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About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at

Brewery Tour

The sun was out on my last day in Amsterdam and Amsterdammers seized full advantage, filling the outside tables at neighborhood cafes for Sunday brunch. I had time to kill before my train at 6:40 pm. Although it no longer … Continue reading

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Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is an unimpressive building with a very impressive collection of his work.  The Times notes that when built in 1973, it was expected to attract 60,000 visitors per year. By 1997 it was drawing a million … Continue reading

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The Thalys high speed train from Paris to Amsterdam was a quick and comfortable 3 1/2 hours. I bought a second class ticket and it was just fine, very smooth and astonishingly fast. I sat across from an Indian couple … Continue reading

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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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