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Europe » France » Île-de-France March 23rd 2019

We spent the morning with our families then met at the Gare de Montparnasse. We said the difficult au revoirs and boarded the TGV to Paris. From there, we took the Métro to the RER to the airport, the shuttle to the Hotel Ibis Styles. We had dinner together in the restaurant and are now in our rooms. We will meet for breakfast downstairs at 6:30am, packed and ready to fly!... read more
Au revoir...we’ll miss you, too! ❤️
Métro (du TGV à ligne 4)
Métro...walking blocks, underground!

Europe » France » Île-de-France March 18th 2019

Today, we traveled by TGV (train à grande vitesse) from Paris to Bayonne, where our families were waiting to welcome us home.... read more
TGV (train a grande vitesse-high speed)
Our conductor
The reunion on the platform!

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Acheres March 16th 2019

We experienced the train (RER B), the métro, the Eiffel Tower en route to our hotel, lots of walking and a trip to the top of the Tour de Montparnasse, the best view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris! I am so impressed by these travelers, particularly after seeing them endure a long, jet-lagged day. Tomorrow, we leave by TGV for Bayonne after breakfast at the hotel. Bonne nuit! ... read more
Train, metro & LOTS of walking!
Eiffel Tower vue de Montparnasse.
It looks like free wifi at the top!

Europe » France » Île-de-France December 27th 2018

Este absolut necesar ca in fiecare an, indiferent de anotimp, eu si familia mea sa calatorim intr-un loc inedit, plin de istorie si traditii dar in acelasi timp locatia sa fie si una prielnica copiilor, unde acestia sa se poata juca in voie fara a ne face griji pentru siguranta lor, astfel incat eu si sotul meu sa ne putem bucura in liniste de concediu. Anul acesta am ales Parisul ca si destinatie de vacanta. Alegerea de fapt a facut-o mai mult sotul meu, acesta fiind un indragostit incurabil dar in acelasi timp si datorita faptului ca vorbeste foarte bine limba franceza. Cautand sfaturi si recomandari pe internet am descoperit ca cea mai prielnica perioada pentru vizitarea Parisului si a imprejurimilor este vara. De obicei nu suntem obisnuiti cu rezervarea camerelor de hotel inainte de a ... read more
Moulin Rouge
Notre Damme

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 6th 2018

Paris is like an new friend who you want to spend more time with, but there’s others you know you need to go and be with. I want to go home, but it would be nice to stay. I think it’s called escapism. It’s mid afternoon in the Shakespeare and Co. Cafe, at Rue de la Bucherie on the bank of the Seine. My window faces Notre Dame Cathedral, and tours led by yellow umbrellas, mysterious looking men I presume to be French, walking in slow motion, and the constant sound of motorcycles , ambulance sirens, and car horns, are all overshadowed by this church. The cafe is warm from the smell of savoury snacks and sweets, and berry crumble that you can get with a coffee for €7; don’t ask how I know. It feels ... read more
The Louvre
My Last Crossing Of The Seine
Lovely Hanging Autumn Vines

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 5th 2018

It’s a sad day today. Tim’s gone back to Luxembourg, as he has to, so I have the last 2 nights to myself before flying home to Australia. Today we slept in, Tim cooked a filling breakfast of delicate French mushrooms, spanish iberico chorizo, and semi cured cheese, followed by cereal and 2 cups of coffee. But I still can’t wait to go out and have a pastry. It’s going to stop soon, so I need to top up. It’s all about shopping, relaxing and a boat ride today. The first stop was Galeríes Lafayette, an up market store located near us, and it was just for a look at the interior, and a trip to the cafe observation deck at the roof level. Shopping’s not my thing and department stores are too confusing with their ... read more
Historical Shopping Arcade
The Front Entrance

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 4th 2018

Paris is slowly crawling into winter. It’s still a month away, but the cool chill in the wind, and the turning of the leaves to red and amber, tells me that winter is close. The leaves are holding onto branches for as long as they can, before floating to the ground, only to be trod into the damp paths, kicked around and played with by children, or scooped up by the many workers vacuuming the streets and parks, keeping Paris clean. Like Spaniards, the French love a cigarette, and happily drop the still burning butts at random, continuing an age old French tradition. You are never far from the smell of cigarettes or diesel fumes in Paris. Even the smallest cars are often diesel powered, adding to that fragrant, toxic cocktail of Paris. On a brighter ... read more
An Environmental Garden On The Side Of Appartments
Another Day, Another Market.

Europe » France » Île-de-France November 3rd 2018

Hi. I’m writing very little today as the photos track our movements and frankly, I’m tired. The weather gods have smiled on Paris today and the sun was shining for the first time in ages. Tim and I caught the Metro train to near the Bastille and spent the day walking, walking. The Marais,is a district oozing with character, and we often wandered towards a destination, turning up random streets, happy as long as we were headed in a particular direction. I’ve done this in Rome, and it can produce the nicest surprises at the turn of a corner. The streets were vibrant, and locals and tourists were out in force. Falafels are the food to eat here, and the many food shops had queues stretching up the street. We just had to be patient. There ... read more
Our Appartment
Home Maintenance Man Starts The Day
The Bottomless Pit

Europe » France » Île-de-France October 28th 2018

Saturday and Sunday, Oct 27&28 Ross wanted to check out the Paris Chinatown before we headed to Haussmann Blvd for serious shopping. Before we even got there I spotted Maisons du Monde. Oh I wish I could furnish an apartment from this shop. So many cool things. I think the shipping costs put most things out of range. On to Chinatown and through a mall - very similar to areas in Richmond. After a good look around we caught the Metro to Galeries Lafayette. So many people. Such high prices. I couldn't believe the line-ups at Longchamps and Gucci purse counters. Security all around. Outside the store the street was lined with huge limo buses dispensing foreign shoppers. They must have a much better budget than me. We took photos from the roof top but didn't ... read more
Christmas at Galeries Lafayette
from the rooftop
all lined up for purses

Europe » France » Île-de-France October 26th 2018

Friday, October 26 Boy these 9:30 mornings are becoming a real habit. Out on the streets by 11 and off to the Metro. A day of walking and planned shopping! But actually spent the least on goods today but oh my I could have if I had another suitcase. We went to Les Halles and followed the phone. First stop was trying to get Ross to do a set pose by the big head and hand sculpture because we had one of me from a trip a few years back. Well Ross is Mr. Polite and a slow mover so we started out as the only people there and by the time he got to the head another group had moved in and then 3 more and they all took 5 or more different poses. I ... read more
quick sketch - they were done before I was
Ministry of Culture building
Do NOT have coffee here

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