peasy - I think I have this mass transit thing down. Now if I can just bring it to Ohio (I know, ha! ha! ha!). I had seen Monet's Garden in the spring but I also wanted to see Monet's Garden in the fall. It was totally different and beautiful but I like a better organized garden....

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Sep 13, 2014 - Paris - Day 2

After posting yesterday I went to see the Eiffel Tower and get dinner. I didn't stay around until dark because the crowds were building plus I didn't want to walk in the dark but I did get a couple of nice photos - one I've posted here. My dinner was wonderful but not the most healthy. If you ever wondered how I can walk 10 miles every day and still gain weight this explains it (see post). By the time I got home I was bone tired EVERYTHING ached and I can't remember ever being so happy to see a bed. I was in bed by 9:00 pm and got up today...

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Sep 12, 2014 - I'm in PARIS (again)!!!!

Well, after a very uneventful flight - just the way ya like 'em now-a-days - I'm in Paris. I do want to talk about the trip over because it is not always about the destination. I had a grueling day. I had a cab pick me up at 6:15 am for a 9:20 US Air flight to Charlotte. OK, maybe I gave myself too much time there, but I had never used a cab to take me to the airport before and I was a little concerned about the reliability. When I got to Charlotte I had about 6 hours until my next flight BUT I had thought ahead and bought a day pass in...

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Sep 7, 2014 - PARIS

Sunday takes us back to Paris, to meet up with Kerwin and Margaret. Smooth arrival, great apartment. Margaret and Kerwin arrived just after we did and Vincent gave us a smooth check-in after calling him on our way in the taxi. Excited to see Margaret and Kerwin and get our trip going; Margaret was nursing her back while Bob and I went to meet Nancy Ingham and her mother who happened to be in town for a few days but the only night we were crossing paths. It was Barb's birthday and we had a great meal with great waiters at La Casa di Sergio...

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Sep 3, 2014 - Paris Arrival

The oddest thing about arriving in Paris was that there was no customs to clear. We cleared in Iceland, and did not even know it - no luggage check at all, just a cursory passport control check. Amazing Bob and I stayed up and did some 'walk about' so that we would sleep early and all the way through. Aurelie, our exchange daughter from 2001, met us and helped us get a SIM card for our phone for local French calls. So glad she was there - my French is rusty, the guy didn't want to speak English, and the coverage, plans, etc were a bit...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Loving Paris

Our stay at the Hotel Bac in Rue du Bac, St. Germain was great! Good beds and the room was a very comfortable size. Free wifi, also free use of computer to print out boarding passes when necessary (although in French). Helpful and cheerful staff. Kleopatra especially. Great area, we had small eateries, chemists, supermarket, department store and Metro very close by. Another good choice. Tour to Versailles on good train, very crowded at Palace (crushing, in fact)gardens had musical fountain show very interesting Learnt a lot of Kings Louis...

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Jul 10, 2014 - The Rouches - Paris

Up bright & early - S still jet lagged. Lucky thing since concierge forgot our wake- up call. Made it to St. Pancras Chunnel station for our 7:30 am Eurostar departure. 2 hours later ( though 3 by the clock since Paris is 1 hour ahead) Viviane met us at Paris Gare du Nord--umbrellas in hand. Explored formerly middle class and Jewish areas, now overrun by mostly illegal Middle Eastern and African Muslim immigrants, a problem for the French state & its (inadequately protected) Jewish citizens. Many have chosen to move to Israel rather than...

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Jul 6, 2014 - Paris

Wow, it was a long day today. We woke up a little late (actually Dillon did). I wanted to get out early to avoid big lines for the Eiffel Tower, but given it was raining we didn't push it. Had a great breakfast in our dodgy hotel and off we went. Zute alors ! We miscalculated the walk from to metro stop and it was a hike, but good news, when we arrived, a massive line for the elevators, and no line for the stairs. It was windy, wet, cold and hard going. I asked Dillon to count the steps up to the second level and when we arrived, he...

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