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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

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 5th 2019

Arrived in Paris today by train from Amsterdam. What a great experience to travel by high speed rail! So quiet and fast. We traveled up to 180 mph! We took a stroll after a fantastic typical Parisian 2 1//2 hour long dinner and viewed the Eiffel Tower at night. Breathtaking. Finished the night sitting in a beautiful courtyard enjoying some fantastic wine and watching a little mouse dodge in and out of the garden. We miss being here last with the girls March 20,2015 . (Photo at the Louvre’)... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France September 5th 2019

I woke up to be in a old house then I remembered that we were staying in an old house for three nights. I got up and went downstairs for breakfast and then got ready to go to a special place. After driving to....St Emillion, we looked around a little bit and then realised that we could do a tour of where St Emillion lived for ten years of his life and the catacombs under the church of the town of St Emillion. I learnt that St Emillion (the person) was famous for having the ability to heal people and make things like bread turn to wood. He did not like his fame and went on a pilgrimage until he made St Emilliom his home (a cave in the side of the hill). After the tour ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France September 5th 2019

I had a lazy day today around the house, just with Mum, Jacob and Maurane. Dad went wine tasting at a local vineyard. It was such a lovely day. Mum, Jacob and I went exploring around the property, there was not much to see as we could not go in the long grass thanks to ticks and snakes. We then went swimming, then Dad arrived back to come jump in the pool with us. I tried foie gras for the first time, and loved it. Not much to write today as I didnt do that much.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France September 3rd 2019

6TH DAY IN FRANCE! Driving, More Driving And Giant Chocoate Croissants! I got up at a decent time to find every one awake and having a coffee before seeing everyone awake and in the cars driving 5hrs to go to new place to stay, but we also had some stops along the way. Our first stop was at a bakery somewhere in France and we had giant chocolate croissants then got back on the road. Our next stop was at La-Rochelle a giant castle and we could either catch a shuttle for free or be pulled along in a carrige by horses for 2,00€ each and we went on the shuttles but it was very cool. then got on the road again. Then we got there and it was so old and dark. After looking around ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France August 27th 2019

First day in Paris is done and dusted. 17,300 steps and my feet can walk no more 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️. Firstly I must tell you that when I went to the boarding gate in Hong Kong for the Paris leg they told me my seat 💺 had been changed so my heart sank. BUT.... it was an upgrade to Business Class!! Woohoo!!💃💃💃💃. I could lie down for the next 12.5 hours. What a difference that made. I was horrified at the African refugee tent ghettos driving from the airport. Virtually sitting on the edge of the highway. No homes or jobs and nothing to do but gather in a park near by- mostly young people. The driver tells me the rich people come with food for them. It’s all very well for the President to let them in, ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 20th 2019

Intended to sleep in today but for some reason- the high volume, high noise traffic through the night - we were both awake, reading, at 5.30 this morning. Enjoying an open window and fresh air does have its drawbacks. Our aim today was to catch up with the Eiffel Tower, take a river cruise up the Seine, and visit the Arc de Triomphe, leaving the smallest footprint possible. We achieved that by leaving the greatest carbon footprint possible; we caught the bus both ways. It was a five minute walk from here, the driver never took the money for the first trip, but it was packed; just a sign of things to come. There were at least 30 buses parked at the crossroads just near the Eiffel Tower, and that was a quick count. The crowds ... read more
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Poor Notre - Dame de Paris

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 19th 2019

As a concession for the blister on Sue’s toe from being led around Paris all day yesterday, we caught the Number 38 at the bus stop near our hotel this morning. I’m all heart. We walked everywhere yesterday, and Sue didn’t complain once; and that’s the problem with walking with Sue. She is so stoic it borders on foolhardy. I’m not going to get into the Camino we did; ask Tim. No one likes a whinger, but I’d love to hear about someone I’m with suffering in silence. I don’t bite. Anyway, I bought some bandages, taped up the toe, and we bussed the longest trips today. It did the trip. Our first destination was the famously extravagant and expensive Galeríes Lafayette, a department store known for stocking high end, exclusive brands. I saw a watch ... read more
The interior




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