Doug Elliott


Doug Elliott

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 28th 2010

A good friend told me he's spent weeks in Paris and only scratched the surface. We knew that 6-7 days was only going to wet our appetite, and it's done that - ten fold. This is an amazing city. It's ties to a distant past, married with where the city is going today gives it a truely unique vibe. We spent a few days in Rome on our last venture, and didn't get anywhere near the same feeling from that city. Parisians know they have a special place, and while they don't brag about it, you know they know it. We got up late today - I think we are really starting to get worn out. We had our reservation at Breizh Cafe set for noon (since Sunday), and we weren't going to miss the best ... read more
Statue at Luxembourg Garden
Fountain at Luxembourg Garden
Duck Hut in fountain at Luxembourg Fountain

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 26th 2010

We stuck to an earlier wake-up time today, and got out the door about 10:30. We headed to Le musée Marmottan Monet. We got on the wrong 8 train (going the wrong direction), but we quickly adjusted our route on the fly and it ended up being a quicker path anyway. We arrived at La Muette stop shortly after 11:00, and after a short 10 minute walk we arrived at the museum. There was a short line to get into the museum, but the flow was fairly quick. We had some problems getting our coats/stuff checked in, but eventually got into the actual museum. No cameras were allowed inside the museum, and it took me about 2 hours to finish the very impressive exhibit. For $9 euro it was definitely worth the visit. After we all ... read more
Doug and Charlene at Musee de Monet
Donkeys and Ponys in the Park
Lunch at La Rotonde

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 25th 2010

A pretty good nights sleep, and a late morning breakfast in the apartment got us prepared for another day of sights. We took our time getting ready (we are on vacation after all) and didn't get out until after noon. Bruce had the route all planned out, so we headed for the Chemin Vert metro station (closest to our apartment off the 8 line), transferred at Bastille to the 1, then again at Charles de Gaulle Etoile to the 6, and 5 stops later we were within sight of the Eiffel tower. The walk to the tower from this stop is probably still another 1/2 mile, and you need to weave through the sea of peddlers trying to sell trinkets of the Eiffel tower. Brandee hit the very first one, and bought a dozen key chains ... read more
Brandee buying trinkets
Doug at Eiffel Tower
Painter at Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 24th 2010

Back to back days of little sleep has created a household of zombies... I awoke at 7:00am to the sound of a street sweeper going back and forth down the single lane street that is in front of our apartment. The street is lined with parked cars on either side, so it has about 12 feet of room to move down the street, but the sweeper felt it necessary to hit the street 3 times! Oh, and yes, it is Sunday morning... I didn't try falling back to sleep, and was amazed that Charlene (and the rest) didn't wake up. I got up to get the blog current, and research some of the things we've seen so far. I tried to be quiet to avoid waking anyone else, but by 10:30am I found that I had ... read more
Streets on mid-day walk
The Pink Flamingo
Cool car outside a flower shop

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles October 23rd 2010

After a long day with LOTS of walking you would think that you'd get a solid nights sleep. Well our apartment (more specifically the front bedroom) offers some challenges for a solid 8 hours of sleep. Even though we are on a small side street, we are challenged with the echos of sounds up and down the street. Late last night a truck pulled up and parked outside the front bedroom, and guys started unloading building material. They worked on the shop below us throughout the night. It wasn't so much hammers banging and saws whirling, but they were making just enough noise to keep us awake. I got enough sleep, but Charlene was up all night. By early morning, I just got out of bed and tried to leave Charlene resting. Brandee and Bruce got ... read more
Ceiling and Organ of Chapel
Palace from the Garden

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 22nd 2010

The first night’s rest in Paris was ok. Garbage trucks start very early, and being around the corner from the Harley/Triumph dealership/repair shop means we are right on the route of their test drives. Got up around 7:30 to 8:30, and slowly got into gear. I headed out to find “the best bakery in the world” to pickup croissants. Our small guide in our room says Boulangerie Beaumarchias is simply the best bakery in the world - I gotta check this out. I plugged the address into my GPS as a backup, and headed out into the chilly morning. Lots of foot traffic this time of the morning - well I guess it is a Friday and I guess people here must work too. I ended up walking all the way down to Bastille without finding ... read more
Sculpture in Courtyard
Brandee, Charlene, and Doug at Pompidou
The escalator at Pompidou

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 21st 2010

OK, so the months of planning (almost entirely by Charlene and Brandee) are over, and time to stop watching the Euro, terrorists threats, and National Strikes. Time to embark on our next adventure - France, or more specifically, Paris. We plan to spend 8 days (plus/minus - the time change always throws everything out of sorts) taking in as much of the city as we can. Previous travels have told us there is so much to see in this City that we are only planning a single day trip beyond it's boundries - Versailles. Trying to coordinate the travel within the city, coupled with museum passes, and other events has us on a semi-planned schedule, but we are on vacation - so we may just play this as it goes... We left Sacramento about 11:00am on ... read more
Waiting for the shuttle bus
Check-in at Air France
Airport Lunch

OK, so it took us 2 years (almost to the day), but Rich and I managed to get another extended hiking trip planned and completed. The trip started as a plan early last year, but busy schedules pushed the trip back to this Summer. Instead of climbing UP a big rock, then back down, we decided to climb DOWN a big hole, them climb back out. For so many different reasons, they are so completely different challenges. Like Mt. Whitney, we started by researching as much about the Grand Canyon as we could. We've both been to the canyon a few times before, but hiking through the canyon was something new to us both. The time of year (July) poses different challenges in that it's the peak of summer heat in the interior of the canyon, ... read more
On the Road to Jacob Lake
Rich at Cococino Overlook
Doug at Supai Tunnel

My brother had this crazy idea about a year and a half ago. Lets go climb Mt. Whitney! Having not a clue what was involved with this kind of venture, we started doing research. Well, as luck would have it, actually "climbing" Mt. Whitney is more like a hike than a climb. No ropes & harnesses (good, because neither of us had any real exposure to climbing in the true sense of the word), but the 'hike' does start at an elevation of about 8,400 feet, and rises to the summit (11 miles later) at an altitude of 14,497 feet. That's over 6,000 feet in elevation gain over 11 miles (for those that are reaching for the calculator). Prior to this venture, the highest either of us had hiked was Baldy Mountain in New Mexico (12,441 ... read more
Half Dome (Yosemite)
Yosemite (Tenaya Lake)
Tenaya Lake - Yosemite

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome June 27th 2008

Got up a little later than we planned. The hotel is very nice, but I just didn't sleep that well, and Charlene had a headache through the night (probably to very poor air quality in the area). Charlene and I went down to catch the last of breakfast, and brought back a few things for Rhiannon. We got our things packed up, Rhiannon finished getting ready, and we headed out to see Saint Peters. On Wednesdays, they do their Papel services at 8:30am, but all our research didn't indicate how long it lasted, and the Basilica isn't opened to the public until they are done with their services. We got there about noon, and it looked like the service had just recently ended. We got in the now forming line without knowing when the doors actually ... read more
Swiss Guards
St. Peters Basilica
St. Teresa of Jesus

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