A few more of Paris

The first photos are of New Year’s Eve when the kids walked to the Champs-Élysées to see if there was anything going on.  I wasn’t feeling well and stayed home.  The street was closed to vehicles, and there were hundreds of thousands of people packed like sardines from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place…

Guten Tag aus dem Schwarzwald (Good day from the Black Forest)!

We enjoyed our short time here in the Black Forest.  We arrived in Baden-Baden by train yesterday afternoon from Paris and checked into the Holiday Inn Express.  We then walked downtown and to the Christmas Market which we found out is nearly all food booths.  We bought some tasty treats including Glühwein (hot wine) for me and Kinderpunch 🙂 (hot grape…

Eiffel Tower tour and Versailles

Our Eiffel Tower tour guide on Tuesday was the same one we had in the catacombs which was fine with me because she’s a wealth of knowledge with a dry wit and speaks fairly quickly; none of which is an accurate descriptor for our Versailles tour guide the following morning, but I guess that’s why…

Open-air market and a couple more from the cemetery

I forgot a few things on the previous post…   Saturday we toured a farmer’s market, bakeries, and other local food outlets with Lydie, our tour guide.  Did you know there are stores that just sell cheese?  I bought a few kinds among the hundreds of varieties available at one of Paris’ many fromageries.  The kids ate…

Autour de la ville/Around town

Did you know Jim Morrison’s dad commanded the American fleet in the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin confrontation?  We saw Jim Morrison’s grave today at the 110-acre Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris’ 20th arrondissement which is what led me to want to read more about Morrison on Wikipedia. The cemetery is one of the most beautiful…

The Catacombs of Paris

Remember plaster of Paris from elementary-school art class?  It’s made from gypsum which is one of the mineral deposits upon which Paris is built.  For centuries, and possibly millennia, Parisians quarried the limestone and gypsum left by the ancient sea that used to cover this portion of France.  The result is a swiss-cheese effect –…

“Bonjour, my sweet Mohammed.”

We’re doing well in France with our special brand of diplomacy that is Charlie. The title quote was said to the grocery store clerk yesterday when Charlie read the young man’s name tag. We’re on a train to Paris this evening, coming home from a full-day, private tour of Normandy. Charlie has already greeted and…