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Jun 15, 2018 - Arrived safely

After our long trip with Etihad we arrived in Paris at 7.0am this morning to a beautiful spring day. The city still looks wonderful and we look forward to taking up where we left off two years ago. This time we are sharing a lovely apartment in the Montmartre area. After a long wait for our baggage at the airport ( Jaydes bag was the absolute last bag to come out) we had a driver waiting to take us to our accommodation. The apartment wasn't quite ready for us, being so early, but we were allowed to go in to change and leave our bags. We...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Day 25 - Paris 13

I had the early morning task of finding a restaurant which we had spotted several days ago for our final dinner in Paris. I was away at 0800 hrs while Kaye was dressing and soon found the Chez Julienne restaurant by the Pont Louis Philipe. I continued to wander the streets and following one pastry returned to the apartment by 0930 hrs. We were away by 1015hrs for a two stop trip to the Metro station Europe in the 8th Arrondissement. The plot was to walk areas in this primarily business district that we had not walked last year. Disoriented...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Day 24 - Paris 12

A coffee and we were away at 1000hrs for the Metro to Port Dauphine at the top of the 16th Arrondissement. It’s another walkathon to fill in the gaps we didn’t cover yesterday. The first impressive building we came upon was the club Saint James Park. This enclosed, previous stately home has retained it’s image to make it well suited as an exclusive facility for those who have the means. The streets we wandered offered buildings with a wide variety of design features of window treatments, balcony metalware and rooflines which appealed to...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Plaques

There are plaques all over Paris showing previous homes of Jews and their deportation (to concentration camps) dates. We didn't go looking for them but were halted in our steps when we came across one. On one is engraved "Louis and Marie Louise Mandin arrested on November 25, 1941 and died in deportation." On the one in the train station-museum is engraved "From the station of Paris directed to the camps... Never forget."

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Trip Journal


Paris June 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - Day 23 - Paris 11

We awoke today to our 70th non continuous day in Paris with a nice feeling for a city with so many points of interest and an atmosphere of both busy and calm. Over our time the city crowd has grown, not only with tourists but locals creating new and varied restaurants and other shopping experiences. It truly is a pulsating city like few others. Our brief experience of visiting Saint Germain yesterday for the “umpteeth” time was a reminder to us of its many hidden and concealed charms; even when it’s drizzling rain. In search of a very...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Day 22 - Paris 10

Breakfast of coffee in the apartment was supplemented by two pastries from our new favourite Patisserie on Ile Saint Louis as we headed to the Pantheon.; a monument that we have visited briefly twice before. We were tracing much of the territory we crossed yesterday however we were seeing even more which is what we believe Paris is all about. Our pastries were consumed on the Pont Saint Louis where we had watched the inline skaters last evening. The Pantheon is not only an impressive structure but a true model of France’s independence from...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Day 21 - Paris 9

The day started slowly as the streets were relatively quiet of people. The Sunday morning silence broken only by the garbage truck completing its daily run and the street cleaners spraying the footpath and sweeping the road. Breakfast of coffee was the best on offer as we had over eaten yesterday. Damian rang mid morning and we arranged to meet in the Latin Quarter around 1300hrs. Our walking path took us across the smaller of the two islands, the lle Saint Louis up Boulevard Saint Germain to Maubert Mutualite and then to the Pantheon....

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Jun 9, 2018 - Day 20 - Paris 8

We were up early and down to the Boulangerie for the bread and pastries and ready to receive by 0845hrs. I met Damian, Reinette , Pipa and Josh as they emerged from the Metro. We had a relaxing breakfast catching up on the news - I cant’t recall an occasion where everyone drank so much coffee in one sitting. After cleaning up, we undertook a lengthy walk to the Place Des Vosges and then through the area of the Marais, Les Halles and Hotel de Ville. We stopped soon after for a rose break. Our walk continued through the Louvre stopping...

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Jun 8, 2018 - Day 19 - Paris 7

Armed with all my throw away coins to buy this mornings baguette, I was greeted by my friendly Boulanger with a “ going home today? ” - it sounded like he gets to experience the odd traveller or two clearing their shrapnel before leaving Europe. This morning we visited the Palais Garnier for the third time in the past 40 years arriving at 1030hrs. We avoided the guided tour and elected the hour long personal audio tour. It proved to be a good decision as tour groups were prolific and crossing paths with the herds was a regular...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Day 18 - Paris 6

We have returned to Paul’s for our morning traditional baguette as they have an oven on site which gives us a better chance of warm fresh bread. No more pastries as the carbs are getting to us and we still have a long way to go. We were away from the apartment at 0945hrs for the metro to Solferino to visit the Museum D’Orsay. We spent two and half enjoyable hours wandering the museum with audio. My photo’s will be our memory of the many fine exhibitions. Amongst the many exhibits, the cut away model of the Opera Garnier has inspired us to...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Paris the Fabulous

Up at 4:30 am so we could walk to Central Station and get on the train for Paris at 6:16am. We are old but determined. For a brief moment panic set in, the codes printed on our tickets were not letting everyone through an entry gate. We then used Dick’s and the rest of us ran through with the SOS buzzer ringing and flashing. Luckily the security guards were changing shifts. It took a group effort to figure out that we were in car 18 with seat assignments to be boarded under the letter R. The train was a hoot ,we were running on adrenaline...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Day 17 - Paris 5

While I was up early with breakfast prepared, Kaye was dragging the chain having read into the early morning hours. In the intervening time, I explored the nearby shops for particular cheeses recommended by my big brother. I have found one of the four and was told two are no more - not sure what that means so I will keep looking. We departed at 1100hrs and took the metro to Nation and then to Pte de Montreuil to view the often spoken about Marche Aux Puces; the flea market. I had not checked to see if it was open, which it was not. There...

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