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May 28, 2016 - Between Vienna and Mont Saint Michel

We returned from Vienna with a long list of where to go next, but nothing specific. Our first week back in Paris we were pretty lazy. I read a really interesting early book by Michael Pollan about architecture with an easy reading break midway to revisit treasure island. We walked, napped, shopped, looked at baby equipment and stuff, worked on the Vienna blog and continued to be lazy. The laziness seems to have extended to photography, not many photos this week, sorry. Tomorrow we head to Normandy. Our plans for tomorrow’s trip took focus...

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May 17, 2016 - Four days before Vienna

There were just a few days between the last posting and our departure for a week in Vienna, with no trips to a prefecture required! On our way to buy socks, we paid a visit to the Musee Gustave Moreau in the 9th arrondissement. The painter bequeathed his family home to France in 1898 having spent the last years of his life preparing his home to be a museum. The living spaces of the house were the lower two floors. The two upper floors, joined by a spiral staircase were his studios. In addition to the house, he left the furnishings, over...

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May 15, 2016 - The Louvre and Notre Dame

Today we got up early and headed by train to a market in the Latin Quarter. We bought some pastries for breakfast and lunch. We stopped across the street from the market for a coffee and ate our pastries. Then headed to the Louvre. We spent hours in the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and the Venus de Milo. Took pics of everything. Then we wandered for awhile, saw the smallest car ever, an orchestra playing in a square, the Royal Palace, The Palais De Justice, The Notre-Dame and the Tour St. Jacques. We headed back to our hotel...

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May 14, 2016 - Paris Everywhere

Today we slept in to around 1130 hrs. We were exhausted last night and could not have packed more into one day. We got up and went a short distance down the Champ Elysee to the Ferris wheel, Roue de Paris. The Champ Elysee is the avenue that runs straight from the Place de la Concord and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The avenue is 1.9 km long and we have walked it back and forth more times than we can count. We took a ride on the wheel to check out the views of Paris. Great views in every direction. We...

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May 14, 2016 - Bike About Paris

Early start today at 9:15 to get to Notre Dame entrance to meet up with our Bike About Paris tour. Donna's cousin Jill's daughter Laura is a tour guide here and does the bike gig and tours of Notre Dame. It was a really great 4 hours around the city on bike lanes and quiet streets. We felt very safe. Had a 20 minute break where we slurped a bottle of wine and a snack. It was a chilly 12 degrees C as a high but we were bundled up and had a great time. Followed up with lunch with Laura in the Latin Quarter (and another bottle of wine). Don...

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May 13, 2016 - Friday the 13th part deux

I wouldn't normally do this but we just had the most outstanding dinner just around the corner in a hole in the wall place. Our spot was upstairs and we got the last table. Ceiling height at he top of the narrow narrow circular staircase was 5.5 ft at most. Duck! Fresh plates and great atmosphere. Then a drink in the next neighbourhood Cafe.

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May 13, 2016 - Hop on hop off bus in Paris

Firstly, let me go back to our airline experience. When sitting in the BA lounge in Vancouver we saw a very large aircraft touch down and take off again. I said "Hey, I think that's our plane!" 2 levels...what up? 30 minutes later the aircraft is at our gate and one of the Lounge employees who had overheard our conversion about the plane earlier said....they came in on the wrong runway. This is the small one and they needed to land on the large one. Pretty sure the crew changed before we got on. Good. Thanks to Sarah Wright for putting this...

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May 12, 2016 - Travel to Paris

Now we are in Paris. We met up with a couple of young ladies as we loaded the plane from London to Paris. A girl from Kelowna and one from Calgary. We all worked together to figure out the train system and then unfortunately we parted way. They were heading to Paris for the weekend then to Rome and on a 10 country tour in 21 days. We took a couple of trains and landed in downtown Paris. We loaded the hotel address in the GPS and headed the wrong way.. No worries it took us to a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Finally found our hotel,,,,...

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May 12, 2016 - Paris!

After 24 hours on the road, we had a great experience on the new giant Airbus in Busness Class pods and we're settled in to our VRBO in Paris. Lovely neighbourhood, view of a nice courtyard. We were a little concerned when Donna texted that they had had a hard time getting to the place due to the major protests going on. We're right close to the Secretariat General du Government (Parliament)and the locals are protesting changes to labor laws. This is what the news reports said...https://www.rt.com/news/342791-paris-protest-labor-reform/...

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May 4, 2016 - Visas extended and Fete du Muguet

Springtime in Paris rearranges our lifestyle. In the winter, when night begins so early, we would be out while there was even a hint of light, returning to the flat for a long winter’s evening. Now, we head out for a long wander each evening, beginning or ending each walk in our beautiful park or along the canals. Everything is in bloom and the evening air is saturated with the perfume of lilac and flowers I am unable to name. We return to the flat at 21:00 and it is still daytime. On to the mundane. We returned to the prefecture last...

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May 4, 2016 - Day 12: One day in Paris

Aman still had a fever this morning. We stayed in the hotel for the whole morning. Finally we decided that fresh air might actually do him some good so we decided to head out around noon. Zarish and I climbed the dome at Norte Dame, went to the pantheon, Luxembourg gardens, Alexader bridge, even ran into the Louvre an hour before it closed. Couldn't go to Paris and not take a picture with Mona Lisa 𯘊 Aman wanted to go to the holy chapel at sunset but it turned out that the holy chapel actually closes at 6 so he was pretty disappointed...

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May 3, 2016 - Day 11: Welcome to the city of lights!

It's interesting that no matter what we do, we are always running late for everything! I told everyone that the Eurostar for Paris leaves at 7:30 still we just made it on the train. Granted that none of us expected the security line and the passport check line. Thankfully we made it on abd the ride was very comfortable. Little over two hours and we are in Paris bringing me to my second fail of the trip. Off course the Globe in London being the first fail. I looked at the map and figured out that the hotel was real close, only one stop from...

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