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Apr 18, 2015 - Paris

A big Thank you to Jo and Kelvin for recommending the Fat bike Tours - we had a ball riding around Paris today and checking out the sites - Ollie loved having the freedom of riding around and we all got to see a lot of sights without having to walk. And Tomo did fall off the bike right at a major intersection but all good. We did catch the metro to get started which was good fun - it took us about 5mins to figure out how to buy the tickets - maybe should have learnt a little bit of French. But to be honest if you can get the coffee and...

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Apr 12, 2015 - A week in Paris

10/4/15 - 13/4/15 We have visited a lot of places over the past few days. The buildings are really old in France. People have been walking the same streets as I did for thousands of years. I've wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower since I was 4. We climbed the stairs to the second level and caught a lift to the top. We could see all of Paris. It was amazing! We also saw the Arc de triumph. It has intricate carvings of flowers and people. It marks the tomb of the unknown soldier and commemorates the great battles of France. We visited Notre...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Doha and finally Paris

Hi everyone, Back already as we try and catch up with what we have been doing. Since our last post, we have moved on from Doha and are now coming to the end of our second full day in Paris. What to say about Doha!! It's an amazing place, the level of construction underway, the number of cars on the road (petrol costs almost nothing) is incredible. The people are really nice, they really make you feel right at home. For day 2 we had a great day visiting the Islamic Museum of Art, the Souq again including a look at some of the Falcon's this...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Paris

Words can't describe the joy I felt as I pulled my toothbrush out of my backpack and cleaned off 40+ hours of teeth fur. Rookie error to put that in checked luggage, particularly when my luggage has been lost more times than I can remember over the years...including this time. it always turns up eventually though and it's arrived back with me this morning in time to join me onto my Camino starting point of St John Pied de Port today. 9 hours to Hong Kong, 5 hour stopover, another 13 hours to Paris and I'm almost there... Since when can you...

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Apr 9, 2015 - Arriving in Paris

8/4/2015- We woke up at 4:30am to get to the airport. In the plane we had screens on the back of our seats. The first thing we did in Hong Kong was going on the cable car. It took us up a big mountain. At the top was a huge statue called Buddha. There were smaller statues of Gods around Buddha. We caught a train to a market. We ate dinner and bought a luggage tag each. 9/4/2015 - We got back on the plane for a 14 hours. I slept for most of the trip which made Mum very happy! We caught the metro from the airport. It didn't look much like...

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Dec 13, 2014 - Versailles

Astounding, magnificent, majestic, amazing...! It definitely has a Greg “wow” factor! We had seen the “Little Versailles in Vienna but this Versailles (vehr-sigh) is over 721,000 square feet which makes it one of the largest palaces in the world. Yes, Greg, it is a WOW. As you enter the front gate you are greeted by the gilded face of the chateau which glows from the reflected light of 100,000 gold leaves. It was Louis XIV who moved the royal residence from Paris' Louvre Palace (remember Mona Lisa?). He wanted a residence outside of the...

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Dec 12, 2014 - Christmas in Paris

Today was a day for enjoying the Christmas season. It's not quite like it is or was in the USA but still it gives one a sense of heightened excitement. This is especially true for Greg as at heart he is still a, 5 year old awaiting Santa Claus. Speaking of the Jolly Old Fellow, you won't find him over here. In fact it's difficult to find Noel Pere the Santa Claus equivalent. What will catch your eyes are the MONSTERS! These dancing, jiggling, multi eyed creatures were the featured actors in the Galeries Lafayette department store...

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Dec 10, 2014 - Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, and the Louvre

Our first full day of touristing and we chose to start it with a visit to the most famous Gothic church in the world, Notre Dame. You look at the exterior and you think what perseverance it took to bring it to fruition. The most notable feature for its time was the use of flying buttresses to support the walls. This freed up space for windows and they were put to magnificent use. The interior is awash with stain glass. Most famous is the Rose window with it's beautiful hues of blue and purple. The entire interior was not devoted to...

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Dec 9, 2014 - Eiffel Tower

Paree! Paree! Paree! Greg and I arrived in early afternoon to the capital of France. We had to suffer thru a really expensive taxi ride from the Charles de Gaulle airport to our apartment on Rue Martel Street. We were lucky though because Paris Perfect, the management company of this apartment, arranges a flat rate with a reliable cab company. It was costly but not as much as it could have been. Our apartment is within a block of Rue Clar where those in the know shop for fresh fruit, flowers and vegetables at its outdoor market. It is...

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Nov 15, 2014 - Fiesta Week

Hi Everyone We have arrived safe and sound in sunny Benidorm and plan to stay until the end of March. We were lucky enough to find ourselves a pitch on our favourite street on the camp site and were warmly welcomed by our friends and neighbours. On our drive through France Paul gave way to my nagging (me nag, never!) and agreed to visit Disneyland Paris. It was Halloween when we arrived and we watched in stunned silence as hundreds of witches, ogres and other macabre characters, covered in festering wounds and dripping with fake blood,...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Paris

Paris Highlights - accompanied Patricia to Paris to help with the final parts of her apartment renovation before re renting it - dinner on Fri 10th at the local bar. 'The Honest Lawyer'. A place with great atmosphere and good food - Sat 11th spent in house all day building ikea furniture and moving existing furniture around. - a quick trip for coffee (and macaroons from a nearby bakery) at the Honest Lawyer. - dinner in another part of Paris at a gluten free cafe (Biosphere Cafe) where we both had savoury buckwheat pancakes and a...

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Pauline Carries On

Oct 4, 2014 - Another day in Paris

Well, yesterday's huge Eiffel Tower crowds were nothing compared to today, Saturday morning. We just didn't realize that we should have gone up Thursday morning when we first got here. It will have to wait for another visit. We walked and walked today. First of all after the Eiffel Tower we crossed the Seine to look at the Maritime museum which was closed....then walked to the Grand Palais which was closed.....then the Petit Palais which was open and beautiful and free. We went to their cafe for a break.....here is the dialogue.....Me - Tea...

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