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Jun 27, 2005 - The trip to Paris

With checkout at 10:30, we woke up, ate breakfast and headed to the post office to buy stamps and mail postcards. At the post office, they also sold boxes so we decided to buy two boxes and mail some of my London stuff home so Mom would have room to carry home our souvenirs (and also to lighten my ridiculously heavy load.) We packed the boxes and shipped them back to the States at the rather high charge of 26 euros per box. Ouch. Then we walked back to the station to catch the train to Brussels. Now you might remember that I mentioned that...

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Dylan in Europe

Jun 26, 2005 - In Paris

Well everything worked out really well with the train and accomadations in San Sebastian, as I got off the train I decided to grab some pizza hut pizza and then begin a search for a hotel room but ended up back at the station after not finding anything figuring I was going to sleep on the floor. The big guy was taking care of me once again, I had a old lady come up to me, speaking no english and asked if I needed a room. After going to my good old spanish~english dictionary I managed to get a room in her apt along with some other people...

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Jun 24, 2005 - ORD - CDG (Paris)

ORD-CDG The Chicago-Paris flight was quick and painless. The 4,140-mile flight took only 7 hours and 21 minutes. There were 10 seats in the 767-300's first class section. Surprisingly, only three were occupied. I was in one of them. I was so excited, I did Michael Jackson's moonwalk to my seat. Maybe it wasn't full was that United flies 777s from SFO and IAD, and those first-class sections have much better seats (flat beds). But I didn't care. I slept just fine, and had so much leg room I couldn't even touch the seat in front of me -- not...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Jun 22, 2005 - Museé d'Orsay...

We followed the Louvre with a morning at the Museé d'Orsay, where an early arrival was nullified by what seemed to be an impromptu strike by the museum guards. Again we grabbed a wheelchair and maman cruised at ease absorbing the impressionists. She and Amy returned to the apartment that afternoon and I went off on my own... (see next page)

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Jun 22, 2005 - London to Paris

This morning at 4.45am morning call - breakfast at 5.30am and board bus at 6.30am for trip to Paris. Our tour director is a young Canadian named Steven. Our Bus driver is ENZO from Naples. And GUESS WHAT??????? our anticpation was to meet travellers from all over the world??? What do we get?? 35 Aussies and 1 New Zealander with 2 more aussies to be collected in Paris. Within a short time we all introduced ourselves, Steven gave us a few rules eg be on time for bus otherwise we would be left behind - he gave us a list of all hotels we would...

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Jun 19, 2005 - Le premieré

Here it is July; we've been on the road over ten days, and it's the first time I've found a computer to begin this log. Internet cafés are not easy to find, even in Paris I only found one little one and both stations were occupied. We have had a whirlwind journey so far - flew out of McKinleyville and on to Paris with a stopover in San Francisco, then it was six days in Paris where, as voracious tourists, we caught all the highlights. Amy writes: Our stay in Paris was made even more marvelous by the use of an apartment in the Madeline...

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Jun 19, 2005 - Paris!!

Morning came very early today! We took a cab to the Eurostar, which would take us through an underground tunnel to Paris, France. I slept on the train which really helped, and we got there just before noon. Our tour guide was really nice and cute, and reminded me alot of Matt. He suggested that if we had in our plans to visit the Louvre, we should do it that afternoon because our only other free time was on Tuesday, and it would be closed then. So that afternoon, after checking in to the hotel, a big group of us went to the Louvre. I broke...

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Jun 18, 2005 - Paris

Paris, the romantic city. In an effort to curb our spending, which inevitably ran out of control in the Germanic coutries, we opted to stay at a campground within the city limit of Paris. Mid-range hotels and hostels in Paris are notorious for being full of the wrong kind of character and characters, so, we were quite happy to settle for the tiny, but predictable, comforts of our tent. It worked out very well as the campground was a mere 15 minutes to the metro. We don't really have any great stories about Paris as we basically relaxed...

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Jun 18, 2005 - Les Deux Jumeaux (near Meaux) I

Friday afternoon Michel had allowed me to use his computer to go online and search for a new place to stay—much as we would have liked to stay there until the 21st, he unfortunately was booked Saturday night. I had gone to a French web site, gites-de-france.fr (or something like that) and searched out gîtes east and north-east of Paris. Two reasons for looking in that direction: 1) proximity to Disneyland Paris, and B) approach to the Gare du Nord train station where we would be departing for London. The intention was that we should drive...

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Jun 16, 2005 - Giverny I

Story continues from previous entry... At that point, with our health being what it was, we would have been happy to find one place to settle into for the remainder of our time in France. On Tina H's recommendation, we had thought that Giverny might be a nice place to visit—this is the village where Monet had a garden and studio and he painted the famous Water Lilies series of paintings. Anyway, we thought we would stay in a nearby town, Vernon, with presumed postal and laundry facilities, and just make that our home base for the next five...

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Jun 16, 2005 - day two of paris

wow! back from another full day of adventures. we must have walked 20 miles today. we started our day at the picasso musuem. my thoughts: amazing. there is something about his work... it is all playful and imaginative. the mansion is huge and the surrounding buildings were beautiful. next we headed to notre dame. we try not to eat because thats how we spend money but when you pass a cafe every 10 feet it gets hard to ignore your tummy. we were out of euros and the first ATM would not give us cash. we found another one, got euros, and ate at...

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Jun 14, 2005 - Paris

What a great time I've had here. The last time I was here was in '99 with Gill and her parents, and although the company was great the people of Paris were not. This time I have met some wonderful Parisiennes, so friendly and helpful I couldn't help but walk with a smile. My first full day here was Wednesday and I had to get a visa for Romania which I was told in London could take three days and I would require so much documentation. After paying €5 for 15 minutes to get the docs I needed from the net I went to the Romainian Embassy. There...

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