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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 6th 2018

Paris is like an new friend who you want to spend more time with, but there’s others you know you need to go and be with. I want to go home, but it would be nice to stay. I think it’s called escapism. It’s mid afternoon in the Shakespeare and Co. Cafe, at Rue de la Bucherie on the bank of the Seine. My window faces Notre Dame Cathedral, and tours led by yellow umbrellas, mysterious looking men I presume to be French, walking in slow motion, and the constant sound of motorcycles , ambulance sirens, and car horns, are all overshadowed by this church. The cafe is warm from the smell of savoury snacks and sweets, and berry crumble that you can get with a coffee for €7; don’t ask how I know. It feels ... read more
The Louvre
My Last Crossing Of The Seine
Lovely Hanging Autumn Vines

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 5th 2018

It’s a sad day today. Tim’s gone back to Luxembourg, as he has to, so I have the last 2 nights to myself before flying home to Australia. Today we slept in, Tim cooked a filling breakfast of delicate French mushrooms, spanish iberico chorizo, and semi cured cheese, followed by cereal and 2 cups of coffee. But I still can’t wait to go out and have a pastry. It’s going to stop soon, so I need to top up. It’s all about shopping, relaxing and a boat ride today. The first stop was Galeríes Lafayette, an up market store located near us, and it was just for a look at the interior, and a trip to the cafe observation deck at the roof level. Shopping’s not my thing and department stores are too confusing with their ... read more
Historical Shopping Arcade
The Front Entrance

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 4th 2018

Paris is slowly crawling into winter. It’s still a month away, but the cool chill in the wind, and the turning of the leaves to red and amber, tells me that winter is close. The leaves are holding onto branches for as long as they can, before floating to the ground, only to be trod into the damp paths, kicked around and played with by children, or scooped up by the many workers vacuuming the streets and parks, keeping Paris clean. Like Spaniards, the French love a cigarette, and happily drop the still burning butts at random, continuing an age old French tradition. You are never far from the smell of cigarettes or diesel fumes in Paris. Even the smallest cars are often diesel powered, adding to that fragrant, toxic cocktail of Paris. On a brighter ... read more
An Environmental Garden On The Side Of Appartments
Another Day, Another Market.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 2nd 2018

Here is the last blog for quite a while. Not that we don't travel, but nobody needs 5 blogs about the same places over the years! September and October are pretty moving months...started in Costa Rica, little overnight stop in New York, home, Lubumbashi, Kinshasa, Malta, Paris, Lubumbashi, home, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Phuket, Bangkok....home...and to finish October, I hope my 158th country visited! So hopefully, the next blog will only come early November! So I could have done more than one blog about this little French escapade....but i guess you have suffered way too many blogs since the middle of July. So here it is, all in one, Chateau de Chantilly, Musee Picasso and Le Marais, Chateau de Versailles, the Sunday at the Ryder Cup...and a Monday in Montmartre...truly romantic program! This week-end, there is ... read more
A day in Versailles...
Gorgeous Chantilly...

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 1st 2018

We’ll always have Paris - Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca Today was our last day in Paris - tomorrow morning we fly back home. I can’t believe we will be home tomorrow at this time. After 25 days of travelling, first to Morocco and then to Paris, it’s going to be quite an adjustment being back at home. I’m happy to return to the comforts of home, but sad too, that this trip is finished. But now, back to today. We finished the last of our breakfast supplies, and headed off to the metro for our short trip to Notre-Dame. We got off at the Cité stop, and planned to go to Notre-Dame first, but suddenly as we walked down the street we came across Sainte-Chapelle. Ok, great, we’ll to to Sainte-Chapelle first. After ... read more
Sainte-Chapelle interior
Sainte-Chapelle interior

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 30th 2018

We had another beautiful day in Paris, starting with our breakfast in the apartment, then taking the metro to the Musee d’Orsay. We stood in the security line for a short time, and quickly got into the museum. Immediately I liked the museum, housed in a former railway station. It was far less busy than the Louvre, and it was much easier to find our way around. The art was beautiful, and I found the place had a peaceful feeling about it. It really was lovely. We must have spent at least three hours roaming around, enjoying all the exhibits. It was pretty amazing seeing so many works of art that we’ve seen in books or maybe owned prints of (like Manet, Renoir, Degas etc). I especially liked seeing Degas’ sculpture of the ballet dancer because ... read more
Buildings across from the Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay painting
Musee d’Orsay painting - Manet

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 29th 2018

We had my favourite Parisien breakfast this morning of pain au chocolat and cafe creme (strong coffee with hot milk) at a little bakery a few doors down. We enjoyed it at a sidewalk table, in the chilly morning air. Paris, or this area of Paris, seems to wake up slowly. Even a restaurant that serves breakfast didn’t open until 9:30. It was a lovely breakfast and exactly what I had in mind when I thought of Paris when we were planning the trip. We headed to our now familiar metro station and hopped on line 11 to Chaletet Les Halles, as usual, and transferred there to the RER B train just one stop to St Michel-Notre Dame, then transferred to the RER C train to Versailles. We were on the correct platform, but we must ... read more
Versailles crowds
Versailles Chateau and crowds

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 28th 2018

We had a glass of champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower today - my Paris visit is complete! :) We had a light breakfast in the apartment this morning, and left around 8:30, heading to the Louvre Museum. We walked the couple of blocks to Rambuteau station (now I know the right direction!), took line 11 two stops (well, one stop because the next stop is closed), connected to line 1 and took it a couple of stops to the Palais Royal Musee du Louvre stop. The connections involve a lot of walking, and lots of stairs. We followed the signs to the Louvre, and found the right entry to use with our museum passes. The passes worked great, we didn‘t have to wait in the line up, and got in quickly. We got ... read more
The Louvre
Selfie at the Louvre
Louvre painting

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 27th 2018

Travel brings power and love back into your life- Rumi We have had a very fun first full day in Paris, doing a full day Urban Adventures walking tour (a combination of their morning tour called Secret Paris and their afternoon tour called Gourmet Marais). Raphael was an excellent guide, and we ate lots of food and drank lots of wine! But first, back to this morning. We slept well in the apartment, although there is lots of noise from the street in our room (in the front). Mom has the quiet room in the back. We wore our ear plugs and it was ok. We had a light breakfast in the apartment (yogurt and toast with peanut butter and marmalade, coffee and orange juice). Then we confidently headed out to the nearest metro station, Rambuteau. ... read more
Mom and Lori at the Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde fountain
Le Village Royal

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 26th 2018

The more I travelled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends- Shirley MacLaine Greetings from the City of Light! We arrived safely and managed to find Mom at the Charles de Gaulle airport :) We had an extremely early morning, with the alarm set for 3 am. I woke up at 2:54 so I didn’t even need the alarm (or the back up alarm). We showered, sorted our bags, and were downstairs in the lobby before our pick up time of 4 am. The driver was there early, so we set off for the Mohammed VI airport in Casablanca. It generally is a 40 minute or so drive to the airport from central Casablanca, but it was faster since there wasn’t much traffic at that hour. In case I ... read more
Susan in front of 10 rue Rambuteau
Mom looking out the window of our Paris apartment
Our living room

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