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Sep 29, 2013 - Paris, France

Hi Forgot to add last night, - Marc the Manager at our digs in Orleans ( Promotel) has been a wonderful host, funniest frenchman so far, & provided us all with free transport tickets which we used travelling back & forth into the centre of town, over the last two days. For our last night meal in Orleans, we headed back to the old city area, we again went back to the same restaurant where Marg & Steve had the huge salad, although this time they settled for something much smaller. We made it back without getting wet, although it looked very...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Sep 27, 2013 - Como capers

Como is beautiful.lovely place where we are staying and getting friendly with the locals. They even speak to me in italian. Can understand most but can't speak back very well but they seem to understand. The ferry system is quite good. Yesterday we went it a lovely town of Varenna for lunch. Stunning views. We visited bellagio but it is a bit touristy but still very pretty. Walked around como . Today we went to cernobbio and now we are going to tremazzo for lunch and visit the villa carlotta. Here are some pics. On the trains again...

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Shaz on the med

Sep 25, 2013 - Lake como

Well we are off the ship now. Last day on the ship was at sea so an easy one. Had dinner with 6 others we know for the last night. Got off the ship after breakfast and caught the train from Venice to Milan which was quite a scenic trip. Then changed in Milan to a train to lake como. Lucky didn't have to wait long as the designer shops in the station are dangerous. Then walked to lake with luggage to ferry to take us to torno where we are staying for next four nights. Straight to the local bar for drinks dinner. Today we caught the ferry to...

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Shaz on the med

Sep 22, 2013 - Last Day in Paris

.....and a full one at that. Off to Notre Dame for Sunday Mass. Strolled through the bird market first and saw our first chinchilla. Strange animal to have at the bird market, but hey, this is Paris. No rules. Well, actually, that's not entirely true. While there seems to be no rules about parking, driving, and using pedestrian crossings, there seems to be a very Parisienne rule about staring ..... it's quite OK! And not just the women doing the obvious head to toe appraisal, but downright staring. We started to wonder if we were like...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Turkey to Greece again

Had a great day in kusadasi. Didn't do the tour of Ephesus as did that last time. The ship we went on last time was in dock also. I shopped all day with some great bargains and pressies to bring home. I bought shoes galore, a leather jacket for only $300 Australian dollars and jewellery. Peter got two watches and some shirts and a polo shirt. All genuine fakes of course. Today was a beautiful day in santorini. We spent the day with Ian and Anita. Ian bowls at Torah bowling club so I know them from there. Also have bumped into a patron at...

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Shaz on the med

Sep 21, 2013 - Les Halles and St Germaine De Pres

This was a day of Churches and people watching. Started at St Eustace near Les Halles. The church was vast, gothic and quite overwhelming. This was one of the Churches featured in the Da Vinci Code. Across the road was a real gem of a shop, full of craft goodies. Margaret and I were in our element. In fact, we paid it two visits. Went around it once, went next door for coffee, and then went back for seconds. Bought a great pattern book on the first visit and over coffee, started making notes on translating the wools and needles into...

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Sep 20, 2013 - Montmartre and Theatre in 10th

Spent the morning exploring Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. Quite a change of scene from our side of the river, but full of quirky things to see. Noticed a lot more tourists in this area and a lot more tawdry attractions. From overt tourism to barely any at all, we next ventured into the 10th. This is very much a residential area with great multi-culturalism. We seemed to be the onlynones with a guidebook in our hands. Our walk up Rue De Hauteville showed us a very different side to Paris. We were in the 10th to visit Uncle Georges, the uncle...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Istanbul is fantastic

Went on a dinner cruise of the Bosporus looking at Asian and European sides. Great scenic views and dinner. Today we went to the blue mosque , the topaki palace,the grand bazaar ,and the sofia mosque. Great history and taste of Istanbul. We will come back here for a lengthier stay. Bought shoes, soaps and cushion covers at the bazaar. Tomorrow we are goingtolesbos or the lesbian. Island or bush island as we are calling it. Weather been great so far. Unfortunately weave another formal. Tonight we are going to. The tamarind restaurant which...

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Shaz on the med

Sep 18, 2013 - More Paris strolling and High Tea

An early start again and Metro to Passy to visit the village and town square. Would have been lovely if we could have found it. Not to worry, continued on for breakfast at Trocadero before hitting the Marche Du President Wilson - a wonderful market in the middle of Paris only on Wednesday and Sunday. Fresh produce, flowers and many things we had never seen or tasted before. We are loving the cooked beetroot that is readily available at fruiterers. After marveling at the Eiffel Tower from our terrace, it was time to actually visit it. As we...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Day 2 in Paris - 1st Arondissement wander

Bodies still synching to Paris time, and up at 5am. Went to local boulangerie for some croissants - as you do. Enjoyed our breakfast, packed a delicious lunch, and set off on today's adventures. Wandered across the Seine to Champs Elysses. Tried for selfies with Arc De Triomphe in background. Unsuccessfully. Hailed down a passing French woman to take shot - still unsuccessful. But we know what was in the background. (See photo attached) Strolled the length of the Champs Elysses, drooled at the designer shops, tried on some coats and was...

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Sep 17, 2013 - Day #11 Notre Dame, Musee D'Orsay, Ralph's, & Hotel de Invalides

Today was jam packed, we made up for our subpar rainy cold day yesterday. Today it was still freezing and cold/dreary but we made the most of our day. Our first adventure today was trying to take public transportation. If you remember yes today we purchased 2 day Metro tickets, so today we decided to activate them to decrease the amount of time spent out in the elements. I am happy to report we successfully made it to Notre Dame on the first try. Here are some pictures from our visit there, . After leaving Notre Dame we boarded the RER...

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Sep 16, 2013 - First Day in Paris

....and finally we arrive in Paris! Our driver in his luxe Mercedes, collected us from the gate at 8am. I told him that this was Mum's first visit to Paris and he kindly drove us to our apartment via the Arc De Triomphe and the Champs Elysses. What a sight. Jane and James, Londoners, were vacating our apartment and were kind enough to allow us to drop off our bags before they checked out. They invited us to stay for coffee, and we enjoyed an hour on our wonderful new terrace with the best views of Paris. Strolled and familiarized...

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