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May 15, 2015 - On to Paris

We made it! Drove to Avignon and found the TGV station and boarded our train. Our luggage has become unbelieveably heavy. What a hassle. A little over a 3 hour train trip and we are at our apartment. Doesn't quite looks like the photos, but it's fine. As they say, location, location. Our host, Leticia, works in the cafeteria just downstairs. It's cold in Paris, but a relief from the heat of Provence.

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May 12, 2015 - Day 2 in Paris

The plan for the day was the Hop On Hop Off bus, hopping off at points to do walking tours I had found in my guide book, Frommer's Paris Day by Day. Of course I had a Google map to find the location to pick up the bus but it was wrong and we had to call the tour company to find out where the correct place was, the corner of St Germaine des Pres and Mont St Michel but which corner? Four tries and we found it, the bus arrived and we were on our way. There are four sections to the route and I carefully examined them to find convenient transfer...

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May 10, 2015 - Bordeaux

Here we are in Bordeaux - a lovely, livable small/medium sized city - 250,000 area population. Getting here was not easy - First, I waited 4 hours to get out of Pittsburgh. I arrived at 8 am for my 10: 25 am flight, which was delayed till 12 something because of equipment failure in Minneapolis, the originating city. The 6:30pm flight out of New York didn't get into the air until 7:30. We still arrived on time, which says something about the scheduling. The flight out of Charles deGaulle airport was on time, both in departure and...

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Apr 28, 2015 - Mister Toads Ride is alive and well in Paris

Our return to Paris took us through Chartres, France. There is cathedral there Pam really wanted to see. More on that later. The drive was a breeze just follow the talking GPS. We sped like a rocket into the unknown. As you will see by the photo of the GPS screen. The Citron was smooth and responsive in Pam's capable hands. She beamed with confidence as we shot into the abiss. Little knowing what lies ahead. We had to return the car by 20:00, so at about 18:00 we were getting into some Paris commute trafic. We both laughed and I said...

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Apr 25, 2015 - The greatest museum in the world

The Louvre is considered by many to be the greatest museum in the world.It surely is one of the largest. Since there Impressionist section moved to its new location at the Orsay it would be hard to argue which is better. The Impressionist are still so popular.. that the move eased the crowds at the Louvre. Enjoy an evening stroll with us as we tackle one of Paris' greatest sites.

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Apr 24, 2015 - Orangerie

The Orangerie is the home of Claude Monet's famous paintings in the round. There are two room with four giant paintings in each. Even though we were alone in the rooms the museum attended said my camera was making too much noise. Then she proceeded to talk with her fellow attendent the whole time we were there. Go figure.

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Apr 23, 2015 - The ultimate short man complex

Today we are off to visit Napoleon Bonaparte and the National Army Museum of France. As with most of these place we planned a few hours and could have spent two days. I included only a few of the hundred photos we took. It is amazing the variety and amount of places to visit in Paris. We planned seven days here and could easily have spent a month. Now that we have the metro and trains figured out it is easy to get around but, still a lot of walking on hard surfaces. Our next update should give you something to think about.

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Apr 22, 2015 - Now thats an ARCH!

The Arc de Triomphe was is one of the spots you must see when you visit Paris. It was constructed after WW1 in memory of all the lost soldiers. Hitler and his storm troopers marched through it after taking Paris. The Allied forces also marched thru the arch after they kicked his butt. Today thousands flock there to shop and see the view up the Champs-Elysees. We are no different.

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Apr 21, 2015 - Tower of Power in the city of lights

The Eiffel Tower is one of those sites all travelers feel they must see when they visit Paris. It would be easy to think that it can't live up to all that hype. But the test of time says it is worth looks at the from many different perspectives. It is great from a distance and from close up it is spell binding. Watching the people look at it is a whole other perspective. And of course the view at night may be the best. Our flat in Paris was a 13 minute walk from the tower. We took the walk in day light and at night. Both were wonderful as...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Our visit at the Orsay Museum

Today we spent the day at the Orsay Museum. The Orsay is an off shoot of the Louvre that was created because the impressionist movement was so popular that it needed it's own venue. It is by far the best museum we have visited on this adventure. Tomorrow, Friday, we are going to take on the Louvre. We hope you will enjoy the attached pics as much as we enjoyed visiting this museum.

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Apr 20, 2015 - Day 4. Paris

Day 4. 18/4/15. It started out cold today then sunny and hot, then cold and windy, which was overall quite pleasant. We did a Batobus hop-on, hop-off river cruise, which had 9 stops. We didn't hop off at all of them, as some places we've been to before and didn't need to see again. We did get off at The Louvre, but didn't go into the museum. Like most famous places in Paris, there is much to see on the outside to interest those on a budget, and we did see Mona in 1993 and we're sure she hasn't aged. The Hotel de Ville stop is where many...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Day 3. Paris.

Day 3. 17/4/15. Well, today's the day - 50 years married. After breakfast we went to the Info Centre at the station and bought an all-day ticket for €7 and caught the Metro to Galleries la Fayette where we were amazed at the number of people in the shop, the queue of people waiting to go into the Chanel department and security only allowing one group/family at a time, the size of the ground floor selling only shoes plus a few souvenirs, and the sheer beauty of the ornate galleries topped by a lead light dome. After wandering the streets we...

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