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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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    • 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!

      2/11/22Reply
      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.

      6/16/22Reply
      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.

      5/7/22Reply
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    • Day3

      The Lady and the Unicorn

      August 19, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Woke at 5.00am, so not too bad. Breaky in hotel. The bread is devine. Salami and cheeses.

      Off to Musee du Cluny to see the medieval tapestries The Lady and The Unicorn. They depict the 5 senses along with desire. Massive red and dark wall hangings filled with millefleur and forest animals. Loved this so much. Read the novel and it's Harry Potters common room. So beautiful. The lighting is dark to keep from fading.

      We get to the museum just at opening time, bonus.
      The first room we enter is an old bath house. Massive empty room with a few statues and items from the era. A copper bathtub sits at one end. Loved this room. Next we check out a room full of jewellery and medieval artwork. I come across a golden rose. It looks to be important, so I take a photo. I may sit still one day and learn about it. But not now.

      We look at other tapestries leaving the best til last.
      Then we enter 'The' room. It is quiet, dark, black with a crimson glow from these magnificent tapestries.
      I am beguiled and take my time to investigate each one.

      Loving this so much. Finding treasures that you never think you will ever see. Then here you are in front of them. Always blows me away.
      I love this because it is like time travel.
      I imagine the pressure and artistry it takes.

      The intricate flowers are devine. The bunnies and birds whimsical.

      Even Athena says she really enjoyed seeing them.

      Bucket list tick ✅
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      Traveler

      Love the room. Love the balcony.

      8/19/19Reply
      Traveler

      Hey, I really have to learn not to hit that 'Enter' button before I have finished speaking! Love it all. It is so FRENCH. Wonderful walking ( even the wrong way ... sometimes the best things happen when you do that.) wonderful Lady and The Unicorn. Wonderful place to eat and drink. Great first day in Paris. Have a ball, ladies. OK ..... now .... 'Enter'.

      8/19/19Reply
      Traveler

      There you go.

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    • Day2

      The French Restaurant

      August 18, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Well our onion soup came and it was devine. Chewy baguette bread and some frittes 🥖 Sitting there I realised that I was doing exactly the thing I wanted to do to celebrate my 50th. A year ago I said it as a joke, but then if you want it bad enough you can make it happen. We basically got piddled and went back to the hotel for some overdue sleep zzzzzRead more

      Traveler

      I love it!! I probably would be walking around with my purple hair saying ..I can't believe I am in Paris, hopefully by the time I'm 50 I can also realise a dream I've had since I was 18, France, Ireland, Germany . I've just finished yelling at the kids to get off the iPad and unload the dishwasher and then I looked at these pictures and day dream ...sigh sigh enjoy kicking your heels up girls ..look forward to the next update 😍

      8/19/19Reply

      délicieuse

      8/22/19Reply

      Taxi!

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    • Day3

      To Pruille Berth

      July 8 in France ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      More shopping with Mauricette - (were given crystal champagne glasses, but now have a kettle and toaster ) while G and Alain moved the boat 5 km downriver to Pruille, where we can stay for a week . Hot weather continues but very cool early morning . Photos from Grez Neuville yesterday am . We are on the Mayenne River north of Angers in the Anjou area east of Brittany .Read more

      Looks l8ke an aif nz boat, same colours as they 'used' tp have retro N.Z. [Tricia]

      7/9/22Reply

      This is odd because u cant see if there r mistakes, hope u r making good use of the champagne glasses & hope no mistakes in this msg ad u can check. It just says send [Tricia]

      7/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      All good, got your message thanks . No champagne yet as we still playing house - hope to get bikes and washing machine sorted tomorrow. Just as well you not here - bloody hot around 30 degrees most days but at least shopping and car we in aircon xx

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    • Day12

      Under way at last

      July 17 in France ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Lovely tranquil day cruising up the Mayenne River . Berthed in mini marina by a still functioning ( but with electric power) 16 th century flour mill at Chenille Chance . Enjoying our umbrella and bbq topside . Very peaceful with only swallows twittering .Read more

      those blue skies, that food! Can you cool down in the river or canals? Gay, in cold grey ToePaw [Gay]

      7/18/22Reply
      Traveler

      Canals and river too brown for us but a few local kids swim there . We have plenty cold water so just have cold showers on board 💧. Nice to hear from you - do you get an email alert when I make a post ? x

      7/18/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hungry were you? That looks better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

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    • Day15

      Battery issues

      July 20 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Graeme not happy with state of batteries so last 2 days focussed on sorting new ones . After a very hot night by bridge in Le Lion D'Angers we came back to Grez Neuville where the very helpful Port Captain arranged for new ones to be delivered tomorrow hopefully . Rain at last during the night and very pleasant today . Nice harbour here - we biked to Le Lion for lunch and back along shady riverside. Nap and chores this arvo and lovely meal at Crêperie across from boat . ..Read more

      Traveler

      Bonjour Robin

      7/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Your trip looks and sounds pretty idyllic!

      7/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hi Helen, Yes, certainly idyllic with the calm weather and natural surroundings away from the world ! Amongst the idyllic there is the always chores of cleaning and cooking, but we have eaten out deliciously a bit .. Quite nice to be back to basics on a boat however. Love being outside mostly and watching the local world of the French countryside. xx

      7/21/22Reply
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