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Dec 8, 2015 - Between Nice and Stuttgart

This posting is being typed aboard the TGV train taking Tom on a much anticipated pilgrimage to the world famous Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. Stuttgart will be next week’s subject, today’s posting will record how we spent two fairly quiet weeks in Paris between the return from Nice and the pilgrimage. The Key Wester’s reading will remember Loui Franke, formerly of Key West, now resident of Paris. We met her for lunch at her neighborhood couscous restaurant where she and Tom shared a platter of meats, heaping platter of couscous and pot of...

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Nov 12, 2015 - So, where was I?

In London! I'm going to zip through this and get caught up - we seem to go until we drop and I never find the time to sit down and type this. David has gone out to see a friend, so I'm washing out a few things and posting. Finally. Nov 12 we we did a little bit of hop on, hop off and found our way down to Oxford Circle and to the Palladium Theatre, which is right by Carnaby Street. We had an excellent dinner in a local Indian Restaurant and then saw Cats. I think everyone should see it once, because it is unique, and the dancing and the...

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Nov 11, 2015 - We speak the language!

Woke up yesterday in Mont St Michel. We stayed in a centuries old hotel where we climbed multiple flights of spiral stairs in a narrow hallway to get to our room, where there was very limited wifi access. There was a bird in our room, until we opened the window. It's like being in another world. Mont St Michel may be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been and they have the most amazing omelette that you can only find here. It looks like a regular omelette on the outside and inside is like foam - maybe like meringue? I'll add a...

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Nov 9, 2015 - Omaha Beach and Ste-Mere-Eglise

Today we left beautiful Honfleur and headed farther down the Normandy Coast to the beaches where the WWII landings took place. It's always a little overwhelming here. You start at the visitor's center at Omaha Beach and see a short movie and read little bits about some of the people who participated and died. It's made more powerful when you see the actual beach - it was like shooting fish in a barrel. No way those soldiers didn't know exactly what was going to happen to them, but they went anyway. The cemetery has close to 10,000 graves...

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Nov 8, 2015 - Au Revoir Paris!

Today we left our Paris hotel and dragged our bags, kicking and screaming, back to Gare du Nord to pick up our rental car. We got a snazzy Peugeot, which held all our luggage easily with room to spare if we decided to shop. We left Paris around 9:30 and thanks to Sunday traffic, arrived in Honfleur on the Normandy coast about lunchtime. We checked into our hotel, which was right in the center of town and headed out to lunch. Honfleur is a tiny fishing village that seems sort of stopped in time. The buildings are old and tightly built next...

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Nov 7, 2015 - And the wi-fi is working!

Thanks, Victor, for fixing that! Today, David is off to Versaille to sit in the gardens and drink wine and eat cheese and bread. I am not off to Versaille, because my legs are made of wood and every joint is sore and swollen. The Metro is very much like the Underground in London, except there are no escalators. Paris is not the city of lights, but is the city of steps and I have taken about a million of them since I got here. So since the wifi was fixed and since I've been to Versaille and sat in the gardens and drank wine and ate cheese...

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Nov 6, 2015 - Sacre Bleu! No, Sacre Coeur

Took the Metro to Montmarte area, which is an exciting area with lots of artists and restaurants. Went to see Sacre Coeur, which is at the top of hill overlooking the city and is very beautiful. This is where you will find the Moulin Rouge and all the Sex Shops. We didn't go into any. David was sad. We had a wonderful jambon and gruyere crepe (and beer!) for lunch and then took the tiny train down from the church through town. There was a commentary, but I have apparently lost my ability to understand English when spoken by the French. I...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Reims (pronounced Ronce with lots of growling at the beginning)

When we were here in 2011, we went to Reims and it was the day after Veuve Cliquot closed for the winter, so we still had a good time but were determined to get back here. It was worth the wait. We took a 45 minute train ride from Paris and then a short bus ride which took us straight to Vueve Cliquot. We had booked an Aroma something (not therapy) tour and it was me and David and a nice couple from Australia. We started in this tiny demo vineyard, where there were two vines each of chardonnay grapes, pinot noir grapes and a third kind that...

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Nov 5, 2015 - Salon du chocolat and more

We are all packed up and almost ready to leave early tomorrow morning for our rendezvous with Dennis and Bert in Barcelona. Since the last posting we have mixed some socializing, some culture and a lot of chocolate. Three more museums have been checked off our museum to do list. We are so fortunate to have wonderful buddies here in Paris. It was time for the monthly Shaun the sheep pizza and movie watching night with Annie last week. The pizza was great, the movie just keeps getting better with each viewing and we had a fun evening with...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Eiffel Tower

We got up Wednesday, fairly late and just made it for the hotel breakfast at 10:30. We are staying at the Hotel Mademoiselle, which is between Gare du Nord and Gare d l'Est. Super nice people, good breakfast, tiny rooms. We got a Junior Suite which sounds much bigger than it looks. Someone has to get on the bed in order for the other to open the closet. So we got organized and found our way to the Eiffle Tower, via the Metro. We had reservations for entrance at 3p and spent our waiting time at a little bar. Drinking wine. That is going to...

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Nov 3, 2015 - London and "Le Rugby"

After being on the move for over two months we were pleased to arrive in London and have a stable ten days in one place while we enjoyed the final stages of the Rugby World Cup. As James was to spend time in Tokyo we decided on a hotel in the Covent Garden area where Averill would be relatively comfortable mainly on her own in a busy part of the city. London is absolutely booming and is a true global city. For us it now ranks head of the list of top global cities although there are really good features of all the big cities. We arrived on...

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Oct 26, 2015 - Tom celebrates a birthday in Paris

We arrived back from Bruges Saturday evening, unpacked, hung out with Evan when he returned home after his long day teaching in the conservatory, and we were glad to lay down and sleep. Sunday morning we three were up and on the metro thanks to another invitation from Evan's friend Sophie to attend a concert at the theatre des champs elysees. The trio of Queyras (cello), Faust (violon) and Melnikov (piano) performed superb interpretations of Schumann and Schubert trios. What a brilliant way to begin a Sunday. Following the concert Sophie,...

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