Whirlwind tour of London and Paris

Jul 7th, 2014, 08:27 AM
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Hi TPAYT,

"She liked the "junk" shops, as I call them. So starting on ISL and all through the day we chose magnets, earrings, key chains, tee shirts, etc. etc. I think she may have bought a little something for everyone she knew EVER! Oh well, it was fun for her."

Got a kick out of this - kids like "junk" and so much fun to share these treasure with friends at home. She sounds like a great little traveler. Glad things are going so well...
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Jul 7th, 2014, 08:58 AM
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Really enjoying your report. Sounds like your GD is a delight to travel with - brings back memories of our trips with our granddaughters. Lucky you - another trip in four years - I'm jealous!!!
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Jul 7th, 2014, 09:20 AM
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Just love this report. Fortunate GD and grandparents as well!
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Jul 7th, 2014, 10:23 AM
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This all sounds wonderful. One more day? It went so fast as I read it.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:12 AM
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I'm working on attaching photos, let's see if this works

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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:14 AM
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A few more from London

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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:22 AM
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Lovely photos!
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:22 AM
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Not the best system but I think it's sort of working

PARIS
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:27 AM
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More Paris
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:27 AM
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TPAYT, great pics. Loved the one of your GD arm in arm with the beefeater.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:47 AM
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TPAYT, great pics. Loved the one of your GD arm in arm with the beefeater.>>

lateday, they get very sniffy if you call them that, they are "Yeomen Warders".

yes, they are lovely pics - great memories too.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 11:48 AM
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No more photos--I promise!

We took 500 (she took 600). Very repetitive and probably 475 of the photos we took are of our GD. Haha! What else would we take photos of. After so many trips to Paris the Eiffel Tower still looks the same.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:40 PM
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LOL - TPAYT, Albano is a treasure isn't he??? I knew Marco Polo was on your list. We always end up there and while it is never the culinary highlight of the trip, we are always happy with our experiences there. I have to save the photos for later.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:46 PM
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Hi ANNHIG,

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Sorry, thanks for the correction.
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Jul 7th, 2014, 12:55 PM
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>>A young lady singing with 3 guys playing the old Frank Sinatra song, "Sway."<<

It's true that Sinatra occasionally sang it, but never as well as Dean Martin, whose version of Sway is the classic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sway_(song)

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Jul 7th, 2014, 01:10 PM
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not at all Lateday. it's just that a vey long time ago I worked with the wife of a yeoman warder and she was very sensitive about it.

do you know the legend about the Ravens? She said that they breed them specially to make sure that they never run out!
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Jul 7th, 2014, 04:59 PM
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What great Grandparent's she has. Love the pictures and impressed with Albano!
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Jul 7th, 2014, 05:27 PM
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Really enjoying your TR! The description of GD holding her cellphone outside the wire "cage" turned my knees to jelly. Liked your pics as well.
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Jul 8th, 2014, 06:19 AM
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Great shots and TR. I loved the night shot in London!
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Jul 8th, 2014, 07:18 AM
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I missed one of the highlights of yesterday----AMORINO

Oh that delicious gelato shaped in a flower in a cone. What a hit that was. That photo flew out of our GD's phone to everyone she knew.

There are several locations in Paris. We've been to Rue St. Louis en Ile and this time the one in the St. Michel/St. Severin area. It doesn't matter how long the line is the servers take their time and make each cone a masterpiece.

Day 7
The Pompidou was waiting. The escalators up the outside were a fun way to the top. Another sunny day so the photos were good.

Our GD likes modern art so down through the floors we went. Always interesting, we took our time. I'll have to look up the artist---swirls of primary colors---it became her new screensaver. She chose a nice sketchbook and a few other items in the gift shop.

The sculpture pond was our next stop. We laughed at her taking a selfie, lips pursed and the big red lips in the background. Her name is Olivia and she has several nicknames. One of them is OE-lips due to the fact that she talks a lot.

We had a pleasant lunch at Creperie Beaubourg next to the pond.
Ham, mushroom, & cheese crepes with salad
Butter, sugar crepe for dessert
Sodas
42 Euros

We took our time walking back to the hotel stopping along the way. It was late in the afternoon, we were meeting the group at 5:30, and we wanted to start packing as we were leaving in the morning.

I wish we had time on our last day to take photos in The Louvre courtyard at the pyramid but it wasn't to be.

Back on the bus to The Eiffel to catch a Vedettes 6:30 boat.
We've done this many times but I have to say that this was the best weather we've ever had. Warm, sunny, and a very pleasant way to spend an hour on The Seine. The commentary was in 3 languages.

A photographer from the boat crew came around and snapped 4 extremely quick photos--1 of us together and each of us alone.
Since we took so many photos of our own we never expected to be tempted to purchase these expensive touristy shots. WRONG!

This guy was quick but really good. The photos were so cute, we all looked great. They were placed in a cardboard frame with Paris monuments around the photo. I think all 19 of the group bought all their photos.

Back on the bus for a ride toward the Arc de Triumph and a small café for a farewell dinner.

As we drove through the 16th the tour guide was commenting on the high end shops, etc. I got a good laugh when a lady behind me said, "And I bet they even have hotels here." I guess we weren't the only ones who didn't like the location of our hotel.

CAFE MARTHA (I think that was the name)
Nice idea to have a farewell dinner but IMO bad choice of restaurants. After our very nice welcome dinner in London we expected the same or better for our final night.

We had all separate tables of 2 & 4 so we weren't visiting with the other families. The food was very mediocre. Beef, so-so, fish, dry as a bone, roast chicken, very plain. This was the only time I heard our GD complain on the whole trip.
She said she thought her last dinner in Paris would be more memorable. Big mistake Globus! I don't even remember the starters or desserts but I will say the wine was good.

After dinner we took a group photo with the Arch in the background.

The next morning our private car, included in the tour, was there early to take us to CDG and our direct flight home. Our GD spent time on the plane sketching. She would call up a photo on her phone and then start drawing the image.

So it was farewell to Paris. Too short of a stay for sure but we'll be back. All in all, we thought the tour was a good thing with our GD in tow. Pro and cons considered, the skip the lines sites were worth it alone. Usually we would stay longer but we felt 9 days away from home was just right for our GD.

Thanks for all of you interest and comments.
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