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Oct 31, 2016 - 48 hours in Paris

We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris through the 'Chunnel ' on Saturday, October 29th. It was very speedy, about 2 1/2 hours, with comfortable seets, and wifi. I watched my first movie on my iPad, and started it as we left London, finishing just as we pulled into Le Gare du Nord train station in Paris. We were approached in the station by a driver wanting 55 Euros, then 45, to take us to our hotel but instead we stood in line for a taxi which was all very straight forward and legitimate, as we had been forewarned about gypsy...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Big Travel Day Part 1

Drive to airport at 9:30, small hassles to get checked in and luggage taken care of, then a 3 hour wait. I bought cookies for 4000, gave some small bills to Karen and Diane and kept some for myself, then gave the rest to the Lions Club box. I sat with Pam and Cindy on this 10 hour flight and was fitfully sleeping when a snack was served in the middle of the night. We took off around 1:45 AM and got to Paris about 10:45 their time, 11:45 our time. Here we only had a 1/2 hour wait. I sat by the window over the wing with a wall in back of me....

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Oct 23, 2016 - Final days in Paris, for now

We returned to Paris after midnight on October 5th with only 16 days left in France before we begin the journey back to the USA. We spent these precious days visiting friends, eating in favorite places, visits to the prefectures, a few more museums, a circus, working on blog catchup, Paris auto show, sorting our accumulation of possessions, giving away some of our accumulation of possessions, dental appointments, and meeting, via FaceTime, our brand new granddaughter Juniper Joanne. At this moment we are on the TGV to Barcelona, sitting in...

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Lavender's Travels

Oct 10, 2016 - End of August in Paris

Greetings! My apologies for the longish gap in posting. It seemed to just slip away from me lately. The period between the last posting and our departure for Pomport, on August 26, had the usual mix of social and cultural activities. On the cultural side, we made our final effort to visit museums with stops at Musee d’eroticism, Musee du vin, Maison Balzac, and Musee du fumeur. We also attended two more concerts at Parc floral. Musee d’eroticism is a collection of art, history, videos, and artifacts filling seven floors all devoted to the...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Brugge - Berlin

After another yummy breakfast of fresh pastries, it was time to go. We walked to the Market Square to get a taxi but of course there were none to be found at the rank. After waiting for nearly half an hour, one finally came and took us took the station. We found a ticket offIce and changed our tickers to take us straight to the airport rather than changing trains in Brussells, a much better idea. After all that was sorted we had time to try a belgium waffle and hot chocolate before getting on the train. Arrrived at the airport with plenty...

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The Three of Us

Sep 27, 2016 - Brugge - Day 1

As nothing happens in this place until 10am, it was a bit of a lazy start, having breakfast sitting on the marble window sills watchIng the people go by. Amazing just about everyone rides a bike, no matter how young or old you are. We started the day with a city tour which gave us an idea of where things were and a bit of history about the place. After that we just walked looking at different building, the bell tower and in general just soaking up the atmosphere and of course buying some chocolate and some pastries for breakfast tomorrow....

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Sep 27, 2016 - Paris 3

September 25-26 Paris and home Sunday was my last day in Paris. Fortunately there isn’t another tenant in the apartment until Monday, so I can leave my bags until going to the airport. I did my dishes and tidied up, and braved the basement to take out the trash and recycling, then headed out. The forecast said 100% chance of rain today, but the sky was clear this morning. Nevertheless I took my umbrella and headed for the Metro. Unlike yesterday, it was fairly deserted this morning, and an easy ride to the Concorde stop for the Orangerie...

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France Road Trip Two

Sep 27, 2016 - You're never too old for Disney

I’ve just left Gard du Nord, Paris on the Thalys 9461 15h55 departure to Koeln HBF…. I write the train type, number and time simply because dad used to do that religiously and it made me laugh every time. I left Sarah waving me off at the station, I was feeling really quite emotional as I set off solo for the first time! Due in to Cologne at 19h15 I thought this was a perfect time to add a little to the journal. We’ve had 4 great days in Paris… when I last wrote we had just arrived at the hostel near Maubert about to head out for some...

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Sep 26, 2016 - Paris - Brugge

Up early Denise cooked scambled eggs for breakfast, bags packed and we were ready to go. Stephanie, our landlord arrived just before we left to say goodbye, which was nice. She only works a few minutes away so was on her way to work. Down to the railway station, found our platform but had to queue up to go through security before we were allowed on the train. All good and we were soon on our way. The trip was only about 90minutes which was good and we arrived in Brussels to find a train was leaving for Brugge in a few minutes so off we went...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Paris -Day 5

Our last day in Paris and there are still a couple of thIngs to see before we leave for Brugge tomorrow. Versailles is first on the list so back to the train station to buy a tIcket as our Paris Pass has finished. We knew we had to change from Metro to RER which we hadn't done before but we were able to find a person and not a machine so all good. One ticket did the trick and then we were on our way arriving about 1 hour later. Bought our tickets to Versailles at an office opposite the station. Once there we had to queue to get through the...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Western Front

Today we headed of on our own to Arras which is about 50 minutes out of Paris by train, where we met up with an Australian guy running tours of the Western Front. He met us at the train station right on time and introduced us to our travelling companions, three other people all from Melbourne. This day turned out to be everything we had hope for. It wasn't cheap but worth every cent. Phil, our guide was very passionate about everything to do with the Australian troops involved in this area during WW1 and in keeping thier memories alive. We...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Paris 2

September 23-24 Paris Friday morning I eased into the day to explore a different neighborhood. I took the metro to Bastille and changed lines to go to the Hotel de Ville (city hall) stop. It was one of those changes that took quite a walk! My first stop was the BHV department store. It was one of the ‘grand magasins’ I hadn’t been to before. I was reminded of when I moved to Portland for college as a kid, and went downtown to Meier and Frank and rode the escalator all the way up and down to check it out. I did the same thing today, and it...

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