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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 10th 2019

This morning we decided to witness, with our own eyes, the damage suffered by the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral as a result of the recent fire. We learned of that tragic event just before we began this year's odyssey, while staying with our daughter and son-in-law in Orlando prior to our departure the following day. Since it was nearing lunchtime, we stopped first at the Café Constant, hoping to find an indoor table open, but instead had to settle for a cramped sidewalk table. This tiny café on rue Saint-Dominique, owned by the celebrated French chef Christian Constant, has become so popular that it's difficult to find seating--no reservations are accepted. I thought I recognized the young waiter from our last visit two years ago, when he served us and our granddaughter, and confirmed this later with ... read more
The former wooden spire

Europe » France » Île-de-France June 9th 2019

When I saw this list, I figured I might have been to a few. But all six? No way! But I will restrict my comments to my own personal experience at each place. Shinjuku-Tokyo This place (third photo) is a literal feast for the senses. So many izakayas, sushi bars, and yakitori joints. I think I could go to a different one each day for a year! Bourdain loved this place. Shibuya-Tokyo This is Times Square on steroids! Probably the world's largest pedestrian crossing in the world. Certainly a plethora of neon. And lots of good places to eat, along with the famous Asadachi. It is also home to the famous statue of Hachiko (google it for a great story, Japanese version, of course)! Zurich Hauptbahnhof It has been a long time since I was here, ... read more
Penn Station, NYC
Gare du Nord
Hachiko at Shibuya

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 9th 2019

We departed Munich yesterday morning on a Lufthansa flight to Paris, and our arrival turned out to be memorable, in more ways than one. On the bright side, this marks the 10th visit to the City of Light since our first trip in 2001, when it first captured our fancy. People sometimes ask us what is so special about Paris that makes us want to return, time and time again? Is it the centuries of history, art, culture or the French joie de vivre? Or perhaps it's the baguettes, crème brûlée--and the rest of the fabulous French cuisine--that appeal to us? While all of this is certainly true, to some degree, the answer is more elusive. The spell that Paris has cast upon us over the years may best be explained by the French phrase, Je ... read more
Crème brûlée
Yellow Vests demonstration
First glimpse of the Iron Lady

Europe » France » Île-de-France May 17th 2019

Day 18 This would be the most uneventful day of the trip. We left the Carentan in the Normandy area of France and drove back to Paris. Toll way most of the way, just like on our drive out to Normandy. We discovered that the rental car did NOT have a toll pass for the toll roads we were going to be on, just the toll roads around Paris. So, we learned how to pay tolls. There are no signs as you approach the toll booth on how uch the toll will be. I guess everyone should already know this. We learned on our way out to Normandy, that they take credit/debit cards. No indication on how much, but they took plastic. No drive through at 110km/hr and get dinged, just pull up stop, put in ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France May 4th 2019

Today started with breakfast at our hotel. I think it was by far the worst breakfast we have been offered. All the breakfasts on this trip are buffet. Typically there is plenty...scrambled or hard boiled eggs, various rolls and breads, meats, cheeses, bacon or ham, yogurt, cereal, fruit and a variety of coffees or cappuccino. Today the yogurt was not very good; the fruit was from a can; the scrambled eggs and bacon were not cooked well and so on. Surprisingly enough the hard boiled eggs were NOT cooked. You had to cook the yourself! BUT the croissants were the best we’ve had and topped off with Presidents butter....marvelous. The coffee was from two coffee machines. We weren’t smart enough to figure out one and he other only had had chocolate, cappuccino, and cafe au lait ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 2nd 2019

Sunday 28th April Since I was defeated yesterday in seeing all the places I had wanted to see, due to the rain, and since my train to Brittany was not until after lunch, I decided to hop onto the metro on Sunday morning and visit as many of those places as possible, before returning to check out and go to Mass at 11am. I got off the metro at Tolbiac and headed into the Quartier des Peupliers. Some very pleasant streets and gardens, especially near the Square de l'Abbé Georges Hénocque. I continued on into Floral City. What a beautiful and picturesque quartier! Many of the little streets are named after flowers, and the gardens and streetscapes are very pretty. It was hard to believe that one was in such a big and busy city. Being ... read more
Square de l'Abbé Georges Hénocque
La Petite Ceinture
Parc Montsouris

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

Paris 4-8-2019 Toi khoi hanh tu LAX luc 5PM de bay den Phap luc 5pm ngay 4-9-2019.Toi da dat san hotel o gan Gare Du Nord. Toi thuong dat Hotel hay nhung dich vu gi o Gare Du Nord de de dang di chuyen vi xe lua tu phi truong di thang den Gare Du Nord. 4-10-2019 Toi muon xe di noi ma toi muon di. That su toi du tinh chieu nay bay di dao Cape Verde la mot Nation Island ma toi muon di vi toi chua den. Lan di Senegal cach day 1 nam toi dinh di vi dao nay gan do nhung toi tim khong duoc may bay thuan tien nen khong di. Lan nay toi mua giay may bay roi nhung cuoi cung cancel vi toi thay noi day khong co ... read more

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

Just finished having breakfast, possibly the final croissant of the trip, I will miss them, but my waist line will not. The breakfast room was packed several groups of retired people just finishing up to get on their tour bus for the day. We shared a table with a nice retired French woman, of course we could not converse. We have about an hour before our taxi arrives to take us to the TGV station and our train to back to Paris. Jerry is doing the last-minute packing so I thought I would get a head start on today’s entry. It has been really nice not knowing what is going on in the world, or hearing about the orange man we have as an imposter president. That will soon be over when we return home and ... read more
Terrace in Aix
The Tub
TGV to Paris

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 27th 2019

Friday 26th April Happy Birthday to me! After the very busy group tour, I felt like a holiday from my holiday, so I had an easy day doing some chores and errands, and a little birthday shopping too. That was after my ten hour sleep! In the morning I did laundry and went to the Orange shop to get some phone recharges. Then I headed for Helmut Newcake to get something for lunch and a couple of cakes for later. I then headed for the Grands Boulevards – the famous shopping area of Paris. I specifically went to the Passage Jouffroy, where there is a shop selling Tintin memorabilia – I remembered it from last time in 2015. It's all rather expensive, but I did buy myself a figurine as a birthday present. The next day ... read more
Street in Mouzaia quartier
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Grave of Gilbert Morard

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris April 23rd 2019

Easter Sunday 21st April Today we joined our coach for travel to Paris, arriving about the middle of the day. In the afternoon we did a Paris Bicycle Tour, in the Marais area and over to the right bank of the Seine. It was a lot of riding through back streets without too much to see most of the time. We did ride over onto Île St Louis and looked across at Notre Dame, with its collapsed roof and burnt scaffolding where it was being repaired, before the fire. We also visited Place des Vosges, which is a beautiful (and crowded) square. This bike tour wasn't a patch on the Fat Bike Tour that we did on a previous St Edward's school trip, which took in a number of iconic sites and ended with afternoon tea ... read more
One of the Four Captives
Moulin Rouge
Notre Dame

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