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Aug 30, 2016 - Day two part one: Paris (interesting moments)

Today's not over yet -- we will soon head out for dinner -- but wanted to share a few "visual postcards" 1) over breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien: after greeting the waitress in French we were inundated with many words and at least two questions. Seeing our blank stares, she smiles and asks "English?" 2) Ducks in the large fountain at Tuileries Garden, looking mostly like our ducks at home but much quieter (not a quacks) 3) Walking toward the Palais Royale, we see a dogwalker with at least six dogs, and a leashless dog that appeared to be his...

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Aug 30, 2016 - Day one: Paris

5:58 am, or, a flight attendant is full of himself We are 30 min out from landing at cdg. I'm flipping through a french phrasebook i borrowed from the library. One of the bilingual but amerivan flight attendants looks at me, then the book and quips, "its too late for THAT." I get French people insisting one speaks French. I don't get Americans lording their linguistic superiority before we even reach French soil. 8:25 am: what hump? After hoofing it from Notre-Dame St. Michel about a half mile to the left luggage facility, not sleeping on...

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Aug 15, 2016 - Paris, Melun and Moret-sur-Loing

The neighborhood is definitely in vacation mode. The majority of businesses have either handwritten or computer printed signs wishing you, dear customer, a good vacation until the reopening date. Everyone who has not left town would seem to be spending time at either a park or the wonderful Paris plage here at bassin Villette, zip lining, sand boxing, boating, picnicking,ping ponging, pétanque playing, etc. we walked over to park Villette yesterday and it was throbbing with families and groups of teens and every other age group. It is...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Paris for 11 days before trip to Reims

I have been sucked into the news/political vortex lately, between mass murders, political conventions in the USA, political news in Austria, brexit fallout, and the rest of the world, it gets a little challenging to resist endless reading on the iPad. So, my apologies for once again procrastinating about writing the postings. Thank goodness for the Paris jazz festival at park floral. We attended four concerts. Loui Franke, formerly of key west, joined us for two of them. All four were remarkable, but three of them were amazingly...

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Jul 24, 2016 - End of Tour and bus tour to Paris to Scenic Gem Ship

Today we head off to Paris where we meet up with the Scenic Gem Ship for the next leg of our trip. Our bags had to be out again at 7.30am and off we went in the bus at 9am. Along the way we went back to Caen and visited the William the Conquer Tomb in Abbaye aux Hommes. This church (we have seen so many churches) was quite plain compared to others we have seen but is quite old and its stained glass windows were marvellous. Inside the church is the tomb of William the Conqueror who was depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. We then headed to...

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Jul 14, 2016 - happy bastille day!

Happy Bastille Day! It would have been a better celebration last night and today if france had not lost to Portugal in the Euro 2016 finals. The consolation, of course, was that France made it to the finals. We may not follow soccer, but the participation in the games was unavoidable. Following the semi finals, the cheering and car honking in public places shook the windows until the early hours. Our time in europe is growing short and we still have so many places to visit. we are continuing to concentrate on Paris, but not forgetting the...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Our last stop - Paris

Our final stop. Everyone else left for home at the crack of dawn this morning. We are headed for a couple of days in Paris. We have a civilized flight of 1 pm so after a late morning and leisurely breakfast we head down to meet the taxi. It is only 20 minutes but check-in for Easyjet priority takes longer than security. Unfortunately sign of things to come. When it is time to learn our gate there is no announcement. More time passes and finally we go to their website to learn of an hour delay. Which they fail to tell us until original...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Day 4 - Sight seeing around Paris for the last time before our tour starts

Today we are giving ourselves a bit of a breather, and have slept in a bit later - 7pm. Our breakfast still is complimentary with the room, and is very pleasant. We again used the Metro to get across another part of Paris and visited a market which sold mainly fresh produce, meat, fish, bread, cheeses etc. There were a lot of people at the market, and most of them seemed to be local people. We purchased a banquet meal for lunch and had a bread stick, piece of a camembert type cheese and a couple of slices of fresh ham, also a punnet of...

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Jul 2, 2016 - 4 Paris

4 Paris Hi, all, We're finishing up in Paris and have really enjoyed our time here. Tracey booked us an apartment in St. Germaine-des-Pres just a 10 minute walk from the Louvre so easy access to everything. I think the big city contrast from Iceland (and home) was a bit of an adjustment initially for the kids but it didn't take long for them to appreciate the abundance of cafes, boulangeries and stores. They've been really interested in the museums and other sites which has been great - we don't feel like we've been dragging them around...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Busy in Paris

Since the last update to the blog, we have been busy, although I must confess to some unfortunate procrastination which has stretched this period of silence into two weeks. When we returned from our excursion to Bretagne, we holed up in an Airbnb near gambetta to regroup, and get the five postings organized and written. During that weekend, to stretch our backs, we visited the pere lachaise cemetery, only a few blocks from the Airbnb, for the first time, and found Oscar Wilde’s grave. French cemeteries are really interesting places to walk...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Day 3 - Sight seeing around Paris by ourselves

Michael had organised another big day today. It started at 8.30am and we returned back to the Hotel at 4.45pm. We used the Metro quite a few times today to get around to locations and also the Hop on and Hop off Bus. The Metro is very easy to use as all the train track areas are coloured coded and have numbers such as 8, and the maps are everywhere with the colours on it. It is very clean and people are reasonably polite as well. Today we visited the Sacre Coeur church and did not have to line up as we were early. It is a very old church...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Day 2 - sight seeing in Paris by ourselves

Fortunately I woke up feeling quite well except for the cough still existing. Needless to say we wont be going back there again!!!! We had breakfast in the Hotel as it is part of package, and it was very nice with lots of fresh fruit to be had. Today we were on a tight schedule as we had a tour organised at the Louvre and had to be there by 9.30am. We took the Metro and worked our way up out of the bowels of the underground and arrived at the enormous Louvre. There is an enormous amount of police presence in the city, and armed soldiers at...

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