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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 12th 2013

Another cool and cloudy day on Tuesday but good enough to spend the day outdoors again. We've been wanting to go to the Rue Cler Market to really immerse ourselves in the Parisian atmosphere of the daily markets, although the indoor and outdoor markets around our apartment are great. But Rue Cler is highly recommended so off we went, along with a list of two other market areas to check out. It's just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower and has been a pedestrian only street since 1984. The metro stop was a couple of blocks away from the market and when we found it, we were immediately disappointed. It is only two blocks long, the stalls were sparse, shoppers even more sparse, just a few tourists taking photos and not much of anything else ... read more
Rue Mouffetard market
Our Asian lunch spot at Rue Mouffetard
La Maison des Tartes - Rue Mouffetard

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 12th 2013

So, so much happens in Paris, that it becomes impossible to frame a coherent narrative around your experiences. So as has become customary practice on the Internet, I will present a random list of experiences and trust you to stitch a story together out of these spare parts. A Frankenstein's Monster Blog, if you will... My brilliant wife's definition of the souvenirs at Disneyland at 'craperphenalia'. My brilliant daughter allowing us to photograph her modelling all manner of craperphenalia Australians everywhere!!!! You have to love a city where a crepe bought at a street stall really is an entire meal And given the conversation, a show as well The Parisians for again proving cliches regarding their aloofness to be completely baseless The magic in the expression on Maia's face as we turned the corner and she ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 12th 2013

Well today is our last day with Cindy the Citroen and Victoria aka Vicky the GPS and we shall be sad to see them go back to Citroen for someone to buy for their family.The car was a bit of a challenge at times being heavier then what we had been used to driving in NZ but we have got her through unscathed(with 40km to go!).We could not have done this trip without GPS as the locations of hotels especially in countries like Romania and Bulgaria etc which sometimes didn't have a street address or were off the beaten track(which at times wasn't hard)would have made it difficult and slow for us.We will have driven the car over 25,100km by the end of the day when we get to Orly airport. But first we are planning ... read more
Tickets purchased and we are on our way into the Palace
The first scene of oppulence in the Palace
He went that way..........

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 12th 2013

I am off on another European journey. My first stop is Paris. This city is easy to get in and out of, and quite frankly, it is a beautiful and wonderful city to visit. I love traveling here. This year however, I came to Paris to do one thing, and that was to visit the Catacombs. This was my main objective. I visited last year, and I was in line for the Catacombs, but the doors closed when I was about to go in. I made it my mission to return one day and visit. I arrive, and I have to find my hostel. I get off the plane, find the rail station, and make my way to my stop. This year I am staying at a new St. Christopher's hostel, and it is actually very ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 9th 2013

Saturday morning was sunny but a little cooler; a perfect day to explore a castle! We chose the Vincennes Castle, about a 1/2 hour by Metro across the city. Vincennes is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Europe. Construction started in the mid-1300's by John II (John the Good) and was completed by his son Charles V (Charles the Wise) around 1370. It served as a military stronghold, a prison, an arsenal and various Royal residences over the years. The wall and ramparts around the castle enclosure is 1,200 metres long, lined with nine towers originally 40 to 42 metres high, surrounded by a 27-metre wide moat filled with water until the end of the 17th century. The 2.6 metre thick curtain wall, rises some ten metres above the average level of the ... read more
Fireworks Grand Feu d’Artifice de Saint-Cloud
Crypt of Voltaire
Jardin du Luxembourg

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 9th 2013

Its always about the journey... Isn't that the cliche? Trying to focus on the process rather than the destination is an ingrained 'truth' that any pilgrim can and should bang on about endlessly... But you know, sometimes the feeling of arrival at a destination is just an out and out RELIEF. Sitting in our Parisian hotel room this evening is like that. Travelling over three days, socializing with hundreds of people and only 14 hours sleep in 72 hours will make the idea of stopping very appealing. Especially when all your plans appeared to be thwarted by an enormous wombat. Exactly what went through its tiny wombat mind in the seconds prior to walking in front of my car, thereby rendering the car, I believe the technical term is 'buggered', we may never know, deceased wombat ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 5th 2013

I finally went to sleep at 4 a.m. (due to afternoon nap and screwed up body clock), and my alarm went off at 7:00. I caught the Metro to a commuter train station for a 40 minute ride to the outskirts of Paris in order to visit the Chateau de Versailles. France is still unseasonably hot, but they don't bother with air conditioning. The metro and train were both hot. When I arrived in the town of Versailles, I joined a small group for a guided tour in English. I have seen pictures and films of this place all my life, but it is really much larger than I had imagined. It was built by Louis IVX to show off and exude opulence. It certainly does that. We learned much about the chateau and the life ... read more
Proof I'm here!
Orangerie

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 4th 2013

This entry covers a lot of museum activity including the Orsay, Rodin, Notre-Dame Crypt, St. Chapelle, Cluny, Orangerie, Pompidou, and lastly a trip to Versaille. Monday morning, after walking for what seems like MILES every day for the past 32 days, we decided to take a bit of a break today......by WALKING all around our neighbourhood! LOL Chris and I took a casual walking tour of the streets for a few blocks in each direction around our home. This was not as easy as it sounds as NONE of the blocks are square but mostly triangular and every second corner has 5 or 6 streets branching out from a roundabout or a square. There are parks and squares, beautiful architecture, great little shops and cafes everywhere. We ended our walk with stops at the markets for ... read more
Eiffel Tower at night
Rodin's "Thinker"
Place St. Michel

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 4th 2013

After having unhappy feet all day yesterday, and not sleeping much last night due to the nap I took in the afternoon, I decided to take the lazy way today. I walked to the Notre Dame area and got on L'Open Bus. It's a hop-on-hop-off bus that has 4 different routes and takes you all around the different areas of the city. There was a decent narration explaining things as we drove along. It was a hot, but beautiful day, and I rode around the city seeing most everything! Paris is beautiful, and it looks "so Parisian". Silly? Well, it looks just like I expected, based on seeing it in movies all of my life. Instead of telling you everything I saw, just figure if it's a sightseeing spot in Paris, then I saw it. Instead, ... read more
Rose window at Notre Dame
Sidewalk toilet...smelly
Arc de Triomphe

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 3rd 2013

I arrived in Paris 14 hours after I left Orlando. After a few stops to read my directions, I found my way to the correct commuter train, then Metro, and then walking about 6 blocks until I found the "flat" I'm renting from a guy on airbnb.com. It's in a fairly convenient location, and it's fine. This place is a study in living small. The room is about 12' by 11'; it sleeps 3, has a stool, shower, sink, frig, microwave, cooktop, and washing machine! I'm sleeping on a futon that is as hard as the floor, but I'm not going to complain, because I'm so tired I don't think I'll notice. While waiting for my check-in time, I walked to Notre Dame and checked it out. Paris is exactly as I had expected. There are ... read more
Notre Dame
Fountain




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