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France

Leaving Paris for home

July 23rd, 2007 by alephnaught

Leaving Paris for home

We slept okay, got up and got breakfast and cleaned up. We have a cab for the airport at 11:30AM. We hope the We hope we’ll get home in time to pick up our dog, Basil – he’s getting old and we want to limit his time away from us now. Below are pictures of […]

Paris

July 22nd, 2007 by alephnaught

Paris

We got going, taking a cab over to Musée Jacquemart-André, which is a small private collection on the right bank. They have a few rooms of Italian Renaissance paintings, including a Uccello painting of “St. George and the Dragon.” We ate a wonderful lunch at their cafe – they specialize in salads, I had one […]

Paris and the Louvre

July 21st, 2007 by alephnaught

Paris and the Louvre

We got a comfortable start to the day – we’ve been waking up at 7AM but not getting out of the hotel til around 10AM most mornings. The weather has been superb, partly to mostly sunny with highs in the 70s F. Today we took a cab to the Louvre – we could have walked, […]

Paris and Chartres

July 20th, 2007 by alephnaught

Paris and Chartres

We got up slowly, ate a leasurely breakfast and headed towards the Louvre. Our bus tour to Chartres left at 1:45P, so we had some time to walk around. We stopped at the Sennelier shop (they sell artist supplies and Aviva loves to shop there when we’re in Paris). We walked by a statue of […]

Paris

July 19th, 2007 by alephnaught

Paris

We got cleaned up, ate a nice continental breakfast, and then got a cab (it took a while to find one) over to Musée de l’Orangerie, next to the Louvre. We got there at about 11A and had to wait until 12:30P to go inside, so we went shopping around the Louvre and had lunch […]

Arrive in Paris

July 18th, 2007 by alephnaught

Arrive in Paris

I was laid off from my job at ABN AMRO Bank on June 29, 2007 – what better way to start a severance package than to take a short vacation, especially since this is what Aviva and I love most; Aviva got me a massage for my birthday, so I’ll do that when I get […]

December 28th, 2001 by alephnaught

Day 9 – Departure for home

We gave our change to the cleaning crew (who did quite well) and tips to the desk staff (they were always friendly and helpful). Then, off to the airport. The Charles D’ Gaulle airport is interesting – first, we had to go to customs 3 times and a ticket agent twice to finally get the […]

December 27th, 2001 by alephnaught

Gustave Moreau Museum and, of course, churches

This is our last day in Paris. We cabbed to the Gustave Moreau Museum. You can take the subway out there, but its pretty much on its own in a general shopping district. Gustave Moreau was a famous symbolist painter. The space is magnificent, covering three floors of his home. The first floor is his […]

December 26th, 2001 by alephnaught

Day 7

We stopped at a bank and bought 2 Euro starter kits – I gave some of the coins to people I work with. The front of the coins are the same in all 12 member countries, but the back is unique for each country. The Euro goes into effect as currency January 1, 2002 (it […]

December 25th, 2001 by alephnaught

Christmas in Paris: The Jewish quarter, of course!

“And so this is Christmas.” We got a late start on purpose – we figure the Jewish quarter may be open, so we’re heading there. I finished South and started Brunelleshi’s Dome by Ross King. We walked by the old synagogue – we didn’t go in because the doors were closed and people were going […]

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