Category Archives: Europe

Ooh la Louvre!

Monday, October 19 Up early today to do a walking tour of Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. We had a beautiful sunrise, and pleasant temperatures. These two natural islands in the Seine were among the first areas settled … Continue reading

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City of Lights

Sunday, October 18 We arrived last night at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, not far from Paris. There are several cruise boats on the Seine, and we were triple parked at the dock. To get to land, we have to traverse the other two boats, … Continue reading

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Market Day in Rouen

Saturday, October 17 We woke up in Rouen this morning, and since we had not signed up for any tours today, we headed out on our own. Lots of churches here, and, of course, a Cathedrale Notre Dame. The Church of Saint-Maclou … Continue reading

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Normandy Beaches

Friday, October 16 We were up very early this morning, as we had a two hour drive to the beaches of Normandy. We went first to Arromanches, home of one of the D-Day landing beaches. In the days following the … Continue reading

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Cold River

Thursday, October 15 We arrived at Caudebec-en-Caux sometime during the night. Caudebec is the Gallicization of Kaldr bekkr, Norwegian for cold river. However, the air was even colder, with steam rising from the river. Temperatures have been in the low … Continue reading

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Claude Monet’s Home

Wednesday, October 14 Very early (very, very early) this morning, 8am here, but 1am back home, we boarded a bus bound for Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s home. Monet purchased a home and lands here in 1890 so that he could … Continue reading

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Towering Over Paris

Tuesday, October 13 We stayed at the Hilton Opera in Paris, located just a few blocks from the Paris Opera House. Our room was very comfortable, and the location was convenient to shopping, banking, eating and entertainment. Unfortunately, we didn’t have … Continue reading

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Eye on the World

Monday, October 12 Our first priority (OK, my first priority) for the day was The London Eye. Built to commemorate the New Millennium, this Ferris Wheel stands just under 400 feet, and carried its first passengers on February 1, 2000. … Continue reading

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Thrilled to be in London

Sunday, October 11 We took a long cab ride to the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. Mark especially wanted to see the Temperate House to see what could be grown in this environment. Unfortunately, this building is closed until 2016 due to … Continue reading

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Gardens of London

Friday, October 9 Mark and I left Minneapolis around 11:00 pm, headed for London Heathrow. The flight was delayed about an hour because of mechanical difficulties. We’ll spend a couple of days in London, and then leave for Paris via … Continue reading

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