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Paris Rheims and Dijon

Our Anniversary June 9th 2010

rain 22 °C

Today was a long day starting from Paris and travelling to the wine and champagne areas of Champagne and Burgundy. We travelled 300km through rolling country side and lots of Windmills generating power in addition to the more than 50 nuclear power stations. Very little pollution apart from millions of cigarette butts from the more than 40% of Frenchmen and woomen who still smoke. Paris has been crippled with strikes and protests which held us up on our trip to the Eiffel Tower and our less than satisfacory meal on the 1st stage of the Tower. Woke early this morning and travelled to the beautiful city of Rheims were we visited Tattingers Champagne cellars as featured in the last series of the Amazing Race located in the original 4 Century Roman chalk pits. A cool 10-12 degrees with thousands of bottles of Champagne worth millions of Euro's. Then a further 200kms to the beautiful city of DijonOld City, Dijon

Old City, Dijon

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in the Burgundy region with its medieval city and Baronial castles still intact. Walking through the cobbled streets and visiting architecture from the 12th to 21 centuries in the rain was a wonderful experience. Tonight at our hotel a very good meal was puncuated by our deserts with fountains of sparks and happy anniversary wishes and a posie Anniversary Posey

Anniversary Posey

for Celina. Tired as usual but very happy. Bed is comfortable and we wish all goodnight. Photos soon when we spend more than one night in the same hotel.

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June 7th Paris

1st Day of the tour

sunny 21 °C

After collapsing last night with Jetlag we got up at 5am and were lucky enough to get to Heathrow at 7am as our flight to Paris had been cancelled due to the strike on British Airways. We arrived in Paris at 9-30 am local time and after fighting our way through the paris traffic arrived at our Hotel - the magnificent Hotel Scribe to be told our room would not be ready til 1-2pm! Not happy Jan. Celina was grumpy as were all the members of our Tour - many of whom had not slept in a bed for over 36 hours! Our planned tour of the Louvre did not work out and we wound up touring the Assyrian section ourselves. Our tour briefing was held tonight and tomorrow we take a Paris City tour in the morning and then we go to Montmartre and Sacre Couer in the afternoon followed by dinner at the Eiffel Tower in the evening. Will try to get photos up in the next few days.

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London June 4-5 2010

Our Journey begins

overcast 27 °C

I am sitting in the lobby of the Waldorf Hilton in London while Celina is upstairs cacthing up on sleep after 2 of the most exhausting but exhilarating days. On arrival at the Qantas First lounge we had our faces rehydrated in the spa and then boarded our Qantas flight for London. Over 21 hours but slept in our free jammies some of the time on our sheepskin beds. Food great service wonderful. Arrived in London 5:30 am exhausted but looking forward to the 3 days here. After a few hours sleep we wondered around the corner to Covent Garden market then more sleep and out to see Grease in Picadilly. More sleep then up this morning and walked for over an hour to see the rehearsal of next weeks Trooping the Colour. So many Busbies and marching bands. Pageantry only seen here in London. Exhausted and still somewhat jetlagged we returned to take a trip on the London Eye. This afternoon more sleep and tonight we go to the theatre to see Love Never Dies. Tomorrow is Celina's birthday and we are hoping it will be a little cooler - after 2 scorching days of 27 degrees. We hope all are well. Apart from sore feet we are good. CIMG2358.jpg

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