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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 18th 2006

Sunday, June 18, 2006 - arrived in Paris, boarded the Viking Seine cruise ship. Monday, June 19, 2006 - City tour of Paris, had free time in the afternoon, and went to the Louvre via metro, which was very exciting, and a little scary. I just had to see the "Mona Lisa" and it was a journey just to get to her picture, but it was worth it. That night we took a panoramic cruise to see the sights of Paris. Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - We arrived in Conflans and we went to Versailles. It was magnificent, and you had to do a lot of walking just to get the front door, because the tour buses do not have curb side drop off. Then again, it was worth the walk. Wednesday, June 21,2006 - We ... read more
Sunday @ Chanel
2nd day @ effiel tower
day @ the Lourve

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 18th 2006

There have been many parts of our trip that have been fast paced, but even for us the last week was a whirlwind. Our original plans did not include going to Western Europe because we've both been here before and it's not easy for budget travel. But when Justin realized that we could go to the World Cup, we immediately applied for tickets and changed our itinerary. The experience has been well worth it. Since we saw our match in Frankfurt, we've made it our goal to see as many matches in as many home countries as possible. And so far our record is really good. We were in the Czech Republic for a Czech win (unfortunately they beat the US), in Germany for two German wins, in the Netherlands for a Dutch win, and in ... read more
We told you Dresden is beautiful
A few shots of Jaigermeister with Marko and Stephen
On the east side of the wall

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 18th 2006

Before I launch into any blogs about my time here in Nice, I thought I would do one about my trip to Paris last weekend. My main purpose for going was to go see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I also was excited to go back to the city, as I hadn’t been since I was 13 (again, many, many dumb choices were made at that age, so I wanted to actually see the city this time!). Since I’ve decided that I’m a bit past hostels, I booked a hotel room online that even had it’s own bathroom (not common for the budget hotels)! Expensive for Canadian standards, it was quite reasonable for Parisian standards, but I quickly realized why...first, and not so surprisingly, it was not in the nicest area of town. Next, the ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 17th 2006

Hi everyone interested in Hinkley's travel blog. Well we sadly said our goodbyes to London, but before we left we knew we had to shop London in the style it deserved. Of course that meant an entire day in Harrods with a small interruption to drop into Emporio Armani - sale!!! Hannah now has a very special collar, I believe the only Harrods collar in Airport West. It is a very special place; I am sure I busted the budget and now I am in Paris there is heaps more. I think I have "shop envy" If you were wondering if it’s possible to "shop Nicole out" the answer is no. She is already planning to dump the boys because they spend too much time in uninteresting placed like the menswear department or even worse ... read more
Preparing for the challenge
Nicole and Pete in Paris
View from our apartment

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 16th 2006

Salut, mes amis: Things are getting better and better for us here. The weather cooled off considerably yesterday due to some cloud cover...most welcomed! 28oC seemed so much more tolerable, and along with that, the humidity dropped. We had a simple petite dejeuner a' notre hotel. Here's what's on the menu here: Croissant with jam, a piece of Emmental cheese, a hunk of very crusty bread to eat with butter and cream cheese (Judy is "dying"for some plain white bread--I think the bread has character!), yoguort with apple sauce, and tea with lemon (keeps my happy so I won't hit the fire alarm again--woe!). We definitely aren't starving. I have been speaking French quite successfully. I even had a deli server give me a compliment about my French being "quite good." I hedge my bets by ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 16th 2006

You've got to love those Impressionists, really sticking it to the Salon and its down-the-nose view of them. All that stuff in the Louvre has nothing on these guys. The Musee d'Orsay houses a collection of art from about 1850 to 1914 in a beautifully renovated train station. This was by far our favorite of the museums, and it was kind of nice to save the best for last. Rooms full of Renoir, Manet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Pisarro, Sisley, Seurat... with a few other interesting exhibits sprinkled in, like a wonderful collection of Art Nouveau furniture and objects. Another delicieux rotisserie chicken with potatoes (from the Buci market just around the corner) for lunch, some wandering around the neighborhood for some final photo ops, and of course more window shopping (the French call it "licking ... read more
Art Nouveau
Tuileries, Opera & Montmartre
Knock, knock...

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 15th 2006

We arrived in Paris late afternoon Sunday and have been on the move ever since. We are staying in a great campground. It is in the suburb of Versailles. Great services including FREE hot water in the showers and dish washing areas, a swimming pool and community room with large screen TV for watching soccer games. Monday we took the train into the city to the Place de Concorde, spent most of the afternoon at the Louve and then walked down the Champs Elysse (sp?) to the Arc de Triomphe. On Tuesday we went to Notre Dame and then walked down the Blvds St. Michel and St. Germaine window shopping at the book stores and other shops. Bought roast chicken from a vendor and a bagette from a bakery and had lunch in the gardens at ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 15th 2006

Sorry about no blog yesterday, we nearly killed ourselves by spending about nine hours in the Louvre... that's more than a day's work! Sheesh. It was, of course, very interesting to see the amazing works of art by the Great Masters; in addition we saw the Egyptian collection, the recently excavated medieval Louvre, and the objets d'art. Dan loved the architechtural details in the paintings by Van der Heyden and many of the other Dutch masters. Cathleen enjoyed the two Vermeer paintings (the Astrologer and the Lacemaker) as well as some of the jewelry on display. It was a long day but it was well worth all the walking. This morning we headed back to Notre Dame and climbed the bell towers, another activity well worth the price (in Euros and footsteps). Inside the belfry, the ... read more
Eiffel Tower at Night
River with Notre Dame Towers
Yes, even the Louvre Pyramid gets dirty...

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 15th 2006

Regarding those several queries we have received about Dan's face bearing scruff, dirt, chocolate croissant, wine dribble, and also 'who's that Bohemian guy with Cathleen?' this is for you... The whole idea was born years ago on our honeymoon (geez, has it been 13 years?) when Dan gave up the razor for 10 days. Well, ever since then, Cathleen has (in the words of Mr. Tim Stotler) had this fantasy of living with a poor starving-artist type in a Paris flat, performing her 'house-boy' chores and doing handy-man work shirtless. Well, this is the best I can do, by growing out the beard and letting her kick my butt in Gin Rummy (she was getting tired of getting beaten in cribbage on a regular basis to this point). So, in all fairness to Cathleen and her ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 15th 2006

It has only been " days since we flew here to Europe and it already seems like ages because we have done so much!! The first night in our hostel in London was fun. Heidi and I decided to brave the hot tub that was on the deck so we could relax and ended up talking to some pretty cool people. There were a lot of people from Canada and they thought it was pretty funny how we were going to say we were Canadian. It's also funny to hear others opinions of Americans, not always the best, and everyone is quick to stereotype, but they can get over it. we went to bed pretty early, mainly because we were in a room with 8 other people who were sleeping all day and night. Heidi and ... read more
Our first sighting of the Eiffel tower!!
Eiffel Tower Lights
The tower




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