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Apr 8, 2016 - Au Revoir Paris

It was a beautiful drive back to Paris from Beaune. After a long day on the bus, we were back in the city. We had the evening to ourselves, so Jay and I decided to take a late afternoon walk through District 15, which was right around the corner from the hotel. We passed the mall and many larger stores and then were in the midst of a beautiful neighborhood with a private school and streets with lots of interesting restaurants and apartments. Back at the hotel, we asked the concierge where we could find an Italian restaurant. As it turned...

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Apr 2, 2016 - Bonjour Paris!

After an almost missed connection at JFK and a long overnight flight to Paris, we welcomed the morning at the Paris airport. After gathering our luggage we were soon picked up by our Trafalgar greeter and on our way to our hotel in Paris. We stayed at the Novatel near the Eiffel Tower and couldn't want to walk the mile to see the tower. We freshened up quickly and were out the door. We weren't quite sure how to get there, but just kept looking up and walking toward the tower. The closer we got, the more tourists we saw. We heard French all...

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Mar 17, 2016 - Churches, Parc Sceaux , pack for Porto

Greeting to all. This is a short week's reporting so there is a clean slate for Porto, Portugal on the travel map. Since I last posted, we had an outing with Annie, an outing with Hedwig, a visit to see the globes at the French national library, a day of frustration to pay for our hotels in Spain and Portugal and visits to the Musee Delacroix, Saint Sulpice and Saint Germaine. We attended an organ concert at Saint Bernard de la chapelle with Annie. She invited us for tea before the concert and we three shared a cheese tray at en Vrac...

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Mar 12, 2016 - Jazz, Dali, Rodin, palms and more

The weather this week has been fluctuating between the promise of spring and chilly reminders that winter remains ascendant. We ended last week with a visit to the Rodin museum in Paris, so we started this week with a trip on the RER C to Meudon Val Fleury to visit the house and workshop Rodin shared with Rose from 1893 until 1917. The house, workshop and gardens are located high above the city of Paris, about 8km away. Rodin and Rose are buried here, under a monumental bronze sculpture of the thinker, in front of the rebuilt façade of the...

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Mar 4, 2016 - Trio metral and bang bang zombie zombie

Paris February 25 This has been a diverse week, so here is a chronological recap. We started the week off, last Thursday, with the public master class organized by ProQuartet at the Goethe Institute. The session was with Heime Muller, a violinist, for 16 years, with the Artemis Quartet. He was coaching the Aristos Quartet working on a Haydn quartet. We learn so much at these master classes, fortunately conducted in English. One of the topics was the suggestion not to employ vibrato when playing a dissonant chord since the vibrato makes the...

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Feb 25, 2016 - Paris, St. Germaine en Laye, Fontainbleau

Ah, the freedom of a monthly navigo pass. On Thursday, a cold and wet day, with a bit of a snow flurry, we boarded the RER A2 and went to St. Germaine En Laye to rendezvous with Hedwig, the third member of the jolly retired travelers, for a visit to the national museum of archaeology, housed in the chateau-vieux. The site of the chateau has a long history beginning in 1122. The knocking down, burning, rebuilding, renovating and demolishing of this chateau went on until 1682 when the royal court moved to Versailles. Jacques II, King of...

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Feb 6, 2016 - Between Mulhouse and Geneva

We had a gray and rainy week in Paris with two cultural highlights, two social highlights and a bit of economic support for the French economy. Our planning continues for a walk of about 115 km of the campostela from Tui to the cathedral. As part of the planning we have purchased walking sticks and a good backpack. We watched several utube videos on how to hold and walk with our new toys and in spite of the rain, we have been hiking several miles in butte Chaumont or along the canal daily so we get accustomed to them. We love them. You feel...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Palais, chateau, quartets, Dumas, improv

One of the many advantages to having a 5 zone monthly navigo pass for the Paris metro is the freedom to wake up in the morning and randomly pick a destination somewhere within the extensive network for a free expedition. Saturday found us on the RER bound for Ecouen the location of the Chateau d’Ecouen, aka the national museum of the Renaissance. It was a cold day, but we have added more layers to our wardrobe and thus the mile walk from the train through the forest to the chateau was really quite pleasant. The direction is well marked and...

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Jan 15, 2016 - Culture abounds in Paris

It has been a culturally eclectic start to 2016. Thursday night we used our new Essaion theatre 10 show ticket for a two person show titled “au bar de l'estran”. The show was performed in the smaller of the theatre’s two stages by Rachel Pignot and Emmanuel Depoix (next door neighbor of France). Evan and France went to the show last week and it was sold out and they gave it very good reviews. Sadly, there were only 5 of us in the audience the night we attended. Admittedly, we didn’t understand anything, but the singing and musical...

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Jan 7, 2016 - New Year in Paris

Happy new year to all of you! I hope you all are eating some delicious galette des Rois as we prepare for the 12th night after Christmas, the epiphany! Perhaps you are not familiar with this treat? Here is a copy of an article for you. KING FOR A DAY: THE GALETTE DES ROIS IN JANUARY by Vivian Thomas January 6, 2015 As soon as the bûche de Noël disappears from French bakeries, another holiday sweet, the galette des rois (kings’ cake) takes its place. Named for the Three Magi, the galette traditionally appears before the feast of the Epiphany...

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Dec 30, 2015 - Between Stuttgart and Venice

We returned from Stuttgart on December 16. The week that followed was filled with social activity, a little culture, one full day of staying in bed reading, and a flurry of welcome last minute planning to meet daughter Yarrow and her wife Jen in Venice on December 26th. Prior to our trip to Stuttgart, we had ordered tickets for a tour of The Musée des Arts Forains - Collection Jean-Paul Favand, a private museum of funfair objects located within the Pavillons de Bercy. The museum was created by Jean Paul Favand, an actor and antiques dealer,...

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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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