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May 25, 2014 - Paris Tour via Hop-On Hop-Off

Started the day off early for us - up and out the door by 10:00! Settling in to Parisian time, finally. Decided to take a "get acquainted with Paris" tour and use the Hop-on Hop-off bus. They have four lines with a total of fifty stops! So we purchased a two day pass, as our goal for the day was to spend some time in Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise - the final resting place of several famous people. The Blue line hit some of the biggies - Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Arc de Triumph, Opera house, etc. Took a break for lunch at a cute,...

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May 24, 2014 - Latin Quarter

Today our plan was to tour the Latin Quarter. Our first stop was to find the center of Paris. There is a marker in front of Notre Dame called "Point Zero" which we did find. Then we were off to find Paris' oldest inhabitant--an acacia tree nicknamed Robinier after the man who planted it in 1602--at the Square Viviani by St. Julien-le-Pauvre which claims to be the oldest church in Paris. Our next stop was the Shakespeare and Company bookstore established in 1920 by an American and became famous as a meeting place for Paris' expat literary...

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May 23, 2014 - A bientot Paris, bonjourno Rome

The internet has proved invaluable on this trip and apart from the obvious, here's why: I wanted to get a taxi to the airport so I didn't have to lug my bag around and change trains/buses etc., but I hadn't seen many empty taxis on my travels in Paris. Enter Google! I did a quick search and in just a few minutes, I found a taxi company I could book a shared taxi through at a fixed price of €25, so I took a punt and booked it. To my astonishment, I received a text message giving me my exact pick up time and another message to tell me the...

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May 23, 2014 - Ile de la Cite and Ile St-Louis

Jet lag has got to be the worst! Finally rallied and out the door around 10:30am for a delicious breakfast at le Twickenham on St. Germain - fresh squeezed OJ, cafe', fried eggs and jamon. Aready getting spoiled by interesting and delicious food. Grocery shopping next on the agenda, which was a real experience. It took Judix2 at least 20 minutes just looking at shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, which was so confusing they ended up without any (Tip #1 don't forget your translator book when doing serious shopping). Spent the entire day...

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May 22, 2014 - Inside the Louvre, up the Eiffel Tower and view from the Sacre Coeur

I've skipped Wednesday 21st May, as my wine tour was cancelled without my knowledge, putting a bit of a downer on the day. Also, the weather wasn't very good which didn't make for very good sightseeing. So, on to Thursday 22nd May. Another poor start to the day, but it turned out ok, so you can keep reading! I was booked to go on a bicycle tour of Versailles and was due to meet at the 'Fat Tire Bike Tours' head office in the 15th Arrondissement. I had worked out which metros to take and was all set until I had trouble finding the...

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May 22, 2014 - Our Journey Begins

Arrived safely after a pleasant, but very long 10.5 hour flight. We were met at our apartment by Camille and Sam; two very handsome and jovial young men who acquainted us with our new abode. The apartment takes up the 6th & 7th floor of a very charming building. Entering on the 6th floor there are two large en suite bedrooms, then up a spiral staircase to the 7th floor with the living room, dining room, full kitchen, atrium, and another large en suite bedroom. Judi B and I are on the 6th floor with Judi C on the 7th. She'll be in charge of...

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May 22, 2014 - Palais Royale, Galleries Lafayette. In afternoon L&A to Musee D'Orsay, J&M to Opera Garnier

Jonno and Michelle awoke to find Lisa and Andrew had taken an early trip to the local market, and had set up a lovely breakfast, complete with roses, and fabulous treats from the boulangerie, for our anniversary. Such a special way to start the day! after such a leisurely start, we headed off, in the rain, on a walk to the Palais Royale

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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 - 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 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 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 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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