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Europe » France » Île-de-France October 1st 2019

Invader Art in Paris Not all art in Paris is exhibited in the Louvre or D’Orsay or L’Orangerie, or within the walls of any museum. Although unnoticed by most tourists, Invader Art is displayed in plain view on the outside of nearly 1,200 buildings across Paris. If a person aims their eyes up a little while strolling Parisian cobblestones, he or she will eventually encounter the mosaics that an incognito artist has been installing throughout Paris since 1998. The artist’s identity is a secret and is known only as “Invader.” He has said his purpose in exhibiting his creations on outside walls is so that ordinary, working-class people can enjoy art. Invader Art’s genesis is the once-popular 1970s’ arcade game Space Invaders, and the mosaics vary in size and theme. Although many pieces portray Space Invaders ... read more
An Anonymous Young Parisian participating in the Flash Invaders smartphone game
Closeup of Her Prey

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 29th 2019

The last Day in Paris for Tim and Natalia started in rain, and finished in rain. They had to be on the 20.40 train back to Luxembourg, so we popped the umbrellas and nothing stopped us. We had a late breakfast, well, a croissant and a coffee, and were carrying some rolls and quiches to eat at the Jardin de Tuileries near the Louvre later on. There were crowds everywhere, always is in Paris, but with Jacque Chirac’s funeral and Paris Fashion Week locking horns , the gardens were a peaceful place to hide. It’s springtime in Paris and the gardens are beautiful. Parisian gardens are designed to be perfectly symmetrical rows of flowers and shrubs, colour coordinated to blend without detracting from the surroundings, in which this case were lakes and groves of trees. We ... read more
Coffee In Marais, Paris
Equal Opportunity Crossings
Lovely Garden Along The Seine

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 28th 2019

Well let’s get the Grand Final thing out of the way first. My team wasn’t in it, so the care factor was very low, but we still watched it at breakfast at 6.30 in Luxembourg, and continued on the train to Paris until the end. I have mixed feelings about the hiding that was served up to Greater Western Sydney, but they were beaten fairly and soundly, they are from NSW, so it’s a good result. And a close friend is a Tigers tragic, so I’m thrilled for her. Our train travelled at 308kph, and I think the Tigers would have beaten it today. The debutant starred and his was a great story of redemption from a chequered past. It’ll have to be the Hawks next year. Our train ride to Paris was uneventful. As I ... read more
Hardware Société
Sacré Coeur, Montmartre

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 26th 2019

We arrived early and waited in a line at Border Control for just a bit. Could have been worse and there was no follow-up customs interviews. Much less than Australia. We found a bus that would take us to the Gare Montparnasse train station close to our hotel. Very roomy, not crowded, and easier/cheaper than an Uber/Taxi. It was supposed to be a little over an hour trip but the Paris rush hour traffic was horrific and we spent over two hours in it. There must have been accidents all over as we saw 20-30 police, ambulances and what not shooting by. We got very acquainted with the Neeee-Neer-Neee-Neer sounds of their sirens. Brian managed to grab a few ZZZs in the midst of it all. We were dropped off at the train station which was ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France September 25th 2019

Left Edge and Ecco in the care of Anita, our wonderful Petsitter, and headed to Dulles to start our trip to France. No problems with the flight and we must have had a good tailwind as we arrived an hour earlier than planned. We both tried to sleep and managed a few hours. Arriving in the early morning will still feel like the middle of the night to us but we'll try and stay awake to get in sync with Paris time. Looking forward to a great trip!... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 25th 2019

As I begin to write about our third European Adventure we are at home packing our bags, checking our documents, making sure we have everything covered. We depart from Toronto on Thursday, September 26 at 10:15 on Air Transat #488 bound for CDG Paris. We hope to arrive there at approximately 11:40 local time and head into the city via train to find our apartment at 75 Boulevard du Montparnasse, on the left bank. We are in Paris until Tuesday October 1 when we will depart by train to Beaune, France in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. We will spend three nights there where we will pick up our rental car and head out on Friday, October 4 for Annecy, France which is called the "Venice of France". We are hoping to travel into ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 8th 2019

Our trip has come together. First, we discovered that we had enough points through our credit card company to pay for the airline tickets AND a car rental. Then, we found Larry through trustedhousesitters.com...he arrived yesterday, and so far, he and the dogs like each other. Bill has magnificently gotten household things organized...and our laptop loaded so that either of us can continue to work, as needed!! I've got thread and fabric to stitch if the scenery gets boring!! (as if...) We have written letters to our first two hosts: in Paris we will be with friends with whom we have stayed before, and they with us. We are still awaiting a reply from a SERVAS host in Rennes...whom we chose because of this description: "old typical house (mud built)." After all of our houses, we ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 6th 2019

A fantastic day touring Paris and seeing the sights. We strolled the Champs-Elysees and stopped at a macroon shop the girls came across back in 2015. It was sad seeing Notre’ Dame Cathedral, but refreshing to see the progress on renovation made thus far. See the new trusses? We made our way over to the speciality cheese shop where the merchant stored his cheese in a very (cool ) cave under his shop. We experienced 8 different cheeses from several areas of France. So much to learn with over 1400 different cheeses produced in France and 46 have protected names and can only be made in a certain town. Finished our night back in our beautiful courtyard at the Renaissance Trocadero.... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France September 6th 2019

8TH DAY IN FRANCE! Driving To Carcassonne, Seeing The Midevil Town In Carcassonne's Walls And Having Pizza! I got up with Maurane at 8:00 to get ready for the drive to Carcassonne, So first we had breakfast then got dressed and then we had to wait 2 hours for the gardener to arrive at the place to give us the all clear, but we just left to go to Carcassonne. When we got there we checked in at our hotel ( Ibis budget ) then decided what we were going to do next........ We were going to do the midevil city! Once we got there it was so cool to look at! After that we went to a pizzaria in the town in the castle mine was so goooooood! Then we went back to the hotel ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 6th 2019

8TH DAY IN FRANCE! Driving To Carcassonne, Seeing The Midevil Town In Carcassonne's Walls And Having Pizza! I got up with Maurane at 8:00 to get ready for the drive to Carcassonne, So first we had breakfast then got dressed and then we had to wait 2 hours for the gardener to arrive at the place to give us the all clear, but we just left to go to Carcassonne. When we got there we checked in at our hotel ( Ibis budget ) then decided what we were going to do next........ We were going to do the midevil city! Once we got there it was so cool to look at! After that we went to a pizzaria in the town in the castle mine was so goooooood! Then we went back to the hotel ... read more




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