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    • Day44

      Ile de la Cite

      May 4 in France ⋅ ☁️ 59 °F

      We had an exhausting day today - the adrenaline couldn’t hold the jet lag back any longer. But what a beautiful city Paris is!

      We’ve mastered the metro and are getting around pretty easily. (Adam would be proud). We headed to Ile de La Cite (a small island) and saw Notre Dame (the outside as it’s still being repaired from the fire in 2019), St Chapelle Cathedral, The Conciergerie (prison where Marie Antoinette was held), the Luxembourg Palace & gardens and finished it up with Musee d’Orsay. (Impressionist museum built in an old train station). It was a full day seeing places I’ve only seen on TV or in the movies. Crazy.

      Paris’s public water is some of the best in the world. It is natural spring water that is piped in everywhere. We saw a documentary on it at home. Jordan found one of the fountains. Have to say, it DID taste better!

      We went back to fall asleep early at 8:00 but we’re so messed up our bodies won’t let us fall asleep (probably because in our heads it’s only noon). Oh well, I’m sure we’ll adjust eventually!
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      Traveler

      So cool! Being a tourist in big cities can be exhausting for sure. very surreal feeling to see things in person that you never imagined you would see. Glad you are getting to experience it.

      5/4/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Yep definitely.

      5/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Oh man, that is beautiful.

      5/4/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      It was!!!

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    • Day43

      Paris!

      May 3 in France ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      We started at the airport in Costa Rica on May 2nd at 11:00am and touched down in Paris on May 3rd at 5:00pm. Taking out the 8 hr time change, we traveled 22 hrs to get here. It was definitely tiring, but also so exciting.

      We’re staying in our first official hostel - no private room this time. 8 bed dorm bunks with privacy screens - actually very nice set up. Some won’t allow me to stay, if it’s a “party hostel” — no one over 35 yrs old. But many do.

      So we arrived, took the metro to the hostel, dropped everything and headed to where else but the Eiffel Tower for the first night! So amazing! Can’t wait to see all the history and sites. It doesn’t get dark here until 9:00 so lots of time to explore every day.
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      Traveler

      So amazing!!!

      5/3/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      It’s a gorgeous city … well, it’s a big city with some gorgeous parts

      5/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Great picture of you and Jordan!! Niether of you look jet lagged at all....how do you do that? and I feel like I've seen the Eiffel Tower with how good your pictures are. Can't wait to see more of your adventure in a new continent!!

      5/4/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      We’re definitely jet lagged! Feeling it today for sure.

      5/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      Bet you slept well when you finally were able to😴Gorgeous!!I didn’t know that about the light’s twinkling🤷‍♀️Don’t remember that from 1984😂

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    • Day1

      Zwischenstopp in Paris

      February 11 in France ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

      Nach der Landung - Benni ist pünktlich zum Aufsetzen eingeschlafen - verließen wir den Flughafen CDG in aller Ruhe und machten uns auf den Weg in die Stadt. Mit dem RER zum Gare du Nord, wo wir nach einigem Suchen Schließfächer für unsere Koffer fanden und von dort aus zu Fuß zum Canal Saint Martin. Unsere Buggy-Babyschale-Kombi funktioniert übrigens super 😅
      Am Kanal fanden wir ein nettes Bistro, in dem wir das französischste Gericht überhaupt verspeisten 😉 Frisch gestärkt ging es rund durch das zugegeben weniger schöne Xieme Arrondissement, wo wir aber immerhin auch noch Dinkelbrot, Käse und Äpfel kaufen konnten. Ein Pain au chocolat musste natürlich auch noch sein 😉 Zurück zum Bahnhof und wieder in den RER Richtung Flughafen ORY, wo wir dann nochmals extra für den Shuttle bezahlen mussten 🤯
      Unsere 8 Stunden in Paris haben uns also schon knapp 100€ gekostet, für uns franco-austrische Schwaben durchaus bemerkenswert 😅
      Jetzt sitzen wir im Salon bébé (großartig übrigens!) am Gate und warten aufs Boarding für den Nachtflug. Benjamin hat bisher alles großartig mitgemacht und schlummert schon in meinem Arm. Hoffentlich melde ich mich morgen schon von der Insel! 🙌🏼
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      Traveler

      Das klingt toll! Habt einen guten Flug über Nacht!

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      Traveler

      ❤️

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    • Day199

      The Louvre, Paris, France

      November 23 in France ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      The Louvre... it's actually quite big. If you took all the floor space of the Lounge and stuck it end to end it would be 8 miles long (or so we heard). Also if you spent 30 seconds looking at each individual pieces of art in the Lounge, it would take 100 days to view all 35,000 pieces. It has 15,000 visitors each day, and ranks as the most visited museum in the world. Sixty six percent of all the artwork in the Louvre are from French artists. We have been fortunate on this trip to visit some of Europe's best art museums. We've also been able to take away a better understanding of art across the centuries.Read more

      Traveler

      Mona Lisa by Da Vinci - it's actually quite small. The painting is 30 in × 21 in and since it was stolen before (in 1911), they don't let you get very close. It's actually hard to see it in person.

      Traveler

      Nearby plaque reads: The subject of this painting - the Archangel Saint Michael vanquishing Satan - was intended to flatter the Order of Saint Michael. The existence of this order, whose Grand Master was King François I, guaranteed the alliance between France and the Vatican, reestablished in 1518 to combat the Turks.

      Traveler

      I didn't get a nearby plaque description, but we actually watched some videos on artwork in the Louvre before we went and this quickly became one I was most excited to see. This statue was discovered on the Greek island of Samothrace. It has been dated to 190 BCE. It is believed to have been on the mounted bow of a ship. We don't know what ship or who the author was. The two most amazing things about it are the wings and the stomach. To think those wings could withstand violent seas and not break off is astounding. If you walk around back, the wings are supported by some kind of metal brace, but it's still impressive. The look of the fabric of a thin wet dress looks as though a woman actually on the front of a ship. To create that from marble is amazing!

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    • Day3

      Art Day

      June 16 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      We had early morning tickets to see some art so after a lovely breakfast and good strong coffee we hit the bikes again and risked our lives in the Paris streets. We were 30 minutes late for our time slot but Aiden said it was very Parisian of us to be late. It didn’t matter anyway because no one even checked our tickets! (Note to self, just walk in like you belong there and save the dough!) Here’s where Daniel shined. He has read every Rick Riorden book on the planet and really knows his Greek and Roman gods. The Mona Lisa was in the new room which is nice considering the last time we were there she was in a dark hallway. I prefer the big art anyway over her. The Wedding at Cana is more my style.

      Then Saint Chappelle- I heard Daniel walk in and say “whoa!” That says it all.
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      Traveler

      WOW!

      6/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      We enjoyed a live concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons just by chance at Saint Chappell ~ A favorite memory of ours.

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      Traveler

      That was going to happen this weekend I saw.

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    • Day46

      The Louvre … just wow

      May 6 in France ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      Each day on this trip brings a new wonder to behold, it seems like. Today we saw SO much again … Paris has a remarkable affordable public transit system, and the city is surprisingly walkable - in sections.

      We started our morning at The Louvre. It is the largest museum in the world, and it was obvious. I found the building itself to be a work of art! We only scratched the surface there. Did see some amazing statues - Nike of Samothrace (winged) which Jordan sketched - 190 BC, and the Venice de Milo! 100 BC. Other noteworthy piece we saw was the Mona Lisa - the crowds were intense, but we managed to get to the front eventually to see her.

      The French have created magnificent gardens everywhere - reminds me of what I’ve seen in Canada. They are just gorgeous. There were also two arches - one smaller and one massive. Really massive. The biggest surprise was seeing the Place de La Concorde - this is a square (where kings/queens were beheaded during the revolution) with what looks like a small version of the Washington monument from far away, but as you get closer it is clear it’s different. It’s an Egyptian obelisk!! No kidding. It’s 3300 years old! The Egyptians gifted the 230 ton Luxor obelisk (it has a twin still in Egypt) to France in the mid 1800’s. It took SEVEN years to transport it across the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, up the Nile and finally up the Seine river. And then it took a feat of engineering to raise it.

      We took a metro ride out of the historical district to what looked to be the suburbs of Paris - Wandered the canal and then what else to do when in Paris with the biggest Marvel fan ever (Jordan), we went to opening night of the Dr. Strange movie. Found one playing in English. It felt familiar, kind of.
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      Traveler

      Incredible. Puts our buildings to shame.

      5/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      You two have the best smiles 💖💖

      5/7/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Perpetual state of happiness, for the most part. That, or exhaustion.

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    • Day8

      Paris

      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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      Traveler

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

      6/10/22Reply
      Traveler

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

      6/11/22Reply

      Museum Orsay....my fav!!! so fun!! [Carla Stroh-Palalay]

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      😍 [Gaby]

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    • 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

    • Day47

      Last day in Paris

      May 7 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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      Traveler

      Wow! That ceiling is amazing!!

      5/7/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

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

      5/7/22Reply
      Traveler

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

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    • Day2

      Day 2 - National Strike Day

      November 10 in France ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Day 2 and we find we are thwarted by a National strike. The Metro and buses are affected, as are tourist attractions and heaven knows what else. Some things are open, some are not. Some bus and train lines running, some on complete shut down and some on partial shut down. We had big plans for the day, so headed out early.

      We had all the line closures and partial open times written down and we were prepared We are staying in the Montmartre area and although supposed to be open in rush hour, our local station was shut up tighter than a drum.. Now what? Thankfully we had given ourselves lots of time. So, on went my data and we started walking. We were headed to the Eiffel Tower, and it was just over an hours walk from where we were - not including the 10mins we had already taken to get to the station. Off we go! We knew there was a chance the Eiffel Tower would not be open, due to the strike, as I had had an email the day before. We had purchased our tickets 2 months ago, so fingers were crossed. I had checked the website and my email, and no updates had been added. On the way there, we stopped at the Statue of Liberty flame. This was gifted to France from the US and is set as a memorial to Princess Diana at the entrance to the tunnel she died in.

      When we arrived at the Eiffel Tower, we were thrilled that the gates were open and we were allowed in! As we walked around at the base taking photos, Kat was in awe. I’ve been before, but it is still a magnificent sight! There was no one in line for the elevators. Wait….there was no one in line anywhere, and the info booth was shuttered and dark. I checked the website again and now the update was there. Closed for the day. 🥲. Are you kidding me??? The security personnel that Kat us in are obviously not in the same union as the rest of the workers. Well, hell. Only upside that I could see is that Graham, Kat’s husband had asked her to save some of the sights for when they go to Paris together (sometime in the future). Eiffel Tower ✅.

      What to do now? Catacombs is open and we need to be there for 1:30pm which is when we booked for. So we have just enough time to walk to the Arc D’ Triomphe (30 mins back the way we came) AND get to the catacombs on foot if we can not get on the metro. Line 1 was apparently running all day and this would work for us IF it really was open. We decide to give it a shot. Only tickets available start at 12:30, but we figure maybe we can get some on the spot when we get there. On arrival, there are armed military personnel walking around, and some kind of ceremony happening under the arch. Looks like it could be a Rememberance Day service, a day early. Who knows - but the ticket office is closed so we can only take our photos and wander a bit. We consoled ourselves that we were getting to see a lot of Paris, with all the walking! So Arc D’ Triomphe for Kat and Graham to see together ✅.

      Next up - the Catacombs of Paris. This IS open. Website says they have to close by 5 due to the strike, which is fine by us! We check the route map and head for line 1. Open -yeehaw!! When we get to the interchange station, Line B is also open as it is SNCF and not affected by the strike. We get to our destination with 1.5hrs to spare and head to this amazing and eclectic cafe for a fabulous lunch. Kat is able to get escargot which she loves (and they did them beautifully) and I got a house made country style pâté which was also wonderful. Rest of the lunch was lovely as well and we headed to the Catacombs with happy tummies.

      The Catacombs are are located twenty meters underground in a maze of galleries (only some of which are open to the public). The area is an ossuary containing the remains of approx 6 million Parisians, according to records. The Catacombs were installed in the tunnels of former quarries. and this unique site recalls the history of quarrying in Paris and how the Catacombs came to be in the old quarries. Preparation work began shortly after a 1774 series of basement wall collapses around the Holy Innocents' Cemetery added a sense of urgency to the cemetery-eliminating measure, and from 1786, nightly processions of covered wagons transferred remains from most of Paris's cemeteries to a mine shaft opened near the Rue de la Tombe-Issoire. The ossuary remained largely forgotten until it became a novelty-place for concerts and other private events in the early 19th century; after further renovations and the construction of accesses around Place Denfert-Rochereau, it was opened to public visitation from 1874. Since 2013, the Catacombs have numbered among the fourteen City of Paris Museums managed by Paris Musées. Although the ossuary comprises only a small section of the underground mines of Paris, Parisians currently often refer to the entire tunnel network as the catacombs. Although I have seen bone chapels in Portugal, they are nothing at all compared to this. The Catacombs of Paris defy anything you can believe, just by the sheer quantity of bones in these tunnels. I loved the audio guide and the history of this unique site!

      Next on our list was to get photos at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and then head to Sainte Chapelle. The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century. We were able to get back on the B line and come out right at Notre-Dame. There is a ton of construction here and I don’t even know if it was open. We took our photos and headed over to Sainte Chapelle. Oh look - closed due to a “social action”, which we assumed was the strike. Lots of police and barricades, so maybe it WAS something else. We walked all around the Halls of justice block (about 2km!!) but there was no way to even see Sainte Chapelle from the outside. Sainte Chapelle for Graham and Kat ✅.

      Time was starting to run out for us as we had tickets to Moulin Rouge and needed to get back to our hotel to change and have dinner first. We were nowhere near a metro line that would get us to where we are staying, so we were on the hoof again. Luckily, we were able to take a short detour to go and see the outside of the Louvre and the Pyramids. We did this, took a few photos and marched on. As we got close to the Opera house, we were able to take a Metro line that took about 25 mins off our walk, thankfully. We then only had another 25 mins to go to our hotel and made it back by 5:15, after stopping for some cheap wine to bring home.

      Quick change and out the door for dinner and then the show. Dinner was amazing and so much food we could not eat it. We could easily have shared! It was a 3 course meal for 30€, so good value - especially for what we got!

      Both of us were dying. Our feet and ankles were killing us and we were just plain exhausted. It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, for sure. But, we still had Moulin Rouge to attend! We stayed in this area specifically because it was close to Moulin Rouge - and so lucky we did as it’s only 10mins walk from the hotel. We were early and got a great table to watch the show. Our tickets came with half a bottle of champagne (each), and it’s a wonderful way to go! The costumes during the show were magnificent. The show itself - meh. We were both a bit disappointed, to be honest. It was crazy expensive and we would rather have seen Cirque du Soleil. There was dancing and of course the Can-Can. But, there was no “theme”. Each act seemed to be a small act unto itself and there was no consistency (other than lots of titties on display) between them. There were also acrobatic acts (balance, strength and acrobatic roller skating) and these were far and above better than the dancing. The show was over 1.5 hrs long and I can honestly say that both of us fell asleep at one point or another during the show!! We were happy when it ended and could escape back to the hotel. I think we were in our beds in record time!! Kat leaves in the morning and now has to Uber, due to the reduced service on the metro, for Armistance Day. She heads out before 8am, so a good sleep was needed.

      Just to note, we walked over 32,000 steps and almost 24 km yesterday, thanks to the National Strike Day!
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      Traveler

      What a lot of ground you two covered in one day! Way to go. Darn strike. But you made the best of it. Safe travels home! ❤️

      Traveler

      Thanks Anne!

      Traveler

      Holy moly! This was a weeks’s worth of touring all squeezed into a single day. Too bad about the strike..disappointing for you both but you got to see so much. I can only imagine how your legs and feet must have felt. Wow!

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