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Jun 4, 2018 - Day 15 - Paris 3

Met a nice American couple now living in Luxembourg while picking up the morning baguette. They offered tips on Porto, Portugal and recommended viewing the presentation at the Atelier des Lumieres I made a booking for tomorrow over breakfast. We departed the apartment just after 1000hrs to explore the Le Halles area in search of stores selling prepared French dishes; a task harder than we thought. Our main focus was on the very popular Rue Montorgueil. We circumnavigated the area including a search of the newish Les Halles complex for...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Musee d'Orsay

The fairly new museum in the restored early 20th century train station is largely dedicated to Impressionism. The city discontinued use od d'Orsay after WWII and the building just sat for about 30 years until it was decided to restore it and turn it into a museum. The restoration is breathtaking. Giant glass clocks allow views of the Seine and Sacre Coeur. The museum is friendly with plenty of places to have a rest, to sit on the patio over the Seine, or have a coffee. I was a little tired from the full morning climbing steps in Montmartre...

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Paris June 2018

Jun 3, 2018 - Hello Berlin

We’ve said Au Revoir to Paris and Hello to Berlin. Our two hour flight went smoothly except for my luggage being singled out to be thoroughly checked. Apparently the blade on the scissors I put in my carry-on bag did not meet security standards (blade too long) and was confiscated. Art was prepared to say sure-gonna-miss-ya and continue on his way. Funny guy. The apartment here is a slightly larger than the one in Paris. However, the best thing about it is that the apartment faces the courtyard and is really quiet (except for the...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Montmartre and The Dali Museum

We climbed hundreds of steps (how did my knee stand it!!??) in the very cool Montmartre which includes a painters' market where hundreds of artists are painting portraits, still life, landscapes, etc. The Dali Museum which holds the Levi collection is well worth the visit. I've always found Dali unsettling as probably he intended. I snapped a few photos of some that were easier for me.

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Paris June 2018

Jun 3, 2018 - Day 14 - Paris 2

Our apartment and our bed in particular is very comfortable. The first task for this very quiet Sunday morning which it wasn’t last night for the partying crowd, was to find a Boulangerie for a traditional baguette and several au pain chocolat’s. Being Sunday and 0830hrs an open Boulangerie or Patisserie was hard to find. However, after a lengthy walk the goodies were purchased and our favourite Paris breakfast was consumed. In need of groceries for dinner, we walked to the Sunday Market on Boulevard Richard Lenior. The market is quite...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Le Marche aux Puces (Flea Market)

The Marches aux Puces is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe. It is huge, a maze of antiques, bric a brac, knock-off sneakers, music stuff, jewelry, well, just about everything. We spent a couple of hours there and saw only a small section. Some of the shops are art works in themselves with shopkeepers displaying tiny beads, bootlegs, tins, miniature plastic toys in the most fabulous arrangements. We had a great time! I found a few goodies that would fit in my suitcase: a delicate white, batiste handkerchief, some large brown antique...

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Jun 2, 2018 - Day 13 - Drive to Paris

The day started with the promised hot breakfast which was not hot, at the hotel at 0830 hrs. We had lost favour with one couple in the very tight breakfast room when we occupied the table they had occupied which in fact was the one we had occupied first but they had not seen our possessions below the table top. The French gentleman was less than gentlemanly to Kaye however his wife was very sweet about it all - what fun! We were not disappointed to leave our sullen hostess. Having refeuled at Vulaines with personalised service we made our...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Paris

Day 14. Paris 1/6/18. Friday. Overcast, chance of rain 15-32. Rain showers This morning we joined a coach to drive to The Palace of Versailles, but first we had to get out of Paris! At 9.15, the traffic was just about at a standstill, but there was a slight accident further down the road, which was the cause. But it’s still ‘heart in mouth’ watching the traffic from the bus window! Apparently traffic on your right has right of way around the Arc de Triomphe. The Palace of Versailles is huge and has beautiful painted ceilings and the rooms...

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May 31, 2018 - Lyon to Paris

Day 13. Lyon to Paris 31/5/18. Thursday. Raining and cool in Lyon; sunny and warm in Paris. We left Lyon at 8am, a bus taking us to the train station and then the high speed train to Paris, arriving about 11am. A bus tour of Paris, going around the Arc d’Triomph - scary - past the ‘lovers’ bridge that was covered in locks 3 years ago when we were here, and now all the locks have been removed and it has Perspex panel sides, past 4 or 5 red and yellow Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s which people can hire for 30 minutes, just parked on the edge of...

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May 30, 2018 - Paris Museums

There are over 100 museums in Paris and as I kept telling Art, “you can’t see them all.” Guidebooks provide a good list of the “top 10” and “not to miss” museums most of which are obvious. They are the biggest and the oldest ones in the city. I think we did a pretty good job in our selection during our stay. My favorite museum was Musee d’Orsay. The museum is housed in a former railway station which, in itself, was gorgeous. The lighting was perfect for the sculptures in the lobby but most importantly, the museum was much more manageable...

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May 28, 2018 - Paris Greeters

There are many licensed tour companies in Paris that lead walking tours throughout the city. Usually, the groups are pretty large and not very personalized. For a more personalized and intimate tour we tried out an organization called Paris Greeters. Paris Greeters is a non-profit organization with a host of volunteers that lead free “strolls” throughout the city. There isn’t a set of tours that you select from but rather you indicate your interest and the organization connects you with one of their volunteers. We expressed an interest in...

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May 25, 2018 - Walking Among the Dead

I like visiting old cemeteries and there are two within central Paris. One is called Pere Lachaise, opened in 1804, whose “residents” include famous artists, writers, statesmen and musicians such as Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison (yes, that U.S. musician). Another is the Montparnassee Cemetery, opened in 1824, with notable writers such as Samuel Becket, Simone de Beauvoir, and Susan Sontag. We learned that it is quite acceptable to visit the cemeteries in Paris. Parisian’s enjoy the peace and quiet within a cemetery while tourists come...

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