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Sep 24, 2015 - Dinner with Jeff and Carol

When we were walking to Chez Andre I keep thinking there was no way we would get in but we waited maybe 10 minutes and were seated. We were actually seated at the exact same table where we were seated at this restaurant the first time we ate here. Very romantic. We quickly learned that next to us was seated another American couple from Florida named Jeff and Carol. As we sat down and almost immediately began a conversation with them Tom told them we were seated in the "American section.". I am kind of thinking there was a ring of truth to...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Tour Montparnasse and Musee Jean Moulin

A lovely sunny day in Paris. It got up to 18 degrees today. We jumped onto the metro in search of the Musée Jean Moulin. The museum was a little hard to find being behind the Tour Montparnasse, and on top of a train station. The Tour Montparnasse is a 56 story black building. It was very controversial and much hated when built. It doesn't fit into the city at all. Jean Moulin was instrumental in the organisation of the Resistance, and performed many missions himself. It was a well presented museum, and very few people, so it was a relief...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Paris parties

There have been three geographically located experiences since last I posted. To make this easier to follow and easier to organize it seemed wise to make separate postings for each locale. This posting covers the weekend between the previous posting and our departure for Birdwatching near Brive la gaillarde. It was a celebratory weekend in spite of the uncooperative weather. We helped celebrate Annie's birthday on the Friday evening with a gathering at the favorite cafe on rue de Meaux. It was a fun party with a chance to meet some new...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame

Finding you way around in Paris is a challenge. We found our metro station with no problem, and made our way to the Arc de Triomphe. It is very awe inspiring. Napoleon knew what he was doing. It is in centre of the largest traffic circle I have ever seen. Cars coming and going from 12 directions. Wow!! Then we walked down the Champs Elysée, admiring all the expensive shops etc. And then it started to rain...hard. We went in and out of malls (called galleries), and the rain just didn't stop. I put plan B into effect...well I didn't really...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Strolling around Paris

I call it strolling because we don't walk with any sense of urgency or even as if we need to go somewhere. We just go out the door and slowly go in a direction. This morning we do want go to the Metro and get "2 billets por tout du hour por 2 hours" (2 all day Metro tickets for 2 days.) Down into the familiar surroundings of the Metro we went, paid for our tickets and headed to the train to take us to Place de Sorbonne where we typically enjoy our French breakfast of café a'lait and croissant. When us this morning we brought all our...

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Sep 21, 2015 - On to Paris

We drove from Bayeux to Caen to return our car and catch our train to Paris. The car return is right in front of the station, but it is a weird narrow street with hardly any parking, and there are half a dozen different rental places in among the cafes. The station was small and easy to figure out, so off we went. We got on the wrong car, and had to drag our bags thru 2 cars. The ride was comfy and the train was quiet. When we got to St Lazarre station we looked for les toilettes... Holy cow was it ever a huge station! Taxied to our lovely...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Montmartre and Sacre Coeur

We decided to go for a walk to orient ourselves, and I didn't take my tablet. Doh!!!!! The Montmartre area is famous for the Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge. We found our local metro station, a couple cafes, a square with trees and benches and a park for the kids. Then we walked up the hill to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. It is immense. A beautiful white church built in the 1800s. It is at a high point in Paris and from the front door you look out over the city. That wasn't enough for us though! We climbed 300 stairs to the dome! Just like in...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Return to paris

Overview Walked around Luz St Saveur. Discovered it is the Mecca of cyclists riding the Tourmalet pass. Bought food for lunch on train. Had coffee then caught bad to Lourdes and then train to Paris. Had quick look at Lourdes before catching rain. Left bit sad to see so many people there looking for a miracle cure. Shops everywhere selling religious icons and empty bottles / containers to collect the water. The Route Distance Cumulative Distance Time Cumulative Time Altitude Cumulative Altitude Descent Cumulative Descent Weather...

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Sep 20, 2015 - Back to Paris

The flight from Lisbon to Paris was mostly unremarkable. However, I shall make a few remarks anyway. Lisbon airport is the height of efficiency. You go to one kiosk and retrieve not only your boarding pass but also your luggage labels. Then you proceed to the line to check your already labeled luggage. Once we arrived in Paris our bags were among the first to appear on carousel. I told Tom fate karma was rewarding us for not going ballistic when they failed to get our luggage to Lisbon with our flight. On this trip to Paris for the first...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Paris

Now it's getting interesting. Arrived Paris in a rain storm, just like leaving Jackson - soaked at both ends. Decided to take the RER train to the city, having done it before and remembering that it worked well. The person at the airport told me that it would drop me at a Metro station near my hotel. Of course, I either missed the stop or the train took the other fork. Got off the train thinking I would just get a cab the last short distance. After getting soaked, I got a cab, he couldn't find my little street with the hotel even on his...

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Sep 13, 2015 - Refuge pombie to refuge Arremoulit

Overview Left in cool weather but ok. Walked with Dave for 1.5hrs then met the guide (Dan). The weather started to deteriorate. We climbed gently. He took us more slowly than we had been walking. The wind was strong almost blowing us off the path at times. This was scary as the path was narrow and we were up high. After a short break Dan took us to "look" at a narrow path across a rock face, with a cable. By the time we were there there was no turning back. Pamela went straight across with the guide whilst the rain came down. He left us in...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Refuge Ayous to refuge de Pombie

Overview Started off under very threatening skies. Dave from Perth joined us which was handy as we were now walking off the GR10 and had no route markers along the way. We did have a map to follow but he had a GPS! This was reassuring as route navigation initially wasn't obvious. Due to the rain overnight and overcast day the early descents were very slippery. We passed a farmer herding sheep for milking at the bottom of on climb. Rain jackets were on and at the top of the climb we had rain and hail. All wet weather gear was then on! We...

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