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Dec 2, 2018 - Paris

The drive to Paris was relatively easy even though light rain fell most of the way. Coffee stops at small villages went well but even better there were no blockade disruptions. Great roads and very few vehicles to contend with made things all the more enjoyable for our last day on a European road. After washing the car we checked it in and bid it farewell, it had served us well. The next check-in went smoothly as well at the CDG Airport and we were soon playing the 'waiting game' for our flight. Next stop, New Delhi, and a reunion with...

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Oct 13, 2018 - One Day More (Who can figure out this reference?)

Today’s itinerary was to do a walking tour of Montmartre led by Maxine and her tour book pages. We walked up our street, Rue Muller, and then up a path and steps to Sacre Coeur. We were that close. The Grape Harvest Festival was in full swing with hundreds of booths, thousands of people and lots of food and drink going on. We found our way through security, the festival, and then out onto the crowded streets near Place du Tertre where many artists set up their easels each day for the tourists. Walking past that, we headed to find the one...

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Oct 13, 2018 - Cemetery city

We had a more relaxed start to the day, as we were free to do as we pleased. Also we had spent the night fighting off a barrage of mozzies, so we appreciated the sleep in. We caught the metro from Pont de Sèvres station and about 45 minutes later arrived at Père Lachaise Cemetery. This famous cemetery is the largest in the city, with over 1 million having been buried there over the centuries. It is, of course, the final resting place of many famous people, including Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Colette, Molière, Poulenc, Jim Morrison, Simone...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Sailing into Paris

Today was our last day of riding! The tour has been quite tiring because we didn’t have a rest day in the middle, so we are all feeling it a bit. Before describing our day though, we should say a little about our fellow cyclists. We have really enjoyed this trip, not least because of this really lovely group. As mentioned, we had seven Canadians, six Americans and us two Aussies. All the Canadians were technically travelling as a group, although in fact some of them had never met. The key central person for their group had at the last...

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Oct 11, 2018 - Napoleon and the boars

We had a busy day scheduled today as we were not only to ride around 40 km but also to visit the Château de Fontainebleau, one of the largest palaces in France and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our route out of Moret-sur-Loing was through some lovely forested areas. As we approached Fontainebleu, we were able to ride up the grand Allée Davon which, together with a grand canal and Jardin Français at the back of the château, was designed by Louis XIV’s principal gardener André Le Nôtre (who also designed the gardens at Versailles). We had...

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Oct 11, 2018 - Louis Vuitton, Sort Of

Today we traipsed across Paris on the metro to the Foundaton Louis Vuitton where there were no signature items to be purchased. Instead, there was an impressive museum. After arriving about 11:30am we waited in line nearly 2 hours to buy our entry tickets. Note to self - order tickets online next visit. After scouting out the lobby and seeing a film about the museum we decided to have lunch before heading to the two main exhibits. After this very expensive lunch (which we thoroughly enjoyed) we headed to see works by Egon Schiele (Austrian...

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Oct 10, 2018 - Pottery anyone?

We had a free morning to start the day and the truly charming village of Moret to explore. It is located around an ancient mill and boasts medieval gates and cobble-stoned streets. The riverside was dotted with grand chateau and small canal boats, and the autumn colours and lovely sunny weather created an idyllic setting. Busy Paris is but a short commute from here, yet we are in the most serene and beautiful of places. We wandered the streets and visited the mill, which is built around a series of waterfalls, making for a picturesque...

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Oct 10, 2018 - Late Start to the Day But Still Saw Lots

After traveling to and from the Dordogne October 6-9, and staying busy while there, we had a leisurely morning and did not leave the apartment until almost 11:00am. Our first stop was the Tour Eiffel. Once past security we learned the line for those without reservations to take the elevator to the top was a three hour wait... so we left. We walked down the street and went to the Musee du Quai Branly. I have always appreciated the outside of the museum where walls stretching to the sky are a vertical garden. The inside is spectacular with so...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Last day in Paris

Last year the Opera House was closed for some reason but today I was in luck and able to get a ticket for the 11:30 tour in English with guide Martin whose English was very good. Designed by Garnier it was built in 14 years ats aproject of Napoleon the Third who died three years before its completion and by the time it opened Garnier, as a friend of Napoleon p, was out of favour and not invited to the opening but was able to purchase a ticket. The magnificent entrance with grand staircase is in a mix of styles - baroque, neo classic,...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Locked!

This morning we headed out to Montereau where we were to meet the Elodie. We had a short ride to Pont-sur-Yonne where we stopped for coffee. We then continued on to Barbey where Nina found us a nice picnic spot to have our lunch. Again, despite our mishaps yesterday, Nina gave us more or less free reign to ride at our own speed. As the route was much more straightforward today, and having learned a salutary lesson yesterday, none of us got lost. The scenery today was pretty, as usual, with plenty of villages dotted along the way. A short...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Back to Paris

We arrived in Paris at about 2:30pm on Tuesday. After buying our train tickets to go to Chartres on Friday, we headed home in an Uber and resettled in the apartment. Early evening we walked UP the 140 steps at the end of our street to Sacre Coeur and found a nice restaurant for dinner. There were so many people up there just hanging out enjoying the night view. We also saw a a “Pigalle Track Club” of about 20 people doing an evening run around Sacre Coeur. There is a lot happening in our neighborhood!

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Oct 8, 2018 - Chartres

Well today was a journey discovering how French women keep slim. I had booked my train tickets to Chartres as I have heard so much about the cathedral there. Left the nearest station "Villers" on Line three, changed at St Lazarre to Line 12 to Bienvenue Montparnasse which involved much walking up and down stairs and along corridors and then had to get to Gare Montparnesse which involved what seemed like never ending redirections not made any easier by the renovations going on. Very pleasant trip and arriving at Chartrescould immediately see...

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