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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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Jul 5, 2014 - London to Paris

Me and dad woke up about 9:00 to get ready and get to the 10:10 train to Waterloo. The ride was a relaxing 45 minutes to Waterloo station in downtown London. 30 minutes, two tube transfers later we were at St. Pancras international station. We got coffee, went through security and hopped on the eurotrain. It was about 20 minutes to the channel 20 minutes under the channel and then an hour to Paris. When we got to the station we pushed our way to the exit and started our walk to the hotel. We quickly noticed the extremely diverse population...

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Jul 4, 2014 - 30 June 2014 Journey to Paris

Today we leave Amsterdam, we are packed and ready to go by 9 am. We go by taxi to the Bus Station and line up to check in. The station office is very busy, a lot of people have been caught out by the train strike and I am glad we came here yesterday to book our seats. I make a last minute dash to the shop to buy some food for the journey and finally we are on our way, about 15 minutes late. The driver is French and not surprisingly does not speak English, he wants me to put my backpack in the hold but it has my ipad, book, food, makeup bag...

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Jul 4, 2014 - 1 & 2 July 2014

1st & 2nd July Our first full day in Paris, we enjoy a lie in to recover from the exploits of the day before and so end up having brunch in a cafe around midday. Omelette, salad and frites with tea and coffee. We are re-energised and start to make our way alongside the Seine to check where we have to meet the group tomorrow for our organised tour up the Eiffel Tour. The weather is a bit overcast with a few drops of rain now and then, however as the afternoon progresses the weather improves and by mid afternoon it is quite sunny and warm. On...

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Jun 29, 2014 - La Belle Paris

I have finally found wifi AND have had a chance to sit with my iPad. The last couple days have been amazing despite the cold I got on the plane ride over. I landed in Gatwick an hour late after an uncomfortable flight (due to my silly self switching from an isle to a middle sit so a man and woman could sit together, even though he got mad that I pushed my seat back on him :s) I then stood in a 45 minute line to be asked if I like Canada and then got sent through to the UK! My bag was easy to spot as it was the only bright pink bag with...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jun 20, 2014 - Au Revoir

The time has come for us to say au revoir to Paris. We can't believe how fast the time went and what a wonderful time we had. This trip so exceeded our expections. We stayed in the perfect place in the perfect location, had so many little adventures, met some lovely, interesting people, and of course saw Paris. We also want to thank all of you who followed us on our blog. We were delighted that so many people were reading it and with all the positive feedback we received. While we are sad to be leaving Paris, we are looking forward to being...

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Trois Femmes

Jun 19, 2014 - Our Last Day

Exactly one month ago today trois femmes arrived in Paris. Can't believe how quickly the time went. We have done so much, seen so much, experienced so much, and met some wonderful people along the way. Truly an unbelievable and fantastic journey. So on our last full day, we checked our "wanna do while in Paris" list and off we went. Judix2 headed off, using their last metro tickets, to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a wilderness park in NE Paris. Baron Haussmann, who laid out the city's grand boulevards for Napoleon built this park in 1867 over...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Ile St-Louis and Movie Tour

Wanda treated the Judix2 to a lovely breakfast this morning. She went to the market and came back with the makings for scrambled eggs with mushrooms, a cantaloupe, and bananas. She added a peach and some strawberries already in the house for a fruit plate and heated up half our chocolate croissants stash from the freezer. By now the gray skies had burned off so we headed for the Ile St-Louis to do a little browsing and pick up some final souvenirs. At our first stop, we were told not to miss the church at the end of the street. We...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Last day in Paris - reflections

Sadly, this is my last day in Paris before heading back to London tomorrow morning on the Eurostar. Paris has been wonderful and I've made the most of my time by walking everywhere, observing Parisians and tourists from the comfort of café tables, being awestruck in several museums and churches, eating street food bought from outdoor markets, and beaucoup de map reading. Some observations and random impressions: Parisians really enjoy their city. Every night the Place Dauphine - a small park outside my hotel - is full of small groups of...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Versailles Gardens

The grey clouds are back and we had to pull out our jackets, but we went ahead with our plan to visit Versailles. But first we had to stop at the Market (the market on the corner is held every Tues, Thurs, and Sat) to see if we could find a particular vendor. We purchased some things from her early in our stay and we wanted to buy more (can't tell you what as they are going to be gifts--at least some of them will) but we have not seen her since. It's kinda interesting how some vendors are the same, some are the same but in different spots,...

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