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Apr 21, 2017 - We arrive at last

We have arrived at last! Actually, we arrived yesterday evening, but the WiFi is not always reliable here. We journeyed from Amsterdam to Paris on a high speed train; which was probably lovely, but we all fell asleep and missed much of the countryside. We arrived in Paris at the Gare du Nord; one of the older train stations, with lovely Art Deco architecture, then took the now traditional harrowing taxi adventure through Paris to Orly Airport in the south of Paris, where we met up the Jean-Pierre and Paule Barbier, my aunt and uncle who had...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Louvre Mapping project

Today I spent 7 hours (straight) walking every floor, room and staircase in the Louvre. I wrote down every turn, room, staircase and bathroom I came across. I went up and down each staircase to see were it came out on the floor above or below. At times this was very confusing and required me to start over in an area. This process was made more difficult because the official map is not that helpful, lacks a lot of detail and includes areas that are closed to the public. In addition, the Louvre has added walls that are not included on the...

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Mar 7, 2017 - High-line Paris

The New York High-line (raised park walkway on an old railroad track) was modeled after the Paris High-line. The Paris High-line is 3 miles long (I walked it) with has lots of plants, benches and street viewing areas. The view from 20' high is different then from the street. They have attached playgrounds and outdoor workout areas. People walk and jog along the walkway.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Lauren and Connor

Just a few days before leaving Lauren and Connor (her boyfriend) decided to spend Spring break in Paris. I was happy to have them join me. They left two days after me and are returning two days before me. We see each other in the morning and sometimes for dinner. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are all going to the Louvre. They will stay an hour to see the highlights. I am staying 6 hours to draw my own map. I can find a good map of the Louvre.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Place des Vosges square

Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris. It was completed in 1605. The king gave the land but required it remain open to everyone and that the buildings facades matched. The square gets crowded during warm weather. The covered walkway around the square has several cafes and art galleries.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Pavilion De La Reine hotel

The Pavillon De La Reine hotel rooms start at $575. This is a boutique hotel/spa just off the Place Dea Vosges square. They have a nice seating area outside with interesting sculptures. The lobby is a great place to sit and relax with very comfortable chairs and couches. The staff is friendly and have no problem with non guests sitting in the several lobby rooms.

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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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