Laurel and Hardy Do Italy and Paris

Old Dec 4th, 2021, 02:38 PM
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Kerouac - do you give tours or just great advice???
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Old Dec 5th, 2021, 11:51 AM
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What a wonderful day. Overslept, dressed and out the door. Met Michael at "our" restaurant. Walked the Bastille market. Fun seeing meat, vegetable and fish people. Lots of food, etc. Stopped for coffee and hot chocolate. Metro to LaDefense to Christmas Market. A little smaller than usual but wonderful. Even though it was outside still had to wear mask. Checked CDC card on way in. Had large cup of hot wine while looking at shops. There is a huge mall in the area underground, visited that. Back to Paris, stopped for linner by Madeline Church. I had a Sexy Colada (some kind of rum drink) and it came with a hot pink feather on the top. Went into Madeline Church-really beautiful. Starting mass, watched for awhile. Bought a prayer card with a medallion (my mother is rolling in her grave). 69 and I both lit candles.

Then on another death march to Place de Voges to see lights by the Ritz. Quite lovely. Walked past every high end designer store and window shopped. Was supposed to rain all day but had very little. Finally at bus stop but since it is Sunday Michael was going to put us on a buss that stops somewhere in our neighborhood. If we had gotten off where he wanted us to, we would have had no idea which way back to hotel. Took cab instead. We are both exhausted. Two more days in Paris!
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Old Dec 5th, 2021, 12:16 PM
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Kerouac - do you give tours or just great advice???
Actually, I only wander around Pairs with close friends, both local and overseas friends. Even after all of these years, there are new things to discover just about every time.
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Old Dec 5th, 2021, 12:18 PM
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I was exiting the Metro this afternoon and did not go thru the doors fast enough and they closed on my ass and I was half in and half out and was unable to move forward. Finally they opened back up and was able to proceed. 69 and I laughed so hard almost peed my pants. Michael probably thought we were daffy old farts.
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My mother got trapped once at Montparnasse when she was already well into her decline. But it was right across from the ticket office, so they quickly opened everything to release her.

Another common occurence is when people get separated on the metro when not everyone gets on before the doors close. My parents got left behind once. I waited at the next station, but they never arrived. The protocol in such cases is to get off at the next station and wait for the other(s) on the next metro.. But they didn't understand, so I eventually had to go back to the original station where they were waiting like confused puppies.
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Ate at another cafe because ours was closed. Several days ago when at the Tuileries we met a couple from the Carolinas. We were watching the kids and adults ice skating. Then yesterday morning we walked past them having breakfast when we were on our way to Bastille market. Then today they came into the cafe where we were having breakfast. Sat with us for breakfast. Nice couple.

Took Metro to Momartre. 69 had never taken the funicular. She loved it. Walked around, had lunch. Metro back to Concord and got a cab to Ille de Louis. There is a store that makes acrylic jewelry in Spain that I love.

Walked along the river and over the bridge to Hotel DeVille. Some shops, found hot wine. Much enjoyed. The hotel had a lovely light display that made the front look like it was snowing. Metro back to Saint Paul. Starbucks for mugs-got hot chocolate with mugs. Bought ham and cheese sandwiches at Starbucks. Went to cheese shop to get cheese for our dry crackers at hotel room with the bottle of wine we bought the other day. Raining tonight and we have to start packing to see if we need another suitcase.

Tomorrow is our last day in Paris. Planning on St. Chapell tomorrow morning, buy butter and pick-up paves. Would like to spend a couple of hours in St. Germaine. And of course, maybe suitcase. Glad I bought a luggage scale.


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Old Dec 6th, 2021, 05:47 PM
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St. Chapelle is a perfect ending!
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I am loving this. Did either of you use a step/mile monitor? I wonder how many miles you walked. And in the rain! I am a weather wimp.
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Old Dec 6th, 2021, 10:34 PM
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We think we have walked about 8-9,000 steps per day. But it feels a heck of a lot more than that.

Yesterday at lunch there were only two steps down to the bathroom. Hooray - why oh why are bathrooms up or down a dark winding staircase? In this case it was easy. I thought I was in the old Wild West with a swinging door. Once in it was like a fun house of mirrors. One woman opened a door to the toilet since there was a handle. Mirrored door. Then there was another mirror and I pushed it. Didn't move, guess that is a full length mirror. Decided to push the other side and it opened. Hooray. When I was done, had to almost step over the toilet to get the door open. Looked around the corner and there was a urinal for men. Then saw a man come out of a stall and it had an Asian toilet. Oh, why do toilets never seem to have toilet seats? Although I am glad to say I have not gotten my butt wet once.

After lunch 69 went to use the toilet. I told her about the fun house of mirrors and asked if she knew what an Asian toilet was, she didn't. I told her to take a look if there were no men in there, When she got back to the table she had a big smile on her face. She said I got lots of pictures!
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Those death marches are clearly good for your health and humor! Wonderful report and stories. ​​​Thank you, and hope you’re having a great last day in Paris.
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Old Dec 7th, 2021, 07:34 AM
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Ah for the old Paris tradition of the long drop loo that opened straight into the bar...
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Thank you for entertaining us for a couple of weeks. Love your sense of humor. Have a safe trip home.
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Have a good trip home. It has been fun "wandering Paris" with you.
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LAST DAY IN PARIS. We had our agenda all set. Breakfast at our favorite. Since we were only going to Sainte Chapell thought we would take a cab since it would only be about 5E. Found cab, gave driver address and he put it in his computer. Then he went past Notre Dame and was on the highway out of Paris. Now if we were young I would have been worried but since we are old broads-no problem. Finally I said turn around, motioned to go back to Paris. We headed back into Paris, I said take me to Concierge. I figured he must know where that was. I looked at street signs and we were at Gare de Lyon in the 12th. After going around the train station. We were going slowly past this large building and he motioned if this was the place we wanted. By this time I was furious and told him to stop and let us out of his cab. When I am really pissed off I turn into a not so nice person. After telling him how awful he is, shouldn't be allowed to drive a cab, etc. He just looked at me with a blank stare. I threw 20E at him and we got out. Wish I could have hollared at him in French but not sure he even spoke French.

So here we are by the train station and saw no taxi. So I knew we could find a taxi at the station so another death march. Walked into the ground floor and there was some shopping-we needed some therapy after that ordeal. Any excuse to shop. Walked thru the station and out front door for taxi and we are off.

We are late for our timed ticket to see the stained glass. 69 said we are too late and forget it - I said let's just try. Since the roads are closed off around the buildings, we had to walk across the river. Show the guards with machine guns we had a ticket. We walked to about a two hour line of people. We walked past them and went to a closer line since we had tickets and just before we are allowed to get in, they closed that gate and everyone was told to go back in the long line. So we are standing there and this man saw our infamous Jacque and it was like the parting of the Red Sea and we were escorted in. Yipee, went thru shakedown and showed tickets that were way off with our designated time and walked right in. We were starting to climb the steps and another security man took us up in the elevator and showed us back down by way of elevator. It was cloudy but the windows were still beautiful.

Walked across river and took Metro to 7th to pick up our Paves. The gentleman we placed our order with was the owner. He grew up in the neighborhood and went to grammar school down the street. (We walked past the school and heard the children playing.) He said he would only buy the store if he could sell the paves. He makes them once a week and he said he only has one store here and one in Asia. He said the paves are his biggest seller and he has customers from all over the world.

Went to my favorite restaurant in the 7th, Cafe de' Alma. My entire family loves it there. So had a delicious (veal) dinner with wine and dessert. Walked back to Rue Cler to buy another piece of luggage for me. Of course, it is raining. Got cab back to hotel to pack. Picked up my butter for family. Vacuum packed so no problem with putting it in the luggage.

I had purchased a luggage scale so packing, weighing, packing again. We were exhausted and finally to bed.

TRAVEL DAY. Breakfast at hotel. I had made a reservation thru Victor Cabs. I have used his service before, very reliable. Maybe a little more money but worth it. Asked for a van sine we had ALOT of luggage. Picked up by 8:20 a.m, stopped by Laudree for our macarons and we were on our way to CDG. Went to detax first. Line not too bad. Then to check in, other end of terminal. If you don't have any experience with a computer you are out of luck. Everything is automated. Got tags for luggage and boarding pass. Then to counter to scan luggage tag and put luggage on belt. Automically weighs luggage and sends it on way. Of course, my luggage over 50 lbs. (which was ok since I was on Business). but had to have help. Then 69's cabin luggage was 5 pounds over). You know the drill. slap your hand, then they make everything work out. She sent her small suitcase thru luggage. I wanted mine with me. Had all my detax purchases with me. Though we were not asked if they wanted to see our purchases. But I saw some girls ahead of us and they wanted to see everything.

Since one of my bags was oversized, we had to follow her to the end of the terminal, down long hallway. Whoops, wrong area. Back to terminal. Took me to wheelchair area. Tons of people waiting for wheel chairs. She already had called someone for me and they were waiting. Don't know if I went to head of line because of Business or not. Left area in wheelchair and my over sized duffle bag was left with her. She said she would take care of it. I didn't know if I would ever see it again.

The line thru security was massive and we zipped right thru. In fact, I heard a man talking in Business that the wait was terrible and they only had two windows open. Finally in Business Lounge. I was willing to pay for 69 and for whatever no one answered the phone when desk called, who knows for what so he let 69 in free. It is now 11:45 am. Bathroom breaks for us - help yourself bar and checked out food and we are back out to spend the last euro we had. Any chance for retail therapy. We are both great shoppers. We are the sort of women shoppers who if one gets it the other has to have one too!

Very smooth flight and happy to be home. Unpacking is like shopping again. Every bag is a surprise. My daughter has received two of the boxes I sent. Who knows where the third is!

69 and I had a wonderful time. She is a wonderful traveling partner and we have so much fun together. What wonderful traveling memories we have.

Thank you all for reading and commenting. I so appreciate it.

Best advice I can give: Get a Jacques (he was so helpful) and a holder around neck for face mask. You are putting on and taking off masks many times a day. And last but not least lots of money.
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Old Dec 9th, 2021, 05:07 AM
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"Paves"?
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Old Dec 9th, 2021, 06:20 AM
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Michel Chaudun, in the 7th, great chocolatier. Makes these tiny chocolate squares which are delicious. If you need a chocolate fix, one of these does the trick.
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Welcome home. Thank you so much for the wonderful on-the-scene trip report. I'm going to miss reading you with my morning coffee.
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My late (and very cheap thifty) DH'S ashes started to quiver as I thoroughly enjoyed shopping with you!
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Old Dec 9th, 2021, 01:08 PM
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Ah I think Paves are chocolate pieces, thanks
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https://chaudun.com/en/accueil-en/

I don't know this business, had to look it up - but looks delicious!

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