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Jul 2, 2016 - Day 3 - Sight seeing around Paris by ourselves

Michael had organised another big day today. It started at 8.30am and we returned back to the Hotel at 4.45pm. We used the Metro quite a few times today to get around to locations and also the Hop on and Hop off Bus. The Metro is very easy to use as all the train track areas are coloured coded and have numbers such as 8, and the maps are everywhere with the colours on it. It is very clean and people are reasonably polite as well. Today we visited the Sacre Coeur church and did not have to line up as we were early. It is a very old church...

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Jul 2, 2016 - Busy in Paris

Since the last update to the blog, we have been busy, although I must confess to some unfortunate procrastination which has stretched this period of silence into two weeks. When we returned from our excursion to Bretagne, we holed up in an Airbnb near gambetta to regroup, and get the five postings organized and written. During that weekend, to stretch our backs, we visited the pere lachaise cemetery, only a few blocks from the Airbnb, for the first time, and found Oscar Wilde’s grave. French cemeteries are really interesting places to walk...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Day 2 - sight seeing in Paris by ourselves

Fortunately I woke up feeling quite well except for the cough still existing. Needless to say we wont be going back there again!!!! We had breakfast in the Hotel as it is part of package, and it was very nice with lots of fresh fruit to be had. Today we were on a tight schedule as we had a tour organised at the Louvre and had to be there by 9.30am. We took the Metro and worked our way up out of the bowels of the underground and arrived at the enormous Louvre. There is an enormous amount of police presence in the city, and armed soldiers at...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Day 1 Paris - sight seeing by ourselves

We arrived at our Hotel at about 8.30am, and as was expected our room was not ready. We were able to stow our bags, and sit in the lounge with an expensive cup of coffee and work out what we were to do for the day. Fortunately Michael is the expert travel organiser and had everything worked out, and so far it is running like clockwork. After the cup of coffee we purchased Metro train tickets for the coming journeys we will make. It was very easy, and nothing as complicated as our Myki ticket system. We love the Hop on and Hop off buses...

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Jun 29, 2016 - City of Lights

Soooo welcome folks!!! We have gotten a late start on the journal. We have been so busy. Plus it stays light so late here (10 pm ) that we eat dinner at 8:30-9:00 and then fall into bed by midnight exhausted !!!! We are 8 days into the trip but will catch you up quickly. Paris was amazing, not crowded yet at all. Our flat was amazing! I have learned however after making the choice twice, that in a description, when it say location on a pedestrian street (one would think quiet....right?) that means tons of bars and restaurants. So once...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Versailles

Today we went to Versailles. We slept in a little because we are all tired. Emily has been especially tired and ended up staying in the flat to rest instead of going to Versailles. The Paris metro system is a bit different than the London Tube. I like the Tube better. It seems easier to navigate and seems cleaner and more updated. Versailles was about a 45 minute trip from Paris. The palace is indeed beautiful! Walls made out of green and pink marble (reminded me of the marble in Florence), paintings on the ceilings that remind me of the...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Notre Dame, St. Chapel, Louvre, Champs Elysees, Arch de Triomphe

Today was a very busy day and we walked over 10 miles! We saw Notre Dame and St. Chapelle first. The stained glass windows in St. Chapelle were incredible. All of the walls were covered in stained glass and each panel tells a story from the Bible. It starts with Genesis and moves forward in time. Next we went to the Louvre. It is ginormous! We followed a Rick Steves audio guide, which took us to the highlights in the museum. We saw The Mona Lisa. We all agreed that it is over-rated. We saw a sculpture from Michelangelo. We also saw The...

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Jun 23, 2016 - Arrived in Paris!

We missed check-in for our train by five minutes and they made us wait for the next train to Paris. That was $150 mistake we will not repeat again! It took us 2 1/2 hrs to get to Paris. It took us another 45 minutes to check our luggage at the train station so we could go walk around while we were waiting for check-in at our flat. We walked to Monmartre and saw Sacre Coeur. It is such a stunning white church standing at the top of many flights of stairs. We had lunch at an outdoor cafe just below Sacre Coeur. Our waiter was the traditional...

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Jun 23, 2016 - Thursday from Paris to home, well Abu Dhabi to start with

Due to METICULOUS planning by the commander in chief of our expedition all went according to the "get to the airport on time plan". Well not if you count both of us getting our suitcases caught in the station turnstiles there was one tiny amusing event. A phone call during the night meant we just waited out the last 4 or 5 hours awake before we were due to get up. Must tell someone about time zones and that the time in Sydney is different to Paris. Plenty of time to sleep on the plane though. Such efficient transport in Paris and the second...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Wednesday last day :(

This is our LAST day in France. Mixed feelings. Certainly stress about getting to the airport as there are discussions about a huge demonstration against the new labor laws planned. We will leave early so hopefully will not be affected. Such a lovely sunny day. Blue skies and 28 degrees. We decided to try out a bus to get part way to the airport. Went well until a large traffic jam. So no bus. The ticket lasts for 90 minutes (so our understanding of the instructions tell us) so we go on the return bus because someone in our party forgot to...

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Jun 21, 2016 - Tuesday - big day

It is with difficulty I lift my fingers and pound the keyboard. Big, big day. Yes I know starting at 9:30 and finishing at 6pm is not that big, but it was for us. Half hour bike ride to St Servine church with its history and glass. I thought with the organ playing and men at seats in suits reading a sheet that maybe we were interrupting something, perhaps a funeral. So I asked a bloke - 'prive'? It was my best French and yes he had no idea what I was saying. Never mind we got the message it was ok to wander. Great old church. Walk to Arc de...

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Jun 20, 2016 - Monday - rainy museum day

You would think we have had enough of history. Not so, especially since the forecast was for rain and it was raining as we left. Not pelting but enough for raincoats and umbrellas. Metro to Cluny Museum. It has another name but it is too hard to spell. Did I say fascinating. Roman and Medieval stuff. The audio guide made it so interesting. But after 2 1/2 hours .... We had had enough. Time for another wonderful lunch. Duck today. So tasty. And the Embience. Such quintessential French people wandering around. So many stereotypes. Still had...

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