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Finally in Paris

What a gong show this journey was.  Long story short British Airways cancelled the flight after an issue with the engine – so we got stuck in Seattle.  We were booked to go through Houston, then London but by the time the reservation was confirmed, printing issues, we were too late to go through security. […]

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Farewell Paris

Our last night in Paris ended with a fabulous dinner at La cocotte et la marmite, and I mean fabulous, most likely the best dinner we had in Paris ever.  Absolutely loved it!  Our trip around Paris, if you believe the step counter on the phone, totalled 71.62km – I am afraid not one of us […]

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Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay is located in an old converted railway station right across the river from the Louvre.  It holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, […]

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More Paris

So another busy day in Paris. A bit of shopping, a lot of walking, a lots of snacking but generally relaxing.  Today we climbed 24 floors, mostly getting up to the Pantheon and walking up the hill  by Sorbonne, and walked about 23,600 steps which is about 13.6km.  Good workout!  

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The Sainte-Chapelle or “Holy Chapel”  was constructed to house Louis IX’s collection of relics of Christ, the crown of thorns, a piece of the cross and others.  At the time the king paid 135,00 livres for the relicts, which were put in an ornate silver chest that cost further 100,000 livres.  The entire chapel in 1238 […]

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Eiffel Tower

I think everyone knows Eiffel Tower.  It is the tallest building in Paris, it is a global cultural icon of France, and it is the most paid visited monument in the world.  It symbolizes freedom and beauty and everything that is French and Parisian.  Today, surrounded by a fence, and an army of security guards […]

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Saint Eustache

One of the largest buildings you can see from Centre Pompidou is the church of St. Eustache.  The building actually dates back to the 13th century.  The current church, a gothic masterpiece, was built between 1532 and 1632. St. Eustache was prominent enough in Paris to have Louis XIV take his first communion there and Mozart has […]

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French Trains

In short awesome. On our way back after a bit of wondering around Paris we settled in our comfy seats in the first class. This time we were served dinner which was: pasta salad with tomatoes, goat cheese and broad green beans. Grilled beef with rice and vegetable ratatouille. For dessert lemon tart. Wine, water, […]

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It is true that I can’t draw, or at least nothing more complicated than a stick figure, and I am ok with that.  However, while at the Louvre, I spied this person making what appeared to be a brazen forgery of a rather famous and iconic painting, by a famous Italian artist of a famous […]

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Our Home

Finally I got to take a picture of our little place we are staying at in Paris.  It is in the Latin Quarter, Luxembourg metro stop which is one stop from Notre Dame.  Very close to everything and very central.  We love it here, ours is the top three windows on the top that are […]

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Bitter Sweet

Not far from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a little chocolate shop where they are serious about two things: chocolate and macarons.  Today was the first time we managed to convince Boris and Evelina to try them and as it stands there wasn’t the time to take a picture of  them as they […]

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Sacré-Coeur – Paris

I am sure that there are a great many churches in Paris to see and explore.  There are two however, that most people are familiar with. One is the famous Notre Dame and the other is the Sacré-Coeur.  Most people will visit the Notre Dame and look at the Sacré-Coeur from the distance when they get to […]

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Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is one of those crazy places that is: always busy, has wonderful displays and is not cheap.  It is the kind of place you go to  to find that perfect Dolce & Gabbana dress or coat or a suit for your 4 year old.  It is a place where everything is larger than life, where you […]

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Around Paris

Yesterday was dedicated to culture today we are going shopping.  On the agenda are BHV and ‘Galeries Lafayette’.  In between the two is the City Hall from which you can see the Notre Dame.  There was a huge ice ring in front of the city hall and despite the fact that it was +10C it […]

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Le Marais

After a quick coffee at Carrousel du Louvre and a bit of well deserved rest we headed out to the Marais. This once again is a place we really loved last year so we went back for more this year.  We had a wonderful dinner at a little Italian bistro for something different.  L’Alimentari had some wonderful […]

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Final Look

While we spent more time last year looking at the paintings and the Egyptian exhibits, this year we looked at more sculptures.  This is but a fraction of what the Louvre has to offer, from rooms full of tapestries large enough to cover a small house, to unimaginable amount of ornate gold trinkets large and […]

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Even though The Louvre is filled with a number of countless and priceless works of art, there are a few that draw more people than others.  Those are Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, The Wedding Feast, the Sphinx, Liberty leading the People, Napoleon and of course the Victory which is my favourite piece but once that […]

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The Louvre

Today was a long day, we spent almost 12 hours out in the city.  We had two objectives for today The Louvre for art and Le Marais for dinner.   The Louvre is a place that is extraordinary in and of itself.  Priceless works of art aside, The Louvre is magnificent on its own merit. […]

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Amateur Travellers

We are so un-familiar with train travel in Europe. We set an alarm to make sure we don’t miss our stop this time, which would have been hard to do since it was the end of the line for the first train. We had a nice lunch in Stuttgart, and 10 min into our trip […]

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