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Thread: Trip to France Sept. 28-Oct.14

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    I can’t imagine how uncomfortable that can ride must have been. It’s surprising he was so outspoken. Glad you found a nice bakery with a childhood treat. It makes it special.

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    Does anyone have a new pair of feet and ankles I can borrow?

    I try to do 10,000 steps a day at home, but here I am doing more than double that. The cobblestones are not as easy to walk on as the smooth asphalt at home or in Aruba. I am going to get a pedi once I am home just for a foot massage.

    Today we walked to the Louve for a 3 hour guided tour. The place is beyond massive and beautifully ornate. The guide was good, the people in the group, not so much. Everytime we tried to leave our meeting place, someone would show up late. Our 9:45 tour left the meeting place about 10:05 and still two more people caught up with us and of course, it was those people who tried to push up front all the time. It was too crowded for me and it was hot. Because we started late, we ended late and I was ready to eat a Da Vinci. Seeing the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo was very cool as were many of the other works of arts and Napoleon III rooms(gaudy doesn't even begin to describe this) were very interesting. We finally left the Louve, the crowds and rudeness behind and headed for lunch. The original plan was to head to the other side of the Seine to see the Latin Quarter, Luxenbourg Gardens and a few other things, but our feet had other ideas. We did go in the other direction and see the Opera House-Palais Garnier. We saw most of it before it was closing time. It was stunning. They had a really nice audio/ipad tour.

    Since it was 5 pm, we started our trek back to the hotel on foot which took longer than expected closer to an hour rather than 35 minutes. We stopped at the pharmacy across the street for our antigen tests for our trip home on Thursday. We went back to our rooms, regrouped, stopped to pick up our test results and then to dinner. We found a place that did not have French food. It was supposed a Halal restaurant. It was great. I had an amazing chicken dish. It was chicken breast rolled with turkey breast(kinda like a deli meat, but darker with cheese. It was lightly breaded. I'll have to post a picture (steal it from the internet). Stu just looked it up and it was rate 220 out of nearly 16,000 restaurants in Paris on Trip Advisor.

    Tomorrow is a Hidden Montemarte Tour, Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Now it is time to recharge my computer, phone, back up battery and me.

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    Enjoying your escapades!!
    Robin can you 2 hop on a taxi or uber when you begin to conk out?

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    Robin, Sounds like a memorable vacation! I love Paris. If you have a night free for dinner check out the following restaurant/bistro - your hotel concierge can make reservation if you are interested. If you sit outside there is a view of the Eiffel Tower at night with the blue lights - beautiful! Great food - they translate the menu in English. Name of restaurant is Au bon accueil. It was recommended to me and I have recommended it to many who have loved it.
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    I'm so glad you are having a wonderful time, Robin! Paris is our favorite city. I am green with envy!
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    What an intense trip! You're heroes for visiting such interesting places, despite your fatigue. The photos are mesmerizing and teleport to those places.
    Thank you for sharing! Wishing you trouble-free travels with good sleep!
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    Andrea, we have taken Ubers. We have learned that things take 50% more time to drive or walk than they say.

    Colette-thanks for the recommendation. I'll look into it.

    Today we did a Hidden Montmartre tour. We took an Uber to get there. Stu ordered it last night and then didn't see any coming. I asked if he ordered it for am or pm, and then "oh, shit" was the answer. Luckily, he was able to get one so we could get there only a few minutes late. Another excellent guide and there was only one person with us. It was fun and interesting, but it was all uphill literally. We saw were Moulin Rouge is located, a place were Van Gogh once lived, a tiny vineyard which pays homage to the roots of this section of Paris, we learned the history of the area which is too much to go into. We ended up at Sacre Coeur church which boasts a spectacular view. We headed down many, many steps and stopped for lunch at a place that had crepes. It also had pizza and somewhere unusual. They had placemats that depicted old ads from the US or France. The one for the US had an ad for a hotel in Atlantic City. Since this area was very touristy, I picked up some teeshirts for my godson and his sister and one for Stu's assissant's son. He is going to be 6 later this month and loves the Eiffel tower(that is why you will see all the pictures and videos). We had picked up a few Eiffel items for him before, but I wanted to get him a tee shirt. We are going to get a canvas print made of one of the picture.

    After a little shopping, I decided the walk we had planned was just too much. I suggested an uber and Stu suggested the Metro. Amazingly, there was a stop a few blocks away that and that line put us right where I wanted to be at the end of the Champs Elysees. The Metro was inexpensive, clean and bright. We walked from one end down to the Arc de Triomphe, which had several cranes around it. I looked it up and they had it wrapped in fabric as an art display which ended just over a week ago. Stu saw a tuk tuk and decided it would be a good way to go back to the hotel even though it was only a 15 minute walk. So into the tuk tuk and around the Arc de Triomphe we went and down the Champs Elysees, onto the cobblestone side streets to the hotel. I took care of some of the paperwork for our return through the UK to the US while Stu napped. He'd say he was just laying there, but he was snoring. I also uploaded pictures and then took a nap until dinner. I called my eye doctor to get an appointment when I get home. I've been having issues off and on since Normandy with my contacts getting cloudy(I have switched to glasses some days) and I've been using prescription drops. I don't know if it is allergies or an infection.

    Tomorrow is Versailles and I don't know what else we will do on our last day here.

    I did upload a ton of pictures. I still don't have any Stu took.
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    Such amazing photos Robin! I've truly enjoyed your trip report and updates - such a wonderful and exciting trip you and Stu have been on!
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    Really loving your updates and all the culture you're being exposed to. Thanks!
    A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men!
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    Beautiful pictures! What an amazing trip you guys are on! Enjoy the rest of your time!
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