Heading homeJune 25, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C
A little sad to leave but looking forward to getting home, seeing the kitties and sleeping in our own bed. Till next time Paris, we bid you au revoir.
We got the opportunity to visit the American Church. It's the expats church in the area. Beautiful building and nice people. We spent the rat of the day casually wandering through some of the Paris communities. We both felt welcome and comfortable in Paris.
Highlight of the day was going up in the Eiffel Tower. The sky's were clear and I could see for miles from the top. An added bonus was that my MdDS stopped as soon as I stepped onto the first platform, and didn't start till I stepped onto the ground when exiting. So while everyone else had vertigo I was solid. What an amazing experience! John and I went through some of the museums in the area.Read more
Our last full day of the Rick Steve's tour started with a fabulous private bus tour around the city. Then we were introduced to The Louvre where we wandered for a while. We stopped and had lunch there and wandered through the shops. We used our museum pass to spend a bit of time in a couple other museums in the area.Read more
Last bus ride of the trip. Our bus driver was quite skilled and made us feel very comfortable. There was plenty of room to spread out. I got some down time here and there, although our tour guides, Colleen and Andy liked to entertain with history or language lessons, mood music fitting the next place we were headed, and often chocolate or other treats that they shared!
The other pictured treats were goodies we bought at a local store to have a picnic dinner in the room. We did that a few times at the end of a long day. Sometimes we were just too tired to decide on a restaurant and then deal with the language barrier. Plus it was an opportunity to see what the local grocery stores were like. They were a place to see a bit of local culture and get and inexpensive easy meal or treat.Read more
We've entered the 7th and final country of our whirlwind tour! We only spent part of a day and one night in Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France.
The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor.Read more
Had some fun in the evening with an Alpenhorn demonstration. We all got to try it, and I did better than I thought I would.
We had dinner all together after. The dining room had lots of flies. One thing we never saw in Europe were screens on windows. It was only a problem at this hotel. They said it was because of all the cows in the area. It was a minor annoyance to me and didn't detract for the incredible beauty of the area.Read more
Loved our walk. Probably about 2.5 hours. Sunny and pleasant with a slight breeze. I didn't take that many pics of the scenery because it's too beautiful to really capture in a photo. We saw some skilled paragliders and some less skilled. One appeared to be hurdling to the ground and flailing, but we didn't see any emergency personnel heading that way so I guess he got down okay.
I thought the vending machine with wine, cheese, fresh jam and sodas was genius.
At Lauterbrünnen we stopped in the Coop grocery store, then took the bus back to the hotel. at 5.20 Francs each.Read more
This morning we had several options, most of which included going way up into the hills via a gondola moving on cables... No, thank you!! Neither of us were inclined to torture ourselves. We made our way to breakfast at 9:30, then decided to walk on a trail to Lauterbrunnen.