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May 6, 2017 - Rainy May day in Paris

ARRRGH!!! Once again I finished typing out what I am sure was a sparkling, witty entry, only to find that I did not save it (although I am quite sure that I did). This is SO irritating, trying to reconstruct my thoughts. Well, here goes... I spent the morning touring the Marais district; named for the swampy ground over which it was originally constructed. There is a great deal of history here, literary (Victor Hugo lived here) beautiful architecture, but this was traditionally the Jewish section; and there is a sobering monument to the...

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May 5, 2017 - My first day on my own; or the long and winding stairs...

Thomas and Whitney made it onto the plane and in fact have now landed back in Seattle!!! Today has been my first day on my own and it has been lovely. I went on a walking tour of the Left Bank *(Rive Gauche) with Paris Walks; which I have heard good things about and can highly recommend. We strolled around and visited areas important to the 1920s writing scene; E Hemingway, J Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Orwell, etc. Also lots of hidden alleys, nooks and crannies; it was fabulous. After that I went to a bistro, and apparently...

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May 4, 2017 - The Passport Debacle

!LONG POST ALERT! Well, I could not bear to write yesterday, as I was so worried, but now that all has ended well, I feel free to update you all... Yesterday we left the Loire Valley; stopping for one last Chateau; Cheverny, which is well known not only for it's hunting dogs, but also as the inspiration for the Chateau of Capitain Haddock in the infamous Tin Tin series. Several of the Tin Tin books revolve around this chateau and it's mysteries. The chateau has (unusually) been in the same family since 1623, the guide book says that the...

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May 1, 2017 - The endless day

It was a smooth trip - no problems but what looong day - we all got up around 7 a.m. on Sunday, and about 26 hours later on Monday afternoon we landed in Rome. We had a 5-hr layover in Paris which added to the time on the road. Oh - a big coincidence - at the SeaTac airport we saw and chatted with Suzie and Steve Gierke, former ISD teachers. We saw them several time en route on the plane and as we zig-zagged through the customs line in Paris before they split off for their Viking Cruise from Switzerland to Amsterdam. Haven't seen them in...

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A Group in Greece

Apr 25, 2017 - Fancy Windows and Waiting in Lines

Since the last journey entry we have been all over Paris! We capped off last night with a cold but beautiful ride on the Bateaux Mouches (boat ride down the river Seine) and I finally got my night view of the Eiffel Tower. :-D After a late dinner across the street (pretty standard steak, potatoes, bread & wine) we went to bed way too late, again. Today we managed to hit the Notre Dame, the tower (from Hunchback of Notre Dame stories), Archaeological crypt under Notre Dame square, Saint Chapelle (more stain glass windows) AND the Eiffel...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Nous sommes arrivés à Paris

We left Seine Port yesterday afternoon and were chauffeured into Paris by the Barbier's (which was fortunate as my luggage has somehow gained in both weight and unwieldiness since I left the US. I don't understand how that happened). We toured the Musee D'Orsay, which is located in a lovely Art Deco Train Station and houses Impressionist and post Impressionist Art. As usual, I had trouble orienting myself on the cryptic map,so we wandered through all the art leading up to Impressionism, finally locating the main area of interest 1/2 hour...

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Apr 22, 2017 - Wandering in the Ile de France

We have been having wonderful meals, thanks to my Aunt's superb cooking, but last night's dinner was a bit hazy after sampling two whites, two reds and a 30 year old eau de vie from Jean Pierre... I am really going to miss this as we head out on our own tomorrow and have to pick out our own meals and wines. Today we went for a wander in a local area where there are Scottish Highland cattle (and the ubiquitous Canada goose, both of which seemed out of place). The cattle were charming and the walk was lovely, through the fields and bordering...

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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