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Europe » France » Île-de-France August 16th 2014

Day 4: a trip to the doctor as I had an infected eye. God knows how that happened by 80 Euros for 5 minutes with the doctor and a filled script soon afterwards seemed to help. No contacts in for at least 5 days.... bloody awful but fortunately my glasses are transition ones. On our way to get the script we found a magnificent, reasonable coffee shop - which we visited over a couple of days, also bought some great coffee mugs... which won't break to use with our Nespresso machine. We went for a wander and saw the Sorbonne, the famous university - however, many years ago the students at the time staged a huge protest and as a consequence the Sorbonne was not the University it used to be and in fact ended up ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France August 12th 2014

Day 3: Up bright and early to get into the Notre Dame before the madding crowds - 2 blocks down the road. Massive and impressive church - 8 centuries old. No sign of the noted Hunchback of Notre Dame! Quite an interesting story on the evolution of the church over the centuries which was told in pictures and words on many billboards in several different languages. Saw the statue of Jean De Arc, visited the Treasury with all it's treasures - many diamond encrusted. Had to tell John to keep his voice down.... a church after all. It's a very impressive landmark as you know - and we're glad we saw the inside of it. With it being so close to where we're staying we see it often with huge crowds. From there we caught a ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France August 12th 2014

Day 2: We were picked up by a driver at 8am and were joined by another 2 couples from America to go to Versailles. After all of half an hour - we arrived. The driver - Serge said to meet him in half an hour as he had to go and get everything ready for us so have a look around or have coffee but meet him in half an hour - don't be late! So we had a coffee - exclusive coffee house which specialises in poor coffee and exorbitant prices. Must think about having tea instead although it costs just as much. We met Serge and like the Eiffel Tower, it was a Skip the Queue deal, so we expected that he had everything ready and in we would go inside the Palace of ... read more

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

Bon Jour! Day 1: We have a lovely apartment at the Citadines in a very lovely central spot across from the river Seine. What an amazing place the Seine is with it's restaurants, pop up shops on the pavements, kids areas with games painted on the grounds, e.g. hopscotch and many other games I've never seen before but look intriguing. There are some buskers, and oh, the padlocks locked onto the bridges - this is where lovers buy the padlocks with their names engraved and lock them onto the bridge fencing and throw the key into the river. This seals their love for one another. The boats on the river are varied with a lot of houseboats, tourists boats, commercial ones and people being ferried here and there - it never stops and is great to ... read more

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

Bon Jour!! Apologies for the delay in doing the blogs - damn technology and lethargy.... :) We left home on 7th August and met the man from Lexus who take the car offsite and will meet us on our return at the airport - great free service they provide. We moved through the airport very quickly and not long before we took off for Seoul - about 10 hours or so for the flight. On our arrival there we were met and taken to the Hyatt Regency hotel for the night as guests of Korean Air, who also provided dinner and breakfast before taking us all the way back to the airport.... approx. 5 minutes away. The food on the plane was really good and we watched a few movies, ate and slept the time away. ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York October 16th 2013

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. Bacchus next door now and what it looks like in Winter time. Red doorway on left is door to our apartment on the 1st floor. Waiting for the subway train - almost have it mastered!! Reproduction of lunchtime for the girder workers for the Empire State Building. Ellen's Stardust Diner - a must for every visitor to New York - all the waiters are very good singers - of all types of songs - apparently they have to do some in the 50s & 60s and some opera - we had the best time in there for a couple of hours or so. The waiters, or servers as they're called are waiting to be 'discovered' or working around auditions for acting around Broadway or films. Helicopter ride around Manhattan and over and ... read more
Statue of Liberty
Subway busker
In helicopter

North America » United States » New York » New York October 14th 2013

Saturday Must have been tired as we all slept in until pretty late. As Ken and Noveen were packing we decided to leave them to it and head into town to finish off some shopping. We caught the subway into town and found a couple of shops we hadn't been into yet... what a surprise, hey?! Banana Republic and Bloomingdales were the two most notable ones we went into. Have to say that many shops, pubs and cafes here have very little customer service and some are downright rude. Also will mention that many New Yorkers have no idea where a lot of places are or even care - just a dunno is often what we hear. Some give you any directions without really knowing where the place we're looking for is. So it was with ... read more
Buildings over 100 years old
Ready for Halloween
Christmas decorations

North America » United States » New York » New York October 11th 2013

Thursday was not a quiet day! We did a bit more shopping after catching the subway into town and then had some lunch - had a late start. We bought tickets to Mama Mia the Broadway show and ended up there later on that night - which meant filling in 5 hours before the show started. We went to the huge department store - Macy's where I had a makeup session - great fun and then moved on - we did a lot of walking and subway travelling in between times then had dinner at an Irish pub - yum - had Shepherd's Pie - just beautiful. Off to see Mama Mia which was really great but we all agreed that watching the Movie that we had been spoilt by that but still great to see. ... read more
In the theatre
Mama Mia
Mapreader Kenny

North America » United States » New York » New York October 10th 2013

New York Monday 7th - 10th October Over the last few days we've been shopping at UNI QLO and Victoria's Secret, Starbucks twice, and OMG and H & M - was good fun and had heaps of bags to get home. Got the underground there and back- much easier and not too much walking. It was raining on the way back with John and Noveen looking a bit weird in their bright yellow plastic ponchos - sorry no photos - too wet to get the camera out.. Ken used his poncho to cover his backpack. I had my bright red umbrella which John bought for me earlier in the day. A very easy day after all of our longer days sometimes arriving home around 8pm - 10pm. We heard on the news that there was going ... read more
Chandelier in Rockefeller Building
Chrysler Building Foyer
Family dressed for an outing

North America » United States » New York » New York October 7th 2013

Yesterday we bought a subway pass and went downtown like a local on a Sunday afternoon. First we went to Central Park Station - which is now 100 years old! Very large place with a lot of shops, supermarket and of course trains. Times Square was mad through the week, Sunday afternoon was just as busy as they had a parade. We think it was for some Polish holiday. The police had barricades up to control both the parade and the crowd. A lot of people weren't happy with the barricades as they had to walk back to go to a temporary walkway which meant going back a fair way to get to the point where they were told what they had to do. We went through a few shops around the parade, like Zara, and ... read more
Central Park Station
John and Ken in the G Force stimulator
John in engine room on submarine - Growler

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