Leaving Paris

The funky internet situation in our hotel room has prevented me from posting, but I think today, on our last morning, that i finally can!

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Giverny was everything I thought it would be. We went by hired van, very easy. The village surrounding Monet’s home is very sweet, one can understand why, from a train ride through the town, he chose this spot to live and paint. The house was even mote interesting to me than the gardens if you can believe it. Those who know of my own gardens know what I mean. All the woodwork is painted different colors, yellow, lavender, blue….and the light in the rooms is spectacular. There are photographs of the artist in his studio and bedroom where you can see that the rooms are exactly today the way he lived in them. That is an intimate detail you don’t have in other museums. I bought a book about the home and gardens, what a sweet read while I look out at my own fall landscape.

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Another major highlight of this trip is visiting Shakespeare and Co. I have been reading Anais Nin since high school, and fell in love with the Left Bank and the writer’s scene there from my first exposure to it. This bookshop was the epicenter of that time. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Miller, Cocteau….all of them, came here. It was a surreal experience!

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We spent several afternoons here at Laduree sipping tea with my AFS friends Nathalie and Rene. Emma finally found her beret and totally looks the part don’t you think? I shall miss these precious moments, but I am anxious to get home to my hub and my pups.Image

I know they all miss me, and I have missed them. 

Happy 10th Birthday Emma, I hope you enjoyed the trip and you remember it for the rest of your life! 

Now, I hope the French security people don’t take my knitting away from me. I have 7 hours on the plane!!

Missing photos!

Ha! I outfoxed the crazy tech situation here at the hotel! Here are the photos from last night!

Opera House

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Crazy traffic!

Emma’s first foie gras

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She loved it, and wanted it again today!

An array of sherbets for dessert

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Oh, and a mousse too!

Eiffel Tower

It was a beautiful day in Paris, warm and sunny….and today was Eiffel Tower day! 

We had a little trouble finding the metro, but we did, and we arrived with plenty of time before our tour started. We went all the way to the top!! Here’s the Arc de Triomphe

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When we came back down, Emma, Rene and Nathalie all had crepes!

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Then we went for a river cruise. Beautiful!

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That’s Notre Dame.

And one of the best photos of all

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Then, off to dinner

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And dessert

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It was a fabulous day, making up a bit for yesterday.  i’m tired though, time to get into bed, do a little FB and read.

Giverny tomorrow!

 

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Ok, Harry Potter fans, this was your day!

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It was a long bus ride out of town, and I don’t mind bragging that I figured out how to change trains to get us to Victoria  station, this country bumpkin girl. 

This was the best day yet! This is where the movies were shot and so, all the sets, props, and costumes are here: the dining hall, the street where Harry bought his supplies before starting at Hogwarts, videos about the animals, special effects, models, drawings, everything! 

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This model was outstanding! Two stories tall, and the size of a small house. Walking the perimeter of the room, gradually coming to the base of the model, the lights slowly dimmed in the room and those inside the castle turned on. beautiful!

 

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I took over a hundred shots…everyone was trying to keep out of each other’s way as we tried to photograph everything. There was a lot to see…two entire sounds stages.

then on to the shop! I bought a gift for Doug, and resisted all else…too expensive. Emma wanted a wand, and an owl for her brother, and vomit flavored jelly beans! Ewwwwww!

The bus ride back, and the tube ride too, and it was so late, we picked up supper at Whole Foods!

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Emma got yogurt in a sweet little lavender ceramic pot, i got brie, and we both Got fruit and milk. I brought GF crackers with me….good thing!

Time to hit the shower, and then the hay….Chunnel tomorrow, and Bonjour Paris!!

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It’s winter in this photo, but it’s so beautiful and I can’t wait to take my own photo

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Getting Packed

For my oldest granddaughter’s tenth birthday, I’m taking her to England and Paris…her requested destinations. We’re leaving on Sunday so I’m in the throws of sorting, buying and packing. I found the yarn I needed for the Harry Potter hats I’ll be knitting while away, (don’t worry sister knitters, I have round stitch holders in case they take my needles away!), the perfect shoes, and the not-so-perfect shoulder bag. Still working on that one. I’ll spend a night or two at the beach house before the pixie queen arrives on Saturday, and then we’re off on our adventure! Wahoooo!

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