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Nov 8, 2015 - Au Revoir Paris!

Today we left our Paris hotel and dragged our bags, kicking and screaming, back to Gare du Nord to pick up our rental car. We got a snazzy Peugeot, which held all our luggage easily with room to spare if we decided to shop. We left Paris around 9:30 and thanks to Sunday traffic, arrived in Honfleur on the Normandy coast about lunchtime. We checked into our hotel, which was right in the center of town and headed out to lunch. Honfleur is a tiny fishing village that seems sort of stopped in time. The buildings are old and tightly built next...

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Nov 7, 2015 - And the wi-fi is working!

Thanks, Victor, for fixing that! Today, David is off to Versaille to sit in the gardens and drink wine and eat cheese and bread. I am not off to Versaille, because my legs are made of wood and every joint is sore and swollen. The Metro is very much like the Underground in London, except there are no escalators. Paris is not the city of lights, but is the city of steps and I have taken about a million of them since I got here. So since the wifi was fixed and since I've been to Versaille and sat in the gardens and drank wine and ate cheese...

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Nov 6, 2015 - Sacre Bleu! No, Sacre Coeur

Took the Metro to Montmarte area, which is an exciting area with lots of artists and restaurants. Went to see Sacre Coeur, which is at the top of hill overlooking the city and is very beautiful. This is where you will find the Moulin Rouge and all the Sex Shops. We didn't go into any. David was sad. We had a wonderful jambon and gruyere crepe (and beer!) for lunch and then took the tiny train down from the church through town. There was a commentary, but I have apparently lost my ability to understand English when spoken by the French. I...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Salon du chocolat and more

We are all packed up and almost ready to leave early tomorrow morning for our rendezvous with Dennis and Bert in Barcelona. Since the last posting we have mixed some socializing, some culture and a lot of chocolate. Three more museums have been checked off our museum to do list. We are so fortunate to have wonderful buddies here in Paris. It was time for the monthly Shaun the sheep pizza and movie watching night with Annie last week. The pizza was great, the movie just keeps getting better with each viewing and we had a fun evening with...

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Lavender's Travels

Nov 5, 2015 - Reims (pronounced Ronce with lots of growling at the beginning)

When we were here in 2011, we went to Reims and it was the day after Veuve Cliquot closed for the winter, so we still had a good time but were determined to get back here. It was worth the wait. We took a 45 minute train ride from Paris and then a short bus ride which took us straight to Vueve Cliquot. We had booked an Aroma something (not therapy) tour and it was me and David and a nice couple from Australia. We started in this tiny demo vineyard, where there were two vines each of chardonnay grapes, pinot noir grapes and a third kind that...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Eiffel Tower

We got up Wednesday, fairly late and just made it for the hotel breakfast at 10:30. We are staying at the Hotel Mademoiselle, which is between Gare du Nord and Gare d l'Est. Super nice people, good breakfast, tiny rooms. We got a Junior Suite which sounds much bigger than it looks. Someone has to get on the bed in order for the other to open the closet. So we got organized and found our way to the Eiffle Tower, via the Metro. We had reservations for entrance at 3p and spent our waiting time at a little bar. Drinking wine. That is going to...

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Nov 3, 2015 - London and "Le Rugby"

After being on the move for over two months we were pleased to arrive in London and have a stable ten days in one place while we enjoyed the final stages of the Rugby World Cup. As James was to spend time in Tokyo we decided on a hotel in the Covent Garden area where Averill would be relatively comfortable mainly on her own in a busy part of the city. London is absolutely booming and is a true global city. For us it now ranks head of the list of top global cities although there are really good features of all the big cities. We arrived on...

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Averill and James

Oct 26, 2015 - Tom celebrates a birthday in Paris

We arrived back from Bruges Saturday evening, unpacked, hung out with Evan when he returned home after his long day teaching in the conservatory, and we were glad to lay down and sleep. Sunday morning we three were up and on the metro thanks to another invitation from Evan's friend Sophie to attend a concert at the theatre des champs elysees. The trio of Queyras (cello), Faust (violon) and Melnikov (piano) performed superb interpretations of Schumann and Schubert trios. What a brilliant way to begin a Sunday. Following the concert Sophie,...

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Lavender's Travels

Oct 11, 2015 - Between Bergerac and Budapest

In between the return from Bergerac and the departure for Budapest, we had a week and a half in Paris. Highlights of this period were intermingled with the mundane daily tasks like laundry, haircuts, a walk to cafe Audra to buy coffee beans, marketing, arranging future travel, posting of blogs, email, on line news and too much Facebook. We had some clothes shopping to take care of for Tom so he would be outfitted for dinner and a show with my dad and Geri in Budapest. He now has a very nice black dress shirt from the Michel Axel shop and...

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Oct 9, 2015 - Historic Walk and Eiffel Tower

Friday, October 9th We started our day in front of Notre Dame listening to Rick’s Steve self-guided tour of the Historic Paris. This is one majestic looking church. The Cathedral’s façade was overwhelming in its detail. High above the entrance Mary is surrounded by the halo of the rose window. The line-up to get into the church was too long for us to wait but we did stop to view the plaque that denotes the center of Paris. We will come back later. A trip around the exterior of this magnificent basilica was well worth the walk. The detail in...

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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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