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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 10th 2014

Strolled down to Taverna Esmeralda for Brunch today. Slept until 10:00 .... So much for the energizer bunny! Had a delicious Croque Madame with Cafe Creme. strolled the Quai Bookstalls to purchase a few goodies and then caught the Batobus on Seine at Notre Dame stop. cruised down to the Louvre where we departed to see the Pyramid.... Also paid 12 euros each to relieve ourselves and have a cool drink! It was worth every penny... Met a lovely couple from Seattle ... Chatted awhile then re- boarded Batobus to The Eiffel Tower where we had res . Later in evening for tour and trip to summit. It was early so we got a nice cream and walked over river and up hill to Plaza Trocadero to take photos and eat an early dinner of Spa ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 2nd 2014

It was the last day of winter when I left her. It wasn’t anything she did; I just needed to move along. She was everything you could want and was easy to love. She kept me warm on many a winter night. She was beautiful, passionate and very romantic. The long nights on the river are unforgettable. And the food! I never ate so well in my life. A real Renaissance kind of girl you could say. I guess I don’t have to feel too bad. She has lots of other admirers and I know she won’t lack attention for long after I’m gone. It wasn’t her, it was me. I wanted something new. Maybe a little more refined and complicated. I needed knowledge to go with the looks. You know the type. Studious, businesslike. All ... read more
Moulin Rouge
Sunset Boats
Montmartre Nights

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 2nd 2014

Here's the story of the locks on the bridge. A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto one of the bridges. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love. Last year the locks on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre were cut off, reportedly by the government. But romance beats politics in Paris and the locks can now be seen on two Paris bridges: Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché. However, there is a difference on which bridge you pledge your love. Some say the only way to break the seal of love brought on by this love lock act is to find the key and unlock the padlock. Of course, that is nearly impossible, since the keys lie at the bottom ... read more
Love lock bridge

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 2nd 2014

Beautiful sunny day. Loretta & I went shopping and took a ride on the ferris wheel. It was windy and chilly but we had a nice clear view. Ten euros and it goes around three times.... read more
Ferris Wheel
Lovely Loretta
Did I mention I don't like heights?

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 1st 2014

Since we come to Paris ever year and shop at the same stores every year, and eat at the same restaurants every year.....I will not be posting photos or blogging. More of the same. However I can update that our favorite restaurant Chez la Vieille has totally gone down hill. The long time chef is gone and so are the patrons. Meal was truly so-so. Very disappointing. Same with Aux Lyonnais. I will assume it was just an off night for them. The restaurant was still packed.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 30th 2014

My wanderlust returned shortly after Kevin and I finished our trip to Europe one and one-half years ago, so I started planning the next one. I SO wanted to see the lavender harvest in Provence, and my friend, Wendy, was wanting to see Bordeaux and places she knew Ed wouldn’t want to go back to. Kevin at that point said he had done France and started planning his hejira to Burma. And Wendy and I started planning our trip to France. Here is the way it will be going: We, just the two of us, will fly into Paris and after two days (and copious amounts of our favorite pastries), we will head off by train to the Vaucluse, which is, as I understand it, the center of the lavender industry. Then, on to Bordeaux for ... read more
Yours Truly

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 30th 2014

I often get asked “Why do you travel so much?”, which is usually followed up by “How do you afford it?” First off, my husband is blessed with a wonderful job and secondly he can stretch a dollar for all it’s worth. But also, it comes down to choices. While others have their kids in private school, we are homeschooling. While others have two cars, we have one. So as an educator, our travels are not vacations but rather field trips. Leading up to a trip, I research history, books, arts and sites of the area. I have found that surfing the local library online catalogue is a great way to brainstorm different ideas to teach the kids. Each kid has their own library card and we make bi-weekly trips to pick up the latest books ... read more
Dancing at Chateau de Versailles
Outside the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Drawing their masterpieces at the Louvre

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris » Sarcelles January 19th 2014

Each time in Paris, I can not leave without entering at Fauchon Place de la Madeleine, the wahala for sweets... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 30th 2013

I had entered the gateway to the old world. Only fitting that it should be Paris. With it's Arc of Triumph begging me to march through it and claim my conquest! Paris; the ancient city of Love and a vacation dream destination. Paris; King of Troy. Paris; the wealthy Count and suitor to Juliet. Paris; the center of France. The city lives up to its reputation. It is a tapestry of natural beauty, delicious cuisine & wine, ethnicity, live music, hot women, top-notch cheeses, theatre, little dogs, urban heat, friendships; and yes, the occasional snobbery. 'Cuz they rule! I was overwhelmed in the awesomeness. I required sleep the first day so I walked out into the streets that evening. Everything was lit up - The musician students were out blowing flutes, tubas and trumpets. Mixing it ... read more
Notre Dame
Me n' Jim

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 23rd 2013

We've found that we can't over do museums so we had to choose the last one we would see. We went to see Rodin. I prefer 3 dimensional art forms to most 2 dimensional forms. The Rodin museum is fantastic. He loves the body. All his statues scream emotion to me. Having just come from visiting so many incredible sites of the ancients, it was very easy to see his fascination with the classic times. Even those very simple, smooth lined faces and bodies wanted to speak to me. I think I liked walking the gardens best; the more than life size pieces were powerful. The last days are bitter sweet. I will enjoy going home, but I don't want to leave Jacob behind. We have been saying Merry Christmas to each other everyday. It's making ... read more

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