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  • Paris – Day 6


    Anniversary Day   We’ve got to get that carousel marked off the list. We spend the morning walking through Montmartre and checking out the carousel and the Montmartre funicular (included in our metro pass). We have croissants and coffee at a lovely sidewalk cafe. We go back to the Biscuiterie de Montmartre and purchase macarons […]

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  • Paris – Day 5


    Musée du Louvre (€12/person, €24 total) We’re basically going here because everyone has said we have to. The funny thing is that all of the people who tell you to go don’t sound like they had much fun themselves. They’ll tell you about how crowded it was and how the Mona Lisa was small and the […]

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  • Paris – Day 3


    Arc De Triomphe* (€9,5/person, €19 total) Now we’re doing Day 4. A quick metro ride takes us directly to the Arc de Triomphe. I don’t have high expectations here, but it turns out that this is really cool. There’s a museum inside at the top of the arc. I’m flabbergasted to find out that it was […]

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  • Paris – Day 2


    Panthéon* (€8,5/person, €17 total) We get told not to eat our croissants on the steps of the Panthéon. So we finish them outside of the fence before we go inside. It’s beautiful. There’s a tiny replica Panthéon in one of the rooms and we spend some time looking at that before we go downstairs into the mausoleum. They […]

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  • Paris – Day 1


    Arrive in Paris at 8:30 a.m. Well this sounded easier than it is. The airport is huge and the train terminal connected to it is confusing. We’ve taken the RER B to Gare du Nord like we were supposed to, but we have to take a different line from there and I’m not sure how to get there. […]

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  • Sebastian

    Fifth floor?

    “Come in, come in,” he says as he holds the door open for us. We are later than we anticipated, and now I’m worried that we have made him late for something as well. We drag our bags into the lobby area of the apartment building as quickly as we can. He gives us the […]

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  • The Paris Apartment

    The Sunroom of our apartment rental.

    While we normally plan vacations a year in advance and book at least 9 months out, we procrastinated with Paris. Some of it was because life was busy and there was little time to sit and plan. Part of it was because France was a new destination for us. There was a language barrier. Our attempts […]

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  • Lufthansa 402

    Eiffel Tower from Tour Mount Parnasse

    As we board the flight from Frankfurt to Newark, he greets us with a robust “Guten Tag” and a wide smile. I smile back but say nothing as I turn into the rows and make my way to the Economy cabin. We find our seats and settle in, arranging iPads and socks and chap stick. […]