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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Return to San Diego

In summarizing this trip I can say it was truly all I expected and more. London and Paris didn’t disappoint and I had a very high bar for Paris. Most impressive is their transportation systems and how you can get around so easily and efficiently with out the use of a car.   Normandy was […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

London- British Museum

Woke up to a raining day in London. So far practically everyday has been near perfect weather wise this trip. Got on the bus at Paddington Station and headed to the British Museum. It seemed as though everyone else in London was going to the museum on a rainy day. The museum has a great […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

London – Greenwich

Got up this morning and headed to Westminster docks on the Thames. Caught a boat to ride up the river to Greenwich. As in Paris taking a ride in the river gives you a different perspective of the town. Saw the steps Queen Elizabeth walked down to her launch to be taken out to the […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Paris to London

Said goodbye to Paris early and onto the 9:13am Eurostar to London. It is amazing how quick and quite the Eurostar is. It seems like you just got on board and your in London. Arrived in London 10:30 am and went to the Hilton Paddington hotel. Went out to have lunch in Marleybone neighborhood and […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Paris – Louvre-Tuileries-Notre Dame

Got up early so I could be at the Louvre when it open at 9:00 am. That worked very well as I saw the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo right away and just a few people were in front of them. One thing about the Louvre is the crowds can be massive and if […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Paris / Versailles / Eiffel Tower

Had another free continental breakfast at the Marriott. As with all the french restaurants breakfast includes croissants, baguettes, assorted pastries, lunch meats, cheeses, assorted fruits, grain cereals, salad, juices & coffee. I especially like the croissants with chocolate in them. Got on the RER and went to Versailles. The RER is a light rail and […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Paris / Luxembourg Gardens / St. Germain / Seine Cruise

After breakfast a metro trip to the d’Orsay museum. Wonderful paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Renior and others. Some paintings are so large that they had to use scaffolding to complete their work. Sorry no hoots as picture taking was not allowed inside the museum. Then a short metro ride to Jardin du Luxembourg. A […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Paris / Montmartre

Had to change rooms at the Marriott because the 1st room was on an alley and people were not talking but, yelling at 5:00 in the morning. After breakfast onto the Metro to Pere Lachaise cemetery where celebrities are buried. Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Fredric Chopin, and others. Onto Montmartre and the basilica Sacre Coeur. […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Deauville / Caen

Left Honfleur this morning and drove to Deauville along the Channel coast. Deauville is a larger town with casinos, condos, race track and large beach. Walk through the downtown area and had breakfast at an outdoor cafe. Very cute town and busy Sunday farmers market. Arrived in Caen and visited the old castle of William […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

D-Day Beaches

Depart after breakfast from Honfleur for Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery at Coleville-sur-mer. The drive was only 30 minutes and the roads were all easy to drive. The cemetery has a small museum at the entrance which is very nice. You exit the museum by a reflecting pool and out the cemetery. Thousands of […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

Mont Saint Michel / Honfleur

Got up and left the substitute hotel but they did have great fresh ground coffee. Drove a little ways along the coast towards St. Malo but turned around because of time and the weather. Arrived at Mont St. Michel in light rain and wind but just after arriving on the island the rain disappeared and […]

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2012 London / Paris Travel Blog

London to Normandy

Got up at 5:00 am and left London St. Pancras station on the 7:55 am Eurostar to Paris and arrived 12:15 pm Paris time the long line for taxis and traffic got us to the St. Lazare station with just 10 minutes to catch our train. Trains in Europe are always on time. Arrived Caen […]