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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 14th 2015

Good news! I rebooted my iPad and was then able to transfer photos from the camera again. Whew! So I will start with the picture of my French meal from last night (see picture). This morning I walked along the Seine River to the Orsay Museum. It is about a mile from my hotel. I got in line and waited about half an hour to get in. The Orsay houses the Impressionists, probably my favorite genre of art. Monet, Manet, Van Gogh they are all there as well as a number of sculptures by Rodin and others (see picture). I had "un café" about halfway through and got done around noon. I wandered into the back streets behind the museum where I found a little French restaurant with a reasonably-priced "plat du jour". After a pleasant ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 13th 2015

This morning I set out after breakfast to visit the Museum of the Middle Ages. It is a museum that I have not previously been to, but I was determined to see this time, especially since my hotel is really close to it. We, or at least I, think of medieval art as often boring altarpieces and crucifixes, but this museum has a variety of interesting artwork. Here is one of the pieces of stained glass (see picture of red-faced devil and henchman kidnapping a pious woman in a red cloak) that seems more exciting than the usual. The highlight of this museum is the series of six tapestries known as The Lady and the Unicorn. They have their own room and I was pleased to see the real things after seeing pictures of them during ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 12th 2015

Today is the first day of my latest travel adventure. Call this one Europe 2015. Most of my time will be spent in Europe, but I will be visiting a couple of other continents, too. Today was a travel day. I left Portland and flew to Paris. It was a long day (left the USA on Saturday and arrived in France on Sunday), but I got a little sleep on the plane and spent much of the afternoon following Rick Steves' Historic Paris Walk. The square in front of Notre Dame cathedral is one of my favorite places in the world and it was a thrill to be back there again (see picture). Actually, my hotel room has a skylight that allows me to see the cathedral if I crane my neck a little (see picture). ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris March 3rd 2015

Back in Paris for the last farewell before leaving Europe. To celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary, Rene and Dina kindly made the day special with a full meal of Champagne, Oysters, Lamb and haricot beans, cheese platter and almond sweet desserts with Cognac and coffee. A delicious feast! We have been to many places and seen many things in Paris over the last three months and it is hard to organise them so we will just leave you with a selection of photos from this beautiful city, the ancestral home of the Commeignes family.... read more
Rene playing Beethoven
Oysters and champagne
Bordeaux, lamb (mutton) and haricot beans

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 28th 2015

Here are some pictures that I took during my first two days in Paris. The first few pictures are from Dublin the night before flying to Paris.... read more
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Front of Customs House-Dublin

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 24th 2015

My second stay in Paris came after touring the D-Day sites. I brought the train back into Paris from Bayeux and made my way to the Champs Elysees. I walked along the famous avenue and admired the size and the many different people that I passed. I made my way down the road toward the Arc De Triompe. I was surprised at the size of the Arc. I had no idea exactly how large it was until I was standing across the street from it. Also watching the traffic drive around and weave in and out was amusing. Of course the area around the Arc was packed with tourist and with lots of tourist comes scammers and pickpocketers. I had an encounter with one, but I was well aware of what he was trying to do. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 23rd 2015

The first stop on my travels for my midterm break was Paris. I flew out of Dublin to Paris on Friday the 13th. I was able to make it from the airport to my hostel without any technology, my phone didn't work during my travels, and only getting lost for a brief couple of minutes. My first night in Paris, I had dinner at a bar on the corner down from the hostel and then went for a little walk. I stayed right by the Louvre so I walked around the museum and then made my way to The Place de Concorde to watch the dazzling light display on the Eiffel Tower that happens every hour. The light display was very nice and it got me out and walking a bit of Paris. Only later did ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 25th 2015

OK, so I am finally getting around to posting some of the photos of Paris before we head out of Paris for the south of France part of the trip. It's actually hard to organise because we have been in and out of Paris many times since December as it has been our family base and not taken many photos as we feel less like being tourists here. It has been lovely to see Herve's parents again and have so many amazing meals by Dina (Herve's mum) and other family members and it has been fun to practice our rudimentary French and just stroll around everywhere in La Varenne (where Herve's parents live in the Paris suburbs) and Paris centre-ville of-course. For this blog I have posted pictures of family and food as the two seem ... read more
Almond croissant
Rene and Lauren with pizza
patisserie

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 20th 2014

Today was my last day in Paris, and I have to say - I was quite sad. Like Vienna last year, I seriously did not expect to enjoy this city as much as I did. Elissa posed the question to me yesterday: "Rome or Paris?" I was surprised when I quickly answered: Paris. It was a no brainer. The people were surprisingly friendly, the food was fantastic and authentic, it was easy to navigate, and it was just a wonderful feeling - a city where you actually feel you can live. This morning, I decided to get a hearty breakfast since I'd had no dinner. I went to the St Germain-des-Pres church area where there was also supposed to be a Christmas market. I walked through the market stalls on my way to locate breakfast - ... read more
Montmartre
Fish market in Montmartre
View of Paris

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 19th 2014

I slept in a little later today and waited for my friends to set a meeting time. And waited. I decided to walk around the neighborhood a bit to grab a bite to eat and see if I could find the Christmas market here. I wound up getting turned around a few times and headed back; I also did not like my ham and cheese panini thing. I only ate a third, but it was enough to satisfy me for now. I finally met up with them at the Louvre. I guess we kept missing each other there; it was pouring rain and Chris had been walking around looking for me for about twenty minutes while I waited to try to catch them if they walked by. In that time, I saw the line triple in ... read more
Christmas Market on Champ-Elysees
Excellent Italian Restaurant
Musee Picasso




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