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Mar 7, 2017 - High-line Paris

The New York High-line (raised park walkway on an old railroad track) was modeled after the Paris High-line. The Paris High-line is 3 miles long (I walked it) with has lots of plants, benches and street viewing areas. The view from 20' high is different then from the street. They have attached playgrounds and outdoor workout areas. People walk and jog along the walkway.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Pavilion De La Reine hotel

The Pavillon De La Reine hotel rooms start at $575. This is a boutique hotel/spa just off the Place Dea Vosges square. They have a nice seating area outside with interesting sculptures. The lobby is a great place to sit and relax with very comfortable chairs and couches. The staff is friendly and have no problem with non guests sitting in the several lobby rooms.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Place des Vosges square

Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It was completed in 1605. The king gave the land but required it remain open to everyone and that the buildings facades matched. The square gets crowded during warm weather. The covered walkway around the square has several cafes and art galleries.

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Mar 7, 2017 - American Library in Paris part 2

The American Library in Paris has speakers a few evenings a month (in English). Tonight's speakers discussed the Paris food markets. It was interesting hearing about the 60 food markets around Paris. I included more pictures of the Library. They have interesting ceiling lights, kid/teen book rooms and comfortable chairs.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Lauren and Connor

Just a few days before leaving Lauren and Connor (her boyfriend) decided to spend Spring break in Paris. I was happy to have them join me. They left two days after me and are returning two days before me. We see each other in the morning and sometimes for dinner. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are all going to the Louvre. They will stay an hour to see the highlights. I am staying 6 hours to draw my own map. I can find a good map of the Louvre.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Markets in Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo Markets are a big part of Paris shopping. Most markets have vendors selling meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese or cooked food. Each vendors sells one type of item with lots of variety. There are generally several vendors selling the same items but shoppers seem to have their favorites. Checkout the actual pig feet and ears.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Bakeries and Chocolate stores

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo Bakeries and Chocolate stores are everywhere in Paris. Some chocolate stores put carved chocolate displays in the window to attract your attention. This bakery made only an icing covered cake that is popular.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Intercontinental Hotel Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo. The Intercontinental Hotel (also called the Le Grand Hotel) is one of the largest and grandest hotels in Paris. The hotel covers 1 square block and opened in 1862. There are 470 rooms and 72 suites. Rooms per night start at $450 ( they were sold out today and tomorrow). The lobby and connecting rooms have lots of comfortable chairs and couches to sit and relax.

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Mar 6, 2017 - American Library in Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo I purchased a one week membership to the American Library in Paris. This is a private library supported by membership dues, corporations and donations. They have thousands of english language books you can read or checkout. There are over 200 english newspapers and magazines to read. The membership includes access to free wifi and computer. They have meeting and reading rooms. A few times a week they have guest speakers on Paris related topics. This week there is a speaker about...

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Oct 31, 2016 - 48 hours in Paris

We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris through the 'Chunnel ' on Saturday, October 29th. It was very speedy, about 2 1/2 hours, with comfortable seets, and wifi. I watched my first movie on my iPad, and started it as we left London, finishing just as we pulled into Le Gare du Nord train station in Paris. We were approached in the station by a driver wanting 55 Euros, then 45, to take us to our hotel but instead we stood in line for a taxi which was all very straight forward and legitimate, as we had been forewarned about gypsy...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Big Travel Day Part 1

Drive to airport at 9:30, small hassles to get checked in and luggage taken care of, then a 3 hour wait. I bought cookies for 4000, gave some small bills to Karen and Diane and kept some for myself, then gave the rest to the Lions Club box. I sat with Pam and Cindy on this 10 hour flight and was fitfully sleeping when a snack was served in the middle of the night. We took off around 1:45 AM and got to Paris about 10:45 their time, 11:45 our time. Here we only had a 1/2 hour wait. I sat by the window over the wing with a wall in back of me....

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Oct 23, 2016 - Final days in Paris, for now

We returned to Paris after midnight on October 5th with only 16 days left in France before we begin the journey back to the USA. We spent these precious days visiting friends, eating in favorite places, visits to the prefectures, a few more museums, a circus, working on blog catchup, Paris auto show, sorting our accumulation of possessions, giving away some of our accumulation of possessions, dental appointments, and meeting, via FaceTime, our brand new granddaughter Juniper Joanne. At this moment we are on the TGV to Barcelona, sitting in...

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