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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
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Europe » France » Île-de-France April 13th 2014

Last two days in Paris we were forced to slow our pace ( a little). Slept in Wed. A.M. Took our time and didn't arrive at Taverna Esmeralda until noonish. After another lovely brunch decided to stroll the backstreets of the Latin Quarter for a true flavor of Paris life. Went to Marche St. Germain , the old market square where stalls of beautiful fruits, veggies, cheeses, fish, and flowers assault both eyes and nose. The lovely flowers still smell good in Paris! Then onto exchange money and purchase cereal, fruit, milk and croissants for later. Our stroll home down Boulevard St. Germain took us back to our little studio apt . Where we enjoyed a rest and hot tea in our little patio garden oasis. After a visit with Eric our English speaking landlord we ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France April 13th 2014

On the bus to Normandy we enjoyed the beautiful French countryside. Lovely farms, cows and bright yellow fields of Rape seed. The small villages we passed through were exactly as one would imagine .... Only lovelier. Photo ops were non- existent due to being on bus, which was torture! upon arrival at main D-Day Museum in the village of Caen, our tour guide,Pasquale,a lovely knowledgeable woman turned us loose to tour the museum and meet later for lunch. After lunch and a movie of the D- day envision we left for the tour of beaches, each with its own museum , monuments and bunker sites. The most impressive sight was the American cemetery at Omaha Beach where 9,000 of the 23,000 Americans killed in the invasion are buried. The striking monument there "The Spirit of American ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France April 13th 2014

After a very late arrival home from Normandy last night we needed to speed pack and be ready for b Bed by midnight. Ort taxi arrived promptly at 8:00 pm . Found Turkish Air terminal, checked in bags ,got our boarding passes and went to find oour Gate and go through security . after waiting in line a full hour to get security our boarding time had passed and we all three Had a bag pulled to be inspected. Mine was first and the lady opened everything in it.... Every zipper nook and cranny.... Even opened my glasses case! After stuffing all back in I ran for gate to tell them two more travelers coming .....bags being inspected hold for them and I followed last few passengers through gate to board ..... We were led down ... read more

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

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

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

I indulged myself with a well-earned lay in this morning and spent a lazy morning in the apartment and doing some repacking. Early afternoon, I went for a final walk down to Notre Dame and went through the Cathedral one last time. After this, it was back to the apartment for a shower and some tea, before dressing and a final pack of the bag before getting the taxi to Charles de Gaulle Airport for my 9:50pm flight.... read more

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 April 9th 2014

To get to Monet’s Garden, I caught a regional RNCF train to Vernon from St Lazare. The trains are high speed with only a few stops and the 08:20 from Saint Lazare got to Vernon at 09:09. The trains only run every couple of hours so it is important to find out the timetable beforehand. Shuttle buses run between Vernon Station and Giverny so it was then a 15 minute bus trip to the big parking area in Giverny, where everyone piles off the bus and walks through the country town to get to either Monet’s Garden or the Impressionists’ Museum. Giverny is north-west of Paris and the village extends up the hillside, along a range, with a fast flowing stream at the bottom. The weather forecast was for a sunny day and 16 degrees but ... read more
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