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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 17th 2019

How good is Paris? Well, if the assessment is linked to rainfall, today was excellent. After a long uneventful flight from Hong Kong to Paris, we arrived weary, sore, but ready to make the most of a 3 day break in Paris, with a wish list of stuff to do. Hopefully we can cram plenty into 2 days now, because after queuing for what seemed forever in a line of people who treated the train ticket office at the airport as a tourist information office - I’m definitely becoming less tolerant as I get older - we rose from the bowels of the Paris Metro, only to be greeted with cool, wet conditions. No matter, we are wet, but we are wet in Paris. Our hotel is only a short walk from the station, and I ... read more
That Rain Didn’t Let Up At All

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 17th 2019

We checked into our hotel and headed to the catacombs. 2 trains and about 10 stops to get there. There was a long line 3/4 of the way around the block. It was raining so we got in our place at the back of the line and Pedro went to get umbrellas. The security guy said it was going to be 3 hours. We took turns running errands. First to get coffees and then to get macaroons. We entertained ourselves with "eye spy" and watching the wildlife. Pigeons, sparrows and some really cute rats. ... read more
Sweet treats in Paris
Sriracha, Kasie and Pedro
Kasie stays dry during the Paris rain

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 13th 2019

A long day in Paris. Breakfast at the Hotel Juliana was delicious. We walked to the Eiffel Tower and decided the lines were too long in the morning. We decided to walked to Trocade'ro and got some photos of the Eiffel Tower from there. We walked down Kleber Avenue to Arc de Triomphe. We did a full 360 of it and then we Went down the Avenue des Champs. Sriracha shopped to get some shoes as it seems she forgot to pack her walking shoes and only brought her flip flops. She got some new Adidas. We continued on the Musse' de Lourve. We decided it was time to try the subway, so we purchased our tickets and got on with plans to head back to our hotel. At the station to transfer lines we found ... read more
Eiffel Tower photo bomb
Mus'ee de Louvre
Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 12th 2019

We have arrived in Paris. Our flight was late leaving Chicago and arrived about 11 a.m. in Paris. We took the train from the airport to central Paris. We had to to go through the sliding exit doors on the way out of the station. The doors are triggered by the train ticket. I was not moving quickly enough through and the door closed on my backpack. I was trapped. Sriracha and Kasie were laughing so hard that they nearly fell over. Pete was still on the ticket side so he slid his ticket through to free me. After we all made it through the gates we went above ground to figure out our bearings. We hiked to our hotel following the river Seine. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Eiffel tower. We ... read more
Pedro and family at the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
 Kasie and Sriracha at the Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 25th 2019

I wake up at 5:30 on Tuesday morning - I am excited - and tired. I don’t own a watch and never use an alarm to get up in the morning. As such whenever I have anything exciting or important to do the next day I wake up every few hours - a kind of faulty built in alarm system. I often wake up Danielle as well as I crawl over her to see her bedside clock to check the time. My hiking gear, clothing and research material is strewn about the spare room - I panic pack in about an hour. Danielle is organized - she has been packed and ready for days. I was given the spare room as a drop zone. Over the course of the past month I have been throwing stuff ... read more
My Canadian Pilgrim patch
Me with my new smaller back pack
Hotel Boutet MCGallery in Paris

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 24th 2019

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Europe » France » Île-de-France July 22nd 2019

Horace Douglas Kelley was born March 26, 1925 in Aylmer, Quebec, Canada. He was the 3rd child of George (1890-1950) and Louisa (nee Metcalfe - 1898 -1979). George and Louisa had 16 children - only 6 made it out of childhood - the others - including twins - succumbed to early childhood ailments of the time - diphtheria, whooping cough, summer ailments etc. The vaccinations and medications of the time were not what they are today. Horace preferred and insisted on being called Doug - can’t say that I blame him. Doug was raised Anglican - his Mom was an avid church goer - his dad not so much. Doug’s Mom rarely touched alcohol - his dad was not allergic. Doug grew up in Aylmer, Quebec. He finished grade 6 and left school. His dad delivered ... read more
Mom’s grandma
Mom’s Mom and Aunt
Jack and Diane

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 12th 2019

The adventure began this year with a departure from Lansing at 4:00 headed for the Air France counter at O'Hare Terminal Five. We arrived on time and got through security quickly and with enough time for a snack of egg rolls. The plane was fairly comfortable though nobody slept much on the overnight flight. After picking up our bags and heading to the arrivals hall where a driver was supposed to be waiting for us with a placard, no one was to be found. Two phone calls to the company went straight to voicemail and went unreturned. This was a little frustrating because the shuttle was booked directly through Air France/KLM and paid ahead of time. We eventually found alternative transportation but were very frustrated after arriving at our Paris hotel to receive an email receipt ... read more

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

As this was a travel day for us, and we were only operating on 4 hours of sleep, not much sightseeing to report on this time. But, we did accumulate some random thoughts about Paris that we wanted to record and share: This is one of the cleanest cities we've ever seen. Rarely, if ever, did we see trash lying about, despite the millions of tourists passing through. It was very impressive. We could not believe how many people smoked. Everywhere we went, people smoked. The foyer to our apartment building reeked of it. It's sad to see such a sophisticated culture and people in so many ways still addicted to such a horrible habit. Most of the French people we encountered were quite nice, not condescending at all, and happy to help us in English ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 26th 2019

Tips for traveling in Paris: 1. Download the Paris Metro app - so helpful 2. Do not do Paris when the temperature is in the 90s. Our first "real" Grand Tour stop was Paris. I had been to Paris twice before but never during high tourist season or when the weather was predicted to climb into the 90s and 100s. This is true of all major tourist cities, but if you can plan your visit not during the summer months, do it. Not only is it tourist season, but France is also hosting the FIFA Women's Wold Cup and starting to prepare for the 2024 Olympics. If Paris is in your travel plans soon, definitely use the Paris Metro app and plan for construction and crowds. Our first day and a half were was spent with ... read more
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