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Jun 17, 2016 - Friday Ruswil to Paris

We had list of 17 things to do and a time frame to do them in. Most of them needed the things before to work, or the whole day collapsed. We made it! Car, bus, train, metro and walking. And in a reasonable time frame so that one of us did not stress about missing one of the fore mentioned. All good. A bit of a shock on arrival as there were two small explosions in the train station. It appears the police were blowing up suspicious packages. The noise was deafening. We have a great new home, plenty of room and comfortable. A bit further out...

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France, spring 2016

Jun 13, 2016 - Day Two "Buckingham Palace"

A perfect full English Breakfast at our hotel to start our day. We then hopped on the Big Tour Bus and saw a few more sights on our way to Buckingham Palace. A rainy walk thru St. James park, thru the gates to the Palace drive entryway. Joanne had a quick conversation with a Westminster Police Sergeant and managed to get a perfect viewing spot for changing of the Queens Guards. After about a 1/2 hr wait we along with several hundred others were notified that the ceremony was cancelled due to weather. Hmmmm crap!!!! So we hopped on the tour...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Day 2 in Paris

Dale - Full day in Paris with almost perfect weather. We did a lot of traveling, but no museums yet. They reopen tomorrow since the flood alert expired. Sue - You probably want more details than what you see above, right? I'll back up to yesterday. I didn't write because sheer exhaustion overtook me. It's probably true what they say about fighting jet lag by staying awake while the sun is up in your new country. That's not really as easy as it sounds! The flight was just fine. Landing, well, I thought we were in London. Seriously. The pilot...

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Lehmann Europe 2016

Jun 7, 2016 - Versailles

Versailles is a city located in the western suburbs of the French capital, ten miles from the center of Paris. It is renowned worldwide for the Château de Versailles and the gardens of Versailles, designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A new town, founded by the will of King Louis XIV, it was the de facto capital of the Kingdom of France for over a century, from 1682 to 1789, before becoming the cradle of the French Revolution. Versailles is historically known for numerous treaties such as the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the...

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France 2016

May 28, 2016 - Between Vienna and Mont Saint Michel

We returned from Vienna with a long list of where to go next, but nothing specific. Our first week back in Paris we were pretty lazy. I read a really interesting early book by Michael Pollan about architecture with an easy reading break midway to revisit treasure island. We walked, napped, shopped, looked at baby equipment and stuff, worked on the Vienna blog and continued to be lazy. The laziness seems to have extended to photography, not many photos this week, sorry. Tomorrow we head to Normandy. Our plans for tomorrow’s trip took focus...

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Lavender's Travels

May 23, 2016 - Paris

When you have wanted to visit a place since you were a child, you tend to build it up to an image that cannot be met. We are glad to say that Paris was all we hoped it would be and more. It was as beautiful as we had imagined and friendlier than we had expected it to be. We look forward to visiting it again in the future. Our visit reminded Harman of his many trips to France in the 60s, 70s, and 80s from London, to Dover, to Calais and driving throughout France and seeing the beautiful and bountiful sunflowers. Once you understand the...

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France 2016

May 17, 2016 - Four days before Vienna

There were just a few days between the last posting and our departure for a week in Vienna, with no trips to a prefecture required! On our way to buy socks, we paid a visit to the Musee Gustave Moreau in the 9th arrondissement. The painter bequeathed his family home to France in 1898 having spent the last years of his life preparing his home to be a museum. The living spaces of the house were the lower two floors. The two upper floors, joined by a spiral staircase were his studios. In addition to the house, he left the furnishings, over...

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Lavender's Travels

May 15, 2016 - The Louvre and Notre Dame

Today we got up early and headed by train to a market in the Latin Quarter. We bought some pastries for breakfast and lunch. We stopped across the street from the market for a coffee and ate our pastries. Then headed to the Louvre. We spent hours in the Louvre, saw the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and the Venus de Milo. Took pics of everything. Then we wandered for awhile, saw the smallest car ever, an orchestra playing in a square, the Royal Palace, The Palais De Justice, The Notre-Dame and the Tour St. Jacques. We headed back to our hotel...

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May 14, 2016 - Bike About Paris

Early start today at 9:15 to get to Notre Dame entrance to meet up with our Bike About Paris tour. Donna's cousin Jill's daughter Laura is a tour guide here and does the bike gig and tours of Notre Dame. It was a really great 4 hours around the city on bike lanes and quiet streets. We felt very safe. Had a 20 minute break where we slurped a bottle of wine and a snack. It was a chilly 12 degrees C as a high but we were bundled up and had a great time. Followed up with lunch with Laura in the Latin Quarter (and another bottle of wine). Don...

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May 14, 2016 - Paris Everywhere

Today we slept in to around 1130 hrs. We were exhausted last night and could not have packed more into one day. We got up and went a short distance down the Champ Elysee to the Ferris wheel, Roue de Paris. The Champ Elysee is the avenue that runs straight from the Place de la Concord and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The avenue is 1.9 km long and we have walked it back and forth more times than we can count. We took a ride on the wheel to check out the views of Paris. Great views in every direction. We...

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May 13, 2016 - Friday the 13th part deux

I wouldn't normally do this but we just had the most outstanding dinner just around the corner in a hole in the wall place. Our spot was upstairs and we got the last table. Ceiling height at he top of the narrow narrow circular staircase was 5.5 ft at most. Duck! Fresh plates and great atmosphere. Then a drink in the next neighbourhood Cafe.

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May 13, 2016 - Hop on hop off bus in Paris

Firstly, let me go back to our airline experience. When sitting in the BA lounge in Vancouver we saw a very large aircraft touch down and take off again. I said "Hey, I think that's our plane!" 2 levels...what up? 30 minutes later the aircraft is at our gate and one of the Lounge employees who had overheard our conversion about the plane earlier said....they came in on the wrong runway. This is the small one and they needed to land on the large one. Pretty sure the crew changed before we got on. Good. Thanks to Sarah Wright for putting this...

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