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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 15th 2014

I suppose I’m somehow dating myself here, but I can’t help thinking back to the days when you would buy a 45 or an album because you liked a particular song you heard on the radio. Invariably you took it home and played it a million times. It was your favorite song and you felt as though you were the one who had discovered it. Of course, as time went on, you noticed more and more people were also enjoying “your” song. It actually became popular and it seemed everywhere you went people were humming the song or talking about how great the band was. It was still the same song you discovered, but in some way it seemed different now that so many other people liked it. Other people were interpreting the meaning of the ... read more
Gargoyles at Notre Dame
Chateau Fontainebleau
Eiffel Tower and Carousel

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Wow.... Two days of wonders to report! Arr. Paris Tue. at 11:30 am. (4:30am U.S. ). A little weary and travel worn , but ready to hit the ground running. Charged our Energizer Bunny Batteries and caught Taxi to 21quay dela Tournelle....lovely studio apt. in Latin Quarter very near Notre Dame Cathedral. Walked across bridge (at our front door stoop) onto Ile de St. St. Louis to find long over due lunch. A lovely little Crepe shop caught our eye, Cafe Argent, where we all had a lovely bowl of a puréed Veg . Soup with breaD and some lovely crepes filled with different sweet fillings. Particularly loved the Apricot! Left there around 2:00 and walked to Notre dame on the Ile de cite and toured the beautiful Cathedral inside and out to see the stained ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Strolled down to Taverna Esmeralda for Brunch today. Slept until 10:00 .... So much for the energizer bunny! Had a delicious Croque Madame with Cafe Creme. strolled the Quai Bookstalls to purchase a few goodies and then caught the Batobus on Seine at Notre Dame stop. cruised down to the Louvre where we departed to see the Pyramid.... Also paid 12 euros each to relieve ourselves and have a cool drink! It was worth every penny... Met a lovely couple from Seattle ... Chatted awhile then re- boarded Batobus to The Eiffel Tower where we had res . Later in evening for tour and trip to summit. It was early so we got a nice cream and walked over river and up hill to Plaza Trocadero to take photos and eat an early dinner of Spa ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 2nd 2014

It was the last day of winter when I left her. It wasn’t anything she did; I just needed to move along. She was everything you could want and was easy to love. She kept me warm on many a winter night. She was beautiful, passionate and very romantic. The long nights on the river are unforgettable. And the food! I never ate so well in my life. A real Renaissance kind of girl you could say. I guess I don’t have to feel too bad. She has lots of other admirers and I know she won’t lack attention for long after I’m gone. It wasn’t her, it was me. I wanted something new. Maybe a little more refined and complicated. I needed knowledge to go with the looks. You know the type. Studious, businesslike. All ... read more
Moulin Rouge
Sunset Boats
Montmartre Nights

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 21st 2014

A Dubai stopover, before a week with family in England and then a culture upload in Paris, France.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 2nd 2014

Beautiful sunny day. Loretta & I went shopping and took a ride on the ferris wheel. It was windy and chilly but we had a nice clear view. Ten euros and it goes around three times.... read more
Ferris Wheel
Lovely Loretta
Did I mention I don't like heights?

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 2nd 2014

Here's the story of the locks on the bridge. A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto one of the bridges. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love. Last year the locks on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre were cut off, reportedly by the government. But romance beats politics in Paris and the locks can now be seen on two Paris bridges: Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché. However, there is a difference on which bridge you pledge your love. Some say the only way to break the seal of love brought on by this love lock act is to find the key and unlock the padlock. Of course, that is nearly impossible, since the keys lie at the bottom ... read more
Love lock bridge

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 1st 2014

Since we come to Paris ever year and shop at the same stores every year, and eat at the same restaurants every year.....I will not be posting photos or blogging. More of the same. However I can update that our favorite restaurant Chez la Vieille has totally gone down hill. The long time chef is gone and so are the patrons. Meal was truly so-so. Very disappointing. Same with Aux Lyonnais. I will assume it was just an off night for them. The restaurant was still packed.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 30th 2014

I often get asked “Why do you travel so much?”, which is usually followed up by “How do you afford it?” First off, my husband is blessed with a wonderful job and secondly he can stretch a dollar for all it’s worth. But also, it comes down to choices. While others have their kids in private school, we are homeschooling. While others have two cars, we have one. So as an educator, our travels are not vacations but rather field trips. Leading up to a trip, I research history, books, arts and sites of the area. I have found that surfing the local library online catalogue is a great way to brainstorm different ideas to teach the kids. Each kid has their own library card and we make bi-weekly trips to pick up the latest books ... read more
Dancing at Chateau de Versailles
Outside the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Drawing their masterpieces at the Louvre




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