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Sep 28, 2014 - Sacre Coeur, Mont Martre, painters, flea market and dinner Chartier

Last full day in Paris and another one with warm and sunny weather. We have truly been blessed. Firstly off to Sacre Coeur. Missed the start of 11.00am Mass, but in time to celebrate the 2nd half after worming through hoards of people trying to sell bracelets and other 'junk' stuff on the steps of the Sacre Ceour. And then we climbed to the top (no small effort after all the coffees and cakes lately) where there was a great view of the Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower towing over everything. Then down to the crypt where a number of...

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Sep 26, 2014 - The Louvre

On Friday, we went to the covered market, Les Enfants Rouge on Rue de Bretagne near our apartment. It was not as exciting as the Rue Cler street market we visited yesterday, but we got some ingredients for lunch. The big thing for today is our 2 hour evening tour of the Louvre with “Paris Walks.” There were purposefully only 6 people in our group that was lead by Malcolm, a quick-witted Brit who has lived in Paris for 45 years. The idea is to do in 2 hours what would probably take 2 days (or even 2 weeks) to do if we did the whole museum....

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Sep 26, 2014 - Notre Dame and shopping at Galaries Lafayette

A leisurely day today with the boys deciding to stay at home and watch/listen to the Roosters vs Rabbitohs NRM semi final. Alicen and Frank did not leave until noon to vista the Notre Dame. Very beautiful, sunny day again and the Notre Dame did not disappoint. We hired an audio tour each, which explained the different spots within the church, the contents and background of what we saw. The Notre Dame is the most visited place in Paris every year and took more than 150 years to build (in different stages). The windows and numerous pictures...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Eiffel Tower

Today is special. We have a unique tour of the Eiffel Tower which includes a visit to the bunker, the elevator machine room, and a walk on the roof of the restaurant on the second level. We met at the statue of Gustav Eiffel. Our guide was dressed in an aviator costume complete with goggles and a parachute on his back. He introduced himself as an aviator and told the story of how he saw and fell in love with a beautiful American girl who he only knew to him as “Citron” or Lemony. It turned out that she saw him too and instantly fell in...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Louvre, Pompidou and the Lido show

After the big night last night and diving into bed well after mid night, we enjoyed the first real sleepin (until 8.30am) this holidays. Having a leisurely breakfast in our apartment and updating our computer records before heading off in the afternoon to the Louvre. This place would take more than 3 weeks to see every room and displayed art piece properly, however the van Boks were able to 'fit it all in' in a bit more than 2 hours. Of course we headed off to the Mona Lisa among the Italian paintings first to ensure we could tick that one...

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Sep 24, 2014 - D’Orsay, Dinner at Au Passage

Armed with our museum passes, we headed to the left bank toward the old train station that has been remodeled to house the D’Orsay Museum. We took a long walk along the Seine, close to the docked boats since the pedestrian bridge was under repair and closed. (We almost got mugged again down there!) Photography is not allowed in the D’Orsay (although lots of visitors were snapping away). The best photographs are of the interior of the building itself with the massive clock on the very top level. (We wondered if the movie, “Hugo” was filmed...

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Sep 24, 2014 - City tour, boat cruise Seinne, Eiffel tower, Rodin museum, Ghost tour

Early wake up call by 6.00am so we could leave by 7.30am and get to the CityRama office near the Louvre, where we had booked the City via bus tour and Seinne boat trip from 9.00am. We managed to get there just in time after becoming familiar with the metro system and findng our way around near the huge 'the Louvre'. We were lucky once again with the weather and the bus route gave us a nice impression where things in Paris were and catching a glimpse of the main tourist 'must see' spots in Paris. The bus stopped near the Eiffel Tower, where...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Farewell Oma - welcome Paris!

Always a bit of a sad moment and empty feeling leaving "Oma" behind by herself in the old house at Laageinde 98. Hope we will be able to meet her many more times in years to come. She is very healthy and pretty active for a 84 years old, so look forward to our next visit to Holland, whenever that may be. With Marco we took a train from Breda to Rotterdam and visited the office, where he is working (Mercer). We met a few of his work mates and were impressed by the building and closeness to the Central Station where he is based. We thanked...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Notre Dame & Concert at Sainte-Chapelle

We got our first glimpse of the Seine by the cathedral as we walked across the bridge to the large island where the Cathedral of Notre Dame is located. We saw the “point zero” from which all locations in Paris are measured. The line to enter the church was long, but it moved very quickly and soon we were walking under the arches, viewing the stained glass windows, and observing the devout lighting candles. We were impressed by the “open confessionals” - all glass - no little booths with screens between the priest and the penitent. It is...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Au Revoir to Paris - Our last day

*Hard to realise that our trip is finally coming to an end after 5 or so weeks on the road being a tourist. I will make one last push today to visit the Eiffel Tower again. It too was covered in scaffold the last visit here and we couldn't get right to the top either. Had a breakfast croissant and orange juice and coffee/tea at the same brasserie before heading to the Madeleine station to catch the RER to the Tower. As is usual, we had trouble finding Line 8 today. The French are just so funny with signs, they are all over the place then...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Food Tour and walking around Paris

Food Tour Sunday 9/21/2014 Our tour of food began at the base of the only hill in Paris, Monmartre. Our guide (PJ) who was in training had a wonderful mastery of French food and food customs. He told us about the yearly election by peers to an honorary position. Our first stop at the artisan chocolate shop of Georges Larnicol, who had the “badge” of his peers (and was now a peer) proved to be both an artistic and culinary treat. There were chocolate models of Notre Dame Cathedral, sailing ships, and a grand piano - plus there were chocolate...

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Sep 21, 2014 - Newsflash - John Haynes Learned the Art of Queueing

Didnt't look too promising this morning on waking - it was pouring with rain and looking bleak. Nonetheless, as every tourist knows, you must press on with the plans for the day despite the weather conditions - day lost is a day you never regain. By the time we finished breakfast downstairs, the rain had stopped and the sun was shining brilliantly and it was dreadfully humid. Our aim for the morning was to head off to the Catacombs of Paris. We had read that the waiting time could be prolonged some times so aimed to get there just after...

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