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Sep 16, 2018 - Back to Paris

Sadly, I had to leave Cochem today and return Paris to join my tour group. I could have enjoyed staying a lot longer. As I left Cochem, I drove past Alflen again. The church bells were ringing this Sunday morning. It was actually a little emotional. But as I was leaving the town limit, there was a sign that made me smile. It said: Gut Fahrt! That means “Have a good trip” in English, but I know how my brothers and nephews would have laughed to see the sign. I did indeed have a gut fahrt. The drive back across the mountains and into...

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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 11, 2018 - PARIS to STRASBOURG

Sept. 11: Arrived last night and managed to find my way to my hotel near Paris airport. It was a low-budget deal, more like a youth hostel, but it had a good bed and a good restaurant—all I needed after flying all night and a 6-hour time change. Slept the sleep of the dead and got up at 6 a.m. to head back to the train station at the airport. Managed to use my limited French to find the right train and buy a pain au chocolate (croissant filled with chocolate cream) for breakfast. Discovered that it costs 70 cents to use the bathroom at 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 23, 2018 - Paris

There was little doubt we were very happy to arrive in Paris after such a sometimes difficult journey from Georgia. The flight itself was good it was the airport misinformation that was the problem. Arrival and customs procedures at CDG were easy as was getting a taxi for the short run to our hotel. But then it was another 'Deja vu' experience, just like in Tbilisi. As unbelievable as it would seem we once again had a driver who got us lost. Just brilliant ! We spent the short stopover repacking for road travelling, picking up our lease car...

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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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