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May 4, 2016 - Visas extended and Fete du Muguet

Springtime in Paris rearranges our lifestyle. In the winter, when night begins so early, we would be out while there was even a hint of light, returning to the flat for a long winter’s evening. Now, we head out for a long wander each evening, beginning or ending each walk in our beautiful park or along the canals. Everything is in bloom and the evening air is saturated with the perfume of lilac and flowers I am unable to name. We return to the flat at 21:00 and it is still daytime. On to the mundane. We returned to the prefecture last...

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May 3, 2016 - Day 11: Welcome to the city of lights!

It's interesting that no matter what we do, we are always running late for everything! I told everyone that the Eurostar for Paris leaves at 7:30 still we just made it on the train. Granted that none of us expected the security line and the passport check line. Thankfully we made it on abd the ride was very comfortable. Little over two hours and we are in Paris bringing me to my second fail of the trip. Off course the Globe in London being the first fail. I looked at the map and figured out that the hotel was real close, only one stop from...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Versailles with a few others

The Versailles shuffle. Thousands, if not tens of thousands of us descended on Versailles today. Get there early the guide said - but unfortunately so many other tourists in the universe read the same helpful hint. Of course words fail me. What a home away from home. So there will be pictures. Cold and a bit rainy we thought it might not be a pleasant day. It wasn't but also not too bad either. Lots to see and be amazed at. It is another wonder of the world how the place got built and lasted as long as it did. Did not seem to get lost today...

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France, spring 2016

Apr 29, 2016 - 18th Centruy

Jet lag over yet? Not sure, can't be as I got us lost trying to find the Eiffel Tower at 10pm and missed three, yes three bridges that lead to our island when pedaling home in the afternoon. How can Christine still trust me? I would certainly be cranky but she says pedal on. Could be something to do with the northern hemisphere and its effect on me? The usual croissant dilemma started the day. This time she explained the offer - you get a free one if you buy four! Oh. It was another explore day today. This time we stayed in the same...

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France, spring 2016

Apr 28, 2016 - First day adventure

Why not start the day with a croissant? Quatra I say and she says one? Something about a special offer if I buy 4 ..... Box of apples, Tasmania? I have no idea so I decline. Today was an explore day. I found some walking tours on the internet that were themed by century. So I thought we would start at Paris in the Middle Ages and work up to the present over our time here. The evidence of this era is around the center of the city so we followed the map and saw the sites. Little did I know Christine also had the guides to 18th and 16th...

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France, spring 2016

Apr 27, 2016 - Flight

Really enjoyed Etihad airline. Great food, excellent service, departs and arrives at the right time and we are in ONE piece! Love looking at city lights from a plane, also the landscape as we travelled over south India and the Middle East.The first 14 hours went well to Abu Dhabi, for me anyway but Chris did not sleep well. She tried to sleep on the floor in the departure lounge but no go. Saw 30 or 40 smokers lining up for their time in a glassed cubicle with room for four. Sad eh? On to Paris and we met the challenges of getting a train...

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France, spring 2016

Apr 26, 2016 - Jolly retired travelers were busy, but slept late

Our first visit to the police prefecture substantiated the many stories we have heard over the years concerning the difficulties of dealing with the French immigration system. Our applications for our long term tourist visas in Miami went so smoothly, we were deceived into thinking things might possibly continue on the easy path. As I mentioned in my last post, I made an error regarding the date we needed to renew our long term tourist visa. It was a stupid mistake and only discovered when we tried to go online to schedule our renewal...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Visiting Quasimodo

Paris, France This is our last full day in Paris. Our first stop today was Musée de l'Orangerie, an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Though most famous for eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, the museum also contains works by Cézanne, Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Rousseau Chaim Soutine, and Utrillo, among others. Even if we win the lottery, we are not going to buy most of these. Guess we just do not understand great art. We were more appreciative of the exhibits at our next stop – the National Museum...

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Apr 21, 2016 - A blessed day

Paris, France It was a day of churches and 8 ½ hours of walking (25,000 steps). We again had security checks at the churches and observed quite a few groups of soldiers patrolling the streets while cradling automatic weapons. While we ate dinner, a policeman with an assault rifle stood outside. It made us pray a little harder in the churches we visited. Our first goal was quite ambitious. It was our intention to walk to Sacré-Cœur Basilica (Sacred Heart). It is on the other side of the Seine and sits up on a hill in the Montmartre District...

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Apr 20, 2016 - Security, security, security

Paris, France The authorities here take safeguarding its people quite seriously. Every landmark requires a bag check and a walk through a security gate. When we went to the BATHROOM at the Eiffel Tower, we were wanded and had a bag check. Today we walked the length of the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 1.18 miles, and poked in a few shops. Even clothing stores had security guards in evidence and some required bag checks while others just observed. It is a pretty sad and scary way of life now. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées ("the world's...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Trip to Paris

I just bought two tickets to the top of the Eiffel Tower. They cost 17euro each.I went to toureiffelparis.com to buy them online and it was very easy to do so. We have a morning arrival time of 1100 on Tuesday which will be our second full day in Paris. I think we should shop for cloths and go to Versailles on the first day. I also bought one Paris Passlib' for an adult with 5 days of transportation and museum entrances. I went to the official site of Paris Convention and Visitors Bureal and it was very easy to do so except that the last...

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Apr 19, 2016 - A Walking Day

Paris, France Sandeman Tours offers “free” tours in 18 cities across Europe, the Middle East, and the US. The guide asks to be paid what the guest thinks he or she is worth at the completion of the tour. Our guide for almost 3½ hours was Alex. This was not a photography tour as Alex did not point out many photo ops. Instead he filled our heads with lots of fascinating information. At one point during WWII the French army intercepted a message from the Germans (via the radio antenna on the Eiffel Tower) and needed to move troops from the...

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