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Mar 7, 2017 - American Library in Paris part 2

The American Library in Paris has speakers a few evenings a month (in English). Tonight's speakers discussed the Paris food markets. It was interesting hearing about the 60 food markets around Paris. I included more pictures of the Library. They have interesting ceiling lights, kid/teen book rooms and comfortable chairs.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Intercontinental Hotel Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo. The Intercontinental Hotel (also called the Le Grand Hotel) is one of the largest and grandest hotels in Paris. The hotel covers 1 square block and opened in 1862. There are 470 rooms and 72 suites. Rooms per night start at $450 ( they were sold out today and tomorrow). The lobby and connecting rooms have lots of comfortable chairs and couches to sit and relax.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Markets in Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo Markets are a big part of Paris shopping. Most markets have vendors selling meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese or cooked food. Each vendors sells one type of item with lots of variety. There are generally several vendors selling the same items but shoppers seem to have their favorites. Checkout the actual pig feet and ears.

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Mar 6, 2017 - Bakeries and Chocolate stores

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo Bakeries and Chocolate stores are everywhere in Paris. Some chocolate stores put carved chocolate displays in the window to attract your attention. This bakery made only an icing covered cake that is popular.

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Mar 6, 2017 - American Library in Paris

Click on the photos to enlarge. You can zoom in on each photo I purchased a one week membership to the American Library in Paris. This is a private library supported by membership dues, corporations and donations. They have thousands of english language books you can read or checkout. There are over 200 english newspapers and magazines to read. The membership includes access to free wifi and computer. They have meeting and reading rooms. A few times a week they have guest speakers on Paris related topics. This week there is a speaker about...

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Oct 31, 2016 - 48 hours in Paris

We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris through the 'Chunnel ' on Saturday, October 29th. It was very speedy, about 2 1/2 hours, with comfortable seets, and wifi. I watched my first movie on my iPad, and started it as we left London, finishing just as we pulled into Le Gare du Nord train station in Paris. We were approached in the station by a driver wanting 55 Euros, then 45, to take us to our hotel but instead we stood in line for a taxi which was all very straight forward and legitimate, as we had been forewarned about gypsy...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Big Travel Day Part 1

Drive to airport at 9:30, small hassles to get checked in and luggage taken care of, then a 3 hour wait. I bought cookies for 4000, gave some small bills to Karen and Diane and kept some for myself, then gave the rest to the Lions Club box. I sat with Pam and Cindy on this 10 hour flight and was fitfully sleeping when a snack was served in the middle of the night. We took off around 1:45 AM and got to Paris about 10:45 their time, 11:45 our time. Here we only had a 1/2 hour wait. I sat by the window over the wing with a wall in back of me....

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Oct 23, 2016 - Final days in Paris, for now

We returned to Paris after midnight on October 5th with only 16 days left in France before we begin the journey back to the USA. We spent these precious days visiting friends, eating in favorite places, visits to the prefectures, a few more museums, a circus, working on blog catchup, Paris auto show, sorting our accumulation of possessions, giving away some of our accumulation of possessions, dental appointments, and meeting, via FaceTime, our brand new granddaughter Juniper Joanne. At this moment we are on the TGV to Barcelona, sitting in...

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Oct 20, 2016 - Quality Time in France

Today started early. When we scheduled our day trip to St. Barth's last week, we were told that a driver would pick us up at 8:15. As is normal for us, we were ready to go by about 7:40. Good thing - the room phone rang at 7:45 and it was our driver - a half hour early! Somebody got their wires crossed, but I'm certainly glad we were ready and that phone call wasn't a wake up call! Only thing we forgot was the Nikon camera, so I took all of today's photos with my iphone. So our driver took us to Dock Maarten which is located next to the...

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Oct 10, 2016 - End of August in Paris

Greetings! My apologies for the longish gap in posting. It seemed to just slip away from me lately. The period between the last posting and our departure for Pomport, on August 26, had the usual mix of social and cultural activities. On the cultural side, we made our final effort to visit museums with stops at Musee d’eroticism, Musee du vin, Maison Balzac, and Musee du fumeur. We also attended two more concerts at Parc floral. Musee d’eroticism is a collection of art, history, videos, and artifacts filling seven floors all devoted to the...

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Lavender's Travels

Sep 29, 2016 - Brugge - Berlin

After another yummy breakfast of fresh pastries, it was time to go. We walked to the Market Square to get a taxi but of course there were none to be found at the rank. After waiting for nearly half an hour, one finally came and took us took the station. We found a ticket offIce and changed our tickers to take us straight to the airport rather than changing trains in Brussells, a much better idea. After all that was sorted we had time to try a belgium waffle and hot chocolate before getting on the train. Arrrived at the airport with plenty...

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The Three of Us

Sep 27, 2016 - Paris 3

September 25-26 Paris and home Sunday was my last day in Paris. Fortunately there isn’t another tenant in the apartment until Monday, so I can leave my bags until going to the airport. I did my dishes and tidied up, and braved the basement to take out the trash and recycling, then headed out. The forecast said 100% chance of rain today, but the sky was clear this morning. Nevertheless I took my umbrella and headed for the Metro. Unlike yesterday, it was fairly deserted this morning, and an easy ride to the Concorde stop for the Orangerie...

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France Road Trip Two

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