Monthly Archives: March 2011

Leaving Paris

I’m going to miss my room at the Meliá Vendôme Hotel both because it is comfortable and gave me easy access to central Paris. On a whim yesterday I went to the Musée de l’Assistance Publique, which traces the evolution of … Continue reading

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Final Full Day in Paris

My time in Paris was beginning to have the feel of a checklist. Louvre? Check. Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame? Check. The weather is spectacular and Spring is in the air so my best times have been spent just hanging out … Continue reading

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Le Louvre

In order to avoid the problem with long museum lines I encountered in Florence, I went to Le Louvre (pronounced “blah bloov-ray”) before it opened at 9 am and was glad I did as I had the exterior spaces largely … Continue reading

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Libya

As I’ve moved west access to television news in English has gotten easier. Here in Arcueil I have my pick of CNN, the BBC or Skye News. I could also get Al Jazeera in Greece. So I’ve been able to … Continue reading

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The Paris Métro

The Paris Métro has 245 stations within 34 square miles of the City of Paris. It is said that there is “no point in the city situated more than 400 meters away from a metro station.” I am using the … Continue reading

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The Paris ‘Burbs

The overnight train from Florence to Paris is old and I shared a four-person cabin with two others, an unrelated man and woman. I had a lower berth so narrow that I couldn’t lie on my back without risking falling … Continue reading

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