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Europe » France » Île-de-France September 10th 2023

Flying to Madagascar from St Louis is a 20+ hours journey so we decided to stop for 3 day in Paris to rest up and adjust our meridian. We had been in Paris before (almost 30 years ago in 1994) so there was no need to rush around and take in all the famous sights. We stayed at Hotel L’Horst, conveniently located near Lazara Plaza metro station and 1.5 km walk to the Seine River front. I wanted a seafood dinner so the hotel recommended Brassier Mollard seafood restaurant which is only 200 m from the hotel. This restaurant opened in 1867 and it’s historical building was designed by famous master Édouard Niermans in 1895 who also designed Moulin Rouge. Many of his works were credited as the decor styles that launched the Art Nouveau era. ... read more
We took a riverboat ride on the Seine
Nortradam still under repair
The historical restaurant Mollon

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 July 23rd 2023

Here is the list, according to Travel Noire: Italy-swarthy types!France-beware the MetroNetherlands-red light district is a problem!Germany-kraut thieves... read more
Watch your purse
Not funny!

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 21st 2023

We've been busy these past 2 days in Paris taking the metro, ubering and of course walking a lot. We've had delicious meals and snacks and a few drinks. Paris is a beautiful city, with very crowded streets and roads. People we've met, especially asked questions of, were very friendly. Cafes seem always busy and people are sitting in them taking their time and enjoying. Terry and I had a plan for our time. While we wanted to relax and take it slow, the draw of things that Rick Steves said we should see, was strong. We had museum reservations each morning. On Wednesday it was the Orsay where we had a date with Rick and the Impressionists. It was beautiful...just seeing the highlights we spent a couple of hours with Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. ... read more
My friend Venus.

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 21st 2023

Taking a break from talking about what I've seen and done to what I've eaten. With great cheeses and bread, how can you go wrong? Best meal so far...Pain Vin Fromage...a fondue restaurant in the Marias neighborhood : a beautiful cellar like setting with 2 different fondues, bread and was delicious and Kir Royal to wash it down. It was an adventure getting there with clogged roads that caused our Uber driver to tell us to get out and walk, while the others were traveling without wifi to get there. Fortunately the restaurant seated us even though we were an hour late and the meal was totally worth it. Tea in Cafe Lavierve was pretty yummy too. It was in an article in the New York Times '36 Hours in Paris' so Roberta wanted to ... read more
Notre Dame at night
On the boat...our last night in Paris
It sparkles! (The tower, not me!)

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 19th 2023

On a pretty last minute spontaneous decision I'm traveling to Paris and Nice with Terry, Roberta, Cheryl, and Naomi. Terry was feeling the need to take a trip this summer and as long as we found a good deal, I was in. After some time looking at Nova Scotia, we heard about the wild fires and couldn't find a good deal, somehow traveling to Paris became an option. Thanks to Travel zoo, which we'll never use again, and Terry's persistent negotiating skills we got the deal we were looking for. 8 days, really 6, air fare hotels and train all for $2000. Terry and I were never in France and the others had but liked the idea of taking the trip together. France was never high on my travel list but seeing the Eiffel Tower and ... read more
Our first foray onto the Metro
The vinicular to the Sacre Couer

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles July 6th 2023

Up early and checked out of the Hotel before 8am, walked the 100 meters to the St Pancras Station where we then check in, exited English Customs and then Entered French Customs. This is so good, no customs in France. Off now to the Business Class Lounge which is packed and we didn't get a seat. The train was lovely with great leg room, no recline, but its only a 2:30h trip. Breakfast for me was Croissant, Yoghurt and Compote, fresh fruit, and tea, and Rose had Croissant, Yoghurt and Compote, Sausage, Spring Onion and Potato Frittata, Bacon, Mushrooms and Baked Beans. Very nice. The surprising part of the trip was that we were only in the tunnel for about 15 minutes and the rest of the time passing lovely countryside. Rose was not sure about ... read more

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 June 18th 2023

By the time we got into Paris and our motel, it was really quite late, like after 1 am but, the boys revived after seeing the room. The motel was like 1 big Pac-Man game, and in our room, we had a large bed, plus 2 sets of bunk beds, each bunk with its own sliding doors. So, boys were bouncing back and forth between beds and opening and closing the sliding doors. Morning came too soon. The train for London was leaving at 4pm and we needed to be at the train station 2 hours in advance. This left little time for the city. When we were in Paris 2 years ago, we had a wonderful picnic at the Eiffel Tower. We knew we had little time to tour but figured we could at least ... read more

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