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Europe » France » Île-de-France July 21st 2014

We staan vroeg op en vertrekken naar het station waar we in de TGV naar Parijs stappen. Tijdens de treinreis val ik in slaap waardoor ik wat versuft op Gare du Nord sta in de volle zon. Op het station merk ik de drukte al. Ik had me nog wel voorgenomen hier nooit meer naar terug te gaan. Ik wil niet teveel uitbreiden over Parijs, omdat ik mijn blog graag netjes wil houden. We hebben geen stempel omdat je daarvoor de Notre Dame in moet, waar een twee uur lange rij voor staat. Wat een rotstad. We hebben maar een trein naar Tours gepakt uit wanhoop, waar we weer in een Ibis verblijven.... read more

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

På toget til Paris fikk jeg meg en liten beundrer. Ved siden av meg satt nemlig en mor med sønnen sin på fanget. Han var rundt 1-1,5 år og var veldig ivrig til å se på og leke med meg. Og mer enn en gang prøvde han å gå fra morens fang til mitt. Da vi nærmet oss Paris fikk jeg vite at Synnøve hadde avtalt med Austin og Ron, de to amrerikanerne vi lekte drikkeleker med i Praha, at vi skulle møte dem kl 18. Så då begynte stresset! Først fant vi ikke minibank på togstasjonen, og for å si det sånn er ikke togstasjonen liten. Så vi løp opp og ned, fram og tilbake og så etter minibanker. Til slutt viste det seg at det ikke var noen minibanker inne på selve togstasjonen... Etter ... read more
Og så spiser vi Paris også

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 15th 2014

I am so incredibly happy to be in Paris. To me, this city is the heart of Western Europe, I could come back here time and time again. It is an absolutely spectacular city with new adventures and old friends around every corner. The majority of my time in Paris was simply spent walking for hours around the city (in the rain most days) just to explore it. Unfortunately Paris did not start off on the best note. Our train in London ended up being delayed for two hours! We didn't get to our hostel until after midnight. What a long day! However, Eurostar was very kind and accommodating and even refunded half the price of our tickets. The hostel we stayed in was a chain of hostels called st. Christophers inns. It's not bad, very ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 14th 2014

Bastille Day - July 14- Paris - Being here, in this city, on this day, has been one of my dreams. Kevin had been here four years ago with Harrison, but I couldn’t and was very jealous. So, HERE I AM! Two major events are on the schedule for us today - the Parade down the Champs Elysee and the fireworks from the Eiffel Tower tonight with the Lauder family, or most of them. Firstly, the parade. It was a military parade. Of the French military. OK, I can hear the sniggers…what military? So, JUST STOP IT. There were big guns with women at the helms, and little tanks, with men driving them. And there were firemen, and policemen, and ambulances. And there were fly-overs by planes and helicopters. And the President came down the street ... read more
Are there words

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

July 13 - Paris - So, here we are in Paris, on a Sunday, it’s kind of rainy and we are shopped out. What are our options? MUSEUMS! High on our list was the Museum of Decorative Arts, behind the Louvre. It is probably the only museum in the city that doesn’t open until 11:00 AM but that was ok. We got there a little early and were able to access the gift shop, which was very nice but very expensive. We could only meander so much and then we decided to go to the entrance of the museum. The guards were very keen about their jobs, and loved being a little hostile about anyone standing within 5 feet of the door. Luckily, they decided not to take on the older foreign ladies. When they allowed ... read more
Baked avocado
Chocolate fondant... again
Wendy's tarte au pomme


Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles July 12th 2014

July 12, 2014 - Versailles - Wendy and considered today to be one of the reasons for our trip, and we were putting in a lot of research to get just the right tour to satisfy us. Both of us are very well-read on the history of France that was influenced by this Chateau, and the people involved in this period, so we were wanting a tour that would provide us with a good and knowledgeable guide. We looked at the very expensive tour, 375 euros per person, but decided there was no way we could justify it…We wrote letters, phone calls were made, all options were considered in making the booking, and still we got it wrong. But more on that later… The tour left from the Tuileries area at 8:45 AM, and we were ... read more
Hall of Mirrors
Chocolate Fondant

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 11th 2014

July 11, 2014 - Paris - Firstly, please refer to my entry about our lunch today at L’Ebauchoir today. That event deserved a blog in itself. Since we had to work around two meal engagements today, we decided shopping was on the cards. After a perusal of Ile St. Louis on the way to dinner last night, we earmarked those places we needed to go. Also, high on my list was a trip to Eva Tralala, a French designer who I discovered years ago here in Paris and always like to pick up a little something. After lunch, near the restaurant, was the needlework shop we had been in two weeks ago, so I had to load up on some more, didn’t I? And of course there were more sales, and more tee shirts, and ... read more
steak tartare
My veges

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

July 10, 2014 - Paris, again - Wendy and I came to the conclusion that two “older” ladies, traveling on their own, really need a personal “Jean-Sebastian”, aged about 25-30, to do everything, including carrying their vast amounts of overweight luggage, for them. Unfortunately, we didn’t have one of these, and were reduced to schlepping all our stuff up and down stairs in train stations. Next time, we say to ourselves…. Upon arrival in Paris, we arrived in our TINY Ile St Louis apartment and got settled in, which included rearranging furniture so that Wendy wouldn’t encounter hazards in the middle of the night…Kevin had picked up a couple of Groupon coupons, similar to GrabOne in New Zealand, and the first one was for Brasserie du Louvre, in the Hotel du Louvre, part of the Hyatt ... read more
Chevre salad
The perfect steak

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 6th 2014

My first trip to Paris 

I left London on Tuesday 1st July. This day marked a month that I had been away from home travelling. So it seemed fitting that I after a month I should embark on my next adventure of exploring a new country, a country where I don't speak the language. I departed London at 7pm on a Eurostar train. I was so shocked when passing through security that they barely looked at my British passport and let me though. It was so different from security back in Aus where they are so thorough and safety conscious. The train ride was quick and painless, arriving at the Gare de Nord station in Paris in 3hrs. The only strange thing on the journey was that the train was moving so fast my ears could ... read more
View from the dome
Artists on the street
Moulin Rouge

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 6th 2014

I've been waiting desperately for the end of June because that meant that the time has finally come to spend a week in France with my parents - mainly in Paris though. I've never really been to France, and I knew little about the country and its cities. I'm not saying that now I have more clue, after a week - don't expect miracles from one week, okay?! Although Dad has successfully proven that his weather-mantras were actually proofs that the Law of Attraction which he treats so skeptically - well, that might exist and work as well. I think that's a miracle on its own. The next miracle I'm telling you about in Paris, is that a transvestite is nicer and sooner to be there to help you out than a taxi driver I just ... read more
La Défense
Rainy Paris - the suburbs
La Défense - Business Centre

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