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Auteuil

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  • Day17

    A day in the country

    December 31, 2016 in France

    Early start to the day, minus 3 here this morning. Our usual walk to get our breakfast. Today we are heading out of Paris with a private tour guide. He picked us at 9.30am in his van. We get excited see a bit of ice then the further we head out it is just white everywhere and a shower of snow. It is how you would imagine a white Christmas. We can't see too much of the countryside for the heavy fog. After a 2hr drive we arrive in the Loire Valley. We visit Château de Chenonceau (Ladies Castle) which Kellie & I are excited as it's all about a TV series we watch. After that we went to an old town Amboise and had lunch which was a bit challenging not much English spoken. Then we went to another castle Amboise Château Royal and had a look around. This is where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. When we arrived at Amboise the town thermometer display showed minus 6. Up on the hill at the castle it was a lot colder. When we came down it was minus 5.5, so it had warmed up a bit. We bought a few macaroons which were delicious. We got back about 7.30, it seemed a long drive as it was dark and heavy fog.
    We are now waiting to go into the city to see in the New Year. We don't want to go to early as it's so cold.
    Happy New Year everyone. xx

    Photo 1 - Our view along the way
    Photo 2 - Château de Chenonceau (Ladies Castle)
    Photo 3 - The grounds and chapel at Amboise Château Royal
    Photo 4 - A frozen poppy
    Photo 5 - Our dessert at a local bakery.
    Photo 6 - The temperature reading in Amboise
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  • Day18

    New Years Eve in Paris

    January 1, 2017 in France

    None of us felt like going out after our day in the country, but we knew we would regret it if we didn't go into the city. We all layered the clothes on and didn't take any bags or my camera for security reasons. On a side street we had to go through security then on Champs-Elysèes we then had to go through security again. Opening up our jackets and vests. People started pushing and I was glad to get away from that. Once in it was a nice atmosphere with families etc. It soon filled with people. All side roads were blocked and plenty of police around. Dave went and talked to a couple of them. It was truly spectacular show to watch and felt very privileged to be there.
    Getting home was intetesting to say the least, everyone trying to get on the subway at once. We witness a lady get robbed. Two people on a motorbike knocked her over and stole her bag. Sad way for her to see 2017 in. We eventually made it home about 1.30am.

    Photo 2, 3 front & back view from where we are standing
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  • Day18

    2017 in Paris

    January 1, 2017 in France

    We had a very lazy start this morning. We didn't get to bed until 2.30am. The bakery was closed today so we had our aussie breakfast of bacon & eggs for Dave's birthday. We didn't set off until after midday. We went and had a look where we have to catch the train tomorrow as its always harder loaded up with luggage. Then Kellie wanted to pick up a few souvenirs. We stopped and had a bite to eat and warm up. When we came out it had dropped a few degrees. We had miniscule snowflakes las we walked to the Eiffel tower to get our last pictures but once again heavy fog. So Paris only showed us blue sky and the sun on our first day and we couldn't get over how cold it was. If only we had known that it was going to be our best and warmest day! Took a few pictures by this time it's after 5pm. As Brodie & I have head colds we headed back to our apartment. Unfortunately I can't cook steak for Dave's birthday so it's chicken again. We are all starting to grow feathers. He does have a french red wine to drink. Tomorrow we catch the train to Italy with a stopover at Turin.Read more

  • Day15

    A chilly day in Paris

    December 29, 2016 in France

    A bit of a late start today, let the kids have a sleep in. Dave and I walked down to the bakery to pick up a baguette and croissants for breakfast. We had a bit of entertainment out our window this morning, a guy hanging in the trees giving them a trim. We headed into the city by metro, had a problem with our tickets. Kellie's was the only one to work. We found out after, Dave had put them in his mobile phone and this does something to them - it was ok in The Netherlands and Germany. Luckily they replaced them for us. We decided to go on the hop on hop off bus as this gives you a good overview of the city. Well to say the least we were frozen in our seats. Don't be fooled by the pictures of blue sky & sunshine. I saw the sun at one stage I really thought it was the moon as there was no warmth coming from it. Unbelievably cold! Dave was shivering that's how cold it was. We hopped off near the Eiffel Tower for a coffee but it was so expensive around there we just had a look around. By the way the Christmas markets are still on here. We looked at the ones at the Eiffel Tower, we had our bags checked before we could go in. It is the same under the Eiffel Tower. In 2013 we just wandered around there. We hopped back on the bus & went back into the city and eventually found a place to eat. By this time it's about 3pm. From there we went on a Seine river cruise which left at 5pm so it was just getting dark. Once again we had our bags checked. A metro ride (2) back to our apartment, on the walk home we found a butcher selling rotisserie chickens and roast potatoes, so that was tea. Along with a french red wine & a warm apartment we have thawed out.
    Photo 1 - Enlarge to see the guy hanging in the tree
    Photo 2 - Notre Dame
    Photo 3 - Arc de Triomphe
    Photo 4 - Us frozen in seats but still smiling
    Photo 5 - Christmas Markets at the Eiffel Tower
    Photo 6 - Eiffel Tower at night
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  • Day17

    Paris by night

    December 31, 2016 in France

    We ventured out after tea, to catch our night bus tour. It doesn't start until 9.15pm, we are usually heading to bed at that time. Layered up and hopped on the open deck bus. We sit up the top, for the best photos. It is very beautiful at night and there was a heavy fog over the city that hadn't lifted all day. We froze our butts off, but stuck it out. The trip took about 2hrs. In bed by 12.30am.

    Photo 1 - Eiffel Tower
    Photo 2 - Louvre
    Photo 3 - ????
    Photo 4 - Light display along Champs-Elysèes
    Photo 5 - Champs-Elysèes
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  • Day14

    Farewell Germany

    December 28, 2016 in France

    Today we packed up our gear, returned the car and caught a DB train from Duisburg to Cologne then the French train from Cologne to Paris. So we have spent most of our day on the train & hauling our luggage around. We sat across from some other aussies on the train. It was nice to chat to someone from home. We arrived in Paris a bit after 4pm. It is a very different world we are travelling in now, a lot different from 2013. Today we had armed police board the train at Brussels walking through looking at everyone. There were a lot of police at the Paris Nord railway station. It was daunting to see a couple of police with big guns in 2013, but now getting off the train they were everywhere.
    We found our apartment easily enough and shops near by. The apartment is a little strange as they must live here some of the time as their clothes drawers and cupboards have their gear in it. We can't turn the heating down so we have the windows open. We are all a bit flat so we won't be far out of bed.
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  • Day2

    Il Farniente Pizzaria

    November 11, 2016 in France

    Pizza for dinner! Yum!

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