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

A bit of light drizzle this morning as we leave the apartment and walk up some very steep steps, hundreds of them to the Sacre Coeur Church. We wandered around the streets and found an aromatic scent emanating from this tiny little cafe. I experienced my first pain au chocolat and it definitely WILL NOT be my last. It was still warm from the oven. Trev had a scrumptious pear tarte along with a cafe au lait. The French coffee so far has been on the weak side and when added to the milk makes for a very mild hot drink. Enjoyable though. I'm not sure how these vehicles maneuver in such tight quarters but they do. The pedestrian definitely does not have the right of way here!! Amazing architecture and magnificent view of Paris from ... read more
Montmartre
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 2nd 2013

After getting back to the apartment so late, we were both tired this morning and starting to feel the effects of walking so much. We decided to head to Le Bon Marche department store this morning and possibly go to look at fabric in the Monmartre area in the afternoon. We took the metro to Le Bon Marche and spent a while walking around. They were also having a sale but the original prices were so ridiculously high that even at 50% off, they were still way more than I would ever pay. My favorite area was the fabric and craft area but the prices were so crazy that I didn't buy anything. Grosgrain ribbon was on sale for €6 per yard, it's about $1 per yard in the U.S. The only thing I saw that ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 2nd 2013

Our new room in the hotel--the one that has lights--looks down onto the street, onto the very wet, rained on street. It rains on the average of 19 days in May in Paris, so we are happy that we had glorious sun yesterday. By the end of the day we will be a bit more soggy and pessimistic, but I get ahead of myself. Back we go to the cellar breakfast room. The beautiful Nigerian lady who keeps everything going always has a beautiful smile for us and lets me practice my emerging French skills while trying to keep a straight face, but she is not afraid to laugh heartily and then help me along. A croissant, a soft-boiled egg, a latte, and a brief lesson in conversational French- what could be better? We put on ... read more
A Typical French Hotel Room
The Breakfast Room
Lattees

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 1st 2013

Flight and Arrival I arrived in Paris on a nonstop flight on Air France from San Francisco at around 11:30 am. The flight was good. It felt cramped in economy but once I reclined my seat it felt almost roomy! Dinner was pretty good, chunks of beef in a mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes. I passed on the wine since i was sitting in the window seat and the woman in the aisle seat gave me a dirty look when i asked to get out to use the bathroom. Dinner included a very yummy french roll, a container of applesauce made with green apples and a strawberry mousse cake dessert. The only thing I didn't really like was a curry orzo . A few hours into the flight they came by with fudgsicles. Not the Popsicle ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 1st 2013

Eiffel Tower This morning we decided to walk to the Eiffel Tower since Katie wanted to get a picture of the trees manicured into squares that line the Champs de Mars leading up to the Eiffel Tower. It is one of her goals in life to take a picture of the square trees in every season, so she now has Winter and Summer covered. It was a beautiful walk to the Eiffel Tower. The weather was very pleasant, slightly overcast and cool in the morning. We got some wonderful shots leading up to the Eiffel Tower and after passing under it onto the Champs de Mars side. Afterwards we took the Metro to the Place de la Madeleine. I wanted to go there for two reasons. The first reason was to take a picture of a ... read more

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 1st 2013

It is morning, it is sunny, and we are in Paris! We decide to eat in the hotel breakfast room- a lovely subterranean cave with a dandy machine that makes lattes- to help us get an earlier start on the day. John has already been down to the front desk to assure that we are moving out of the light-less room. Getting ready for the day in the interior, no-window bathroom has been a challenge. Luckily the hotel hair dryer is hardwired in so that worked, however I am not quite sure if my make-up is on my face, at all. "Oui, oui. We will move you, just pack up your luggage and we will take care of it." Pack up. oh. The room is 10x10 with a European king bed; we have unpacked everything so ... read more
Approaching the Louvre
Who Invited All These People?
Gobsmacked

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 30th 2013

Zut Alors! The alarm clock has gone off and we are packing up to go to Paris, France! We are really, really going to Paris and really, really going to see all those museums and cathedrals and cafes, and---EGAD!--I am going to try to speak French to real, real French persons. I am officially terrified. I have spent the past six months with Rosetta Stone trying to re-learn the four or five years I spent butchering the French language in high school and college. As the days have gotten closer and closer to actually attempting this feat of humiliation I have become more and more intimidated by the whole prospect. Then, dear Niamh comes to my rescue telling me that she is fluent in French and that I should just say this, "Pardon, je ne parle ... read more
Ahh!
Look! Look!
Le Russillon

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 29th 2013

Well the rest of my week here has been busy. Full of art, walking, shopping, carbs and butter, more walking and more shopping. Unfortunatly Paris has been cloudy and cold. The whole week. I didnt prepare myself for this weather, and have been scrambling to pull together clothes to wear that will keep me warm. I guess the only solution is to buy more clothes! Wednesday, devoted to art. Im going to call this goldilocks and the three art Galleries. First : Too hard. I venture to Palais de Tokyo. This space hosts different exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. I like modern art. To an extent. Lets take a trip thru what I saw. First you walk into the bottom level and it is black painted walls and dim lighting. On the wall is some ... read more
Public self clean toilets
Best crossaint ever. Fr. Ble sucre
Flakey as it should be

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 29th 2013

Paris, the city of love... and the smell of pee. No seriously, it smells like urine everywhere. We flew into Amsterdam early on Tuesday morning, the immigration guy thought I was Paris Hilton- wasn’t sure whether to take that as an insult or a compliment, grabbed our bags and hopped on a train to Paris. We decided to buy the travel card and a museum pass which promised to get us into monuments and many museums for free (besides the cost of the pass.....). After figuring out how to find our apartment that we had rented on VRBO, we set off on our first mission. Well, like usual we got lost. Got off on the right transit stop but really could not figure out where we were supposed to be. Wandered up and down the streets ... read more
On Strike
Yesss
Venus de Milo

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 26th 2013

Back in Paris! It is starting to feel comfortable now each time I come back. And the more I come the more I get familiar with the streets and remembering my way around. I meet up with my new apartment people and drag my luggage up the 5 flights of curved stairs, which were uneven and loose. She shows me inside and the apartment is full of charachter and charm. Strips if dark wood exposed beams and a stone surface half way up the wall. The kitchen is small but efficient, its got a great living area with satellite tv ( yeah!) little dining area and a seperate bedroom with very comfortable linens. The best part is the 4 big windows that let in this incredible amount of light. Ironically i was concerned initially when I ... read more
Charlie today
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Pantheon




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