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Trip Report Paris and the Ile-de-France, yet again

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So what does this make - twenty trips to France that have included the City of Light? Can't be less - maybe a few more? In any case, I know that this is a large number for some of you, but certainly not for all. As for other frequent visitors, I can step off the standard tourist routes (or not), free to do whatever has attracted my attention, as is the case here.

This report is in my usual phototravelogue style, with heavily captioned photo albums. (Note that in the new Google Photos approach, after clicking on a photo, you also have to select the lower case "i" in the white circle to access the captions.) However, rather than my earlier approach to present a full visit in a single album in chronological order, I have decided to deconstruct them here by subject.

My major project for this trip was to follow up a recent reading of "Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City" (http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Reborn-Napol%C3%A9on-Haussmann-Modern-ebook/dp/B008SB22G8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435508283&sr=1-1&keywords=paris+reborn&pebp=1435508285534&perid=088X12PZ140JVYBDQG7B), a fine overview of the transformation of the city 150 years ago. I did this by following the equally excellent "Walks through Lost Paris" (http://www.amazon.com/Walks-Through-Lost-Paris-Historic/dp/1593761031/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435508402&sr=1-1&keywords=walks+through+lost+paris&pebp=1435508404741&perid=1KW9SGQFB6MZACRRRY0A), borrowing some of the book's photos to provide some context for my own pictures: https://goo.gl/photos/enPxU9E8Vhw29yqX8.

Next was a visit to Vaux-le-Vicomte, which I had somehow manage to miss in all my earlier visits to the area: https://goo.gl/photos/vfB3qve6MNuctD4t5.

The natural follow-up to that visit is Versailles, which I did, but omitting the chateau, which I had visited earlier. Rather, I chose to focus on the gardens, based on my recent reading of the excellent "The Gardener of Versailles" (http://www.amazon.com/Gardener-Versailles-Worlds-Grandest-Garden-ebook/dp/B00IBYYVX4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435508709&sr=1-1&keywords=gardener+of+versailles&pebp=1435508715609&perid=11DWWHT36FGJ9WZWNEK6): https://goo.gl/photos/XCeXEdZGPVEiLwXP9.

There were two walks in the Ile-de-France countryside, including several villages I have seen and reported on previously, so here I limited my photos to doors and windows which caught my attention. (Except for one picture of the Provins ramparts now under extensive restoration; haven't visited there for 5 years - when did that effort start?) They are at https://goo.gl/photos/CCu2YNKpKTJALvFc9 and https://goo.gl/photos/o3gqkQwC4G65s7Hz9.

Finally, in the city itself, there were visits to two of the small parks which can be found throughout the city, one just off the Champs Elysees (https://goo.gl/photos/4hL4VqJaUpgEig3g8) and one in Montmartre (https://goo.gl/photos/y78SLgZ78zvsGpJT8). And since some of the greatest delights of the city are in the unexpected moments and events, I have captured some of those that came my way: https://goo.gl/photos/1GLvEim4YoLsxRceA.

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