Pedro and Lori


Pedro and Lori

Dairy farmer.Physical Therapist .

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 17th 2019

We checked into our hotel and headed to the catacombs. 2 trains and about 10 stops to get there. There was a long line 3/4 of the way around the block. It was raining so we got in our place at the back of the line and Pedro went to get umbrellas. The security guy said it was going to be 3 hours. We took turns running errands. First to get coffees and then to get macaroons. We entertained ourselves with "eye spy" and watching the wildlife. Pigeons, sparrows and some really cute rats. ... read more
Sweet treats in Paris
Sriracha, Kasie and Pedro
Kasie stays dry during the Paris rain

Europe » France » Île-de-France August 17th 2019

Traveling today from Lyon to Paris. We are having excellent weather on our trip between 65 and 75 most of the day. Perfect for long walks. We had only a short walk today from our hotel to the Metro station. Sriracha had a bit of an issue getting her bag through the gate at the Metro, but otherwise we have the Metro figured out very well. We purchased tickets for the 1104 train from Lyon to Paris. We are in the first class section and have very comfortable seats and a nice table. The wifi on board is excellent and thus it is easy to get my blogging done. Our hotel in Paris is only one block form Paris Gare Lyon which is the main train station in Paris.... read more
Lyon Part Dieu "D"
Sriracha loves her Pringles
On the train

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 16th 2019

We had a beautiful day today in Lyon. Kasie and Sriracha were with Clara and her family at an amusement park outside of Lyon. We planned to take to train to a vineyard outside of Lyon. The concierge at the hotel had given us instructions on the trains we needed to take. Unfortunately it was bad information and we were not at the correct train station. We decided to abandon the idea of the winery and walk back to our area of town as we had not seen this area of town. We had nice walk along the river. We had lunch at a restaurant on rue de Boef. After lunch we went through some of the shopping areas and then over to the art museum. We walked through the art museum. We saw lots of ... read more
Pedro at the Art Museum in Lyon
Doggy at Art Museum in Lyon

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 15th 2019

Today we met with Clara and her family. In the morning we walked through old town until noon. We met Clara and her family at Moustache for lunch. We had a great time talking about when Sriracha and Clara were together in both th U.S. and in France in 2016. Clara and Charlise both go to school and have English in school so they both speak it very well. Virginie and Jimmy both speak some English as well so we didn't really have any issues with conversation. After lunch we took the Funiculaire Fourvaire, an uphill tram that is part of the Meto, to see the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. The basilica was very beautiful. The overlook of the city was amazing. We walked down past the Roman Theatres and then through the gardens back ... read more
Pete, Sriracha, Lori, Kasie, Virginie,Charlise,Jimmy and Clara
Theatres Romains in Lyon

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 14th 2019

Travel today from Paris to Lyon. Took the subway from near our hotel with one transfer to the train station Gare de Lyon in Paris to Lyon. We got our tickets and waited for our train. It was on time and we had no issues. Once in Lyon it took us a bit to find the Metro station to take the subway to our hotel. There was construction going on and we had difficulty finding the stairs down, but after we figured it out we had no issues on the subway. Our hotel is only a few minutes walk from the subway station Bellecour. Sriracha was again taking pictures all day, but those will have to be added later. We had dinner at a nice restaurant with the creme brulee to finish the meal.... read more
Creme brulee in Lyon
Paris Metro Map
Lyon  Metro Map

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 13th 2019

A long day in Paris. Breakfast at the Hotel Juliana was delicious. We walked to the Eiffel Tower and decided the lines were too long in the morning. We decided to walked to Trocade'ro and got some photos of the Eiffel Tower from there. We walked down Kleber Avenue to Arc de Triomphe. We did a full 360 of it and then we Went down the Avenue des Champs. Sriracha shopped to get some shoes as it seems she forgot to pack her walking shoes and only brought her flip flops. She got some new Adidas. We continued on the Musse' de Lourve. We decided it was time to try the subway, so we purchased our tickets and got on with plans to head back to our hotel. At the station to transfer lines we found ... read more
Eiffel Tower photo bomb
Mus'ee de Louvre
Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 12th 2019

We have arrived in Paris. Our flight was late leaving Chicago and arrived about 11 a.m. in Paris. We took the train from the airport to central Paris. We had to to go through the sliding exit doors on the way out of the station. The doors are triggered by the train ticket. I was not moving quickly enough through and the door closed on my backpack. I was trapped. Sriracha and Kasie were laughing so hard that they nearly fell over. Pete was still on the ticket side so he slid his ticket through to free me. After we all made it through the gates we went above ground to figure out our bearings. We hiked to our hotel following the river Seine. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Eiffel tower. We ... read more
Pedro and family at the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
 Kasie and Sriracha at the Eiffel Tower

North America » United States » Wisconsin August 11th 2019

We are heading to France! Plans are to spend some time in Paris and then we will be going to Lyon to visit Clara and her family. We have not seen Clara since she came with the school exchange program in 2016. Sriracha went to France that same year and spent 2 weeks in France with Clara and her family. We had no issues with travels, check-in and security. Heading to France and boarding soon for our next adventure. ... read more

At the airport and heading home. We are sad to leave the warm weather and friendly tico people of Costa Rica. I have not blogged for the last 2 days and hope to get the photos organized on the flight. Ziplining on Sunday and a trip to Nicaragua yesterday. I got the full search in Liberia, Costa Rica. They did the full bag search with the test for drugs and firearms. They even wiped down the flip flops! That's what happens when you have the extra stamp from Nicaragua in the passport. The rest of the travel through Atlanta went well. Long lines going through customs, but we were not in a hurry as we had several hours before our next flight. The Atlanta flight was late and i fell asleep before we took off. We ... read more
Pedro at Libreria Airport Costa Rica
Atlanta Airport
Chicago 294

We started our day early with our driver picking us up at 515. He was 15 minutes late because he had stopped to pick up the others in our group from a different hotel, a couple from Germany and a lady from Chicago. It was about an hour and a half to the border of Nicaragua. We got dropped off there and walked across the border. Getting our exit stamp from Costa Rica and the entrance stamp to Nicaragua. Our guide for the day was very professional and has been doing the tour regularly. Our next van was waiting for us on the Nicaraguan side. We drove into Nicaragua and got a full history lesson about everything from the original people to the revolution from the dictatorship to modern recent issues. We stopped for breakfast on ... read more
Pedro In Nicaragua
Pedro talks to the guide while looking into crater San Fernando in the volcano Masaya in Nicaragua
 Crater San Fernando in the volcano Masaya in Nicaragua

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