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Sep 30, 2013 - Paris - wow!

Today we tried to see a lot of Paris - it's huge! Getting around is easy but it takes a lot of time to get from one place to another. We started out on the train from our apartment which takes about half an hour altogether. We started out at St Chappelle - a beautiful 13th century church just across from Notre Dame. It is under restoration at the moment so there is scaffolding in most photos but it is a sight - almost every wall inside is made up of stained glass windows about 15 metres high, each telling part of the gospel & historical...

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Sep 30, 2013 - Paris, day 2

Hi, Another big day at the buts holiday camp! We started out with plans of going to Saint Chapelle, then splitting up and doing something while the McCarthys went to Notre Dame then regrouping to go to the Louvre at 1pm but the best laid plans.... We got to Saint Chapelle and the line was already quite long and thought out museum pass would let us skip that bit, but unfortunately they wanted to do a security check of all bags etc first, and seeing the signs lisle realised he was about to have his beloved Swiss Army knife (recently...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

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 29, 2013 - Paris at last

We set out for Paris this morning at a slightly slower pace & caught the train at 9.30am. Only an hour to Paris but we had to change trains to a metro line to get to our apartment. It is about 20 mins away from the centre of the city by train & about 10 mins walk from the station. The building is not spectacular but the apartment is lovely inside. It is on the 8th floor - a lift provided, yay! We have 2 separate bedrooms & kitchen facilities which means we don't have to eat out all the time. Having dropped our bags & had a cuppa we headed...

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Sep 29, 2013 - Under the Tuscan stormy skies

Had a great last day in lake como. Visited cernobbio, and como and had a lunch in termezzo before visiting the spectacular gardens of villa carlotta. Lots of ferry riding and last of water travelling. Caught the train from como to Milan. The train was over 20 minutes late so we just missed our other two train connections by a matter of minutes. So had to catch a later train to Florence and a later one to arezzo where we were to collect the hire car. Luckily for us a lady had returned her car late just after 4 pm so the Avis centre was...

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Shaz on the med

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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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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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 - 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 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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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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