Blog Entries for the 'France' Category

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Window of the world

Window of the World is a Chinese theme park that features replicas of famous world attractions like the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the grand canyon, and much more! Alex reviews our trip to the park.

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Transportation in Europe

Although I certainly knew that there would be significant differences between America and Europe, I did not count on how different methods of transportation could be. Some things were similar no matter where we went- every city had a metro, for example- but others were surprisingly different. Bikes rule In Amsterdam, bikes were everywhere. Between […]

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was not only amazing to see, but there are some pretty interesting stories and trivia surrounding this monument that has had over 2 billion visitors. Do you think Gustave Eiffel was the architect? Think again. Why was there a plan to tear down the tower? Has the tower been used for military purposes? Which sport can be performed in the Eiffel Tower each winter? Who fared better, those who parachuted from the tower or bungee jumped off of it?

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Paris – Notre Dame

Read some interesting facts about Notre Dame and its history – it took 200 years to build! Also see some pictures from the top (a 422 step climb) and get a bird’s eye view of its famous gargoyles.

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Les Catacombs of Paris

A two hour wait was rewarded with a trip into dark tunnels that were quarries in the Middle Ages, but the site of several million skeletons, which were transferred to the Catacombs at the end of the 18th century because overcrowded cemeteries were becoming a threat to human health, made most of us wish we were still outside in line.

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Budget travel in Paris and one fancy dinner

Budget travel in Paris is near impossible, but you can really cut the cost by eating plenty of baguettes and staying at a cozy little hostel with free breakfast. We did splurge on one french dinner and had a wonderful time – especially the kids who got chocolate cake covered in gold!

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Paris – The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the greatest museums in the world, but on this trip it came up against tired kids and a serious distraction right outside its entrance…an Apple Store of all things. The kids still went on the hunt for what interested them most – see Bella’s photos from her exploration of this treasure.

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Paris – Shakespeare and Co

See inside one of Paris’ most famous shops – Shakespeare and Company – which has been a hang out spot for the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and still offers a place for young writers to live and work. Plus a stop at the cafe next store with great views of Notre Dame across the Seine.

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Paris – a delight to explore!

Wandering around Paris was our favorite activity. Around every corner you find a new delight for the eyes in the beautiful architecture or in a world famous institution like the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay. Or you might just sit at one of the many sidewalk cafes and watch the people stroll by and the city in action. Also – pigeons, the subway, a Parisian pet store and more…

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The Catacombs of Paris

Paris has a lot to offer tourists.  From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to Moulin Rouge, the opportunities are endless.  We did many interesting things during our short stay there.  One of the more unique experiences we had was a visit to the Catacombs of Paris. I didn’t really have any idea what I […]

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