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Oct 8, 2015 - Louvre, Arc de Triomph, Champs Elysees

Thursday, October 8th. What an incredible view we had of the Arc de Triomph when we surfaced from the train at the Charles de Gaulle Etoile station. The stairs and tunnel under the rotary led us to the foot of the Arc. Napoleon had this magnificent arch commissioned to commemorate his victory at the battle of Austerlitz. There is no triumphal arch larger (165’ high X 130‘wide) and with 12 converging boulevards no traffic circle more thrilling to experience. (Just watching-thank you very much or travelling in a tour bus) The foot of the...

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Oct 7, 2015 - Versailles

Tuesday, October 6th. Several times we prepared to head into Paris and it started to rain. Eventually we gave up and spent the day reading, journaling and resting. Wednesday, October 7th. It was sunny when we headed out and we layered dressed hoping for the best weather. That trek up the hill then onward to the train station doesn’t get any easier. There were a few tense moments with train transfers to the metro but once solved we were on the right line to Versailles. It was a good 20 minute walk to the gates of Versailles and yes it was on...

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Oct 5, 2015 - Open Deck Bus Tour in Paris

Monday, October 5th. Wow, we had our first glimpse of Paris today; where do I start! Firstly we knew that rain was pending later in the day so we needed to get a move on. The train station was about a 20 minute walk from our camping pitch and you guessed it the first half was up hill. This campground handed out a very helpful booklet telling us exactly what train to catch and which stations to de-board at to catch particular sights. We had no problem mastering the first let of our trip getting off at the Louvre. Two reasons for this...

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Oct 4, 2015 - Rest and housekeeping day

We were emotionally spent and needed time to process all that we had seen over the last week. While we did that, the laundry was done, the RV swept, read and talked about what we wanted to see in Paris. Unfortunately as it turned out we wasted a beautiful sunny day to tour in.

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Oct 1, 2015 - Lunch in Paris, Gare de Lyon

After an amazing night at St Pancras (note to self: NOT St Pancreas!!!) we set off for the Eurostar with ease. Great, no queues and straight through passport control with no pat down 𯘕 Used to happen all the time when I was young!!!! Train was fairly comfortable but a word of warning the toilets were completely unusable and the train staff didn't give a hoot (excuse the pun!!) however we were so excited to be on our way that nothing was going to spoil the journey 𯚽𯘷

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Sep 26, 2015 - Flea Market day and Eurostar

We left our lovely little suite today. Nadine and her husband were great hosts and very helpful. We dropped our bags at the railway station and then walked and walked and finally found the St. Ouen Flea Market. It is actually 15 different markets, all with a theme. Took a while but we found the antique market and Kevin set about to find a knocker for our door. He found some unique ones, but beyond our budget. A very interesting market though, you could probably find anything you wanted here. Made our way back to the train station and...

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Sep 26, 2015 - A moveable feast.

Ready for the day by 9am (early by Paris standards) and dressed in a take on a Pariasian mime outfit, I made it to Notre Dame by 9:15am, soldiers with drawn machine guns were already patrolling. I've seen the armed patrols in Europe before but its always jarring. The tower climb opened at 10am and the line was already 50 deep. Just the sort of nonsense I dedicated the rest of my day to avoiding. The tower climb was difficult but so worth it. 400 steps straight up narrow spiral staircases. Luckily I spend a ton of money on my trainers at the...

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Sep 25, 2015 - The Marais and Place des Vosges

I cant get photos to upload today, so I will add them later. We headed to the Marais today, one of the oldest areas in Paris. We stopped first at the church beside the Metro, Notre Dame de Lorette. Beautiful murals inside, which is unique in Paris. Then on the metro to see the Canavalet Museum, which is dedicated to the history of Paris. There are 140(!) rooms. We saw a small percentage! Beautifully presented rooms decorated in the style of an era, along with art of the time, and portraits of the people. One room was dedicated to the signs...

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Sep 25, 2015 - Noon in Paris

Vive la France! I am in Paris! I've been thinking about Paris since I booked this trip. This is my third visit so I have a very short, specific list of things to do and have allowed myself a lot of unplanned walking around time. My taxi driver was playing opera music which fit the whole scene very nicely, meaning I could picture it playing in a movie in some kind of slo-mo rollover accident. Scary ride. My hotel is named Le Lapin Blanc which means the white rabbit. It's Alice in Wonderland inspired and very adorable and tiny in a great...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Wandering around Montmarte

The area of Montmartre is a hill crowned by the Sacre Coeur. We decided to just walk and see what we found. First thing we found was a café! Yay coffee and chouquettes! Chouquettes are cream puffs without the cream, with pearls of sugar on top. Mmmm. We found a sign that pointed to the cemetary, and headed that way. Beautiful treed streets, lots of them that ended in staircases going up towards the basilica. The cemetary is so different than ones we know in BC. Huge mausoleums, with many family members listed. Sometimes they just indicate...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Dinner with Jeff and Carol

When we were walking to Chez Andre I keep thinking there was no way we would get in but we waited maybe 10 minutes and were seated. We were actually seated at the exact same table where we were seated at this restaurant the first time we ate here. Very romantic. We quickly learned that next to us was seated another American couple from Florida named Jeff and Carol. As we sat down and almost immediately began a conversation with them Tom told them we were seated in the "American section.". I am kind of thinking there was a ring of truth to...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Eiffel Tower

Our pre-booked time at the Eiffel Tower was for 8 PM, so we could see the sun go down, and the lights of the city come on. We got there in plenty of time, and explored the park and watched people. As we were wandering, we noticed a large bank of black clouds coming our way. Sure enough, just as we got in line to go up the rain started. By the time we got to the top it was pouring and the city was dark. We explored each floor and sat down with a snack, but the rain didn't let up. We could see the city lights, but they were obscured by the...

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