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    • Day 61

      CINQ FOTOS-Paris Day 2

      June 13, 2022 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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    • Day 60

      CINQ FOTOS-Paris Day 1

      June 12, 2022 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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    • Day 2

      Auf Entdeckungstour

      June 4, 2022 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

    • Day 47

      Last day in Paris

      May 7, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      Our bodies finally let us sleep in today - we’ve been pretty confused, physically - so it was nice to get some good rest.

      Today was a nice relaxing day. We started with the Sacre Couer Basilica, a church which was beautiful!! Then we hit Montmarte - it is an artists haven, and authentic Parisian village. Gorgeous. We decided to go to a different area of the city and stopped at the Galerie Lafayette Hausmann - basically a shopping mall. But like all things in Paris, it was FANTASTIC. We finished our final day in Paris as we started it, sitting in the grass at the foot of the Eiffel Tower eating crepes.

      I would definitely give Paris a 10! It’s been a wonderful way to start our time in Europe.
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      Wow! That ceiling is amazing!!

      Christie Mitchell

      All these amazing sites remind me of seeing all your pics from your Mediterranean trip


      Yeah, they remind me a lot of that trip. The Vatican especially.

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    • Day 26

      Cheese eating surrender monkeys

      October 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Or so I'm told...
      Interesting hour getting caught up in a protest through paris. Didnt understand a word that were shouting, understood the police who were plenty and armed to the teeth though. Pretty sure they weren't even all protesting the same thing....Read more




      Was trying not to say who told me that!!!

    • Day 1

      Les Delices D Amour....

      February 7, 2020 in France ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Fantastic dinner at the side of the Canel St Martin. Had greek tonight or maybe Turkish... bloody good either way. Kebab, salad, rice, yogurt and turkish delight for pudding... bottle of wine and loving all things french...Read more

    • Day 26

      Most spectacular show.

      October 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Well... what can I say.. we spent last night at The Moulin Rouge and were blown away. We had an amazing 3 course dinner with free champagne and then had the best show. The dancers were amazing and even though we didnt understand a word it was wonderful. Getting in at 3am was a first and £70 for a bottle of wine was a shock but wouldn't have missed it.Read more

    • Day 1

      Gmüetlich dur Paris schlendere.

      February 1 in France ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Ohni Plan isches bi mir nachem IChecke los gange. Eifach mol druff los laufe und luege was sich ergitt.
      So bini zude Sacré-Cœur cho, i bi nöd inne do seeeehr viel Lüüt agstande sind. I ha sie vo usse bedrachtet und d uusicht gnosse. Den bini Wiiter überall hets Künstler gha und Wuuunderschöni Kaffi😍 es Träumli i segs eu! Aber so viel Kaffii trinki nöd dasi bi jedem het chene anehöckle😂🙈 es het mich wiiter zoge zude Moulin Rouge und id Galeries Lafayette es so e schös Gebäude.
      (Alles ohni Navi oder Karte😉 eifach druff los)
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      Bisch im Europapark???


      Joo bi aber nöd gfahre😂🙈



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    • Day 5


      August 21, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Began with an early breakfast, always the first to breakfast. I think we are going by our tour 4 years ago! Slow start to Montmarte.

      I have been teaching Paris train travel lessons on a daily basis here to my fellow traveller and today, after 4 days, my only student graduated. She was very pleased with her ability. And so was I. However, had she not been able to find her way back then tough shit baby, I was in the Louvre xxx.

      For Montmarte we got off at Abeyss station, per advice from services. Wrong answer!! We should have got off at Sacre Couer. Our trail would have all been downhill. But it was all uphill you twit! Steep uphill steps forever! Whaaaat! This was not my plan. Luckily at the top, after 50 thousand steps lay the Place duTertre. This is the artists square. Portraits, scenes of Paris, famous icons.

      I have wanted to visit here ever since I read a golden book called `Gay Paree` when I was 6 years old. It did not disappoint. I loved the buildings, the hillside views. I bought x 2 paintings. Miniature Sacre Cour and Moulin Rouge. They represent where I bought them. The artist himself lit up with a beautiful smile when he witnessed me returning to his little stall with money in hand.

      I used Google maps to navigate around the cobblestone lanes to points of interest to me.

      Came across the cafe used in the film Amelie. Then to Moulin Rouge. Just the outside.

      Athena said to me at the end, Sandra you have a passion for Paris that I have never seen in anyone before. You just love everything this city has to offer- art, gardens, architecture, music, food, police.
      My answer was yes indeed I do as I marched off to explore the Louvre all by myself!

      (Obviously I asked Athena if she was OK to get to our hotel. To which she replied yes, and for the first time I believed she could actually do it on her own)
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      Oh Sandra. Emily and I have walked up those 50,000 steps and I was horrified when a group of runners passed us. I thought they were showing off! You bought back so many memories! Saw that wall dedicated to 'Love' ... and the red light district by mistake .... and all the sights and sounds. Simply wonderful. You day sounds just perfect and the art and your purchases, perfect!


      Spectacular artwork and so much meaning



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    • Day 3

      Pantheon und Notre Dame

      February 6, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

      Der nächste Tag ist verregnet und so besuchen wir zunächst das Pantheon mit dem berühmten foucaultschen Pendel, das die Erdrotation sichtbar macht. Zudem befinden sich unter der Kirche die Grabstätten vieler Berühmtheiten. Alma legt eine Blume, die sie gefunden hat, zu Marie Curie. Schließlich beobachten wir noch, wie das Pendel neu angestoßen wird und spazieren dann weiter bis zur Baustelle von Notre Dame.Read more


      Oh, ich bin ganz gerührt! Ich habe 2005 Marie Curie auch eine Rose gebracht!


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    La Courneuve, لکورنو, ラ・クールヌーヴ, Ла-Курнев, 라쿠르뇌브, Ла Курнев, FRLCV, لا کورنیووی, 新庭

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