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Tony Donovan
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Vienna and Budapest
One of the things one can do when staying in Europe for any length of time is to take advantage of already being there (flight over) and visit other places, We have done this in our last few trips and seen a lot of places which we hadn't seen before. This y...

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Arts et Metiers and late lunch
A fun place to visit in Paris is the Musee des Arts et Metiers (Arts and Trades Museum). The museum is housed in a relatively new building and the Abby of St. Martin des Champs. It is a great collection of old equipment, models, machines, measuring devices,...

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Update to Troglododo Stay - Bike ride to Villandry
Another fun thing to do in the Loire Valley is to bike ride through some of the small towns, on back roads, to visit the chateaux. So, with the loan of bikes, helmets and a detailed map from M. Sarrasin, Hill, Mikaela and I set out for a 25 -30 kilometer ri...

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A Weekend in the Country


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Pancakes in Paris
Earlier this year, our friend, Carol, told us of a book she had bought for her husband, Bob. It was called Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson. We bought the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the tale of one man's struggle to make a dream come true, to o...

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Miscelaneous notes from around town
Some photos of things I like to remember when I look back on the blog... One of the problems with building a museum with the inside on the outside is keeping it clean. The Pompidou Center has all the structure and plumbing on the soutside, so cleaning can b...

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Several Cultural Activities
Jacquemart Andre Museum  We met Jacques and Claire at the Jacquemart Andre museum on Blvd Haussmann for an exhibit of artwork ranging from the Italian Renaissance to Modern Art. The exhibition rooms were quite small and crowded, especially when a tour guide...

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Hotel Troglododo, Azay le Rideau
                                                  TROGLODODO                We love having company while we are in France and enjoy showing them a little bit outside of Paris.  Both groups of family and friends expressed interest in wine tasting and castles...

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The Flowers of Chenonceau Revisited
     I was lucky enough to make a second visit to the extraordinary Chateau de Chenonceau last week.  Again I focused on the ever changing flower arrangements.  My understanding is that they are changed  twice a week.  How different could they be?  Well you...

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Paris - The City of Light
Last night for the first time in decades, we took the evening bateaux mouches ride up and down the Seine. We always recommend this boat ride but hadn't done it ourselves in quite a while. It really is worth it. The highlight is really the Eiffel Tower lit u...
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