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Oct 17, 2014 - First Visitors Already!!

Due to our delayed arrival in Paris and Nona's pending trip back to Los Angeles from Croatia we had to squeeze in our first visitor during week 1! Nono wanted to come too but unfortunately we only have one extra plate, one extra cup and most importantly NO extra beds until our stuff arrives. Katie, Nick and I bunked up together in the embassy supplied queen mattress....quite cozy. Apparently it is quite common to get pretty sick during your first few weeks/months here. Paris is a petri dish of germs. I feel like I can actually see the...

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Oct 11, 2014 - Paris

Paris Highlights - accompanied Patricia to Paris to help with the final parts of her apartment renovation before re renting it - dinner on Fri 10th at the local bar. 'The Honest Lawyer'. A place with great atmosphere and good food - Sat 11th spent in house all day building ikea furniture and moving existing furniture around. - a quick trip for coffee (and macaroons from a nearby bakery) at the Honest Lawyer. - dinner in another part of Paris at a gluten free cafe (Biosphere Cafe) where we both had savoury buckwheat pancakes and a...

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Pauline Carries On

Oct 10, 2014 - Day 3 and the 1st Week

Day 3- last Saturday - Was greeted by Katie saying she wasn’t feeling well and then promptly hurling, into 1 of 3 kitchen bowls we actually have. Good news is it only asking about 5 hours. By 2:00 she was asking for seconds on her lunch. And no one else came down with it. So we laid low on Saturday, one adult staying with Katie while on adult ventured out for immediate supplies. By Sunday everyone was feeling better so we took a stroll down to the Eiffel Tower in the afternoon (about a 15 minute walk from our house). Girls were amazed as...

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Oct 4, 2014 - First 2 Days

Night 1: Day 2- I got a burst of energy and decided to unpack the remaining suitcases and rearrange what little furniture we have. I angled the couches and moved everything into the big family room area. Everything is neat and tidy now, with the help of the bookshelves, but when the onslaught of the air shipment arrives (Monday) that will start to crap it up again with little place to put it all. Boat stuff is probably going to be here the first week of November. It is totally doable to live this way though. It would be a stretch to even...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Another day in Paris

Well, yesterday's huge Eiffel Tower crowds were nothing compared to today, Saturday morning. We just didn't realize that we should have gone up Thursday morning when we first got here. It will have to wait for another visit. We walked and walked today. First of all after the Eiffel Tower we crossed the Seine to look at the Maritime museum which was closed....then walked to the Grand Palais which was closed.....then the Petit Palais which was open and beautiful and free. We went to their cafe for a break.....here is the dialogue.....Me - Tea...

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Europe 2014

Oct 3, 2014 - Doggie Doo Free Days in country=18!!!

I guess it is inevitable that we address the Dog Doo on the sidewalk situation. Here is the deal: ......there are in fact steaming piles of dog doo everywhere. The good news is that it rains a lot so it usually get cleaned off within 12-24 hours and there have been sightings of progress. For example, I saw an old lady actually pick up her doggie's doo and put it in the trash!! And there are trash guys who come around and pick it up quite frequently. It is a phenomenon that I simply can not explain, for the very same people who enjoy...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Paris

Breakfast at Mcdonalds. 5 Euro for 2. Started the day laughing as the American lady in line ahead of me was asking for "home fries", no fries or has browns at Paris Mcdonalds.....John had hot chocolate and it was a little package of cocoa mix and a cup of steamed milk...so nice. Then we walked to Les Invalides which is where Napoleon's tomb is. I think he was a short guy but the tomb could accommodate a 7 foot person no problem. The display of armour back to the 1500s was amazing. Spent a few hours there. Then a nice boat cruise on the...

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Europe 2014

Oct 3, 2014 - Paris, the 'City of Light'

Up at 6 am to get ready for the day. On the bus at 8 am to go on a guided tour. First stop Notre Dame Cathedral. It took 175 years to build and is protected by its rooftop Gargoyles. It is beautiful inside and out! We then walked through the garden at the Cathedral and then over a bridge that was full on both sides with love padlocks put there by people from all around the world. From here, we drove through the Place de la Concorde where the guillotine once stood and down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triumphed. Now to the Eiffel...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Paris

We had a great 11 Euro breakfast at the hotel today, the best croissant ever was part of it. Walked 15 minutes to la tour Eiffel, very impressive, massive lineups. We bought the hop on hop off bus pass with the Seine cruise for 38 Euro each and started our adventure. Did the whole circuit once, then got off at the Opera house, walked to the Gare du Nord station to buy our Eurostar tickets for Sunday....for future reference, these are a lot cheaper if you buy them in advance! On the way back to the bus stopped at Mcdonalds. So different...

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Europe 2014

Oct 2, 2014 - On our way to Paris

Up at 6:00 am to be on the bus by 7:30. It is going to be along drive! Was very foggy as we started to drive through France. Paris has approx 12.5 million people. Any words ending in ment and ble come from Feench. Saw the first ever TDG (Train) at Belfort, France. The train was made in France. We then stopped for a break at Belfort. Buene, France is the center for Burgundy wine production. We stopped in Chablis, France for lunch. Paris is known as "Ville-Lumiere" - City of Light. We arrived in Paris and checked in about 4:30 pm. We had...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Moving Day

We are pros at the trains now. I was a bit worried because there was a transit strike today, bus and Metro, trains not affected, and we were fine. Got to right track 24 and train hardly full. 12euro each to airport. Then, we had rearranged all our luggage so that we only had 1 piece each to carry on after our 30pound extra bag cost at Gatwick and the checkin agent offered to check all our bags for free! Who can get it right? Anyway, we checked everything, had a nice 1 hr 40 min flight to Paris, bags came right away and we took a taxi to our...

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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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