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May 29, 2014 - Montmartre and Pigalle

The sun! The sun! In celebration of our first week in Paris, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. So up and at 'em early. Headed out to our neighborhood street market on St-Germain. Judi B bought a beautiful bouquet of flowers, Judi C bought a wide selection of luscious fruit, and Wanda bought another scarf (now up to three). Our day of adventure and discovery led us to Montmartre and Pigalle. We hopped off the metro at Place des Abbesses. The metro station itself is another example of Paris' many hidden treasures. Built in 1912,...

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May 28, 2014 - French Open Tennis Tournament

One of our most anticipated days came to fruition - a day at Roland Garros to watch the pros (men and women) play in one of the four major tennis tournaments! However, decided to do a load of laundry before departing - having done a load of laundry prior, figured we had the washer and dryer wired! Ha! Put clothes in washer, add detergent, select water temperature and spin speed, hit 'on' and watch it go (front loader). Nothing happened!! So, kick the door, turn the dials again and still nothing ; one more twist of dials and it works! In the...

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May 27, 2014 - Market Day

Today we decided it was time for a chocolate croissant aka pain de chocolat so we headed out early (for us) to find the patisserie (pastry shop), not to be confused with the boulangerie (bread shop). We ended up at the cafe next to the patisserie where Judi C. had a petit dejuner of coffee, O.J., a wonderful croissant, plain white toast (go figure), and jam. Wanda and I went for the chocolate croissant (which the waitress got from the patesserie next door) and coffee and tea, respectively. While we were enjoying our breakfast, the local...

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May 26, 2014 - Eiffel Tower and Surrounds

Off to see the most iconic structure in the world - the Eiffel Tower. Fortunately we had bought "behind the scenes" tour tickets beforehand, so after two fast exchanges on the metro we caught up with our very delightful French tour guide. She gave us a fascinating history of Gustave Eiffel, his passion to build the tower for the 1889 World's Fair, took us below the tower to see the complex workings of the lifts, along with the radio and TV transmission operation. Then, after cutting through the long lines of people waiting to ascend the...

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May 25, 2014 - Paris Tour via Hop-On Hop-Off

Started the day off early for us - up and out the door by 10:00! Settling in to Parisian time, finally. Decided to take a "get acquainted with Paris" tour and use the Hop-on Hop-off bus. They have four lines with a total of fifty stops! So we purchased a two day pass, as our goal for the day was to spend some time in Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise - the final resting place of several famous people. The Blue line hit some of the biggies - Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Arc de Triumph, Opera house, etc. Took a break for lunch at a cute,...

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May 24, 2014 - Latin Quarter

Today our plan was to tour the Latin Quarter. Our first stop was to find the center of Paris. There is a marker in front of Notre Dame called "Point Zero" which we did find. Then we were off to find Paris' oldest inhabitant--an acacia tree nicknamed Robinier after the man who planted it in 1602--at the Square Viviani by St. Julien-le-Pauvre which claims to be the oldest church in Paris. Our next stop was the Shakespeare and Company bookstore established in 1920 by an American and became famous as a meeting place for Paris' expat literary...

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May 23, 2014 - Ile de la Cite and Ile St-Louis

Jet lag has got to be the worst! Finally rallied and out the door around 10:30am for a delicious breakfast at le Twickenham on St. Germain - fresh squeezed OJ, cafe', fried eggs and jamon. Aready getting spoiled by interesting and delicious food. Grocery shopping next on the agenda, which was a real experience. It took Judix2 at least 20 minutes just looking at shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, which was so confusing they ended up without any (Tip #1 don't forget your translator book when doing serious shopping). Spent the entire day...

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May 23, 2014 - A bientot Paris, bonjourno Rome

The internet has proved invaluable on this trip and apart from the obvious, here's why: I wanted to get a taxi to the airport so I didn't have to lug my bag around and change trains/buses etc., but I hadn't seen many empty taxis on my travels in Paris. Enter Google! I did a quick search and in just a few minutes, I found a taxi company I could book a shared taxi through at a fixed price of €25, so I took a punt and booked it. To my astonishment, I received a text message giving me my exact pick up time and another message to tell me the...

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May 22, 2014 - Palais Royale, Galleries Lafayette. In afternoon L&A to Musee D'Orsay, J&M to Opera Garnier

Jonno and Michelle awoke to find Lisa and Andrew had taken an early trip to the local market, and had set up a lovely breakfast, complete with roses, and fabulous treats from the boulangerie, for our anniversary. Such a special way to start the day! after such a leisurely start, we headed off, in the rain, on a walk to the Palais Royale

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May 22, 2014 - Our Journey Begins

Arrived safely after a pleasant, but very long 10.5 hour flight. We were met at our apartment by Camille and Sam; two very handsome and jovial young men who acquainted us with our new abode. The apartment takes up the 6th & 7th floor of a very charming building. Entering on the 6th floor there are two large en suite bedrooms, then up a spiral staircase to the 7th floor with the living room, dining room, full kitchen, atrium, and another large en suite bedroom. Judi B and I are on the 6th floor with Judi C on the 7th. She'll be in charge of...

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May 22, 2014 - Inside the Louvre, up the Eiffel Tower and view from the Sacre Coeur

I've skipped Wednesday 21st May, as my wine tour was cancelled without my knowledge, putting a bit of a downer on the day. Also, the weather wasn't very good which didn't make for very good sightseeing. So, on to Thursday 22nd May. Another poor start to the day, but it turned out ok, so you can keep reading! I was booked to go on a bicycle tour of Versailles and was due to meet at the 'Fat Tire Bike Tours' head office in the 15th Arrondissement. I had worked out which metros to take and was all set until I had trouble finding the...

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May 20, 2014 - Hop on hop off bus and an Aussie to talk to

Of course I jinxed myself with comments about the beautiful weather, as the morning started out ok and I left the apartment in a t-shirt and jeans, no jacket. I was in search of a croissant for breakfast and quickly found a boulangerie that had some other tempting treats too. I ordered my croissant and couldn't resist the chouquettes staring at me. Mum, they looked exactly like the ones we saw Rachel Koo make on Little Paris Kitchen. I placed my order without a word of English, so that was a good feeling. Brushing off the delicious buttery...

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