Day Three: Does This Bus Go to the Cemetery?

Have I mentioned my husband planned our trip and each day before we left the hotel, in addition to patching my heels with moleskin, I was asked, "Do you have the itinerary?" Today's itinerary would take us on the ten cent tour of Paris via bus 69. Bus 69 has no A/C and we still … Continue reading Day Three: Does This Bus Go to the Cemetery?

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LONDON OBSERVATIONS

It has been almost three weeks since I’ve been back from London. It took me one week to recover from jet lag, which I’ve been told is ridiculous and abnormal. Meh. I’ve been called worse. Meanwhile, I’ve been reflecting on the many things we experienced whether on purpose or accidentally. There were some things I … Continue reading LONDON OBSERVATIONS

FRANCE FINIS

We made it through Versailles on the morning of Day 9. The crowds were little better. This time we did find a much shorter audio guide line, so grabbed the little phone-type device and headed into the clump of people in the history of Versailles rooms. We quickly figured out that if you waited until … Continue reading FRANCE FINIS

THE KING’S DIARY (VERSAILLES, DAY EIGHT)

Robert was kind enough to write up his experiences for this day.   Journal entry for King Louis XVI Palace of Versailles 4 September, 1788 On this day, I awoke from sleep in The King’s Chamber quite early.  09:30 or 10:00 I believe it was. Although hungry, I made the decision to forgo our morning meal … Continue reading THE KING’S DIARY (VERSAILLES, DAY EIGHT)

AU CHAT AND THE CHATEAU (VERSAILLES, DAY EIGHT)

Today was the much-anticipated visit to the Château de Versailles. We had been forewarned by Rick Steves that Versailles is a zoo on Sundays and Tuesdays, but somehow ignored him and planned for Tuesday. Rick Steves was not kidding around. I am not a big fan of the crowded tourist destination. In fact, it made me long for the abandoned castles … Continue reading AU CHAT AND THE CHATEAU (VERSAILLES, DAY EIGHT)

VERSAILLES VIA GOLF CART (VERSAILLES, DAY SEVEN)

Monday's lunch was at Sister's Cafe - with a good old-fashioned American cheeseburger and side order of hash browns. Since the bacon was floppy (just the way I like it), Robert donated his to me. A soda here ran 6 euros, while Heineken was 2,9. Heineken won. Meanwhile, the lower right hand corner of the … Continue reading VERSAILLES VIA GOLF CART (VERSAILLES, DAY SEVEN)

THE TRIANON TALES (DAY SIX, VERSAILLES)

I'm beginning to see a trend as I transcribe the travel diaries. I now understand why our days passed so quickly while away. I don't think we ever really got moving until 11:00-ish. When I think back on the trip to Wales last year and jolting awake at 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. to the Tower … Continue reading THE TRIANON TALES (DAY SIX, VERSAILLES)

A BIRTHDAY FIT FOR A KING (VERSAILLES, DAY FIVE)

Day five in Paris was Robert's birthday, so we decided to do everything possible in one day. Not sure how this came about, but it did. We were to move on to Versailles for a late check-in, so the pressure was on to wrap up what we could. Day five can also be referred to … Continue reading A BIRTHDAY FIT FOR A KING (VERSAILLES, DAY FIVE)

ARTS AND CRAFTINESS (PARIS, DAY FOUR)

Day four was on the itinerary as Museum Day. However, due to a little over-imbibing, we cut ourselves a break and did not set the alarm for quite as early as we'd originally intended. Sore from walking on cobblestones and up and down spiral staircases, tired and hungry, we grabbed a croissant each from the … Continue reading ARTS AND CRAFTINESS (PARIS, DAY FOUR)

DINING AND BOATS (PARIS, DAY THREE)

Day three found us preparing for our much-anticipated lunch at the Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel). Robert made reservations in advance for Le Jules Verne restaurant, which sits 125 meters high in the Tower - or about a third of the way up. Several benefits here. One, it's a Michelin 2 star rated restaurant. Two, … Continue reading DINING AND BOATS (PARIS, DAY THREE)