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Sep 5, 2015 - Arrived Paris

We had a good flight over, coped better than we thought, got to into Paris about noon. The Cactus Hotel our accomodation, the name was telling of the state of the rooms, although any bed after 24+ hours was welcome. To stay awake we trained & walked around Paris for hours, visiting Gallleirie Lafayette - which makes our city Myer store look second rate, the beautiful centre glass dome roof sensational, over 5 levels. Have never seen so much perfume in one area- a females paradise, thankfully Marg & Steve controlled their urges! A "6...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

Sep 4, 2015 - Sept 3

Plane was late 30 min. to get through customs 30 min in line to buy train ticket 30 min wait for train Finally got to our boat, was able to leave our luggage there, went for a walk and had lunch. Found a grocery store and bought some grub. Nice and cool here, isn't it Nancy? LOL

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Aug 31, 2015 - Change Hotels

We were up at our usual time and got ready then finished packing our things. The huge case I purchased in Perth came in handy as we were able to get both lots of hand luggage into it which made the trip to the new hotel much easier. We checked out and hauled our suitcases to Starbucks which was on our way. We had breakfast then continued to the Hotel Scribe where we met the tour group for the cruise this evening. We got checked in and the tour group leader was in the lobby, so we introduced ourselves and obtained some preliminary...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Sacre Coeur and River Seine

We were up and out as usual this morning and again had breakfast at Starbucks. It was a bright sunny morning and turned out to be hot - high of 32C. We then walked down to the Big Bus Office and got on the correct bus to go to the Sacre Coeur. It wound through the same streets as yesterday till we stopped near the Sacre Coeur. We walked up a few streets and up the first part of the rise through a crowded street with con artists fleecing the gullible with their version of three card monte. There were so many of them using the same tricks...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Hendaye to Ohlette

Overview The first day of real walking where we passed over several high passes and covered many very rocky and steep ascents and descents. A lovely but hot day of walking we met 3 Canadian women along the way. Also various others walking in both directions. Stopped at Mandalé for a drink on a nice terrace with a lovely view. Bought food for lunch and dinner in various shops there then stopped for a picnic lunch before a steep climb after the Spanish border mountain pass. Another stop in the very hot weather for a refreshing lemon juice...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Summer vacation ends in Paris 2015

Alas, the summer vacations are coming to an end here in Paris. We are delighted that our buddies have returned to town and sad that the metro is once again very crowded at peak hours. The news update follows: the excellent concerts continue for a few more weeks at Parc Floral, our 2013 tax issue reappeared and settled back down, socializing took place with returned buddies, lots of wandering in some old and new neighborhoods and we visited five new museums. It has been a bit rainy here and unfortunately this doesn't help me get an early...

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Lavender's Travels

Aug 28, 2015 - Lost, Napoleon's Tomb & The Louvre

We wakened to much improved weather this morning. Despite the forecast of a wet morning, it was, in fact, dry. As the day progressed it became sunnier and warmer. We got ready and went along the road to the Starbucks again and had breakfast. We then headed down to the Big Bus office and got tickets for two days. We stepped outside and a bus came along so we got on. Only as it proceded did we realize we were on the wrong route. We had planned to go on the red route to near Napoleon's tomb, instead we had got on the blue route to Montmartre...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Paris to hendaye

Overview A good night's sleep was had by all and an early morning start saw us at the station to catch the TGV to the Pyrenees. Having bought tickets at different times I was in a different carriage to the others. It was a 5.5hr train ride. Checked into our airBnB apartment for the night then started the first section of the GR10 which starts at the beach (Atlantic Ocean) and goes back to more or less past our accommodation. An efficient start to our walking journey and it gave us a chance to explore a little of Hendaye before we set off...

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Aug 27, 2015 - It's Raining...Raining in my Paris

We were up at our usual time today and got ready. It was pouring rain so we decided to have breakfast at that quintessential French restaurant - Starbucks. We had noticed it last night and rather than hunt around in the rain for somewhere suitable, we decided just to get something quick. We watched the rain come down and decided to continue as planned and go to the Orsay Museum. We trudged through rain filled streets trying to avoid puddles and splashes from vehicles - both with mixed results. We got to the Museum on the other side of the...

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Aug 27, 2015 - The 3 Intrepid Travellers in Paris

Overview Pamela and Helen arrived in Paris and we all moved into our single hotel room in Hotel du Parc in Montparnasse The first of many shared nights and I have no doubt that this will be more comfy than lots to come. The Route N/a Distance N/a Weather Showers all day. 15C or there abouts Accommodation Hotel du Parc. Shared room, 3 beds Dinner Thai Lunch was savoury buckwheat crepes Cost Lunch: €50 for 3 Dinner: € 50 for 3 Hotel. $217 for the room Highlights The hair cut Low Lights Couldn't get Pamela's bags for her pack and another...

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Aug 26, 2015 - Off to Paris

We were up early this morning and had breakfast. Nan and I went down to the post office with the golf clubs. The rain had been off and on all night, but it really came down as we took the package into the office. We were met by the word that "that's too big to send to Canada". Fortunately, we had the word of "the boss" on Monday that it would go. After some to-ing and fro-ing, it was accepted and we completed the paperwork, paid the price and were on our way. The rain had eased considerably, but just as we reached Nan's house it came down...

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Aug 26, 2015 - Sydney to Paris

Overview Flew to Paris via Singapore and Heathrow. My lovely friend Sue joined me on the flight from London and we spent the day in Paris before her return to London on an early evening flight. A great way to catch up! The Route - Sydney to Paris Distance - too many kms to think about. Thanks to BA I didn't have to walk it! Weather- sunny, high 20s, light wind Accommodation Hotel du Parc , Montparnasse Lunch Assiette Anglaise: cold roast beef, ham and chicken with a substantial salad. Freshly pressed pear juice Afternoon tea Salted...

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