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  • Day5


    June 20 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Galleries Lafayette .. such a beautiful shopping building ! No €€€ spent here ! Mastered the Met 🚊 spent the day wandering all the little streets. Weather a bit like home ! Warm amd sunny one minute then raining the next ! Almost need a pair of jeans and long sleeve top - which I don’t have !Read more

    Petty Sofianos

    Mmmmm, eating lots, walking lots, sight seeing much, you are in your element 💕💕💕

    Sue Grayson


    Sue Grayson

    🙀 my kind of meal!!

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  • Day62

    CINQ FOTOS- Day 3 Paris

    June 14 in France ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We started the day with another wonderful breakfast prepared by our hosts. The feature pastry was a clafoutis, a rich cherry cake.

    When we booked our travels to Paris, it was a bit of an afterthought. We realized that the proximity by fast train from Amsterdam made an easy trip. We also knew that it would be impossible to select too many attractions in such a large city with so much to do.

    Our learning in two months on the road is that some of the most priceless adventures have been to just wander and explore. This was one of those days as we had the opportunity to meet the mother and her husband of one of our good friends back home, Judith and her husband Chris and our friend Khoa later in the day.

    Judith proposed that we meet in Place du Trocadero, a plaza and gardens with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. After a warm greeting, we enjoyed our walk near the tower and the adjacent greenspace. Judith told us about the different neighborhoods that we were ealking through. We had a leisurely lunch at a classic French restaurant, and we enjoyed our conversation. After our farewells, we returned to the flat, and I took a very long nap. I had been up late after Moulin Rouge realizing that too much Coke Zero at dinner meant Sleep Zero due to excess caffeine consumption.

    Our friend, Khoa, who we've known for about ten years offered to meet us for drinks and dinner. It was fun to visit with him to catch up as we last hosted him in our home in 2018.

    The restaurant was also a traditional French Restaurant, and I enjoyed the lamb. While Jim C enjoyed the baked Camenbert cheese with fries. As we were leaving the restaurant, we met Khoa's partner and exchanged greetings.

    We decided to skip the metro and make the two-mile walk home on a beautiful Parisian night. The temperature was perfect, and we enjoyed the walk. It looks like Paris is going to heat up to about 38°C this weekend, and I'm glad to miss it as I really don't like the heat.

    When we returned to the flat, our hosts Stephan and Stéphane were still awake. We had a great conversation about politics in our respective countries, while sampling their offerings of home-made apertífs.

    I think some of the best parts of our trip have been sharing times with the new people we've met as well as enjoying adventures with friends and family.

    We will have a bit more time in Paris tomorrow before we return to Amsterdam. It's been a wonderful visit. Ciao!
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  • Day61

    CINQ FOTOS-Paris Day 2

    June 13 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We woke up this morning to a generous breakfast made by our hosts to start the day.
    I managed to sleep in a bit, and I'm grateful for the rest before an eventful day.

    First on the agenda this morning was a trip to the Louvre Museum. Our hosts sent us tram connection routes, and it was a crowded, but easy ride over.

    The tram stop was very close to the Louvre, and we walked over to get in line. Although we had a timed entrance, getting into the Louvre still required a fairly long wait before getting into the museum.

    It was interesting to see additional Greek antiquities and compare them to our travels in Sicily and the Museo Archaelogico in Naples.

    We decided to explore the Islamic exhibit, and it was really quite beautiful. I admittedly hold some deep prejudices about some Islamic countries, particularly as it applies to horrible treatment of women and GLBT people. The exhibits were beautiful, particularly the pottery.
    Jim C offered a poignant reflection that it was a missed opportunity to create displays of artwork on a time continuum rather than socio-political divides. I'd further offer the thought that the creation of art in all forms is an opportunity to demonstrate commonality rather than differences.

    We did see all the popular attractions at the Louvre. The Venus de Milo was incredible, abs I enjoyed getting close to the Mona Lisa. It's smaller than I expected, but I still thought it was cool to see it in person.

    In some of the Biblical portrayals, I find it interesting, and a little creepy, that there is "spoiler alert" foreshadowing of the crucifixion of Christ. One such portrayal is of Jesus and John the Baptist playing together as toddlers under the watchful eye of Mary. John is holding a small crucifix in the painting.

    Once we witnessed some of the popular pieces, we talked about how downplayed the fact that the Louvre was once a significant palace. This contrasted our experience at the Hague where both Escher's artwork and the palace were acknowledged and celebrated.

    When we left the museum, we walked near the adjacent garden with several sculptures. There were also a couple of small reservoirs with chairs and reclining chairs around the perimeter. It was a beautiful day, and many took the opportunity to bask in the sun and chat.

    When we left the museum and gardens we looked for a place to grab lunch. We found a great outdoor café and we split a dish of croque monsieur, a ham and cheese grilled sandwich that was grilled and smothered with gruyere cheese. It was quite rich and tasty with a glass of Chardonnay.

    After lunch we went to the Opera House which inspired the writing of the "Phantom of the Opera". The hall was beautiful and ornate. We thought how fun it would be to see a performance in the Hall like we did in Barcelona's Palau de Música nearly twomonths earlier.

    We returned to our flat and we enjoyed sums relaxation time. We made plans to go to dinner at a restaurant close to Moulin Rouge, at the recommendation of our hosts. We had the added bonus of joining a couple we met online, and we were reminded of our "small world" as we have many friends in common in New England and the Pacific NW.

    We wrapped the evening with a very late-night performance at the Moulin Rouge, a performance hall dating back to the late 1800's that has witnessed performances from the likes of Edith Piaf, and Collette, a performer who almost caused Moulin Rouge to be closed when she gave a lengthy kiss to one of the other female performers.

    We were seated next to a couple from New York who had recently married and were on their honeymoon. We enjoyed our conversation with them, and we compared some of our favorite European experiences.

    It was noticeable that the women performed with very little clothing and the men, in contrast were fully clothed. Similarly, the women often made many sexual gestures, and the men's dancing was a bit sterile in comparison. There were some unusual circus type acts including a woman who swam in a water tank with pythons, as well as amazing balancing acts by men. A big hit with the audience was a couple who did amazing choreographed maneuvers on roller skates. The show concluded with a rousing performance of the Can Can

    We made the most of our first full day in Paris, and we look forward to time with friends tomorrow.
    Bonne nuit, amis et famille!
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  • Day60

    CINQ FOTOS-Paris Day 1

    June 12 in France ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    We bid a temporary farewell to Amsterdam as we will return later this week. We had an easy fast train trip to Paris, and we passed through a few major cities in Belgium on the way. With the exception of the cities, we mostly appeared to travel through farmland. We arrived in Paris a little before 3 pm, and we made our way to the room that we are renting.

    I do think this is one of the nicest weather days that we've had since we left Portland in April. It was dry and sunny with a slight breeze.

    We were greeted by Stephan and Stephane, two very sweet men who welcomed us with hibiscus tea and a fruit galette. They live on a spacious 5th floor flat, and we have a very nice guest room. They gave us many recommendations of walks to take, and we enjoyed learning about the highlights of the city through their eyes.

    I shared with them that my actual surname should have been Fortin. Although, I have very deep French-Canadian roots, we located the areas where my French ancestors lived not too far outside of Paris.

    We decided to head on a walk near a canal towards the gay district. As we crossed the River Seine we caught our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower an impressive figure in the distance and the visual reality check that we were really in Paris and not Las Vegas.

    We stopped by the gay district for a drink and then we strolled the streets in the area without a set destination. We did find Notre Dame which is still closed and under reconstruction after the devastating 2019 fire. The construction site has very detailed panels about the efforts to rebuild and replicate what was lost.

    We ended the evening with dinner at TaTa Hamburgers, and I had probably the best hamburger that I've had since time in the states.

    We retired for the night, and we look forward to our first full day tomorrow.

    Bonne Nuit!
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  • Day8


    June 9 in France ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Took the Eurostar to Paris from London today. Enjoyed a dinner cruise along the Siene, visit to the Eiffel Tower, and the Museum Orsay. Tomorrow is the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triumph, and the Army Museum.

    We are definitely getting miles in each day. Early training for the Honolulu Marathon..?
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    Monique Weisman

    Tres bien! Great to see you are fitting in so many sites. And the weather looks perfect.🥰

    Brooke Loughridge

    So happy you and Kai have this time together! Love seeing the photos.

    Museum fav!!! so fun!! [Carla Stroh-Palalay]

    😍 [Gaby]

  • Day3

    Paris bei Nacht

    June 5 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Nach einem kurzen Regenschauer ging es in eine nicht weit entfernte Pariser Bar. Das Nachtleben und die Kultur ist einfach unglaublich. Überall Straßencafes mit Menschen, welche entspannt an den kleinen Tischen sitzen. Paris, wie man es sich vorstellt.

    Nach dem Essen und ein paar Drinks 🍹 ließen wir es uns nicht nehmen noch einmal in die U-Bahn zu steigen und dem Louvre im Dunkeln ein Besuch abzustatten.
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  • Day3

    Arc de Triomphe

    June 5 in France ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Nach der Schiffsfahrt war uns nach etwas Bewegung zumute und wir fuhren zum „Arc de Triomphe“.

    Dieser erschien mir viel größer als gedacht. Dann schlenderten wir über die „Champs-Élysées“. Diese war für Autofahrer gesperrt, weil immer im ersten Juniwochenende diese nur für Fußgänger freigegeben ist. Wir machten einen vermeintlich kurzen Stop bei Starbucks, welcher sich auf eine halbe Stunde ausweitete, dadurch die Mitarbeiter etwas überfordert schienen.

    Zurück im Hotel machten wir uns schick für den Abend.
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  • Day2


    June 4 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    15.15Uhr gingen wir zu unserem Treffpunkt um auf den Eifelturm zu gehen. Dann hieß es erstmal „Warten“. Tausende von Menschen und alle mit einem Ziel: „Hoch auf den Eifelturm“. Doch das Warten hatte sich gelohnt. Wir fuhren zuerst auf die zweite Ebene, wo wir von unserem Gästeführer viele Infos über den Eifelturm und Paris bekamen. Dann fuhren wir auf die dritte Ebene. Neuland für mich. Schon die Fahrt mit dem Fahrstuhl war spektakulär. Ganz oben lag uns ganz Paris zu Füßen. Ein Unwetter zog auf und es begann zu regnen und kräftig zu winden. Von einer Minute auf die andere wurden wir fast vom Wind weg geblasen. Ein riesiger Spaß mit ein paar lustigen Fotos.Read more

  • Day2


    June 4 in France ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Nach einen kurzen Stop am Moulin Rouge ging es weiter zum Louvre. Dort war viel los. Wir ließen es uns nicht nehmen ein kurzes Päuschen einzulegen und dem Treiben zuzuschauen. Nach ein paar Fotos zogen wir weiter. Langsam machte sich ein Hüngerchen breit. Auf der Suche nach einen passenden Restaurant sahen wir dann das erste Mal den Eiffelturm. Echt ein beeindruckendes Bauwerk. Wir fanden schließlich ein kleines Asiatisches Restaurant indem es echt lecker schmeckte. Auf dem weiteren Weg in Richtung Eiffelturm ging es vorbei an vielen Geschäften, wo wir uns eine Packung Erdbeeren kauften. Dann machten wir uns auf der großen Wiese vor dem Eiffelturm gemütlich, zogen unsere Schuhe aus und ließen uns die Erdbeeren schmecken.Read more

  • Day2

    Auf Entdeckungstour

    June 4 in France ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Halbwegs von der kurzen Nacht erholt, wachten wir gegen 07.30 Uhr auf. Dann gab es erstmal ein gemütliches Frühstück in einem typischen französischen Café.

    Dann ging es zu Fuß weiter zum zwanzigminütig entfernten „Sacé Cœur“. Noch regnete es, doch der Himmel riss auf und die Sonne kam langsam heraus. Vorbei an den kleinen Läden und den gemütlichen Restaurants entdeckten wir die nähere Umgebung.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Île-de-France, Ile-de-France, Isla de Francia, 일드프랑스, Ilha de França

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