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Jun 17, 2017 - Paris 5

Day 30 - Sat 17 Jun 17 We were away this morning at 1030 hrs and our objective was to visit the 3rd Arrondissement and our old stamping ground for a month, the Marais in 2013. We crossed the river at Place Concorde and walked the route through Madeline to the Place Vendome. Significant renovations were in place last we visited and all signs of construction, except for a small area in the centre of the Place have been removed. It now looks great with the towing plynth reflecting Napoleons campaigns standing majestic. The shops lining the...

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Jun 17, 2017 - Paris here I come!!

I didn't sleep that well knowing I had to get up early so at the sound of my alarm I was a bit slow but got better once I had my shower. Toni had offered to come with me to the Eurostar station so we were both out the door at 6.45am. The train rides had us at St Pancras in about 40 minutes so we had time to grab a coffee and food for me to eat on the train. Then it was off through customs and shortly after I was on the train. I was very impressed. I think after all the flying I have done, the train seems easier and better. As it travels...

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Jun 16, 2017 - Paris 4

Day 29 - Fri 16 Jun 17 We were late starting and away from the apartment by 1030hrs. Our task was to attack the 16th Arrondissement. We crossed the Seine at the footbridge Passerelle Debilly and headed for the Palais de Chaillot. Our route was defined by major intersections where restaurants and shops congregate and several defined landmarks; everything in between was to be of interest as well. Initially this took us to the seven way intersection at the bottom of Rue de la Tour and then north west to Rue Paul Doumer before turning south...

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Jun 15, 2017 - Paris 3

Day 28 - Thu 15 Jun 17 I was awake from 0425hrs but did not rise until 0715hrs to shower and walk to the corner artisan patisserie for pastry's which we had with coffee in the apartment. Kaye dressed and we departed at 0930 hrs to walk to the metro at National Assembly. In doing so, we retraced some of our stay in Varenne. Our objective for the day was to revisit Basilique du Sacre Couer and then to wander the streets back to the apartment. When arriving at the station Abbesses we were very thankful we were not carrying cases; there are no...

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Jun 14, 2017 - Paris 2

Day 27 - Wed 14 Jun 1 We were in need of a good night sleep in the understanding that we have twelve more days to visit the corners of this city which we have not visited in the last seven visits and will need the energy to do,so. I arose earlier than Kaye and put to rest the fuel payment problem we had in Perpingnan. I still cannot understand why an oil dispensing company can put a hold on additional funds for a simple fuel purchase until the transaction is validated ; all without notice; defies simple logic. We left our apartment and 0930...

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Jun 13, 2017 - Paris 1

Day 26 - Tue 13 Jun 17 Depart Perpignan for Phase 2, Paris Stay Very leisurely start as the hotel is alongside the station. We boarded the TGV at 1025hrs for our 1053hrs departure, having bought 2 sandwiches for lunch. We have been allocated the two worst seats in the carriage; facing backwards with pillar obstructing view. We moved to two forward facing seats and thankfully we did not have to move for the entire trip. The TGV is a very comfortable way to travel and to view the lovely green scenery was a bonus. Our only complaint was the...

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May 22, 2017 - Paris

Much brighter for my rest day so at breakfast at 7:30. David already there and then we were joined by Helen and Scott from Canberra, then Jan our leader and then Vivienne from Drouin so only five more names to learn and people to meet. We'll be a small group. Eventually left the breakfast chat and headed to the Metro, first stop Opera. Had hoped for a tour but had to be satisfied with walking around as it was closed for some reason from Saturday to Monday. Using my map and the sun I found my way to Rue Vivienne and eventually the Vivienne...

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May 21, 2017 - Quiet day in Paris

I had always planned for a quiet day after two weeks of travel so when I woke this morning turned off the alarm and slept on until just after 12! Missed breakfast but obviously needed the sleep. Really think having a blanket on the bed rather than a doona made a big difference. The hotel is very quiet (obviously) as it is in a street running off one of the main boulevards around Paris and gave no indication of how busy that boulevard was once I went out for a walk to the Park Monceau. There I discovered a park crowded with people although...

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May 20, 2017 - Edinburgh to Paris with thanks to Virgin

Woke to rain after so many days of lovely weather. How lucky I've been, but things then started to go a little haywire. My taxi booked for 8 to get me to the station was more than 10 minutes late but not to worry, very little traffic on a Saturday. Ho hum Princess Anne is in town and many intersections were slow as under control of police. No worries I have my ticket and seat allocation. Eventually paid the taxi and made my way into the station with just 10 minutes to get my train. London train on platform 9 at 9.00. Moved onto the train...

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May 7, 2017 - Sad end to the trip

Well, I received sad news; my cat Pippin died yesterday. He was 15 and had some health issues, but I really thought that he would do okay until I returned. It makes me sad to think that he died alone, thinking that I had abandoned him... I know that this would likely have happened whether I was there or not, but it saddens me, which has somewhat colored my whole day. Today was my last day in Paris; I fly home tomorrow. For some reason, I thought that I had more time here, so it brought me up short to know that suddenly, my time in Paris is...

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May 7, 2017 - Heading Home

Today is the traditional airport shuffle; race to the door; wait in security; race to the tram for the correct arm of the airport; more waiting at immigration, racing to the gate; (why is it that I always manage to get the gate at the very end of the terminal-it's like choosing a line at the grocery store...) await boarding info, etc. Barbara

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May 6, 2017 - Rainy May day in Paris

ARRRGH!!! Once again I finished typing out what I am sure was a sparkling, witty entry, only to find that I did not save it (although I am quite sure that I did). This is SO irritating, trying to reconstruct my thoughts. Well, here goes... I spent the morning touring the Marais district; named for the swampy ground over which it was originally constructed. There is a great deal of history here, literary (Victor Hugo lived here) beautiful architecture, but this was traditionally the Jewish section; and there is a sobering monument to the...

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