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  • Day26

    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

  • Day42

    Penultimate Paris

    June 14, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We went our separate ways on the second to last day of our holiday. Mr FitBody was keen to spend some time at Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) so he tootled off after breakfast to get his fill while Ms OfficeBody and the senior Lemmonds has a leisurely day wandering around the Le Marais district.

    We all met mid-afternoon for a cruise on the Seine. After our success with The Tub we were tempted to offer to drive the tourist boat 😀😀

    And then it was time to head back to our accommodation and, sadly, start thinking about packing to come home. All good things must come to an end.
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  • Day41

    Montmartre

    June 13, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A day of roaming and exploring with no specific agenda.

    Once the haunt and muse of artists and other creative folk, Montmartre is simultaneously quaint, quirky and cosmopolitan ... and a very popular spot for tourists.

    When we found a place with a large group of people gathered around a tour guide we occasionally hovered on the edge of the crowd for a few minutes to hear what the guide was saying. Much of it was "Van Gogh ate here" and "Renoir slept there" or talk about a particular building which featured in a famous painting.

    Here are some pics from our day.
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  • Day14

    Christmas Eve

    December 24, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    We started Christmas Eve off with a walking food tour which was amazing. The first stop was at a bread shop that has been making bread the same way for hundreds of years. It was delightful. Then we were off to a chocolate and macrons shop. Followed by Moroccan food, which we had a laugh at, but it was legit. There was a Jewish meat bun, an Israeli French dessert, French onion soup and finished off with wine. It was perhaps the best 4 hours of my life.

    Then Ty and I were off to find a chrome cast so we could watch Christmas movies. We have several of them at home but forgot to bring them. We found a mall with an electronics store with ease.

    For Christmas Eve we went up to the Montmartre area for dinner and Christmas music at Sacré-Cœur Basilica. This would have been an easy journey If the trains were all running. We ran to the metro station in hopes to make it before 6:30 as the google told us the line was open. Well it was not. Then we tried getting an Uber only to have one cancel on us. By the time we got to the restaurant we felt pretty defeated.

    Thankfully the restaurant was warm and cozy. We had a 3 course meal which contain all yummy French food. The Christmas music at the church was moving and the church itself was amazing. We then head back to the flat for a night cap.
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  • Day5

    Montmarte

    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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  • Day13

    Paris

    September 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today we climbed the Eiffel Tower. Only me and Dad went to the very top, and everyone else just went to the second floor. Paris is really busy, but it is also very beautiful. I think this is the loudest city I’ve ever been to. The second picture is the view from right outside our apartment. And the last one is Gus enjoying the Eiffel Tower.
    I’ve decided to try to collect a pair of socks from most of the countries we visit. (See below, and ‘Beautiful Iceland’)
    Chloë
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  • Day1

    Sacré-Coeur

    September 23, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wie ich sie liebe, diese wunderschöne Basilika. Sie wurde 1914 fertiggestellt, ist also noch sehr jung, dennoch hat sie für mich nicht weniger Charme als als eine romanische oder gothische Kathedrale. Auf der Spitze des Montmartre überragt sie die gesamte Stadt, man hat einen wunderbaren Ausblick auf Paris, sie scheint richtiggehend zu leuchten und im Inneren beeindruckt ein riesiges Bild von Jesus in der Kuppel, dessen Herzen sie geweiht ist. Einfach großartig. Spektakulär. Ich habe mich ewig dort aufgehalten und bis zum Sonnenuntergang gewartet. Die vielen Touristen schmälern den Genuss leider etwas, aber damit muss man sich hier wohl arrangieren. Ich erinnere mich daran, als ich vor vielen Jahren mit meiner Mama hier war, sie war ebenso beeindruckt. Liebste Grüße an dieser Stelle.

    Gerade genieße ich das 2. Glas Wein in einem Straßencafé und lausche den Franzosen. Herrlich dieses laissez faire, die Sprache und überhaupt. Die Menschen sind auch unglaublich nett. Ich fühle mich sauwohl, obwohl meine Sprachkenntnisse bestenfalls zum Bestellen eines Weins und bissel Smalltalk reichen. Naja. Für heute soll es genug sein. Bonne nuit et à demain!
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  • Day26

    Oct 15 - Exploring Montmartre

    October 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We must have both been very, very tired, because we didn’t stir until 8:45 a.m. That felt good.

    While I showered and dressed, Doug went out for milk and coffee and yet another chocolate croissant. A small coffee here is €2.50 which is $3.25. Makes Tims look like a charity event. There is continental (aka cold) breakfast available in the hotel, but at €12 each that would be $36 for the two of us. Our granola (got it last night) with milk, chocolate croissant, yogurt (left from yesterday on the outside window sill overnight - no frigs in hotel rooms here) and coffee cost about $9. That’s how we keep traveling costs under control.

    Today is cool, but dry, so outdoor activities are on the agenda. I decided that our destination would be Sacré-Coeur which is a Roman Catholic basilica. It is the second-most visited monument in Paris. I think you can figure out which monument is the number one attraction. We found the metro station, and successfully navigated two metro lines to get to our destination.

    Sacré-Coeur Basilica which is consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Christ, sits at the summit of Butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city of Paris. Montmartre means "hill of martyrs" - this was the place where Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was decapitated for his faith. The basilica is celebrating its 100 anniversary this month, so it’s a relatively new church by European standards. There are a lot of steps up to the level where the staircase in front of the church begins so we used a couple of our metro tickets to take the funicular up. We rounded the corner from the funicular and were rewarded with a simply spectacular view of Paris. That’s a memory we will always treasure.

    The area around the steps to the church is full of vendors hawking trinkets, selfie sticks, bottled water, sparking Eiffel Towers and the ubiquitous love locks. There is a lot of litter - Paris could do a better job here. And there is a sight-seeing tram jostling for space amongst the hordes of tourists. It’s all just a wee bit sacrilegious.

    After passing through the security check, we went into the church. The mosaic in the apse entitled Christ in Majesty, created by Luc-Olivier Merson, is among the largest in the world. It represents the risen Christ, clothed in white and with arms extended, revealing a golden heart. It is stunning.

    As we were enjoying the majesty of the church, we heard singing. In one of those delightful moments of travel serendipity, mass was beginning. Since I haven’t been able to attend mass so far on this trip, we decided to stay for it. The music was provided by nuns with simply angelic voices. I pulled up the readings for the day on an app on my phone so we were able to follow, and I was able to get the gist of the priest’s sermon.

    When mass was finished, the most amazing thing happened. The priest knelt facing the main altar and immediately, a white curtain rose above the altar to reveal a beautiful monstrance containing the consecrated body of Christ. Since 1885 (before construction had been completed) the Blessed Sacrament has been continually on display. Perpetual adoration both day and night of the Blessed Sacrament has continued uninterrupted in the basilica since 1885. It was an incredibly moving moment. We prayed for a while and then left quietly, knowing that we were very blessed to have been at Sacré-Couer this morning.

    We drank in the view of the Paris skyline again, and then began exploring the streets of Montmartre. This area is best known as the home of cabaret nightlife and bohemian artists, struggling painters, poets, dreamers and a fair number of drunkards. Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec, Dali, and many others spent time here.

    We found Au Lapin Agile cabaret (still in business) and Le Moulin de la Galette, a dance hall featured in a famous Renoir painting, “Bal du moulin de la Galette” which is in the Musée d’Orsay where we are headed tomorrow. This painting is one of Impressionisms most celebrated masterpieces.

    We found a little boulangerie and got ham and cheese on baguette sandwich. (The little place down the street from the hotel now only sells bread and pastries - no luncheon fixings. Sad…) We added a couple of cookies to the menu. Great baguette. We’ve had better chocolate chip and caramel cookies. The people watching was very good as we sat and ate.

    Off for more exploring. We found a public toilette that completely cleans itself (toilet, sink, floor) after each use - very space age. Could have used that technology in the Middle East last year.

    We found the Wall of Love is a love-themed wall of 40 square metres (430 sq ft) in the Jehan Rictus garden square in Montmartre, Paris, France. The wall was created in 2000 by calligraphist Fédéric Baron and mural artist Claire Kito] and is composed of 612 tiles of enamelled lava, on which the phrase 'I love you' is featured 311 times in 250 languages. It includes the words 'I love you' in all major languages, but also in rarer ones like Navajo, Inuit, Bambara and Esperanto.

    At the base of Butte Montmartre, we found the Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) nightclub that offers pricey cabaret shows. This red light area of Paris is called Pigalle - it’s a pretty tough and raunchy area with lots of sex shops and slightly sleazy bars. It is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714–1785). Allied soldiers during WWII called it “Pig Alley”.

    With tired feet, lots of memories, and still giggling from seeing Pigalle, we hit the metro again and worked our way back to the hotel. The metro system is a maze of stair cases going up and down in all directions, but we figured it all out using the very good metro app that I put on my phone.

    We are back at the hotel now. Doug has the New York Times (in English) to keep him happy. Since the outlook for tonight is clear, we are going to take a boat cruise on the Seine after dark.

    We did take the boat cruise. It was a bit of a bust - people taking hundreds of selfies blocked our view and then the rains came and we had to scuttle down below where the views were even worse. (Bit of advice - take the 10:00 p.m. cruise when most of the bus tours have packed it in for the night.) It was sad to see the skeleton of the once-grand Notre-Dame Cathedral that was ravaged by fire earlier this year. This cruise couldn't hold a candle to the ethereal moon-lit cruise of Budapest that we so fondly remember from 2016.
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  • Day2

    Jardin du Luxemburg

    September 24, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Ok, das ist mein Lieblingspark in Paris. Er ist noch etwas schöner als der Jardin des Tuileries. Außerdem verbinde ich eine Erinnerung damit. Ich saß vor vielen Jahren mit meiner Mama dort im Regen unterm Schirm und wir waren fast allein. Das war ramontisch wie verrückt.

    Zurück im Montmartre gab es Wein im Café nebenan und gerade schaue ich Ghost, um mich vom Lärm ringsum abzulenken. Patrick Swayze auf Französisch ist echt gewöhnungsbedürftig :-)
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  • Day2

    Champs Élysées und Louve

    September 24, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Was gibt es Schöneres, als im strömenden Regen durch die Stadt zu stromern. Vom Arc de Triomphe, der vom schlimmsten Kreisverkehr umgeben ist, den ich je sah, die prächtige Einkaufsstraße entlang bis zum Louvre. Die Tulierien, die ebenfalls auf dem Weg liegen, bekommen einen extra Footprint. Hunger und Neugier trieben mich zwischendurch in eine Crêperie, die gibt es quasi an jeder Straßenecke. Es war sehr urig dort und das Gallette schmeckte vorzüglich. Wein kann man auch überall trinken, der schmeckt einfach. 15 Teuro, aber im Vergleich zu Stockholm ein Schnäppchen.Read more

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Paris 18 Buttes-Montmartre, Μονμάρτρη, מונמארטר, モンマルトル, 75018, 蒙馬特

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