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May 23, 2015 - May 23. Homeward bound

Air France terminal is. Excellent, once one is past security. The first hall was a madhouse. Plus I had to reconfigure my packing was my bag to be checked was over weight. Once thru border police and security, the actual terminal is clean, quiet, lined with shops and cafes. My gate is at the end of a terminal wing, next to a smoking garden one can view thru the glass walls. Inside there is a restful area with lounges for tired passengers and a digital corner. I also see electrical outlets at most of the chairs. This is a place to wait for a...

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May 22, 2015 - May 22. Last day in Paris

After a leisurely morning, we left the apartment just before 11am. We decided to go to the Bourse area and work our way back towards the apartment. I wanted to see the covered galleries in this area. We found Galerie Vivienne, the most famous. It was a delightful place with diffused sunlight from overhead, cobblestones underfoot and interesting shops on both sides. We stopped to visit a scarf shop with a price range of 200 to 3000 euros! We admired and moved on. A picture framing shop yielded a few more souvenirs. An antiques shop had a...

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May 22, 2015 - May 22

After another leisurely start we Metro'd to Jaures station, and the plan actually worked. Then a nice lunch and our canal cruise. Napoleon had ordered a number of canals be built back in the 1800's. We went on the Saint Martin canal. A pretty large boat with a lot of seniors speaking strange languages. The trip was about 2.5 hours and allowed us to see sights you normally wouldn't see. We passed through 4 series of locks. Then on to Notre Dame for our official visit. Church services were going on so it was more impressive than other times....

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May 22, 2015 - Last Day

It's our last day and we're looking forward to going home. Today we went to the Marmotten Museum which features a number of original Monets and Renoirs. The collection is housed in a fine setting and was very enjoyable. After a late lunch we went to the Rodin Museum. A lot of the exhibits are closed for renovation but the gardens were worth the trip. Saw the "Gates of Hell" and "The Thinker" plus many more scuppers. A long walk home had us in the mood for wine, so be it. Looks like the cab to the airport issue is resolved. Phew.

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May 21, 2015 - May 21 all around Paris

I had an early start today - out before nine. MC stayed in. Walking south, I passed the Odeon Theatre and found the Luxembourgh Gardens complex - the gardens themselves, the museum and an official building. Joggers were out, other Parisians sat in the sun. A woman jumped rope, another stretched, etc etc. and, many sat in the sun. In the Rosarium, a father had his coffee while watching his toddler play in the hugh sandbox. - one of four. I understand that the gardens are replanted 3 times a year. Here, as at most parks I've visited,...

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May 20, 2015 - Sacre Coeur et al

We've been getting along without using the Metro, but today we did. You can get anywhere eventually, as we experienced. After a morning rain the sun came out though it was still cool. First we spent a lot of time at the Musee de Montmarte and the Jardins (garden) Renoir. Many works of art and a great history of Montmarte. This place became the hotbed of artists in France and the center of liberalism. This was home court for Toulouse-Lautrec, among others. They had great history poking fun at the establishment . After this we walked to the...

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May 20, 2015 - The D'Orsay

Got off to an earlier start this morning. We walked to the D'Orsay and enjoyed it's works of art. Probably one of the best collections of impressionist around. Took a lot of pictures and I am inspired to begin painting again. Later we went on a hike to our favorite cooking store (Dehillerin). It's like a Home Depot for chefs. Bought some things we had to have. This was preceded by lunch at the bistro next door. I had my best Moule Frits ever. Mussels steamed in wine and cream sauce. As Didier would say "so so good". After a late and filling...

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May 20, 2015 - May 20 at the Orangerie

Yesterday we started out for the Louvre for a special exhibit. We bought a pack of ten metro tickets and set off. Easy! Got to the Louvre and our Museum passes worked. All good. But could not find the exhibit. Turned out it was way down the complex.our passes did not work, so we declined to view it. On towards the far end of the Tuilleriea for the Orangerie. Got caught in a nasty rain squall, so we headed for shelter and found the Carousal pub. A timeless place. We opted for sitting inside although intrepid souls did sit out under the...

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May 19, 2015 - May 19 d'Orsay and more

Today we set out for the Musee Cluny, but went the wrong way, decided to continue on our current path to the d'Orsay. There we bought our museum passes. By now it was time for lunch, so we went to the restaurant on the 5th. We joined with another couple to make a table of 4. Had a lovely lunch with Max (of Vancouver) and Maxine (of Winnipeg). Delightful. On to the exhibits. Saw "du Liberty" modern work in Italy before W W II. Modernism at it's earliest Then on to find a Whistler - unfortunately away to CA to a special exhibit. So on to Art...

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May 19, 2015 - May 18

After a late start we walked to Notre Dame and caught a Hop onHop Off bus. We spent time at the Eiffel Tour on the grass watching the many tourists. Back to the place for a quick lunch then off to try to find our friend Wanda's boyfriend she met here last year. After careful stumbling around we found the cafe where he worked. Sadly, Tony no longer works there but has moved to Canada. There certainly is no shortage of restaurants and we found one that looked good. The food was good but not exceptional. . .what do you expect for a 3 course...

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May 17, 2015 - The Latin Quarter

After a homemade breakfast we took off on our walking tour of the Latin Quarter. The highlight was the Cluny Museum.. The 15th Century building houses an excellent collection of medieval art including ancient sculpture and tapestry. Well worth the visit. Thenon to the Sorbonne (University of Paris). Home of the Fighting Coquettes. Couldn't find the football field, must be around here someplace. Hail to the lavender and pink. We stopped for lunch and then visited the Pantheon which dates back to Louis XV. A little shopping then time to...

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May 17, 2015 - Yesterday Recap

Take back what I said about this place. I'm starting to get attached to it. The location is excellent, close to our old hood and near all the sites. After a late start we did a walk about to Luxembourg Gardens and the St-Germaine-des-Pres locale. Lots of great shops and galleries. Toured St-Suplice Church. The church was featured in the Da Vinci Code book/movie. Had a great lunch of Boeuf Bourguignon, while Linda had a salad. Came back to relax (we are old people) then out to dinner at Le Robe. Had a haute cuisine dinner and a wonderful...

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