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Jun 19, 2014 - Our Last Day

Exactly one month ago today trois femmes arrived in Paris. Can't believe how quickly the time went. We have done so much, seen so much, experienced so much, and met some wonderful people along the way. Truly an unbelievable and fantastic journey. So on our last full day, we checked our "wanna do while in Paris" list and off we went. Judix2 headed off, using their last metro tickets, to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a wilderness park in NE Paris. Baron Haussmann, who laid out the city's grand boulevards for Napoleon built this park in 1867 over...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Ile St-Louis and Movie Tour

Wanda treated the Judix2 to a lovely breakfast this morning. She went to the market and came back with the makings for scrambled eggs with mushrooms, a cantaloupe, and bananas. She added a peach and some strawberries already in the house for a fruit plate and heated up half our chocolate croissants stash from the freezer. By now the gray skies had burned off so we headed for the Ile St-Louis to do a little browsing and pick up some final souvenirs. At our first stop, we were told not to miss the church at the end of the street. We...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Last day in Paris - reflections

Sadly, this is my last day in Paris before heading back to London tomorrow morning on the Eurostar. Paris has been wonderful and I've made the most of my time by walking everywhere, observing Parisians and tourists from the comfort of café tables, being awestruck in several museums and churches, eating street food bought from outdoor markets, and beaucoup de map reading. Some observations and random impressions: Parisians really enjoy their city. Every night the Place Dauphine - a small park outside my hotel - is full of small groups of...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Versailles Gardens

The grey clouds are back and we had to pull out our jackets, but we went ahead with our plan to visit Versailles. But first we had to stop at the Market (the market on the corner is held every Tues, Thurs, and Sat) to see if we could find a particular vendor. We purchased some things from her early in our stay and we wanted to buy more (can't tell you what as they are going to be gifts--at least some of them will) but we have not seen her since. It's kinda interesting how some vendors are the same, some are the same but in different spots,...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Giverny

Thursday was Giverny day, which started out with some trepidation on my part because I had to negotiate the metro from Chatelet station by Pont Neuve to Gare St Lazare. Yikes! Chatelet station is complicated, being a transfer point between numerous different train lines on multiple tracks on multiple levels. The good news was that the metro strike of the previous day was over and the trains were running. I just followed the crowds and kept on the lookout for track #14 which I eventually found. After that it was only 4 stops to Gare St...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Normandy

Today was our much anticipated trip to Normandy. We were concerned because over the weekend, the French trains went on strike. Fortunately, we were among the few lucky ones where the train was still scheduled to run, although the times had changed costing us three hours of much needed time in Normandy. Our friend Lexie met us in Lisieux and was to be our guide for the day. Our timing was good, as the 70th anniversary of D-Day was on June 6, which drew large crowds and big celebrations, so by now we were able to visit many decorated sites...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Parc de Monceau and Harry's Bar

Today was a slow start - Judi C was trying to recuperate from yesterday's disaster with the SD card. It started when she decided to post a video to the blog and ran out of space on her iPad. So not to be deterred, she was determined to get a video posted; two downloads of free software (one to rotate the video and one to compress the video) later the video of the Eiffel Tower twinkling lights was posted to the blog - check it out on the blog of June 12! The day was to be a trip out of Paris on the train to an historical town, Senlis;...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Paris Tuesday and Wednesday

I arrived at Gare du Nord in the midst of a bucketing rain storm, lined up for a cab and arrived at my hotel, the tiny Hotel Henri IV on Ile de La Cite. I was immediately faced with my first flight of narrow winding stairs just to get to the reception desk. As I was trying to struggle into my backpack a young man came in the door behind me and said "Non, non - I carry you"! Sounds too good to be true, n'est-ce pas? It was! He only carried my backpack. I quickly and easily checked in, but unfortunately had to haul my stuff up the next 4...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Marmottan Museum

Well we paid the price this morning for our wine consumption yesterday and got off to a slow start this morning. Judi C in her wanderings after having lunch with Tim's (her cousin) wife (she has arrived in Paris with their boys to join Tim) yesterday had found the office for Set in Paris where they offer Le Movie Tour. It is a tour of movie locations in Paris. We decided this morning we wanted to do it. So we checked out their website and found out they only have tours on Saturdays at 2:30 and there was still availablity for today's tour....

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Jun 13, 2014 - Ile St-Louis and Canal Saint-Martin

Another beautiful day in paradise. What started out as a leisurely kinda day turned into many very fun and unexpected experiences. Judi C was to have lunch with her visiting cousins from the US, so Judi B and Wanda decided to explore the nooks and crannies of Ile St-Loius. Wanda was on a quest to locate the studio apartment of Camille Claudel, the French sculptor. Having seen the 1988 version of the movie "Camille Claudel" before coming to Paris (recounts her troubled life and long relationship with legendary sculptor Rodin), and also...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Musee Rodin and Eiffel Tower at Night

Thursday is market day and we are out of flowers! With empty new "ditty" bags we head out to the local "farmer's market" - just a three block walk! The market does not have chocolate croissants so we must stop at the patisserie to stock the freezer just in case! Returning our purchases to the apartment, we catch the metro to Musee Rodin. Hotel de Biron is now Musee Rodin, Auguste Rodin's home the last 9 years of his life. In addition to his sculptures, paintings and sketches, the museum also includes works he collected by John Singer...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Opera Garnier and Chocolate

What a day! After several days of heat, humidity, and rain, we had a beautiful day in the low 70's. Our plan for the day was the Opera Garnier, the Chocolate Museum and Harry's Bar. Opera Garnier has English tours every Wednesday at 11:30 and 2:30 and when we arrived, the 11:30 tour was already sold out. But we were able to get tickets for the 2:30 tour. So Plan B and we headed off to the Chocolate Museum. All we had was a notation on the hop on, hop off bus map and an address. After about a 30-minute walk exploring the 2nd arrondissement,...

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