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Europe » France April 22nd 2017

Geo: 43.2126, 2.3561Our first experience with a Michelon Star Restaurant. I am now in a food coma. La Barbacane in Carcassonne, France. We were a little nervous about going to such a fancy place even in a tourist town, so we made a reservation for lunch at 1:30 pm instead of dinner. (Lunch is much cheaper) We arrived and they couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming. Waiters everywhere taking care of you. Everyone was eating outside on this beautiful sunny day in a gorgeous courtyard, so we joined them and the waiters arranged an umbrella for us to shield us from too much sun. Enjoy the photos. Most of you know I am a terribly picky eater and this was going to be crazy, fancy food. I made a commitment that I would try the ... read more
Fashion still rules even in medieval Carcassonne

Europe » France April 21st 2017

Geo: 43.6044, 1.44295Bonjour! We have arrived in France.We left London early this morning, leaving behind another beautiful sunny day. We hopped on the Tube to Victoria Station. As much as we have ridden the Tube this week, Dot almost got us on the wrong train. After that she was double checking everything. We took the Tube to the Victoria train station where Dot had pre-purchased tickets for the 7:30 express train to Gatwick Airport. Well, the 7:30 train was cancelled, but there was a 7:45. No worries, we had plenty of time because of course, we left super early. Everything Dot had read on Trip Advisor talked about the long lines at EasyJet and at security, especially on a Friday.Our train gets going, but gets delayed along the way because the slower trains are clogging the ... read more
Patio at our hotel
Chris in front of our hotel
Our cute little Peugeot

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 20th 2017

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236We had another matinee at the theatre today, but we had the morning free, so we took the Tube to the Imperial War Museum.I am constantly amazed at the efficiency of the London public transportation system. We have used the Tube every day, multiple times to get all over town and we have never waited longer than 2 minutes for a train. They run constantly. I don't know how they manage it, but it is the best transportation system I have ever seen.Plus, the characters that ride the Tube are highly entertaining. This morning this young woman sitting directly across from us was dressed very nice in a skirt and blouse, cute purse, looked very professional and conservative and she proceeded to roll her own cigarette (i assume it was tobacco) while bouncing along ... read more
Bellevue Hospital (Now War Museum)
Dot with the Big Gun
Trafalgar Square

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 19th 2017

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236Today was all about the theatre, but we had some time in the morning so we hopped on the Tube to see if we could get into Westminster Abbey. Last time we were here the line was too long...and it was too cold and windy to wait in the line.The line wasn't bad, and it moved really fast. It was another sunny day-incredible for London. About 60 degrees. It was pretty crowded inside, so we just followed the herd, and used our Rick Steve's guide to see the highlights. We hadn't been there is years and I had forgotten how beautiful is was. Marilyn - I wish you could see it, you would love it. The ceilings are impossibly high and stained glass windows are endless. Saw lots of memorials and graves: Sir Isaac ... read more
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
Tiny Cups

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London April 18th 2017

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236We arrived in London last night, getting in around 10 pm. Started the day with a flight out of St Louis at 5 am. We flew American. When we booked our flight ages ago, the seat configuration was for 2 seats, aisle, 3 seats, aisle and another 2 seats. Dot and I of course reserved 2 seats so we would be on the aisle and window and still be able to get up and walk around periodically. (Our sisters will understand).But, the plane changed at some point to a larger plane with a configuration of 3 seats, aisle, 3 seats, aisle, 3 seats. The airline kept us in our same seats, but now they were a window and Middle – no aisle (the Horror).We didn't realize this until we were checking in on-line. We ... read more
Kensington Garden
Close up of some of the flowers
Long view of Kensington Garden

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis April 15th 2017

Geo: 38.6276, -90.199Dot and I leave Monday morning - 5 am flight (ugh) to Chicago and from there to London. We arrive in London at 10:45 pm Monday night. Just in time to go to bed and recover from jet lag. We are staying at the Astor House in South Kensington, a small bed & breakfast. We have stayed there before and like the neighborhood. Friday we will head for France. Of course we will blog along the way and share our adventures.I invited Tom and Shannon to come visit us at O'Hare during our layover Monday morning, but they didn't seem to interested. I guess they have to work.... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Louis April 29th 2015

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Europe » France April 28th 2015

Geo: 48.8566, 2.35097It's our last day! We slept in and started with a leisurely free breakfast at our hotel. They put out a very nice breakfast, with something for everyone. I think our hotel caters to Americans, because they have lots of little touches we haven't seen elsewhere: ice machine, real blow dryers, thick toilet paper, washcloths, mini-fridge,tea maker, lots of power outlets, very nice receptionists that speak good English, 2 computers in the lobby you can use and print from, excellent WIFI-finally, and CNN on the TV in English.Dot lost her Rick Steve's Map yesterday. It must have blown away at the Eiffel Tower. Greatly increased her anxiety level trying to navigate without it. Then, we found a Rick Steve's Paris book in the lobby bookshelves, so we borrowed it for the day, since we ... read more
Front of Notre Dame
Back of Notre Dame
another view of Notre dame

Europe » France April 27th 2015

Geo: 48.8566, 2.35097We left Bayeux at 7 am this morning by car to catch our 9 am in Caen. Why so early? Just ask any of my family members. It is about 45 minutes by car. But, we didn't know where the train station was, we had no idea where the rental car return was and we didn't know if there would be traffic going into Caen on a Monday morning. Dot did a lot of research, but was getting conflicting information from our 2 GPS and online maps and online forums. Thus, we left about 7 am.Immediately, getting out of Bayeux there were some road closures and our GPS had trouble keeping up. We finally go out of Bayeux and were getting on the highway, but took a wrong turn in the roundabout and got ... read more
Dot and Chris selfie at Arc De Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

Europe » France April 26th 2015

Geo: 49.2764, -0.705529We started the day an a lesser visited site, a cute tiny church at Angoville-au-Pain, where 2 American medics treated German and American wounded while battles raged all around them. The paratroopers were landing and fighting all around. the medics worked for 72 hours straight and managed to turn away German patrols. There are two stained glass windows inside the church to commemorate their bravery. See the pics below.Then, on to Utah Beach. We wanted to come here because there is a good museum. This meant another driving adventure but it went pretty smoothly.There were many different memorials at Utah beach commemorating different divisions. The museum was excellent. I included a few pictures below, but know you are getting tired of this stuff.After Utah Beach we went to Saint Mare-Englese, where the paratrooper (Red ... read more
Stained glass window in Angoville-au-Pain
Paratrooper stained glass window
Chris is front of one of the tanks

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