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... of chocolate. (Please don’t expect these when you come for dinner.)
So, it is now the end of our holiday and we fly back to Melbourne to join our friends and family (except those who are in Sweden and the US) for Christmas.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing my travel blog, although probably not as much as Peter and I have enjoyed travelling and experiencing it all.
... Paris to get us acquainted with it (might not be a whole lot of surprises in this bit!)
The new hotel - a fair way out of the main Paris area .... nice hotel, BUT, we are now used to a serene lobby of flickering candles, a lounge room with sofas and we are back to reality with a noisy lobby and a desk chair..... still, it was nice while it lasted!
There won't have as many photos today as no photography is allowed in 2 of the places we visited..
We got up early since our body clocks were still on Dallas time this morning. A lovely breakfast and our first stop was Musee de l'Orangerie to see the impressionist masters: Monet, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Matisse, etc. The 8 enormous canvases of Monet's Water Lilies in 2 oval rooms (4 in each room) were spectacular. But even the smallest works, like Renoir's Peches (peaches), made an impression (sorry for the pun).
A mid-morning snack of Nutella crepes boosted our energy ...
... a birthday in a special place and an event I think they will store in their minds filing cabinet for many a day. Believe home time was around the three bell mark. Unfortunately no dispensation can be given this morning as all up and down the stairs and at em by 9.30am. Guess what, rain. This is our first encounter with persistent precipitation which basically does not give us a break at all and of all days. We are to tackle on foot many a distance but we ...
We made it to Paris safe and sound after a 17 hour journey. We met a lovely girl from Hillsborough who was in our row on the plane from SFO to London, who of course knew many mutual friends. After a lovely lunch of Fish and Chips from Huxley's at Heathrow airport, it was a a quick flight thru a rainstorm to land in Paris, where ...