Today was a day for wandering. All types of wandering. We first had to repark our car. Apparently (we discovered) the entire City Center is “Payant” parking. Which means “PAY UP” (loosely translated). After lengthy phone and text discussions with our host, we learned that meant regardless of how many euros we wanted to spend,
Month: February 2016
First night in Lyon (Gastronomic adventures…)
Well, it finally happened. We had our first “less than perfect” meal. The food was only average. BUT, the waitstaff spoke English very well AND the restaurant was very relaxed and friendly. And they had an excellent Belgian Beer on tap (Affigen, if anyone is keeping track). And, as always, there is a story to
Loire — And recovery from Troisgros
We slept in a bit today. Recovery from Troisgros and the ensuing food coma. Several people asked what we ate; the following was the menu, and I thought a pic of our Apres-Dessert might help. Although the waiter thought it was our Birthday (again), the kitchen got it right. Once we got moving, we had
International Relations, Exchanges Rates and other Technology issues…
Forgive me a long story (does he tell any other kind, you ask?) We are in Roanne, and the AIRBNB is the BEST SO FAR. Not just in France but anywhere!!! The host speaks not a word of English, but asked her upstairs neighbor to translate. She has a beautiful place…kitchen fully equipped including coffee,
Bye Bye, Paris!
So, it is Thursday eve. and we have successfully managed Paris. Hopefully we will also manage leaving Paris (which will happen tomorrow AM by rental car) – with our heads! A lot of people didn’t in former days. But we spent NOT ONE MINUTE in jail and as far as I know, did not leave
Today (Thursday, I think) dawned nice and sunny, which is a big change from each of the preceding days. We hopped on a train (Which stops across the street from our boat) and visited the City/Palace of Versaille. I guess I would say that Paris isn’t opulent enough, so we had to up the ante
Not just the tourist stuff….
Misfits report another 8 miles walked today. However to expand our range we included the METRO in our excursion. We saw: the Bataclan and offices of Charlie Hebdo, as well as the Place de la République. The latter especially was quite moving, with many memorials and apolitical statements of sympathy and solidarity. Although most were
According to our “Misfits” (like a Fitbit but for people who are non-conformist, left-leaning and free-thinking) we walked 10 miles today. I think that was entirely within the Louvre. We saw the usual suspects there: Mona, Venus, Jesus (x100) et al. Amazingly, we saw a Roman Statue (2nd century) that reflects the advanced Roman Culture of
Paris: Random First Impressions
Pre-Paris: our flite left about 2 hours late. And we realized we don’t care. . What an AWESOME and unexpected summary of what we are trying to accomplish in retirement! Train from the airport could have been in Chicago – except a bit more graffiti. Overheard spoken: German, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, Russian…and perhaps just a
An Auspicious Start!!!
Well, we haven’t even left Chicago and our trip is already off to an EXCELLENT start! Over the years, we have had “discussions” about the volume of accoutrements (practicing my French) we travel with (i.e. suitcase size). One of us wants to do carry-on, the other steamer trunks [ed. Note: plural intentional]. These discussions haven’t