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    • Day 1


      May 3 in France ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Well, my adventure has finally begun! After staying up all night to finish prepping my house for my Airbnb guests and catching a 5:50 am Santa Barbara Airbus, I arrived in France at Charles de Gaulle airport at around 10:30 am after a good flight. I breezed through customs, picked up my one checked suitcase and caught a train headed to Paris. I then transferred to the Metro to reach my hotel near the 14th adirrondissement.

      I wanted a hotel close to the Gare Montparnasse train station for ease of heading out the next morning, so I booked the Arcadia Montparnasse Hotel via and it was adequate. Typical Parisian tiny room in an old building, but it was clean with a comfortable bed.

      After settling in, I ventured out to the Catacombs of Paris, which I had previously booked. Who would have thought that there could be so many human bones all in one place, and to have them all stacked so neatly on top of that…amazing! It only takes about an hour to walk through and I highly recommend a visit if you’re in Paris.

      Next up, I had booked a ride in the elevator to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. While the views were nice, I could have done without the crowds and touristy atmosphere. I attempted to take it all in, however, and enjoyed a chèvre sandwich and a glass of sparkling rose while enjoying the view. So, been there, done that and have checked it off my list.

      After returning to my hotel room and taking a short nap, it was time for my boat ride on the Seine. It was tempting to skip it because I was so tired, but I rallied and headed out. The Metro is always my friend in large cities and I love the ease of getting around in Paris by way of their extensive Metro system.

      The lines to board the boat felt like a cattle call unfortunately, and I was quickly questioning my choice to skip the boat ride and stay in for the night. I was at first disappointed that I couldn’t get a spot on the top level of the boat, but settled for a good second choice along the railing of the lower level. It turned out that a boat ride on the Seine at sunset is beautiful! The lights from the charming, French architecture buildings reflecting off the water is magical. And then there are the people who gather on the banks of the Seine to enjoy drinks, a picnic dinner or to enjoy conversation with friends. I’m happy that I dragged myself out of my hotel room for a boat ride on the Seine, and if you’re ever in Paris you should too.

      It was after 10:00 pm by the time we disembarked and I headed in search of the closest Metro station to take me back to my hotel. The crowds were still out in full force and I reveled in the activity of tourists enjoying a city full of beauty, charm and fun!

      After another Metro ride, I stumbled upon Amorino while walking back to my hotel. Call it luck, but this just happens to be my daughters and my favorite gelato chain. I, of course, had to have a rose shaped gelato consisting of three flavors on a sugar cone, topped with a macaron. Blood orange, pistachio, and white chocolate black pepper were my choices with a caramel macaron. It was the perfect end to a fun and exhausting day! 🥰
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    • Day 1

      Les Ulis

      June 26, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Übernachtung hier - nicht weiter erwähnenswert - riesengroßes Gewerbegebiet ohne Leben oder Charme.
      Der schmuddelige Typ an der Rezeption hat mich ungläubig angeguckt, als ich ihn nach einer Bar in der Nähe gefragt habe - also früh schlafen - morgen ist ja auch noch ein Tag 🤓Read more

    • Day 3

      Moin Leute,

      heute weiter Richtung Paris. Start um 11 Uhr. 225 Kilometer in 4 Stunden. Bisher alles ohne Maut durch das Ödland Frankreichs.

      Auch sonst ist heute ein Glück nichts weiter passiert.

      Auf diesem Campingplatz bleiben wir 2 Tage.…

      Morgen geht's dann mit dem Zug nach Paris rein. Dann gibt es sicher wieder mehr zu erzählen und mehr Bilder.
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    • Day 31

      In Dourdan

      September 27, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Ich bin anscheinend leicht zu beeindrucken, was französische Städte angeht. Aber Dourdan konkurriert jetzt mit Fontainbleau nach Reims um Platz zwei im Ranking. Kleine Gassen, alte Häuser, eine Burg, eine große Kirche, eine alte Markthalle, auch sehr hübsch hier.
      Morgen kommt die letzte Etappe. 12km mit Begleitung, in entspanntem Tempo. Ich freu mich schon.
      Je suis apparemment facile à impressionner quand il s'agit de villes françaises. Mais Dourdan rivalise désormais avec Fontainebleau après Reims pour la deuxième place du classement. Des petites ruelles, des maisons anciennes, un château, une grande église, une ancienne halle, tout est très joli ici.
      Demain est la dernière étape. 12km en compagnie, à un rythme détendu. Je l'attends avec impatience.
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    • Day 1

      Chez Françouille

      June 4, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Small stop at Montigny to say hi to Stefouille, Tomas and Camille.

      Massive pouring rains and hail, and storm.
      Suddenly it rained in the kitchen! Poor Françouille and Stefouille. We got the nuckets out and place them under the velux.
      Quick shower! Nice!

      A couple of beer from NZ: Adulting Hazy IPA from Behemoth and Pilsner From Liberty! Nice beer tasting! And plenty more to come as Françouille discovering a passion for Craft Beers, and I am sure he can show me a few goodies from France. Craft beers somms to be picking up for past 2 years,
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    • Day 4

      Hop on Hop off

      July 17, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      My girl, Judith, arrived in town yesterday and I to say I am EXCITED is an understatement! This is her first transatlantic trip and she choose to take it with me. So like any true tourist, we are going to get on the Hop on/Hop off and see all of the wonders of Paris.

      After wanderlusting around Paris we will cap the evening off with dinner and drinks at Madame Reve!
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    • Day 6

      Musee de Parfum & Le Georges

      July 19, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

      We had an amazing day! 1st, we slept in, which I was nervous about because why the heck do we need to sleep in!?!?

      We decided to start our day late because it was 103 today...what the heck? It worked out perfectly. We left Massy around 3pm and went directly to Musee de Parfum. It was fun and totally unexpected. We didn't get the opportunity to make parfum but we made up for it by buying some (we were going to buy some regardless). The Musee is lovely.

      Once we left, we were starving and found a cute little restaurant called Capri. We had a few appetizers and Cocktails.
      Once we left, we headed over to Le Musee d'Art Moderne (The museum of modern art) where Le Georges restaurant is located.

      The views were AH-MAZING! This place is a must when visiting. Make sure to try the darjeeling mule and the St. Germain Spritz.

      All in all, today was a good day (in my Ice Cube voice)
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      Roadsurfer Paris

      June 24 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Leider hatten wir mit Startschwierigkeiten zu kämpfen.
      Kaum sind wir von Stuttgart zu Hause angekommen mit dem Bus , stellen wir leider fest, dass das Fliegengitter an der großen Schiebetür fehlt. 4 Wochen Urlaub mit zwei kleinen Kindern bei den Temperaturen OHNE Fliegengitter??? Ohne uns !!!
      Nachdem Dome einige Zeit dann in der Roadsurfer Hotline festhing, hatten wir aber tatsächlich Glück 🥳🥳 in Paris konnten wir den Bus umtauschen.
      Der Start war somit etwas holprig, da Paris eigentlich nicht auf dem Plan stand und die erste Etappe somit auch einiges länger wurde als geplant.
      Die Jungs haben super durchgehalten und ein Upgrade gabs obendrauf: der Bus ist nigel nagel neu 🤗
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    • Day 15

      Stop bei Paris

      June 10 in France ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Wie geplant angekommen, ruhige entspannte Fahrt bei 20 Grad, hier waren es dann 29 Grad, und dann später Regen, also nicht nach Paris rein.
      Runde mit dem Hund durch den Wald, dann den Tag ruhig ausklingen lassen.Read more

    • Day 4

      Von der ferne aus

      July 26, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Von de Autobahn aus konnten wir die Spitze des Eifelturms sehen den Weg zu ihm hin wollten wir uns nicht antun 😁

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