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Sep 17, 2018 - Bonsoir Paris, A bientot

My last day in Paris and I’ve enjoyed this city sooooo much. I would love to return one day. The Parisians remain a strange but interesting lot, I love sitting in my neighbourhood at the end of the day at a little bistro enjoying a beer and just watching them. I don’t even try to get waiter service anymore, I’m such a local, I yell out Bonjour and go straight up to the counter to order. My French has improved hugely, I now recognise all the words I learned before I arrived and love to hear the language spoken. Another beautiful day in...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Paris La la la la la

I’ve grown to really love Paris on this trip, it’s culture, it’s charm, it’s je ne sais quoi. A city made for strolling beside the river with magnificent views in all directions, leafy boulevards, elegant Haussmann buildings (which I learnt about during my walking tour), Sunday outdoor markets, the endless outdoor cafes and bistros where there is always an opportunity to rest my weary feet over a wine, beer or coffee depending upon mood rather than time of day and indulge in some serious people watching. Yesterday, as usual I was up early,...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Enchanting Bordeaux

Just loved this enchanting city of Bordeaux (yesterday it was Charming Bordeaux, I can’t find an all encompassing word to describe this city so today it is enchanting). Cameron, Bordeaux reminds me a lot of Lucca in Italy, cobble streets, wandering in and out of little passageways amongst these beautiful old buildings whilst checking out the locals going about their daily lives. I am not usually so much into the architecture and buildings, that’s Cameron’s passion, I’m more interested in the ambience of a city, what makes the local people...

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Sep 13, 2018 - 30,815 Parisian steps and whew

Yep, after 30,815 (I well and truely completed my 10,000 steps for today) steps around Paris today, I now know Paris well enough to classify myself as a local! The weather was a bit dull, showers this morning which cleared up to an overcast non photogenic day but what a great day I had exploring this amazing city, despite the fact that no one appears to be able to speak one of the worlds most popular languages, as in the Queens English. I blame my good friend Ian from Laurieton for enhancing my communication woes, he was going to give me...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Oui Oui Paris

Oiu Oiu Paris,it feels like visiting an old friend. Funny, Italy feels like Italy, Spain feels like Spain etc., but being in Paris makes me really feel like I’m in Europe. It’s not just the buildings and beautiful lay out of the city, it’s the people, so chic, so cool, so beautifully and elegantly dressed, I could say so bloody arrogant, but would like to be nice and refer to them as having ‘attitude’ , a whole lot and not always the best attitude, but attitude all the same. It feels like Europe. I’m learning to order a petite plate of...

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Sep 11, 2018 - 'Paris is always a good idea'

Yes, as they say in the classics, 'Paris is always a good idea'. Off to Abu Dhabi shortly and provided I am not swept off my feet by some gorgeous, hunky Arabian Prince whilst there, by this time tomorrow morning, I should be negotiating the Paris Metro in search of my new abode for the next 5 days. Watch this space ………..

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Sep 10, 2018 - On My Way

Well, I’m on my way. I’m 7 miles up in the air and will be in France tonight, having left Detroit at noon today. I’m not EXACTLY following the footsteps of my grandfather, Russell Sumner Gates, who served in World War I, since he sailed to France aboard the ship President Grant in 1917 taking more than 2 weeks to get there from Hoboken, NJ. And he had spent 2 days before that on a train to Hoboken from Camp Grant, IL, where he had completed his basic training. His trip was voluntary, like mine, but his was no vacation. He enlisted in the...

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Sep 1, 2018 - August 30,31 September 1

Dear all, Well we are spending our last night in Paris. By this time tomorrow, Sunday we should be getting ready to board our flight home. Tomorrow we are planning to empty out our bags and repack, throwing out unwanted weight. But we have not stopped. Thursday we did a walking tour of Paris. We visited the Louvre and now know a lot more about early Greek art and painting up to 1885. Then we ventured on the Seine river for a short cruise for lunch at the Eiffle tower. We skipped a repeat visit to the Notre Dame Catherdral having spent 2...

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Our Big Trip

Aug 29, 2018 - August 27, 28 & 29

Dear all, Well the adventure is nearly at an end. We have moved hotels for the last time and now settled in. The previous Paris hotel were full so we couldn't stay on. We are in an old hotel, probably an old house but our room is comfortable, with air conditioning, bathroom and separate toilet, a real luxury. We are only 10 meters from the underground metro. We have been out exploring on that today to see where we need to be tomorrow to do a tour around Paris. We think we are brave as everything in the Metro is written in French so have to...

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Our Big Trip

Aug 4, 2018 - Paris to Amsterdam

This morning everyone was up early as we had to have ourbags out at 6:45 am, after breakfast we checked that our luggage was out and then set off at 8:00 am on the coach to Amsterdam. We surprised everyone by wearing our Red European Escape 2018 t-shirts. We were definately noticed, everyone thought they were a great idea. We went out in the country side heading North with a French tour guide - who had the loveliest of accents but giggled a lot, we stopped around 10:00 am for a comfort stop and morning tea and then it was onto Belgium for...

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Europe Escape 2018

Aug 3, 2018 - Paris, The Louvre and farewell to Paris

This morning after another wonderful breakfast we got ready to go on our Tour of the Louvre although it was only half a day - we did get to see some of the wonderful pieces of art and sculptures that the Louvre has. To do the Louvre properly it would take you a year or more to have a good look at every piece and artifact stored there. Our guide was a wonderful man who had studied art and he took the time to explain to us what the artist was trying to say in the work, we saw a lot of religious art that was to be expected of course, he also...

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Aug 2, 2018 - Paris Bus Tour and The Moulin Rouge

This morning we had a lovely breakfast at the Hotel before setting off to do a bus tour of the city. Although we had been on bus tours on our first days in Paris this one was specific for APT, we did see a lot of what we had seen previously, but we did stop at the Eiffel tower and got another close up view from the other side - alas it was closed due to a strike - in relation to the online ticketing system that was causing longer line ups. What is it about us and strikes!! We stopped for coffee at a little cafe right near Napoleon's Tomb at...

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Europe Escape 2018

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