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Jun 29, 2017 - France Day 10 - Malmaison and Paris at night

I'm very sad this is our last day in France. We have had a wonderful time and such a great experience in this beautiful country. Today we visited Malmaison and toured the Château of Napoleon Bonaparte. This is an amazing château that his wife Josephine bought while Napoleon was away. He had told her they didn't have enough money to buy it so she waited until he was away on a military conquest. She paid €350,000 for the Château and the many acres of garden's surrounding it. Eventually a businessman bought the majority of the gardens that...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - Day 4, travelling to Reims.

Day 4, travelling to Reims – a day of travel, a little incident and taking it slowly. Weather: Expected of 24C. Sunny prior to leaving Paris, with showers and some very heavy rain as I drove early afternoon to Reims. Cloudy for the rest of the day. Steps: 13 800 steps (8km) – more than I thought I had done. After packing up everything back into the case and bag, I decided to return to Le Pain Quotidien for my petit déjeuner (breakfast) as it was yummy yesterday – it was just as good this morning. It was a slight detour but worth it. They...

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Jun 28, 2017 - France Day 9 - Les Andelys - Chateau Gaillard

Today we sailed down the Seine river and docked at a little town called Les Andelys. This is a small town with quaint little shops and only a few streets. The homes are made of brick and timber. They are very similar to the historic structures of Rouen. We were able to tour the Chateau Gaillard which was once a virtually impenetrable fortress built by the infamous and seemingly invincible Richard the lion heart(King Richard I) back in the 12th century. As we walked around the ruins we were able to walk in what was once about a 20 foot moat...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 27, 2017 - Day 3 in Paris.

Day 3 in Paris – a busy but most enjoyable day of great food and ‘culture’!! Weather: Expected top of 27C. A little rain early this morning, before I arose! Sunshine then showers for a long while this afternoon – I needed to use my portable umbrella. It was very handy indeed. Steps: Sore legs so must be high after 11 hours away – 21 000 steps (12.3km)!!!! Woohoo! After needing to use the A/C on two occasions last night as it became quite warm in the room, I woke around 7:30am but waited until 8:00am to arise after hearing the Melbourne news...

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Jun 27, 2017 - France Day 8 - Normandy Beaches

Today we had the privilege of going to visit Normandy beaches. This was the site of the liberation of France on D Day on June 6, 1944. The first beaches we visited were Gold and Juno. I was surprised to learn that the majority of the soldiers died from drowning and not gunshot wounds. The reason for the heavy casualties to drowning was because they opened the front of the landing craft before they were in shallow enough water. The soldiers heavy equipment then drug them underwater. We had a special opportunity to collect sand from the...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 26, 2017 - Day 2 in Paris - lots of walking and looking.

26 June, 2017 Exploring new sights and a few familiar ones in Paris Weather: Very warm, top of 28C Steps: 15 200(I didn't leave the hotel until after 1:00pm) After long flights and a busy day upon arrival, it was a morning for a sleep-in. I set the alarm for 8:00am and listened to 3AW 4:00pm news on my App on the iPhone - amazing!!! I decided to eat breakfast in the hotel and it was fine, nothing spectacular but adequate for €10. I then returned to the room to 'do' the Blog for the flights and Day 1 and add images. I am using a new Blog as...

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Jun 26, 2017 - France Day 7 - Rouen and Normandy

Today was another beautiful day in France. We started the day with a buffet breakfast on our ship and then took a walk into Rouen. Rouen dates back to 744 AD when the Roman Catholic archdiocese created this city. In 1841 the Vikings overran Rouen and found the colony led by Rollo who was nominated count of Rouen by the king of Franks in 911. The young French heroine Joan of arc was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in the old market Square in 1431. Rouen was decimated several times during the middle ages by fire and plague, and later...

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Paris Summer 2017

Jun 25, 2017 - Paris 13

Day 38 - Sun 25 Jun 17 We were away at 1005 hrs having had our breakfast of pastries and coffee. Our first objective was to cross the Champ de Mars and visit the Australian Embassy; being a Sunday we were not expecting anyone to be in attendance and I was not disappointed, even security appeared to be taking a stress break. The embassy is a stone throw from Rue de Grenelle and close to the market we viewed last Sunday. We walked through the market and noted that it was primarily fresh produce and very well patronaged. The market appears to...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Paris Day 6 - Giverny (Monet house and gardens), Vernon

Today our ship docked in Vernon. We had the opportunity to visit Vernon, Giverny, and Claude Monet's house and gardens. It was absolutely stunning! He created the colorful gardens considering not to put two of the same types of plants close to each other. He especially appreciated Japanese art, therefore he included a bamboo garden on his property. Looking at his garden pond was just like looking at one of his paintings. He created the pond because he loved to paint the mirror-like reflection. Monet had two groundskeepers. He requested that...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Flights over and Day 1 in Paris - YIPEE!!!

FLIGHT OVER AND DAY 1 IN PARIS Flight Over: I now appreciate the benefits of flying in the comfort of Business Class!! It is a %^&*)$%! long way to fly. The flight from Melbourne to Singapore was full but at least I had an exit row so that gave more leg room. Down side was when I booked the seats I ended up with the one in middle of three so that was where I was for the flight - luckily it went by quite well with a number of movies watched - in fact over both flights I watched 4 films [Hidden Figures (very good movie); The Girl on the Train...

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Jun 24, 2017 - Paris 12

Day 37 - Sat 24 Jun 17 I was first up again and took to the Seine to view early morning activity. The floating athletics track for the Paris Olympic "Values and Ideals celebration" by the Pont Alexander 111, was set up with a single line of string instrument musicians taking part in what I believe is a simulcast. The musicians, all in black, ran the length of the 100m plus track. Cameras filmed their performance as they played to music broadcast over the river from a central console and sound system. The crowd was dwarfed by the large...

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Jun 24, 2017 - Paris - Bayeux, France

Friday, Saturday We got to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol without any dramas. The flight to Paris was good on Transavia, except as normal delays before taking off. We had plenty of time to transfer to Saint Lazaire station then onto Bayeux getting there about 5:30pm. The Premier Class hotel where we are I s basic but comfortable, much quieter than Utrecht and weather now cooler about 22-24C. Saturday We tried to book a rental car, but unfortunately no luck, so have been using the public transport, bus system which has worked out fine. After an...

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