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May 20, 2014 - Hop on hop off bus and an Aussie to talk to

Of course I jinxed myself with comments about the beautiful weather, as the morning started out ok and I left the apartment in a t-shirt and jeans, no jacket. I was in search of a croissant for breakfast and quickly found a boulangerie that had some other tempting treats too. I ordered my croissant and couldn't resist the chouquettes staring at me. Mum, they looked exactly like the ones we saw Rachel Koo make on Little Paris Kitchen. I placed my order without a word of English, so that was a good feeling. Brushing off the delicious buttery...

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May 19, 2014 - Fresh baguettes and La Seine

Once again I was lucky with the weather, waking to a beautiful sunny day in Paris. The apartment is right across the street from a high school, so there's lots of chatter going on the morning and afternoon. I got myself ready and set off to find rue Montorgueil, which was recommended by Philippe for it's markets - bread, cheese, fruit and veg and cafes too. Upon finding it, I discovered that the 'markets' are really all individual shops, not stalls like we're used to. It was buzzing already and became more so as I wandered up and down,...

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May 19, 2014 - Eiffel Dans La Matinee

I still loved Paris in the morning. Even more really. There is something really special about seeing a city wake up. I took advantage of my misaligned sleeping patterns and woke up and set off at around 5am for a 45min walk/run to the special Eiffel Tower. The sun in Europe is just like an old friend that gets up to leave, only to still be happily talking with you at the door for another hour or so. Sunsets and sunrises stretch out into extended beautiful twilight periods. It was wonderful to have my sunny friend with me this morning as I...

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May 18, 2014 - L'Open Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

May 18th It was good to sleep in this morning to catch up on our lost sleep from our flight. Today as we walk to our meeting point of Eglise de la Madeleine (church built by Napoleon 1806) to catch the open Hop on Hop Off tour bus which means at anytime we can stop to sightsee and get back on when we like. It was wonderful to drive through the city of Paris and see more than we ever expected, a great opportunity for taking pictures. Again, the weather couldn't be more beautiful! Lunch at the Cafe' Madeleine where we had hamburgers and...

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May 18, 2014 - Paris

As we didn't get to bed until 1pm in the morning it was 10am before I got up. Met Susan in the lobby at 11:30am then decided to find breakfast/lunch. Since it was Sunday not many places were open. We walked and walked the streets and finally found a cafe (Julie didn't come as she was still getting ready in the room). Susan had an omelette and Irma and I shared a chocolate crepe. Susan's was excellent but I did not like the crepe. Back to the hotel to pick up Julie then to the Madeleine church to catch the L'Open Hop on Hop off bus. We...

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May 18, 2014 - Farewell London, Bonjour Paris

Having offloaded chocolates and a a bottle of wine to Annabel, i had a bit more space in my bag, but that was quickly taken up with my London additions. Nevertheless, I got everything in, locked the apartment and walked down the street to the tube where I took the Metro line to Kings Cross, which leads right into St Pancras International. Easy. I had a bit of time to kill here, so I had a toastie and then moved on and sat for some tea in another cafe. Once through check-in and passport control (about 5 mins max), I waited, reading the...

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May 17, 2014 - Paris

Today we enjoyed a French breakfast at the hotel. It was very good. Took the bus to meet our guide for The Louvre Museum tour at 10:15 this morning. This place is so large it would take several weeks to see all the art, statues, etc. guess we will have to come back in the future. LOL. It was interesting seeing the Mona Lisa picture among so much more, truly amazing. We decided to walk from here to the Arc de Troumphe not realizing how far it was. The weather was just beautiful and so much to see as we walked, stopping along the way at a...

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May 17, 2014 - Louvre Museum to Arc de Trioumpe

May 17th Took the bus to meet our guide for The Louvre Museum at 10:15 this morning. This place is so large it would take several weeks to see all the art, statues, etc. guess we will have to come back in the future. LOL. It was interesting seeing the Mona Lisa picture among so much more, truly amazing. We decide to walk from here to the Arc de Trioumphe not realizing how far it was. The weather was just beautiful and so much to see as we walked, stopping along the way at a cafe, gardens, shops, bakery ,finally getting to our destination to...

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May 16, 2014 - First day in Paris

May 16th No sleep, no space as a large person next to us took up part of our seat. Know it was not her fault, but really very crowded. Watched movies all night long or tracked our flight on the info screen which is really neat as it gives map, time of destination, temperature, and miles. We have traveled over 5,000 miles. Accommodations in Paris are at Mercure Paris Madeline and is nice. Venturing out this morning trying to get acquainted with the area and to find a cafe we walked several blocks , in circles I might add and found Arcadia...

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May 16, 2014 - Day 11

Today we are solo as we are doing what they have done before and they wanted to see the zoo which we did not so we are going to Sacre coeur basilica, the champs-élysées and Marais walk and the place de la Bastille and the eclair place....... So we started the day trying to find the metro route to the train station but gave up so we headed to the basilica . Unfortunately for us and a person who chose to jump in front of the train....we had to get off a stop early and walk because the police shut the line down. The area around the church was...

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May 16, 2014 - Paris

Up this morning at 1am US time. Breakfast included croissant, fruit and coffee. Arrived in Munich, Germany at 8:25am their time which would be 2am our time. Our next and last flight leaves out of Munich at 9:20am on Lufthansa. We arrived Paris at 10:55am. On arrival at 1pm we found our shuttle service in the Munich airport who took us to the Paris Royal Madeleine our hotel for the next 3 days. The rooms are clean and nice, a little small but we don't care as we are just tired from all the travel. After checking in we unpacked, rested then...

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May 15, 2014 - Day 10

We stared with the RER ride to the Orsay Musee and thanks to the museum pass we didn't have to wait in line. The inside is beautiful and was enjoyable for sure. After we headed back to 5th to check out the hotel page and Charlie had stayed at when they came with their kids years ago. Then we headed to find chocolate and bread . Which were delicious! Back to our room and off to chocolate museum which was in the worst neighborhood and not very good. Luckily there was a metro nearby and we headed safely home except for the guy that tried to...

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