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?
I'm going to try to blog each day of the trip to Paris and Versailles for my own sake as much as hopefully someone's reading pleasure or at the very least, travel-tip assist. Let's see if I can remember each day over the next week or two it will take me to think back and … Continue reading ADVENTURES IN FRANCE AGAIN. FINALLY.
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
Day two began a bit late. We had reservations at Cafe Le Procope, in the 6th arrondissement, the oldest restaurant of Paris in continuous operation. It opened in 1686 and has served the likes of Voltaire, Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Sand, Victor Hugo, and Oscar Wilde. Robert was adventurous and ordered ox cheek. … Continue reading DEATH AND THE METRO (PARIS, DAY TWO)
First, I better find a job that pays more or win the lottery because I will never be squished into a seat again that doesn't have at least this much leg room. Especially for an almost 10 hour flight. The problem with purchasing from Duty Free at your airport of departure is that they deliver … Continue reading BON JOUR-NEY (PARIS, DAY ONE)
Due to the hotels in France being a little pickier than Wales about who gets free wifi access and who gets charged, I have been on a real vacation - with no blog diaries of our adventures. Probably works out for the best as I have no idea what I'm saying half the time here anyway. … Continue reading GONE FISHING