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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 7th 2023

We are now in Paris; I am sitting in my favorite room in my favorite hotel in Paris. Just off Rue Cler, the street where I stayed on my very first visit to Paris (and fell in love) many years ago. We are having dinner at a restaurant one friend of ours discovered on his first trip, and we have been going back ever since. It is now one of our favorite places and just three blocks from the hotel. The day started early, no time for breakfast and zero offer to pack a picnic for us like every other hotel we stayed at did when we had an early train. The hotel in San Sabastian may have had a nice view, but the service was pretty lacking. They are clearly jaded from dealing with the ... read more
My Blog Muse
Veloute Celeri
Champignons Sauvage

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 26th 2023

Well, here we are at the end of another spectacular vacation. This morning before our departure to Paris we visited The 101st Airborne Museum in Bastogne. We have been to many World War I and II museums, but this by far is one of the best. This three story building was constructed in 1936 as a mess hall for Belgium officers. In 1941-1944 it was in the hands of the German Army, and then after the end of the war by the United States and given back to the Belgiums. For those of you not familiar with the history of this area the Battle of the Bulge was fought here in Bastogne. The artifacts of the war that are throughout this museum are incredible. These, along with the scenes depicting the battle with life like figures, ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 8th 2023

A Day South of la Seine Domfert Rochereau It’s a new morn and, having broken our fast at Hotel Aviatic, are setting out on a cheeky single day in Paris before Armenia. Cheeky in the modern sense used by younger friends. e.g. ‘Shall we have a cheeky half pint to end the evening?’ A treat, an extra, a bit of fun not normally on the agenda. We’re in the Montparnasse district and we intend to explore the area between here and the Seine, shunning the Louvre, Pompidou Centre, Arc d Triomphe and places one might expect. 200m up the road (past La Rochefoucauld Centre de Gérontologie: where ageing is valued study material) we’re heartened to see the Orlybus terminus, ticket machines and info, for an easy depart tomorrow. We continue walking going past the Catacombes entrance ... read more
Formal garden area in Luxembourg Garden
Luxembourg Palace and Lake
Gardeners gardening

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 6th 2023

Our route is commencing on the train to Glasgow, then we’ll be on our first flight for 4.5 years ....... to Paris, where we spend two nights before a further flight from Paris Orly to Yerevan, capital of Armenia. We’re celebrating Marion’s significant birthday, originally imagined to be a circular trip around the Black Sea. Odessa was high on the agenda. But recent events have changed our plans. So, because our trip to Georgia made such an impression we are now focussed upon the the adjacent mountains of Armenia for our next exploration. We considered travelling overland, but ended up back tracking on our vows to stop flying by air, opting for a fast, direct flight with Air France/KLM budget airline Transavia. We’ll have two weeks in Armenia, followed by one week in Georgia and a ... read more
Glasgow Airport 500 Express
Bus Whistlers, Glasgow

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 5th 2023

. France - and a bit more: Episode 5 (Finale) This blog describes our 2023 journey to Europe; specifically France (with the possibility of a small foray elsewhere as both Italy and Spain are 'next door'!). As always, we segment the 'blog' into roughly weekly or fortnightly posts (this being the 5th). Our travel blog has been written for family and friends to 'travel with us'. We now recognise we write the blog for ourselves; it is how we revisit our past adventures and remind ourselves of the the enjoyment. Thus, there is more detail included than merely a brief discourse for family and friends. BTW, if you want to see the picture in a larger size, just click on it. Oh, and if you missed Episode #1, you can find it here, and Episode #2 ... read more
The view from our accommodation as we left.
Gotta be keen!
Vincennes Map

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 10th 2023

The weather in Paris has gradually become warmer during our stay, with the high temperature climbing to 87 degrees Fahrenheit today. We definitely felt the difference as we walked around in the afternoon, but it was tolerable in the shade with the help of some cool breezes. We decided to take a river cruise on the Seine, an experience we have enjoyed on several occasions in the past (most recently with our granddaughter Ashley back in 2017). In order to save some wear and tear on Dee, we opted for a taxi ride from our cottage in Malakoff to the Pont Neuf, a bridge that spans the river Seine, at the western end of the Île de la Cité, in the center of Paris. The Vedettes du Pont Neuf, a company that offers one-hour river cruises, ... read more
Popping the question
On the cruise boat
Place Dauphine

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 5th 2023

Yesterday we took a breather, relaxing in our peaceful garden cottage the entire day. We both felt the need to recharge our batteries, so to speak, as we enter the home stretch of our 77-day odyssey. Late in the afternoon, we had a very interesting and enjoyable tête-à-tête with our charming hostess, Dominique, as she sat on the back porch of her home. Her English-speaking ability is far better than she's willing to admit, and it soon became clear to us that she is a well-educated, independent and gracious woman who has led a very full and active life. As it turns out, she is 82-years-old, worked as an architect before she retired, while her deceased husband was an artist; in fact, the guest cottage in which we are staying was originally designed and built as ... read more
Dee at the octagonal basin
Peek-a-boo glimpse of the Eiffel Tower
Chris, eat your heart out!

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 12th 2022

This morning we woke to a light frost. It was below zero overnight, and that hits you after 5 weeks of warm sunshine. The bags were packed, they were overweight, so some careful rearranging will take place in our hotel room before we go to the airport on Friday. I jettisoned some books, alcohol, and like a boxer weight cutting before a bout, I think we will make it. Tim and Natalia had to go into their respective offices this morning ( so they do really work ) , so we dropped Natalia off, Tim unloaded us at the station, and continued on. The traffic is a slow crawl in the morning, and this is the norm. So I can only assume that we have a sister city thing with Luxembourg, and a study group of ... read more
Gates to Luxembourg Gardens
Luxembourg Palace

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 14th 2022

SUN, 10 JUL 2022 – HOTEL TRANSFER: My Globus La France tour ended after breakfast, so I checked out of the tour-designated hotel and made my way to Hôtel du Lion d'Or Louvre for a four-night stay to complete my visit to Paris and to relax a bit before I embarked on an adventurous, independent 5-city, 14-day journey to London, ahead of my next accompanied tour. This evening, as I was signing up for the La France Facebook Group one of my traveling companions opened, I saw a post from my cousin, Karen, relating that she and her partner, Wendy, were leaving for Paris the next day. A few Messenger posts and lunch was set. Overnight for four nights – Hôtel du Lion d'Or Louvre, Paris, France. As the name implies, it’s within walking distance of ... read more
If Grandma Could See Us Now!
Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France
Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) - Paris, France

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 10th 2022

TOUR 3 – La France – SUN, 10 JUL 2022 – “Day 16: PARIS - Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)” Sorry Folks - No photos of my last morning of the tour!... read more

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