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Jun 15, 2014 - Parc de Monceau and Harry's Bar

Today was a slow start - Judi C was trying to recuperate from yesterday's disaster with the SD card. It started when she decided to post a video to the blog and ran out of space on her iPad. So not to be deterred, she was determined to get a video posted; two downloads of free software (one to rotate the video and one to compress the video) later the video of the Eiffel Tower twinkling lights was posted to the blog - check it out on the blog of June 12! The day was to be a trip out of Paris on the train to an historical town, Senlis;...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Paris Tuesday and Wednesday

I arrived at Gare du Nord in the midst of a bucketing rain storm, lined up for a cab and arrived at my hotel, the tiny Hotel Henri IV on Ile de La Cite. I was immediately faced with my first flight of narrow winding stairs just to get to the reception desk. As I was trying to struggle into my backpack a young man came in the door behind me and said "Non, non - I carry you"! Sounds too good to be true, n'est-ce pas? It was! He only carried my backpack. I quickly and easily checked in, but unfortunately had to haul my stuff up the next 4...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Marmottan Museum

Well we paid the price this morning for our wine consumption yesterday and got off to a slow start this morning. Judi C in her wanderings after having lunch with Tim's (her cousin) wife (she has arrived in Paris with their boys to join Tim) yesterday had found the office for Set in Paris where they offer Le Movie Tour. It is a tour of movie locations in Paris. We decided this morning we wanted to do it. So we checked out their website and found out they only have tours on Saturdays at 2:30 and there was still availablity for today's tour....

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Jun 13, 2014 - Ile St-Louis and Canal Saint-Martin

Another beautiful day in paradise. What started out as a leisurely kinda day turned into many very fun and unexpected experiences. Judi C was to have lunch with her visiting cousins from the US, so Judi B and Wanda decided to explore the nooks and crannies of Ile St-Loius. Wanda was on a quest to locate the studio apartment of Camille Claudel, the French sculptor. Having seen the 1988 version of the movie "Camille Claudel" before coming to Paris (recounts her troubled life and long relationship with legendary sculptor Rodin), and also...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Musee Rodin and Eiffel Tower at Night

Thursday is market day and we are out of flowers! With empty new "ditty" bags we head out to the local "farmer's market" - just a three block walk! The market does not have chocolate croissants so we must stop at the patisserie to stock the freezer just in case! Returning our purchases to the apartment, we catch the metro to Musee Rodin. Hotel de Biron is now Musee Rodin, Auguste Rodin's home the last 9 years of his life. In addition to his sculptures, paintings and sketches, the museum also includes works he collected by John Singer...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Opera Garnier and Chocolate

What a day! After several days of heat, humidity, and rain, we had a beautiful day in the low 70's. Our plan for the day was the Opera Garnier, the Chocolate Museum and Harry's Bar. Opera Garnier has English tours every Wednesday at 11:30 and 2:30 and when we arrived, the 11:30 tour was already sold out. But we were able to get tickets for the 2:30 tour. So Plan B and we headed off to the Chocolate Museum. All we had was a notation on the hop on, hop off bus map and an address. After about a 30-minute walk exploring the 2nd arrondissement,...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Museum Day in the Rain

Another rainy day in Paris, so museums were in order. After indulging in delicious chocolate croissants and coffee for breakfast, we walked up rue de la Montagne to the Church of St-Etienne-du-Mont. This bell-topped church was built between 1492 and 1626 and was once part of an abbey dedicated to the patroness of Paris, St. Genevieve. The church is quite beautiful, containing Paris' only remaining rood screen (1535) separating the chancel from the nave. Also, a huge balcony organ, stained glass windows, and a small chapel that contains the...

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Jun 9, 2014 - Montparnasse

As we had a very late dinner, and a very dramatic lightning, hail and rain storm last night it was 2am (had to clean up the water per yesterday's note) before getting to bed! Needless to say no one was moving too rapidly this morning! Judi C tried her camera to ensure it was working - seems to be OK; so with cameras, umbrellas and trash in hand we are ready to hit the street. Judi C realizes that her camera did not turn off! After trying several methods of turning it off, took the battery out and used the hair dryer briefly to hopefully get...

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Jun 9, 2014 - A full day in Paris

June 9 We were awakened by a loud thunderstorm and heavy rain at 7:00 a.m. After the usual morning routine, I popped out for a pastry and Americano coffees from the nearby Starbucks while Brenda showered. The early morning plan had Brenda seeking a manicure while I intended to write, but Brenda researched manicures in Istanbul and found them readily available…it could wait. Instead we took the Metro north to visit a Bistro that daughter Katie was interested in us seeing on her behalf. We got off the train only to find a barbershop at street...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Day of Rest

Since we have been on the go for the last several days, we decided to sleep in today (no alarms) and we did. We spent a lazy morning catching up on the blog, researching the sights still on our list, learning more about the blog software (see our new cover page) and fiddling with our tablets and cameras. We finally got out of the apartment a little before 3 and headed to Parc du Champs de Mars, a large park next to the Eiffel Tower. Roland Garros had put up a large screen showing the French Open and we thought we would go watch the Men's...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Musee d'Orsay

June 8 Sadly we sat through our wrap-up breakfast, saying fond farewells all around. Everyone was very taken with our 2-week adventure, nicely summed up by Brian, who said, “I think that when we all leave I’m going to have an empty feeling”…maybe empty but full of memories. We dragged our luggage out and up to the street where we waited for taxis arranged by Skipper Michel. The taxis were late but Michel, excellent customer service until the end, waited with us while being put on hold awaiting status by cell phone. We finally got our ride...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Last night on the Elodie

June 7 It had been a very hot and humid night in our cabins and, to top it off, I was feeling a little stomach upset…not sure if it was the wine or not. Saturday would be a free day in Paris to tour and, for some, a search for the address of their accommodation for Sunday. I did some blog posting and then Brenda and I headed off in the general direction of our next night’s hotel. Along our route we ran into a parade of brass-helmeted, mounted military personnel in some kind of ceremonial ride…a beautiful sight on their prancing horses....

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