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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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May 5, 2017 - My first day on my own; or the long and winding stairs...

Thomas and Whitney made it onto the plane and in fact have now landed back in Seattle!!! Today has been my first day on my own and it has been lovely. I went on a walking tour of the Left Bank *(Rive Gauche) with Paris Walks; which I have heard good things about and can highly recommend. We strolled around and visited areas important to the 1920s writing scene; E Hemingway, J Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Orwell, etc. Also lots of hidden alleys, nooks and crannies; it was fabulous. After that I went to a bistro, and apparently...

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May 4, 2017 - The Passport Debacle

!LONG POST ALERT! Well, I could not bear to write yesterday, as I was so worried, but now that all has ended well, I feel free to update you all... Yesterday we left the Loire Valley; stopping for one last Chateau; Cheverny, which is well known not only for it's hunting dogs, but also as the inspiration for the Chateau of Capitain Haddock in the infamous Tin Tin series. Several of the Tin Tin books revolve around this chateau and it's mysteries. The chateau has (unusually) been in the same family since 1623, the guide book says that the...

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May 1, 2017 - The endless day

It was a smooth trip - no problems but what looong day - we all got up around 7 a.m. on Sunday, and about 26 hours later on Monday afternoon we landed in Rome. We had a 5-hr layover in Paris which added to the time on the road. Oh - a big coincidence - at the SeaTac airport we saw and chatted with Suzie and Steve Gierke, former ISD teachers. We saw them several time en route on the plane and as we zig-zagged through the customs line in Paris before they split off for their Viking Cruise from Switzerland to Amsterdam. Haven't seen them in...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Fancy Windows and Waiting in Lines

Since the last journey entry we have been all over Paris! We capped off last night with a cold but beautiful ride on the Bateaux Mouches (boat ride down the river Seine) and I finally got my night view of the Eiffel Tower. :-D After a late dinner across the street (pretty standard steak, potatoes, bread & wine) we went to bed way too late, again. Today we managed to hit the Notre Dame, the tower (from Hunchback of Notre Dame stories), Archaeological crypt under Notre Dame square, Saint Chapelle (more stain glass windows) AND the Eiffel...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Nous sommes arrivés à Paris

We left Seine Port yesterday afternoon and were chauffeured into Paris by the Barbier's (which was fortunate as my luggage has somehow gained in both weight and unwieldiness since I left the US. I don't understand how that happened). We toured the Musee D'Orsay, which is located in a lovely Art Deco Train Station and houses Impressionist and post Impressionist Art. As usual, I had trouble orienting myself on the cryptic map,so we wandered through all the art leading up to Impressionism, finally locating the main area of interest 1/2 hour...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Louvre Mapping project

Today I spent 7 hours (straight) walking every floor, room and staircase in the Louvre. I wrote down every turn, room, staircase and bathroom I came across. I went up and down each staircase to see were it came out on the floor above or below. At times this was very confusing and required me to start over in an area. This process was made more difficult because the official map is not that helpful, lacks a lot of detail and includes areas that are closed to the public. In addition, the Louvre has added walls that are not included on the...

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